I have just switched on my TV to the Marathon to see they have Pacemakers for the Marathon, its ridiculous, what a farce , Surely the Runners have enough intelligence to work out there own pace and timing over 26 miles without paying Thousands of Pound to bring in Pacemakers. Its getting ridiculous||| I am against Pacemakers in all Athletic sports
what started as a charity run for the masses has been hijacked by professionals to a large extent, and I suppose it was inevitable.
I used to go down to watch it, but I can't even summon up the enthusiasm to watch on TV now, even though a member of my family is one of today's participant. His wife and children are there, and I'll get some footage of him from them later - that will do me.
Well yes,and perhaps I was being a little harsh when I used the word 'hijacked' - let me retract that statement.
What I meant was that I feel the event has lost a little as each year the media seem to have concentrated less on the fun run aspect, and more on the 'world-class professional event'as you call it. I'm not for a moment criticising the organisation, or the fact that huge amounts are collected for charity each year (£41 million last time is one estimate I heard). My criticism is reserved for an apparent fall off in the 'fun' side of things.
I was at the very first London Marathon in 1981. It was raining, but the fact that everyone was having fun was self-evident. The two front-runners crossed the finishing line holding hands, and the feeling of sportsmanship was everywhere. The last time I went was four years ago, and I had none of the same feeling - things were quite obviously and primarily focused on the professional runners.
I'm sure the event is a huge success financially, and I'm sure that the majority doesn't share my feeling of slight regret. Just one of those things, I suppose.