"The arms have got to pump, the knees have got to come up high," howled Steve Cram, gorging the lip-mic as he bellowed Mo Farah into history on the final straight of the 10,000 metres late last summer. It was a remarkable night for British sport. It also left many of us pondering what it would be like to take part in a genuine distance event.
This summer has been one of mixed triumphs for sports fans in England and the UK. Following a typically mediocre performance by Britain's permier national football team in Ukraine, Bradley Wiggins went on to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France before taking Olympic gold in the men's individual time trial. At this point, on the eve of the Men's Triathlon, it seems an appropriate time to comment on the status of Britain's sporting emphases.