Debates

GIVE US THE STORY!

It is a measure of how much long distance running has jogged its way into public consciousness over recent decades that the BBC Radio 4 national news on Saturday morning culminated – admittedly in a spot reserved for amusing items – with news that the organisers of the south coast of England race, the Brighton […]

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IS TIRUNESH THE MOST BORING RUNNER IN HISTORY?

Not necessarily, but I would hate to watch the run-off to decide, between her and her cousin Derartu. Having suffered the mind-numbing experience of watching a woman who can run 14min 11sec for 5000 metres, dawdle through a fifteen and a half minute race against women she knows she can beat, without once taking the […]

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CLASS, AND HOW TO ACQUIRE IT

It’s been gratifying to get a bit of support for my views on the way Tirunesh runs her races. These folks at least seem to have read and understood the broader implications of my critique. To them and, of course to my detractors, I offer a story from a bygone age, the better to illustrate […]

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BROWN ENVELOPES?

ATHLETICS KENYA – TAKE TWO! Back in the bad old days of amateur athletics, when the federation was God, and even a penny earned for your exploits could get you banned as a ‘pro,’ there was a time-honoured device known as the ‘brown envelope behind the beer tent’. This was the jokey reference to being […]

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