• larkim replied to the topic GNR / Forum in the forum Current events 2 days, 2 hours ago

    I did email the admins which pointed me in the right direction to log in. But with so few of us using this these days (mainly since the last “upgrade” which made the forum much harder to use) I could understand why they wouldn’t spend much time and resource keeping it going. Shame, as there’s a decent community of individuals here who provide…[Read more]

  • larkim replied to the topic Berlin/Talence in the forum Current events 3 days, 10 hours ago

    Both astonishing accomplishments. Let’s hope that Kipchoge for one doesn’t consider that “job done” now as he’s been chasing that performance for a couple of years now. But having taken 1m18 off the last record, we’re now 1m39 off that meaningless but none-the-less interesting 2hr flat marathon.

  • larkim started the topic GNR / Forum in the forum Current events 6 days, 12 hours ago

    Quiet in here without much comment on Farah at GNR or the City Games events of last weekend.

    I think the forum has had some issues (upgrade I think) and I’ve only just discovered how to actually login on this new format.

    Presumably its quiet because others are having a similar problem?

  • larkim‘s profile was updated 6 days, 23 hours ago

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months ago

    I’m sure that was going through the organiser’s mind when they set up the race.

    My mother used to say if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything.

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months ago

    Hughes 9.99(w) taking down Gay, Blake, Simbine etc in Boston has to be worth a mention.

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months ago

    There is definitely some interest and enthusiasm for track 10000m which ought to generate some talent. It was notable how excited some compatriots got at the three sub 28 clockings, but put into context they didn’t win the races they were in. In fact, the 28:high clocking of Farah was still the most successful 10k of the weekend. I doubt he’d…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months ago

    I don’t think anyone is suggesting that male field events are anything other than pitiful currently. And that there is a big opportunity there with the right infrastructure etc. But there’s no harm in having it noted that in broad terms it is same as it ever was.

    Have our women field / multi-eventers been more consistently highly ranked over…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months ago

    Grabarz retires. Nice statement from him, and whilst it is disappointing it was clear over this winter that he wasn’t enjoying it.

    GRABARZ CALLS TIME ON AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER

  • replied to the topic Asbel Kiprop in the forum Current events 4 months, 1 week ago

    Part of me had assumed the “tip off” bit was simply that East African culture means the concept of being in a specific place at a specific time was a little alien, so locally they had “bent” (with a crowbar!) the application of the system to fit the locale. The concept of “Kenyan time” is quite well documented (*not* an excuse in my book, but I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Asbel Kiprop in the forum Current events 4 months, 1 week ago

    My take on Kiprop’s statement:-
    – Payments like that aren’t that unusual in Kenya (and no, that’s not just a racist prejudging of East African practices, it is backed up by accounts I have heard first hand from people I know who have lived there)
    – If I was Kiprop, in that culture, I might naturally think that the payment was for being tipped off.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Doha 2019 in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    Mixed relays get the thumbs up for me. Relays are just a bit of fun, mixed gender sems emminently sensible though I’d like to see it extended to 4x100m and include a medley relay too.

    Timings are pragmatic for a variety of reasons.

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    No mentions of Kiprop along the way here?

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I know you’re not into flag waving, but there’s more to watching athletics than watching the first three across the line, isn’t there Philipo?

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    The main benefit of pacemakers is the drafting effect, as highlighted by the sub2 programme (various half reputable scientists showed that the drafting effect of the large van in front of the runners there was dwarfed by the drafting effect of the pacers, particularly in the formation they adopted).

    I was watching Radcliffe’s WR on youtube…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Huh? There were pacemakers with the lead men beyond half way, so it was paced.

    Those who “know” realise what a good performance Mo had, though if he doesn’t live up to that performance in future races he wouldn’t be the first runner to have one good marathon in him. Fingers crossed though that someone used to working as hard as he does will be…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    With a crystal ball, Hawkins would have been much better off racing in Boston (unlikely) or London given what happened at the CWG. But hindsight is perfect.

    Those prize pots of course don’t include the appearance monies paid to some of the athletes too.

    I like the London approach – a close race with two or three in the 2:04s is quite…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Update – Boston doesn’t award time bonuses, so the elites should just have stuck it out!!

    Boston prize pots:-
    PLACE MEN WOMEN
    1 $150,000$150,000
    2 $75,000 $75,000
    3 $40,000 $40,000
    4 $25,000 $25,000
    5 $15,000 $15,000
    6 $12,000 $12,000
    7 $9,000 $9,000
    8 $7,400 $7,400
    9 $5,700 $5,700
    10 $4,200 $4,200
    11 $2,600 $2,600…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    Just looking at the press pack that VLM produce, on a good weather day even if you are racing for “just” a place there are some decent time bonuses available. If the weather in London were to be as it was in Boston, you’d be on the start line knowing a) that it would be a hard day at the office and b) that you probably weren’t going to bring home…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic 2018 Outdoors in the forum Current events 5 months ago

    A bit like Formula 1 where a wet race improves the spectacle, the same applied to Boston. So rarely are two minutes leads opened up and then clawed back like that in both gender races, and rarer too for two of the lesser players to rise to the top. Was great to watch, especially Kawauchi – it was a day of conditions etc made for someone like…[Read more]

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