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#3037551 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on Yesterday, 11:09 PM

1.53.17 for the Clowne Half - 1 min 40 quicker than last year and handled the hills much better.

#3034743 Ref attacked in amateur rugby league game

Posted by tim2 on 18 November 2014 - 06:08 PM

Typical ref tim. Too soft to play the game and revelling in superiority and self importance.

I played prob 200 open age games and never seen any ref intimidation never mind assault


I've seen a lot of amateur games and seen plenty of intimidation - perhaps you don't notice it when you have the attitude you've got. Not just poor refs either - really good ones who are respected at most clubs have copped it at some point. Thankfully it doesn't turn into assault very often.


Not just been a ref either - I have run a club where we only ever had one player cautioned or sent off for dissent. And we didn't back him up when he wanted to appeal the 5 game ban.

#3034728 Ref attacked in amateur rugby league game

Posted by tim2 on 18 November 2014 - 05:48 PM

I often wonder why on earth  people who give up their time in this way put up with it.

There was once an article in TGG magazine about racism in amateur Rugby League…what it described was absolutely ghastly.


I reffed all over the country and only encountered racism one time on the pitch or in changing rooms. It was a schools game and a player suddenly lashed out and punched another - I had to dismiss him but he reported use of a racist term that he took exception too. I hadn't heard it, but reported it to the teacher who removed the player from the game.


Referees must be protected, no matter how poor they may be perceived to be. This has to start with the club ethos, then the coaches and the players will fall into line. Sadly too many clubs have an anti-ref agenda inbuilt in their DNA and it just perpetuates.

#3034690 Ref attacked in amateur rugby league game

Posted by tim2 on 18 November 2014 - 04:29 PM

Its a rarity and every team has a bad egg


Oh, that's all right then.

#3034114 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 17 November 2014 - 08:52 AM

50th parkrun on Saturday and 9 miles yesterday.


I also just booked in for the Stamford 30K in February and the Hull 20 mile in March, my warm up races for the Manchester Marathon.

#3030168 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 09 November 2014 - 01:06 PM

Ran the Clowne Half Marathon route as a warm-up to the real thing in 2 weeks time.

#3028726 Ed Miliband

Posted by tim2 on 07 November 2014 - 05:28 PM

I listened to a Milliband interview on the radio last night.

He used the draadful "cost of living crisis" soundbite a couple of times and he used the word "country" as in "this country" "our country" "the country" about 20 times.

It sounded like a manufactured speech from spin doctors not even fit to lick Alistair Campbell's boots. Has Labour learned nothing? The electorate are in some ways more sophisticated then they have been (spotting the soundbite) but less so in spotting that UKIP are not the party to solve the real problems that they have. Without transgressing into the UKIPpery thread, they seem to offer something they at least genuinely believe in (even though much of it is nonesense) whereas Ed and his opposition front bench are floundering whilst the marginal consituency back benchers are getting jittery about their seats.

#3027293 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 04 November 2014 - 09:22 PM

49th parkrun on Saturday, 5 mile PB on Sunday (equal previous best) and ran 4.5K this morning in the streets of Vernon in France.

#3020971 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 26 October 2014 - 11:45 PM

If you want inspiration, look at this...



#3020759 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 26 October 2014 - 03:25 PM

Worksop Half Marathon in 1 hour 49 minutes, 4 minutes quicker than last year.

#3020311 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 25 October 2014 - 06:29 PM

48th parkrun today, gentle trot to warm up for the Worksop Half tomorrow.


In other news, I didn't get in the London Marathon so I went home from the club meeting and entered the Manchester Marathon next April. It will be very close to the 10th anniversary of my dad's death and I will be running in aid of Ashgate Hospice.

#3018128 League 1 Cup

Posted by tim2 on 22 October 2014 - 05:18 PM

I was just looking at the fixture list and saw Coventry Bears v Barrow Raiders on May 31st.

I have known Barrovian Ron Banks for many years - I remember him collecting all the kit off the floor of the Bears' changing room after a game ready to take it for washing and trying to count everything to see how much had gone missing that week. As a club chairman myself at the time, I sympathised with him and realised how much hard work he and others were putting in at amateur clubs around the country.

When he saw this fixture he must have blinked and wondered when he would wake up from what must be a dream - it must seem barely believable that the day would come. Well Ron, it's coming and it's real. And I wish you, and Boomer, and Tom and all the others the best of luck. Do the Midlands proud.

#3018003 UKIPpery

Posted by tim2 on 22 October 2014 - 12:50 PM

Being "enlightened" normally means that your prejudices are different from those of your parents.
Otherwise, to adapt Philip Larkin, "They fill you with the prejudices they had, and add some extra just for you."
Most of us have prejudices, but the "enlightened" ones among us are able to ensure that our prejudices are those that happen to be fashionable at any particular point in time.

My parents are/were anti-gay who thought Enoch Powell talked a lot of sense. I certainly haven't inherited those views although I probably held them briefly as a child when you haven't had a chance to see other options and viewpoints - I am a socialist but I don't intrinsically despise rich people, Tories or indeed people who hold what I consider bigoted views. I prefer to engage in a debate where I try to persuade them that a more humanist and tolerant view of people's situation and lifestyle choice is better for everyone.

If being tolerant of people's choice of religion, sexuality or skin colour is currently fashionable then thank God (or perhaps not, if you are agnostic or atheist) for that.

You used my smilies  out of context!! They were not attached to my comment about Henry and Ray.

Welcome to the world of the British Press...

Apologies, it was a cut and paste error. Or as the Guardian would put it, a cat and piste error.

#3016032 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 18 October 2014 - 05:01 PM

Doing some quicker 10Ks in preparation for the Worksop Half next week - one of my favourite races. Tomorrow I will pass 500 miles for the year and next week will pass my record total distance for a year's running. I'm aiming for 1000K during 2014.


I will also find out on Friday if I'm in the London Marathon - I didn't get in through the ballot so I hope I can get a club place.

#3011945 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 11 October 2014 - 09:45 PM

Southampton parkrun this week. Nice gentle 26 minutes after a week's holiday. Over 500 runners made it a bit crowded.