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Regarding GFA, and I know we've discussed it on here in the past, I'm a bit confused by London's definition of equality. Yes, definitely equality in numbers, but not on effort/age grades required to reach the targets when comparing men and women, with the standard for men becoming even tougher. Frustrating for me, but I've always said it's their race and they can do what they like. But personally, 3:05 is out! I'm disappointed but I've kind of been expecting it, what with the recent changes to allocation of club places. It's obviously geared towards charity (and that's not a criticism). At least now we know how many of the race is GFA, whereas before it was always a guess.
OTB-A Pb is always great so congrats on that,as for cramp i know exactly how you feel,mine is always the hamstrings rather than calf though,until I nail it I won't get the times I should.Reg GFA it looks like they have set them about right for male and female,if you ignore the elites last year 1863 men went sub 3 and 1850 women sub 3:45,and 2347 men went sub 3:05 and 2212 women sub 3:50.I had a feeling they would make it harder but I was hoping if they went to 5 year gaps,then 45-49 would stay at 3:15 and 41-44 went 3:10.As for me well 3:10 will be very very tough but with 1:30 HM if I ever learn to convert well I have a slender chance.
Cal Jones said:
Well done, OTB - passing out must have been a bit worrying though. I hope you still remembered to get your medal!