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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfella View Post
    But what about those men who who would have made the top 10 were it not for the females being included in the open category. For once I agree with Graham just have Male and Female.
    As someone who occasionally makes the top 10 in local races, I can say this doesn't bother me at all. It's harder for women to beat men, so they deserve all the credit they get. If I don't make the top ten in a race and a woman does, so be it - well done her.

    For me it's a bit like the situation with vet categories. I'd never look at the results and want to discount people older than me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfella View Post
    But then surely you don't need a women's category.
    Or a men's.
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    I think it boils down to analysis and statistics, you'd never have known Hannah Horsburgh did so well in the British Champs HB21 if you hadn't seen the open results, you'd need that to see she beat all the Keswick lot barring one. You could compare times, but the tabular setup of open is easier. I'd like to see more categories, that way i might look better on paper than i actually am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    I'd like to see more categories, that way i might look better on paper than i actually am.
    I like that idea Mr B. We can but dream:

    "And the third MV47 in the 60-65kg category from Cheshire is..."

    I'd say first, but my imagination isn't that good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noel View Post
    I like that idea Mr B. We can but dream:

    "And the third MV47 in the 60-65kg category from Cheshire is..."

    I'd say first, but my imagination isn't that good.
    I propose an category suffix for ex-smokers, so MV40S, WSenS. You have to pass a test to get into the category with questions such as...

    How many ciggies in a pack of 'Royals'?
    True or false, 'Embassy' fags may have a red stripe on the pack?
    The main colour on a pack of 10 Lambert and Butler might be silver or...?

    So that's your theory test out of the way; next your practical, where you have to roll a tab using Old Holborn tobacco complete with filter, and take two drags without bumsucking the filter.

    All tests easily failed by a fell runner with a lifetime of clean living behind him such as Rob Jebb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr brightside View Post
    I propose an category suffix for ex-smokers, so MV40S, WSenS. You have to pass a test to get into the category with questions such as...

    How many ciggies in a pack of 'Royals'?
    True or false, 'Embassy' fags may have a red stripe on the pack?
    The main colour on a pack of 10 Lambert and Butler might be silver or...?

    So that's your theory test out of the way; next your practical, where you have to roll a tab using Old Holborn tobacco complete with filter, and take two drags without bumsucking the filter.

    All tests easily failed by a fell runner with a lifetime of clean living behind him such as Rob Jebb.


    I would add rolling a fag with one hand whilst riding a bike!
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    I was disappointed to learn in a recent fellrunner that Martin Hyman had died. I met Martin several times when supporting the trial races in the lakes, here's a particular favourite.

    Mark Johnston introduces us at the registration tent in patterdale, and says that I will be holding a gate below the zig zags on Whiteside. The runners will be crossing the beck on a wooden bridge and don't want to held up by the countryside code. Martin has a big smile on his face, which never went away, and seems so very friendly. He offers me a lift up in his car and assures me he will place me in the correct position. Five of us pile into Martin's Peugeot 405 and head on up the mine track; he seems far more interested in getting talking to us than driving. What happened next at the mine buildings was absolutely brilliant. Martin announces that the last climb up the gravel track is a bit steep and slippy and that the less weight in the car the better. I disagreed, but said nothing. He negotiates the climb at about 6500rpm, riding the clutch all the way, and I can smell it. Gravel is flying everywhere as he wheelspins it over the summit and parks up. I have huge amounts of mechanical sympathy, and I really felt for his friction plate. He gets out of the car and announces that he has to hold the clip board so that he seems to be the most important, I laughed my arse off. Martin gets us all positioned and all the tapes run out, and it goes very smoothly. I'll always remember Martin as a classic fell running character, and his warm smile said it all.

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