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  • #46
    Several points to make...

    Our MIA thread seems to be prompting a few retirements - careful who we mention next!

    I do hope the likes of Eilidh Doyle and Sophie Hitchon remain in and around the sport as their experience will be invaluable for the next generation.

    I was only thinking of women's 400h this morning, before this news, and I wonder if the fact the competition in that event is so contested it rather made her mind up. I dont think it has been mentioned but at Lea Valley (see Ian Hodge as ever) Megan Beasley ran a 55.82, and one or two others ran 56.XX PBs ...

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    • #47
      Originally posted by carterhatch View Post
      Several points to make...

      Our MIA thread seems to be prompting a few retirements - careful who we mention next!

      I do hope the likes of Eilidh Doyle and Sophie Hitchon remain in and around the sport as their experience will be invaluable for the next generation.

      I was only thinking of women's 400h this morning, before this news, and I wonder if the fact the competition in that event is so contested it rather made her mind up. I dont think it has been mentioned but at Lea Valley (see Ian Hodge as ever) Megan Beasley ran a 55.82, and one or two others ran 56.XX PBs ...
      I think Doyle was always weighing up the pros and cons of coming back to the sport after having a baby, and being in her early 30's, whether it was worth all the effort and training to get back into shape... Then the likes of Turner and Knight going sub 55 for the first time this year, Lina Nielsen finally showing signs that's she's getting a handle on the event, Megan Beesley still able to put in reliable 55 second times, Hayley Mclean running her a fastest time in years, and now Nicole Kendall joining the growing list of hurdlers under Marina Armstrong's that have significantly improved... I think that all of those added factors helped to make up Doyle's mind.

      She didn't need to come back - women's one lap hurdling in Great Britain is in pretty good shape as it is.

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      • #48
        I think Eilidh has great potential as a coach.

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        • #49
          I was doing some research on Po10 and the name of Isobel Pooley came up - anyone know her current status...

          of course, silly me, 'She announced her retirement in September 2017, at the age of 24.'

          Injury?

          Has she remained in and around athletics? I recall her being quite an advocate for women in sport ...
          Last edited by carterhatch; 05-06-21, 08:23.

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          • treadwater1
            treadwater1 commented
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            Yes she cited injury at the time

        • #50
          Dai Greene complaining he can’t get runs for a qualifying time. Needs to get subscribed here, there’s plenty going on.

          https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/57366279

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          • #51
            Originally posted by Grassmarket View Post
            Dai Greene complaining he can’t get runs for a qualifying time. Needs to get subscribed here, there’s plenty going on.

            https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/57366279
            I'm wondering if he has a "proper" job as well, meaning that he can't take time off to self-isolate after returning from a foreign country? The article doesn't really explain why many of our athletes are competing frequently abroad at the moment, but he isn't able to.

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            • Ladyloz
              Ladyloz commented
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              I think it may be more when he's travelling to meets and the countries impose quarantine on people from Britain entering e.g. I know Germany has now imposed a mandatory 14 day quarantine across the board as well as the Swiss example mentioned elsewhere. Different countries will also have different rules around which events get 'elite athlete exemptions'. Clearly Diamond Leagues will but probably more problematic for lower level meets.

              Anyway Jessie Knight set the first of her Olympic qualifiers in Nuneaton so I don't think he should be too sniffy about racing here, although he & Jessie are clearly at different stages of her career. And given how lovely the weather is in many parts of the country as well. Plus isn't the 400h the type of event where it's very reliant on stride patterns and running your own race so am not sure it would be that crucial to have higher level competition.

          • #52
            Things like this are probably part of the issue:
            https://atleticageneve.org/one-wek-to-go/
            Geneva is the kind of meet lots of our athletes normally attend and look for good times.

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            • #53
              It's an issue for world rankings too.

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              • #54
                Originally posted by LuckySpikes View Post

                I'm wondering if he has a "proper" job as well, meaning that he can't take time off to self-isolate after returning from a foreign country? The article doesn't really explain why many of our athletes are competing frequently abroad at the moment, but he isn't able to.
                Well, I guess if you are on the lottery team you have more access to doctors, tests etc, whereas if you are Joe Prole you have to queue up and pay your £250 at the local Scout Hut etc etc.

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                • #55
                  Nothing from Miguel Francis and NMB has been very quiet this season. I wasn’t too worried about Prescod a few weeks ago but it’s starting to look like there could be a problem

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                  • #56
                    Originally posted by treadwater1 View Post
                    Nothing from Miguel Francis and NMB has been very quiet this season. I wasn’t too worried about Prescod a few weeks ago but it’s starting to look like there could be a problem
                    there are plenty of our elite athletes who have managing to compete; i hate this constant whinging about Covids problems ; the 4x100 relay for men looks as is its down to the wire. I bet our American Brits will be here for in the womens short hurdles
                    All our sprinters know about Covid travel restrictions and they know about the trials dates and some of them even get paid money for competing; i do not understand the constant repetition about the problems of the day;
                    We had our first disappointment on Saturday night for the athletes who seem only able to run in the States . Maybe Josh Kerr running here will be able to compete at the level necessary to get into the GB team . As for Prescod he has become a non person; an overrated sprinter who has gone to the USA for whatever reason; if the guy is injured : why cannot he say so; he' s not Usain Bolt.!
                    Probably hear the usual Privacy sh*t; why does UKA pay him anything, assuming they do, as a Relay member.
                    Last edited by philipo; 07-06-21, 09:00.

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                    • #57
                      One name from the past who raced this weekend - George Caddick with a 22.66 200m. This doesn't suggest he is any sort of shape, but if he can get down to even mid-46 then there are a bunch of relay slots open and he was always an excellent relay runner.

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                      • #58
                        OK... I am asking... where is Laura Weightman?

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                        • #59
                          Laura is usually someone who is prolific on the.circuit too so a fair question carterhatch. Also Melissa Courtney -Bryant? Not seen anything of her since she pulled out of Euro Indoors

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                          • #60
                            Courtney-Bryant and Weightman both on the start lists for the 1500m in Marseille tomorrow.

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                            • carterhatch
                              carterhatch commented
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                              ask and you shall receive... cheers!
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