A long running joke

The Running Commandments

As some of you may or may not know, last year I foolishly enrolled myself to take part in the 2011 Brighton marathon. This somewhat foolhardy decision was brought about after having witnessed runners of all shapes and sizes completing last year’s marathon which left me thinking – “I could do that!

However, after many a long and dull training run I can assure you that running is not a wonderful stress relieving, meditative activity, it is a silly sport – there is little pleasure to be derived from a run which lasts longer than 2 hours. In fact, aside from trying to stop my earphones from falling out by continually jamming them back into my ears, one of the only ways I’ve managed to keep myself sane on these long pavement-pounding runs is by people-watching, particularly by watching other runners.

There are many different types of runner that you might encounter whilst going out for a pleasant walk (or an unpleasant run) . Obviously you get super-sporty types and then the not-so-sporty runners but there are many more varieties of runner you can find dashing around your town or city:

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Bloody Good from team GB

As the European Championships in Spain came to a close last weekend the future host nation, Great Britain, can feel quietly confident. Some encouraging performances across a number of disciplines saw them finish with a respectable bronze medal around their collective neck.

Although this Championship is a good indicator of personal athlete’s performances and fitness levels it is not however a real yard stick for where these nations will hope to finish in the Olympic games – we must of course consider the other main competitors: China, America, Australia and Hussein Bolt. The Dutch head coach of UK athletics, Charles Van Commenee, probably put it best:

“Quite a few athletes stepped up a level, but there is a lot of work to be done”.

So as Boris gets on his bike promoting the London 2012 Olympic games, the third time the games will be held in our fair capital (1908 and 1948 previously) what can we take from this championship? Continue reading

Vuvuzelas are not going to buzz off

What's all the buzz about?Sad news, South African World Cup organisers have announced that they are not going to do anything about the severe bee problem in their stadiums.

Sadly the bee-impersonating bastard vuvuzela horns are here to stay. Ironically according to musicians the note created by these horns is bee-sharp.

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What’s the offside rule again?

FIFA 2010 World CupThe World Cup is nearly upon us! Just one week to go now! Time to rejoice, drink to excess and puff out our chests with patriotic pride. Regardless of whether you even really like football or not it’s hard not to get swept up in the wave of excitement that always accompanies this quadrennial event.

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Mascot madness

Wenlock and Mandeville - Olympic and Paralympic mascotsLast week the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots were revealed to the world. I’m sure the world wasn’t really that bothered about this revelation, but now that Wenlock and Mandeville have arrived I’m sure we can look forward to them being a regular appearance on our screens and in our newspapers on slow news days.

But what is the story behind these two bizarre beings I hear nobody ask, well I will tell you!

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Brighton Marafun

Brighton Marathon Medley

London, New York, Paris and now Brighton.

Sunday 18th April saw the inauguration of Brighton into the world of major long distance events and has widely been deemed to have been an overwhelming success, with both runners and the people of Brighton and Hove. Continue reading