Written by Anon
As the cross country season is upon us again,I am reminded of another ploy which is high in the echelons of the coarse athlete's success-list.I am,of course,referring,in particular to the veteran/master runners who deliberately take advantage of the second claim rules,as applied,quite innocently by counties in the hope of improving the size of their championship fields.
The idea is to join as many county-affiliated clubs as you can second-claim,turn up on the day,find out which club has the best chance of winning medals and ensure you are declared for them.This may,of course,seem expensive but you will generally find that the coarse athlete is a past-master at avoiding paying both club subs and entry fees.
You may also consider that the meeting organiser will spot the duplicity but you know as well as I do that that official will be so overburdened with queries/questions/non-appearance of vital marshalls etc that he wont have time on the day to check such things.The coarse athlete will merely be a little more furtive/manipulative/devious and 'Bob's your Uncle' and off he/she trundles with his/her medal.
All this is,of course,very unsporting,'not cricket' and will appal the true corinthians amongst us,but,there you go,it is an Art form!!!!!!
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