EDITOR’S LET­TER

READ­ING THE FEA­TURE ABOUT AM­A­TEUR

Runner's World (UK) - - Editor’s Letter - ANDY DIXON EDITOR @Rw_ed_andy

race cheats on page 50, I was re­minded of the trusty old parental maxim that if you cheat at some­thing, ‘ you’re only cheat­ing your­self’. I can un­der­stand why elite ath­letes cheat – though ob­vi­ously I dis­ap­prove of it – as there is a ma­te­rial gain to be had by doping that might make it worth the risk, but it’s harder to get my head around why an ev­ery­day run­ner like you or I might cut a cor­ner to fin­ish a few places higher in the lo­cal 5K.

When I think back to my PB races, I don’t just re­mem­ber the race it­self, but also the plan­ning, hard work and sac­ri­fices I made lead­ing up to them. There just wouldn’t be the same level of sat­is­fac­tion if I knew I’d suc­ceeded by short-cut­ting an outand-back sec­tion or rid­ing a bike be­tween tim­ing mats. Cheat­ing in road races pre­dates the dig­i­tal age, but I won­der whether it has been ac­cel­er­ated by the rise of so­cial me­dia and the at­ten­dant de­sire to gain ap­proval from on­line fol­low­ers for our achieve­ments – hon­estly won or not.

Thank­fully, race cheat­ing is still a mi­nor­ity prac­tice and so­cial me­dia can ben­e­fit your run­ning if you use it wisely. To that end, on page 38 we’ve put to­gether our list of the 70 best peo­ple to fol­low – whether it’s an ex­pert of­fer­ing great ad­vice, a chef with a de­li­cious re­cov­ery recipe or a truly in­spi­ra­tional run­ner such as our cover star, Susie Chan, these are the peo­ple who can in­form and im­prove your run­ning game.

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