I heard recently that the strength in depth of British distance running (Mrs Radcliffe aside) has dropped dramatically. I was told that in the very early days of the London Marathon over 100 British male runners finished in under 2.20, in 2002 this had dropped to 4. Indeed in my local races the vets seem to claim a disproportianate share of the top placings (congrats of course).
Yet every year we hear of record entries into London and the Great North run. Is running enjoying a renewed boom? Or are we seeing a shift away from elite competition and towards "trendy" races with loads of c-list celebrities and a "lets get on the TV and brag at work" attitude.