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#3208249 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 05 October 2015 - 02:56 PM

Chester marathon for me today. Best organised race I've ever done - highly recommended if anyone feels daft enough to do one. They also have a "metric" version - 26.2km.


Well done! I ran a Half marathon PB on the Tissington Trail on Saturday - 1.45.08 


That means I've PB'd at every regular racing distance between 5K and Marathon in 2015; 5K, 5 miles, 10K, 10 miles, Half marathon, 30K, 20 miles and Marathon.

#3195991 18 Sept: Qualifiers - Sheffield Eagles v Hull KR KO 7.45pm

Posted by tim2 on 19 September 2015 - 07:00 AM

that and getting some fans to turn up also


Having more fans hasn't stopped Leigh messing it up when it really counts

#3190123 What Are You Listening To - The Reckoning

Posted by tim2 on 09 September 2015 - 01:54 PM

Difford and Tilbrook were the Lennon and McCartney of the 80's


There's a bit of Ray Davies / Kinks in there as well. Glenn Tilbrook's solo shows are fantastic and he often performs in very small venues. I saw him in a 100 person venue in Sheffield and it was one of the best gigs I've seen.


They actually wrote Cradle to the Grave and some of the other tracks in 2012 and mentioned the Danny Baker project back then. I don't know if the delay in actually completing it was a consequence of Baker's illness.

#3188052 Obituary Corner

Posted by tim2 on 05 September 2015 - 05:46 PM


The years do go by as quickly as a wink. RIP Rico.

#3185423 New TV rights deal agreed with BBC

Posted by tim2 on 01 September 2015 - 12:28 PM

The comments on here are actually reasonable compared to the drivel that this announcement triggered on facebook. Some RL fans literally have no clue about the sport's true status and the fact that we can get this competition shown to the biggest possible audience whilst still getting a big chunk of money from Sky that is keeping the whole game afloat is a very good position for us.


The BBC's coverage has improved dramatically recently and I'm very glad they are involved. Like it or not, we are a minority sport in the scheme of things and some of the attitudes and comments just seem to be aiming to keep it that way, or indeed, shrink it further.

#3183587 Shootings

Posted by tim2 on 28 August 2015 - 12:32 PM

That's like saying 'if you don't lock your front door, you're less likely to be burgled'.


No it isn't.


The chances are that if someone is going to shoot you, they'll already be better at it than you are and it won't help. Second, someone who doesn't have a gun gets hold of yours before you do and shoots you with it. Third, your child or grandchild shoots you with it. Fourth, you get involved in stuff you would otherwise run away from.


It also means that a close family member is far more likely to be shot. By you or another family member.


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#3181973 Don't panic.... china crash ahead

Posted by tim2 on 24 August 2015 - 06:12 PM

We don't get the publication. This is for 2 reasons.

1) game birds are too small to fill a Northern portion pie.

2) a Northerner on a Raleigh Chopper can  produce more torque than any southerner and his range rover.

Actual facts.


I heard there are plenty of game birds in Wigan. #1970sAreBack #IllGetMyCoat

#3181687 What about Halifax

Posted by tim2 on 24 August 2015 - 10:09 AM

The results this weekend shows this middle section is going to be a success -and in my opinion will only get stronger in future years.

The problem seems to be in the top and bottom sections.


Not sure about that. If we'd finished after 23 rounds, Saints would have made the top 4. That's not certain now.


The Championship 8 is really a consolation prize plus a relegation battle that I can assure you matters to Batley, Hunslet and the Cumbrian clubs.


My main problem with the whole thing is that 30 games plus is too many.

#3173638 All Golds 26 Newcastle Thunder 10

Posted by tim2 on 10 August 2015 - 07:21 AM

Coventry were leading at Barrow at half time too.


We have to keep the faith with the new clubs and give them time to adapt, not separate them off into their own ghetto division.

#3173425 A referee has just told a player to score a try

Posted by tim2 on 09 August 2015 - 06:37 PM

Ben was not going to put the ball down...the fool....play to the whistle.


