THE MIND OF THE MARATHON MAN
by Jim Emerton
In my mind’s eye, marathon means a distance in excess of 700 miles and can go beyond 1000 miles into the UK. If - and especially if - this is combined with the international element, it is a daunting task for the most hardened, seasoned and mentally tough mind in the UK. To achieve success at these levels takes a peculiar and special mindset, both of the fancier and pigeon. I call to mind the three Ps: perseverance, persistence and patience, for racing a marathon is a task that encourages emotions unlike the quick, excited buzz that club sprint racing engenders, since it takes you into a mental zone which is akin to a mystical state like zen. It is an experience for the initiated.
The ultimate marathon into the UK is the Barcelona International. The mind of the marathon man will have conceived this goal; he will have planned, specialised and given long term focus to his individual candidates. If he is successful, his place in the realms of marathon folklore is secured. A man I know who personifies the single minded focus required is Nicholas Harvey of Taunton, Somerset (who was featured recently on Elimar). Will you become a master of the marathon? Try it - SEND EM.
Coming next from Jim on Elimar, an interview with a fancier who has tasted success at over 800 miles from Barcelona and who owns one of the greatest marathon pigeons in the history of the sport.