Any theories on exactly why the standard has dropped? I would agree that in mens races the standard is not what it once was. Womens running in general though appears to be getting better. Perhaps this could be attributed to the current lack of male UK role models for young althletes?steepler said:My point is that the overall standards have slipped across the board.
Messrs Coe, Ovett and Cram perhaps?dahill said:I've noticed a few mentions in RW and other mags about a 'boom' in running in the early 1980's. What exactly caused the increase in popularity around that time?