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#2985243 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 29 August 2014 - 10:28 PM

Went to the Sweatshop Running Club's interval training session last night. I hope to God it works in eventually reducing my 5K and 10K times because it was pretty intense!

#2981888 Coventry Bears

Posted by tim2 on 23 August 2014 - 03:42 PM

The journey begins. They will have to recruit well to make sure they compete next year - that division is going to be very tough.



#2980697 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 20 August 2014 - 08:40 PM

Pain is ok...its the blisters, bears, mountain lions, drought, forest fires, lightning, bears, no pubs, no toilets, hills, bears that worry me more...


Don't forget the bears!

#2980360 Oxford Cavaliers withdraw from Conference League South

Posted by tim2 on 20 August 2014 - 10:15 AM

You should be able to run a reserve team, all pro/semi pro clubs should. They should be in their own league setup, not being farmed out to amateur clubs though.

But the "reserves" will be made up of the better local amateur players who are either just "reserve fodder" or players wanting to impress the pro side. Either way, local clubs will have their bast players taken to play in a relatively meaningless reserve championship and these players might get a shiny pro track suit.

Not an easy one to resolve.

#2978295 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 16 August 2014 - 11:22 AM

23.10 at the parkrun today, form is slowly returning

#2977718 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 15 August 2014 - 01:54 PM

My best 5K, 10K, 10 mile and half marathons were done with even or negative splits (same/faster 2nd half than 1st)

#2976998 what an ignorant bigoted oaf this man is

Posted by tim2 on 14 August 2014 - 11:36 AM

I like how he says leftists are always angry.

Has he not listened to Fox News opinion pieces, or indeed his own show?

There's more foaming at the mouth than a rabid dog convention.

Left/right aside, the idea that clinical depression is linked to one's politics is absurd and dangerous.

#2976591 Pennine League strcuture

Posted by tim2 on 13 August 2014 - 03:36 PM

Who are the CK Vikings?

Hoyland have rebooted their juniors with Mitch Stringer in charge running Primary RL.

#2972700 Union women's world cup

Posted by tim2 on 06 August 2014 - 10:04 PM

The Ireland v NZ game wasn't the best technical spectacle but was a great sporting event because of the way Ireland beat the odds and the fun they're going to have asking their male counterparts how they felt when they beat New Zealand. "Oh, that's right, you've never done that have you?"

#2971758 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 05 August 2014 - 12:23 PM

Finally got off my backside and got back to proper training and racing after turning into a summer sloth and dropping behind on my 1000km target for 2014.

Parkrun on saturday, Lutterworth 5 mile race Sunday and an 8 mile run to get some distance in my legs last night. Day off today, 6 miles tomorrow then a fast parkrun on Saturday.

#2970896 U15's & U16's Scholarships

Posted by tim2 on 04 August 2014 - 07:10 AM

The under 16 league in the Midlands, when it was working, was effectively run using teams coached by the community coaches (who have now all gone) and was populated in the main by Rugby Union players keeping fit. Some of these players were very good and the odd one of them converted to league and made their way into the performance programme.


Any club that tried to develop league-only players from their schools development would get battered by county standard RU players and a lot of those players never came back. Any attempts to make the coaches do their jobs and recruit new players by extending the season and competing with RU failed as it was far easier to wait and grab some good RU players. Now we are reaping what was sowed back then.


The money from Sport England was, because of the rules of SE, not spent on the right things or over a long enough period. With the same money over 6 years rather than 3, the right people in the Midlands could have set something in place that had a fighting chance of long term success. Now it's gone back roughly to where it was in 2006 when we set up the first junior Merit League.

#2969902 U15's & U16's Scholarships

Posted by tim2 on 02 August 2014 - 03:36 PM

From day one of starting an amateur club, and one that is unlikely to ever be considered "elite", we have had trouble with the performance pathway.


The concept of a path to a pro career is great, but the pro game and the RFL do not seem to understand how the various systems and the attitude of people within the pro clubs has adversely affected the development of the sport at the grass roots. Somehow because we don't get paid to run rugby league, it seems that we aren't worthy of an opinion. That, despite the fact that some of us know a lot about sports development, running businesses, teaching kids etc. and (not in my case I admit) many years of involvement with the game.


Of all the issues within the game this is the one that has caused me the most grief and ultimately contributed to my lack of willingness to put as much time and effort into the sport as I had over the previous 10 years.


All the points made by Marauder, TaxiEgg and Defender1 are valid.

#2946968 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 19 June 2014 - 05:08 PM

Ulley reservoir 5 mile trail race last night. Hilly, warm, tricky underfoot but beautiful run in 43 minutes. Quite pleased with that.

My next race will be the parkrun in Darwin, Australia.

#2944545 5K run on a treadmill

Posted by tim2 on 14 June 2014 - 04:28 PM

Pontefract parkrun today - really nice run on the inside track of the racecourse.


Another 12K training run tomorrow will take me to 500km for the year so far.

#2943941 Sam Barlow possible serious injury

Posted by tim2 on 13 June 2014 - 10:31 AM

As a ref you are encouraged to keep well away from brawls because

1. You could get hit
2. You have a better view of any blindside hits.

Not like the good old days when refs would get in the middle of it, and maybe throw a couple themselves.

However, you have to use whatever means you can to stop it. Voice, body language etc. And certainly when it's stopped you have to separate the sides by a good distance before discussing and acting.

Not sure about this case, but a lot of refs now get fast tracked through academies and scholarships where the discipline is usually very good. Doing your time in the Pennine League and National Conference seems to be a thing of the past.