Vague ramblings

Sporting chances? Not without the grass roots

Posted in Musing by Ian Cundell on 20 August, 2013

Set!Once upon a time I was a halfway decent sprinter. I probably would have been a better 800m runner, but the thought of the sheer slogging cross-country graft needed to build the endurance filled me with dread. There is nothing as exhilarating as running as fast as you possibly can. Once upon a time I was fit and fast.

Once I travelled with the Kingston Polytechnic Athletics Club (all five of us) to a meet in Barnsley where Kathy Smallwood (now Kathy Cook) pretty much won the event single-handed for the rather larger University of Birmingham team. That didn’t stop her team mates shouting “Come on you lazy moo,” but then being the absolute class of the field could not go unpunished.

It has taken until now for Christine Ohuruogu to break Cook’s 400m UK record. Her 200m record, set in 1984, still stands. Only the East German Cheat Machine robbed her of a proper place in sporting history.

Back then, of course, athletics was nominally amateur, yet we seemed able to produce more than the occasional diamond. We were never much in the field, but on the track we could go toe-to-toe with most people and not be embarrassed.

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London Anniversary Games, 26-27 July 2013

Posted in That which is cool by Ian Cundell on 28 July, 2013
Mo FarahUsain BoltMo Farah  - putting the Mo in momentousThe 3000m gets underwayJess Ennis-Hill Long JumpRenaud Lavillenie
Top bendChristine OhuruoguWater Jump 2Water JumpEmsley Carr Mile110m High Hurdles heat
Jess Ennis-HillUsain BoltBaton changeEntering the last bendThe "B" of bang!Triple Jump
Tom ParsonsGetting stretchedSet!400m Hurdles for WomenAnna RogowskaCuba's Silva clears

London Anniversary Games, 26-27 July 2013, a set on Flickr.

Some pics from the Olympic Stadium. Very nice front row seats

Via Flickr:
A selection of pictures from the London Anniversary Games, held at the Olympic Stadium in London on 26 and 27 July 2013, featuring Mo Farah, Usain Bolt, Christine Ohuruogu, Jess Ennis-Hill and many others

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