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The Olympic Park Run

Ten days ago James Dickens was amongst the first thousand people to run on the new athletics track in a public event at the Olympic Stadium, Stratford. He shares his experience as part of The Substantive’s series of writing on the London Olympics.

Back in the dim and distant past (July last year), I entered a ballot to run the 2012 National Lottery Olympic Run. I didn’t think much of it at the time. I run a bit and enter my fair share of races. A few friends had applied and I thought it would be nice to do it together. October came around and low and behold, I received an email saying my application had been successful. I rang my friends and none of them had got a place. It seemed this race was in quite high demand and I had dropped very lucky. Continue reading…

Pressure Drop

Before the weekend Roberto Mancini publicly said that the title race would be over if Manchester United were to beat Queens Park Rangers at home as expected, and Manchester City would then go on to lose at The Emirates later in the day. The look of City’s play suggested their players believed it was fait accompli even before they had kicked-off, with an abject performance that had all the ambition in their approach of a mid-table team with nothing to play for, combined with an indiscipline more befitting a team fighting relegation. City have looked vulnerable to pressure at times this season, and they have recently heaped much of it upon themselves. Continue reading…



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