Recognise this lady? No? She's ROSIE RUIZ pictured having just crossed the line at Boston marathon 1980 with the clock reading 2:31.56. Completely unknown, eyebrows were raised. No one had seen her in the race. No race monitors picked her up. Eventually members of the public came forward confirming that they had seen her join the race about 1/2 mile from the finish! It turned out she had used the subway almost all the way. Another who was happy to take the plaudits but not cover 26.2 miles was New Yorker FRED LORZ who "won" the Olympic marathon in 1904 in St. Louis enjoying the gold medal until it was discovered he had covered 11 miles in his manager's car. He redeeemed himself in winning Boston the following year.
I am not going to ask any readers to confess to cheating!
Unless you absolutely have to get something off your chest!?
Out and about yesterday several people asked about the marathon. I said that it was great that over 36000 finished; a very large number of them seriously into their running, having dedicated months of the winter in their preparation but they were all surprised to learn that standards at the sharp end were worse than 20 years ago. I said last week that it's only natural that old stagers like me compare our times from the past
with those recorded each year. For the record then
1983 2:25:36 good enough for only 200th place.
2005...50th 2006....48th 2007....20th! 2008....36th 2009....31st 2010....33rd.
I can only repeat if Dave Bedford would only channel some of the prize money to the UK club team prizes then it would be a great incentive and standards would improve.
Am I wrong? Why do you think UK standards under 2.30 are so much worse than 20 years ago?