But I do object to refs coaching, their running commentary annoys the hell out of me. 


Are they their to stop the laws being broken or to penalise offenders?


They spend so much energy telling a defending line when to go they miss teams that are constantly stealing a yard or two. It is for the defenders to get back,stay onside, they know the rules.


All this familiarity with the players ...who wants to know that Micky Higham was the best ref in Super League. Tell him to shut up, penalise him or whatever.


When I reffed, players wanted you to work with them. Managing the game to avoid penalties and fights is most definitely part of the job.


This was a strange one but I did something similar in a game. I'd called play on - the player had crossed the line and everyone had stopped. He looked at me and I think my words were "Go ahead, put it down if you want" - not dissimilar.


Move along, nothing to see here. However I don't think it should have been a try, but that's my view as against the current interpretation.

#3170716 Clues on Yorkshire Mens League set up 2015?

Posted by tim2 on 04 August 2015 - 09:18 AM


These stats are all over the place and cannot be correct (either the overoptimistic ones or the doomsday ones). The mode of collection and analysis plays a big part in the results.


There are agendas at play here that need to be taken into account. The government wants to spend less on sport as they have to make savage cuts, but they don't want to be seen to be the cause of a huge failure at Rio next year (which it will be compared to 2012). One way is to put the knife into the NGBs.


As a society we have to decide if sport and exercise are priorities - you could argue these are two different things. 


My view of rugby league based purely on observation and no collection of stats whatsoever is that actual adult participation is probably down. If you looked at the number of registered players this may not tie in, but a lot of them won't be playing all the time and meeting regular participation targets. Fixing this isn't a matter of switching back to winter, or sacking the BARLA committee or inciting a coup d'etat at the RFL. It's about a long term strategy that looks at optimising the scarce resources the sport has in order to build a larger base at community level from primary RL upwards, targeting retention of junior players into the adult game and last of all worrying about who sits on what league committee. Also, getting a genuine acceptance from the professional game that they need the community game - not just saying it but actively being seen to work with the community game and the volunteers who keep it going.


One of the organisations that I'm involved in as a participant and volunteer is parkrun (named in the article). This is a classic case of something that has increased participation in running without guaranteeing to generate a single Olympic medalist. Whether it will or not, we may not know for 15 years. Will an athlete whose mum or dad took them to a junior parkrun when they were 6 end up as a top professional? It could be. How might we transfer this model to rugby league?

#3166516 NRL stars in ref abuse probe

Posted by tim2 on 28 July 2015 - 08:49 AM


The last sentence is a bit unfortunate if you read it in the wrong context

#3162267 Eagles to go full-time in 2016

Posted by tim2 on 22 July 2015 - 07:04 AM

It's a little unfair to say that the Eagles have no junior development. They have run scholarships and academies for a few years now - admittedly the community game in the area is struggling, but that's true everywhere. I'm less worried about the Eagles' viability than I am about that. No community game, no professional game.

#3161250 Bradfords attendance today

Posted by tim2 on 20 July 2015 - 11:37 AM

Would a system work whereby a club/owner would put enough money into escrow (or something similar) that would cover an above-cap spend over say three years?


So if the cap were £500,000 and they wanted to spend £600,000 in year one, £750,000 in year 2 and £1,000,000 in year 3, they would put £850,000 in an account partially controlled by the RFL that would release the money back as the club needed it. The amount would have to be equal across the years or increasing (i.e. not £1000000 in year one and £501,000 in the next two years)


The club could withdraw from this arrangement at any point (i.e. get the money back but be restricted by the cap) if they changed their business plans or got promoted.

#3155329 Fox hunting

Posted by tim2 on 09 July 2015 - 04:03 PM

The law change will bring England and Wales into line with Scotlands hunting laws.  So it puts the SNP in a position where they really can't really vote against it. It's a nice trap with EVAL being debated.


English Votes for Australian Laws? I'm up for that!