It’s the point and laugh blog.
Point and laugh at me.
Point and laugh at the idiots like me.
The ones who trained for months to try and beat a target. The ones who having had marathon disasters in the past had put their faith in plans to do a specific time. One that would have them regarded as good for their age. Out running in -10 degree conditions. 20 mile runs in the snow. Through three Beasts from the East and through personal and family crises. Ones who fought through the pain and cramp barriers on race day, recalculating their average paces to beat that one barrier. The ones who came down that last straight of their marathon, arms in the air, delighted, emotional for their family’s support. Paying extortionate prices for race photos to see the delight. Writing a gushing blog. Flooding social media. Celebrating.
For once actually feeling good about themselves.
The delight of beating that target by 3 1/2 minutes. To be able to tell their friends and family. I AM good for age! 3 months of training worth it. Set my specific plan and done it. I’m not shit!
Point and laugh at them.
Point and laugh at me.
Because that is EXACTLY what the organisers of the London marathon have done today.
You may not have heard but the Good for Age qualifications were changed today. My previous GFA was 3.15, I ran 3.11, it is now 3.10. The age group below me has gone from 3.15 to 3.05, amazing runs by my pals Dougie and Ian disregarded now. I understand the need for continual review and for change. I understand that sometimes goalposts have to move. But to do it less than a week before this year’s event. To do it AFTER marathons that people use for qualification – Manchester, Brighton, Paris etc. To do that is an absolute disgrace and a big two fingers up to those that have worked hard. Announce it after the previous year’s marathon, even on 1st January but give people a chance to try and prepare accordingly. But there is NO thought given to the punters.
As long as TOWIE have their places.
As long as you can fleece charities for the bond places.
As long as you can get more and more people in the ballot thinking that paying for merchandise in advance gives them a better chance of an entry.
As long as you can align with no notice to a money making corporate global program.
You can point and laugh at us because you no longer understand runners, you no longer understand people. Be ashamed London, more than ever you stand merely as a money making business, not as the people’s race. You point and laugh and no longer understand. I am no longer good for my age. I was for a week. Where I had pride I now have complete and utter embarrassment. Many people WILL now be pointing and laughing at me and many people like me.
But you won’t understand that will you?
Stick a pair of trainers on and try running again and remember the roots, because you have lost touch with reality.
As the great Glasgow philosopher once said, I hope that each and every one of you involved in this decision has a big hedgehog as their next jobbie. That would let me point and laugh.