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RE: Which is easier, getting a sprinter to become an OK distance runner, or getting a distance runner to become an OK sprinter?
a guy capable of running 30:00 for 10k (100 x 100m in 18s with zero recovery) will also be able to run a very respectable 1500m. James Wilkinson (Leeds City) ran 30:05 and 3:45.7; Spencer Barden (Belgrave) ran 30:14.1 and 3:39.6, Rod Finch (Southampton RC) ran 30:52.9 and 3:38.0, Colin Reitz (Newham & Essex Beagles) ran 30:56.4 and 3:37.5. all four men also ran under 1:51 for 800m. of the UK athletes who have run 30:xx for 10k the SLOWEST 1500m is 3:51.6 (Chris Buckley of Westbury). so a 30:00 10k guy can already run 15 x 100m in 14.5s with zero recovery. it would not take these guys very long at all to go sub 12.5 and some of them will already be very close to it.

the hard part would be getting a sprinter to understand the concept of "lap".


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