This article is from the Running FAQ, by Ozzie Gontang with numerous contributions by others.
Usenet was THE net. You only need a newsreader and server and you can
subscribe to thousands of lists and read a zillion contributions each day.
Most of the discussions are informal, especially the sports oriented ones.
The newsgroups you can access depends also on the Usenet server which
supports your ISP, e.g. not all nl.* groups can be read in Japan (I
doubt if any). The idea is that if you find an interesting newsgroup, via
DejaNews for instance, you ask your ISP to put it on the server.
Usenet Discussion Groups
Maintainer FAQ Ozzie Gontang <email@example.com>
2(?) discussion groups dedicated to athletics in the UK.