• replied to the topic Birmingham Grand Prix in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    Personally I am hoping they do away with track side interviews. Only so many times you can listen to an orchestrated ‘I would like to thank the national lottery…”

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    Totally agree with Goldie Sayers… I also know that what she is suggesting will not be new to our ngb. The decisions they have made are in order to meet the UK Sport and Sport England targets (regardless of what the sport say).

    I would also suggest that main reason we have such a demographically diverse GB athletics team is because cost is of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    We have had considerable investment in coach development in recent years, first by the national coach development programme, and secondly by coaches like Dan Paff, Malcolm Arnold and others who had a part development role. This has all stopped granted but we should have some sort of legacy from this work that lasted for a good 5/6 years.

    The…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    Laps, maybe if we just take the best practice from the system…

    I think a lot of people would like the option of a ‘grammar school’ for athletics… or help fund key athletes attend places like millfield.

    But if you are of the opinion that the standard is as good as it can be then I guess you just go with the dysfunctional status quo.

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    Your East Germany example interests me. I suppose I am of the opinion that lottery funding should of helped to establish a coaching and sport sciences set up that rivals that of the success of the former East Germany, minus the doping of course…

    We should have 85m male javelin throwers year in year out for example. The reason we don’t is more…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    Why is that not possible Laps?

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    Some good counter points made. I would question this notion that we have a more globalised sport. Seems like the same old nations doing things the same old way to me. If we were seeing China and India weighing in with their fair share of medals per capita I would agree, but it is commonwealth country’s picking up medals with old fashioned…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    I’m abroad at the moment, and the north American press have a different perspective… They are suggesting that usa have capitalised as some countries are under a ‘doping microscope’.

    2015 medals
    Usa 18; Kenya 16; Jamaica 12; Ethiopia 8; Russia(unattached) 4.

    2017 medals
    Usa 30; Kenya 11; Russia(unattached) 6; Ethiopia 5; Jamaica 4.

    They also…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic London 2017 Post Mortem in the forum Current events 1 year, 1 month ago

    This is an important thread, but I do think it should be had with two additional perspectives that are missing at the moment. The sport is judged over a 4 year Olympic cycle, so a lack of global medals in the first year of the cycle should not be panic stations. However, we have a funded system that is supposed to mean we rival the USA.

    I think…[Read more]

  • Don’t know why everyone is surprised. It’s going to form. JKT is the only one that has choked.

  • This event is awesome, and indeed Joseph Harding does seem to be the stand-out performance taking over 2 tenths off a long standing 80m hurdles record.
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    Personally I think the senior version, can be just as awesome. De vos and Warner hang your head in shame. You know they are based at this venue. I bet they were not even there. Were the top dogs…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Trials in the forum Current events 1 year, 2 months ago

    Anyone going to the English Schools this weekend will see that Championship formats at this venue has a future. Society may of changed, but this championships hasn’t, and is still thriving as ever.

    If school teachers can succeed, why can’t uka? We have in charge oxbridge boys, with no background in the sport, but with a supposed marketing…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Trials in the forum Current events 1 year, 2 months ago

    There is talk of developing the stadium to host the commonwealth games. How ridiculous would this sparsely attended championships be in a bigger venue, and how long before it goes the way of Don Valley.

    English schools are at Birmingham this weekend, and it will far better supported than the world championship trials. I am not sure that this…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Trials in the forum Current events 1 year, 2 months ago

    I enjoyed these ‘trials’, but they do reveal everything that is wrong with the direction of domestic athletics. This event is the pinnacle of our domestic scene. It seemed to have no sense of occasion, much like a routine league match or open meeting. I am going to guestimate that the numbers of spectators are just 10% of 30 years ago.

    We have…[Read more]

  • I personally feel this is the perfect opportunity too modernise and simplify our sport, and to allow it to be more more inclusive, exciting and fast moving.

    The removal of starting blocks is an obvious elements that refreshes the sport, speeds up events, and reduces costs.

    When running a meeting, constantly changing the toppling Weight of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic New way of cheating in the forum Current events 1 year, 6 months ago

    Good point larkim. I would have thought that the athletes who would be advantaged are athletes who have poorly conditioned lower legs, who experience fatigue localized. Personally I would welcome technical innovation, as it does mean that there would be less of an issue with athletes with prosthetics competing in able bodied competition.

  • Not sure that is true. Javelin is an event that is covered in Coaching Assistant, and Athletics Coach UKA courses, and Hammer as an event is not… Which is interesting!!!

  • Fangio/BigGuts. I am sure the data that Goldie would be looking at would be primarily from the Javelin. From an international and domestic perspective this event is struggling. My focus currently is at a regional and county level, and things are poor their also. Purely down to a lack of coaches, and a lack of strategy to target the development of…[Read more]

  • I was wondering if fangio and big guts worked for UKA too justrunfast. If they do, perhaps they should get on with writing that press release, updating us all on what the new centralised concept actually entails.

    Goldie’s comments about not knowing where to point young throwers strikes a cord with me. It is like technical event coaches are…[Read more]

  • I agree with you Geoff, and we need to compete for the interest of the sportspeople out there, many who could turn their hand to any number of sports. Kids have to stay in education until 18 now. It is a huge market, and all of our indoor facilities are lightly used during the school day. UKA currently deliver some basic apprenticeship programme…[Read more]

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