The two hour marathon? Give it time and it may well happen…

Tuesday, 21 October, 2014

For a long time athletes strived to run a mile in less than four minutes, and finally, in 1954 Roger Bannister succeeded. Now marathon runners are eyeing up what is possibly a far more ambitious goal, to run a marathon in under two hours.

If though the trend is a long distance runner’s friend, then it is something that may happen in about sixteen years, if time reductions, especially noticeable since 1998, continue as they have.

Running a marathon, being a distance of twenty-six point two miles, in a time of exactly two hours, or the merest fraction less than, would require covering a mile every four minutes and thirty-five seconds. I wonder who will be the first person to achieve this particular milestone?

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Ok, so you can run, but can you properly imagine a person running?

Wednesday, 15 October, 2014

Well, this is embarrassing. People have been running for what, tens of thousands of years, but we, the same people, still don’t how to properly depict, or even imagine, this physical activity?

Wilson also points out that there’s a huge difference between asking someone to strike a running pose, and asking someone to run. “The only thing your postural systems cares about is staying upright, maintaining balance,” he says. “Running is about dynamic balance; maintaining balance as your mass moves. This is why we run in a contralateral pose – that’s how you balance out all the various forces and preserve your upright posture. Posing as if running is static balance.” In other words, the body asked to pose and asked to run is acting on two very different requests.

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If we’re in New York City, we must be in cricket country

Monday, 25 August, 2014

Considering parts of the United States were once a British colony, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn that there are one or two Americans who play cricket. What might be news though is the surge in popularity that the game is currently enjoying stateside:

Cricket’s profile is growing in the US thanks to the rising influence and size of the Indian (and to a lesser extent Caribbean) diaspora. It is an official high school sport in New York City. ESPN, which estimates that there are as many as 30 million cricket fans in the US, actually aired an Indian Premier League match on live television earlier this year. It regularly streams matches online and the audiences are solid.

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Why do golfers needs hole in one insurance? You’d be surprised…

Monday, 11 August, 2014

Apparently smart golfers take out “hole in one” insurance. Far from being lucrative, ace shots can prove to be expensive for the player in question, as they are expected to buy celebratory drinks for everyone, absolutely everyone, in the vicinity.

The concept of hole in one insurance may baffle the uninitiated, but to many it is a wise precaution as golf tradition holds that anyone who scores a hole in one should buy drinks back at the clubhouse for his playing group – if not everyone present. In Japan, many give extravagant gifts to friends and family after scoring a lucky ace.

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This is how we made cricket balls in 1956

Friday, 25 April, 2014

I would expect automation features in the production of many cricket balls today, but dare say there’d be people still making them entirely by hand, the way they were sixty years, or more, ago.

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Here’s the sort of golf shot we all want to play

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014

Never under-appreciate the skills you will acquire playing mini, or crazy golf… they proved more than useful for British web developer Matt Wheatcroft during a recent Par 3 tournament.

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The Well of Death, it’s enough to literally drive you up the wall

Friday, 11 October, 2013

Northern Indian city Allahabad is home to the Well of Death, a circular arena like structure where the drivers of motorcycles and cars ride their vehicles on its (vertical) walls.

Motorbikes are one thing in the confined space, but then cars are added to the mix. But keep watching. Then the drivers, of both types of vehicle, go hands free. But wait, those aren’t the only tricks up their sleeves…

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The long walk back to the pavilion, what dismissed cricketers say

Wednesday, 2 October, 2013

A glimpse into the thoughts going through the minds of cricketers after they have been dismissed – bowled, caught, stumped, run out, whatever – as they walk back to the pavilion… surprisingly their musing aren’t always self disparaging or belittling:

“What I said to myself helped me to stay positive, knowing that [my] game plan was a good one,” said one player about a recent dismissal. He was one of five players who participated in the research, all based at a county cricket club in England. Two of the others described how they called themselves names and criticised their own shot selection. A recurring theme throughout the study was for this kind of negativity to be followed by motivational self-talk.

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The best place for athletes to train? In the city by the looks of it

Monday, 16 September, 2013

We’re probably used to seeing runners and cyclists out and about on the streets of the cities where we live and work, but aside from a boot camp here and there, the sight of other athletes, such as weight lifters and gymnasts, in training, is likely pretty rare.

After looking at the work of New York photographer Jordan Matter though, urban spaces almost appear to be perfectly made practice environments for sports people.

Via TAXI.

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Unicycle football, it’s football with a different style of foot work

Monday, 9 September, 2013

Presenting Unicycle Football… talk about contact sport though, you won’t walk away from this game without a few bumps and bruises.

Also, I wonder how long you can stay off your unicycle – necessary to tackle or kick goals – before being penalised though?

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