Today's Independent newspaper has an article entitled: Can amateurs' 'Real Relay' steal the Olympic show? Armed with their own torch, runners hope to eclipse official 'celebrity tour' this week.
IMHO, the headline speaks volumes about how our lives have become taken over by corporate and commercial interests, using put-down words like "amateurs" and "stealing". Whatever happened to those long-lost Olympic ideals of amateurism? And whose Olympics is it to steal anyway? Grrr... What EnduranceLife are suceeding in pulling off is a brilliant, grassroots, green, non-commercialized, "by the people, for the people" event. Huge kudos to them.
Anyway, rant over. I am very proudly looking forward to participating in EnduranceLife's Real Relay tomorrow, running Stage 522 from Saffron Walden to Haverhill. If there are any more larcenous non-professionals out there who'd care to join me covering 12 great Essex running miles, the more the merrier. You won't even need to buy your own £200 torch! Meet me at the War Memorial in Saffron Walden at 3:20pm, Tuesday 10th July.