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Trotskyist Miler of the Year – the results



Many thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s race to establish the fastest Trotskyist in Britain.

From the start, it was clear that the winner would be one of Soren Goard or Sam Jam. Fifty metres ahead of the rest of the field after only a single lap, they swapped the lead thereafter, with Sam ahead at 400 and 800 metres (1.13 and 2.46 to Soren’s 1.14 and 2.47) and Soren ahead at the bell (by just 4.25 to Sam’s 4.26).

Sam, pictured without top and holding the coveted, “Trotskyist miler of the year” tankard, then ran a devastating last lap of just 66 seconds to close in 5.32 (leaving Soren trailing by 11 seconds).

In the race of the remaining crocks and 30- or 40-somethings, Mark Bergfeld was initially the clear leader, finishing the first 400 metres comfortably ahead in 1 minute 23 second, with Robin Burrett 10 seconds behind him, myself eight seconds further back in 1.41 and John Game holding on in 1.50.

Mark claims to have then felt a sudden injury (this was his second race of the day), slowing with laps of 1.37, 1.40 and 1.34 to finish in 6 minutes and 14 seconds.

Robin too slowed down (later blaming a hangover) with laps of 1.55, 1.56 and 1.35, to finish in 7 minutes and 9 seconds.

John’s remaining laps were 2.17, 2.22 and 2.30; he swept home in 9 minutes 9 seconds.

Thanks to Lois and Jaz for pictures and timings.

Afterwards the competitors relaxed over a healthy lunch of kebabs, plotting the next stage of the world revolution.

Final placings:

S. Jam (ISN) 5.32

S. Goard (Posadist) 5.43

D. Renton (Toffskyist) 6.08

M. Bergfeld (SWP) 6.14

R. Burrett (SWP) 7.09

J. Game (ISN) 9.09

Forwards to the Trotskyist Miler 2014!

There are two Trotskyist Miler races


Dear comrades,
It is with deep sadness that I have to report a split within the organisers of Sunday’s event, “Trotskyist miler of 2013” also known as “Nietszchean Leadership Superhero of all time”. Until today, the organisers had been proposing a single, united race, which would bring together the best running elements of the IS tradition. I have to report that this is no longer possible.

After a brief period of discussion, on what some, unreliable, comrades will no doubt claim was a secret Facebook list, it has become clear that the majority of participants simply forgot to send off their forms for the main race. Let me take this opportunity to at least refute the scandalous rumour, being circulated by comrades who have been in the party for many years and should known better, that it was Mark Bergfeld who forgot to send of the forms. It was not just Mark Bergfeld, comrades. He sent his form off, it was everyone else who forgot.

Accordingly, a large majority of participants (to be henceforth known therefore as “the Mensheviks”) have rescheduled the race as follows. It will now take place as follows: at 12 noon on this Sunday at the running track a Finsbury Park, with the IS tradition represented by John G (IS N) David R (SWP), Alexis W (SWP), Robin B (SWP), Arnie J (SWP) and Søren G (Posadist)

A smaller group (to be known henceforth as “the microfaction” or “the only true Bolsheviks”), will be running first at 9.30 as originally planned, and then again at 12. They are Mark Bergfeld (SWP) and Sam G (ISN) You may well feel comrades that such over-enthusiasm (two races in one day!) deserves your contempt. But we in the majority would remind you that we are all rebels…

[first published here; https://www.facebook.com/davidkrenton/posts/10151382019701269%5D