Hard to believe I know but looking at today's published list for athletes on lottery funding (WCPP World Class Performance Programme) for the 2012 Olympics it seems I've been passed over. I guess Charles Van Rental, or whatever he's called , doesn't believe I can improve on my 2:25 marathon over the next 2 years. Perhaps the fact I'm 61 blurred his decision making. Ageism, I call it.
At least I'm trying; having run 18 races this year. One female marathon runner is on the Podium funded list and she has only run 13 races in the last 5 years, only 2 in 2009 and none in 2010. So much for him saying "athletes must prove themselves continually to maintain their position on the programme which has performance at it's core...." But then again she was pregnant.
There was no need for any technological aid to work out the team winners in the mens race at the COMPLETE RUNNER cross country league on Saturday at Huddersfield. A magnificent show of club solidarity and commitment from Leeds City athletes, with 9 men finishing in the first 12 in the race.
It's perhaps a shame that the Northern and National XC champs no longer restrict entries; as the battle for selection of the 9 Leeds City runners for the National cross country championship race would have produced 9 runners in the very best of shape to take on the Southern challenge.
But in 2008 he, and several "extra pounds" around the midrift, reappeared in the C.R. XC league at Wetherby (Nov. 2008) where he finished a very creditable 30th. 2009 saw him win 3 of the league fixtures plus 17 other excellent road performances including a UK top M35 10 mile ranking with 48.54 at Thirsk in November. On Saturday his class showed again, beating the winner of the first league race by one minute and 23 seconds. Amazing "comeback". As they say, cream will always rise to the top.
My week's running started fairly well with a solid run over at the "res" yesterday. I gave myself a thrill by running around anticlockwise and became even more excited (!) when I discovered a new path , leading from the shoreline up to Fewston Church. Perhaps they are considering using the new path for baptisms in the reservoir.
Today I was back on familiar territory with an 8 miler on the canal which was superbly quiet compared to a weekend. I passed only 3 people in over an hours running. Back at the track I think tomorrow before some thoughts about the weekend 's racing. One consideration is what may turn out to be my 103rd and possibly last half marathon as one thought I'm having for next year is to concentrate on retaining speed; replacing runs of ten and over with an extra speed or hill session to try to maintain times over 5K and 10K.