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06/10/2012 at 13:05
NI - you haven't fallen for one of Eric's overly optimistic predictions again have you?
06/10/2012 at 13:17
Looking forward to listening to tomorrow's race reports, have a great one. Weather seems perfect.

Ni, who are the main contenders in the elite field as there's no Ben fish or Normans on the start list. Some nice cash prizes too. And a good team prize.
06/10/2012 at 13:28

Good luck to all doing Chester. Hope everything goes to plan.

06/10/2012 at 14:00

JMC - Todays ride has completely wiped me out so I wont be joining you tomorrow. If you do go, stay off the course! Found this on the Chester marathon website....

Cycling on the course
Cycling on the course is not permitted. Cycling to support or accompany a runner is against UK Athletics rules and can lead to the disqualification of the runner.

I wouldn't like to be anywhere near NI in the event of having his £750 cheque confiscated. I don't think it would go down too well.

TB - The hip's not too bad, having physio on it. Although the other problem is now sorted I think it's going to take a little longer than I anticipated to get back running. Really enjoying cycling though so am happy enough.

SARQ - Did you get your X-ray results yesterday? I hope you got some answers as to what the problem is.

06/10/2012 at 14:22
SARQ - there's a separate 'elite' start list on the website but I'm not sure how up to date it is. They seem to be stretching the definition of 'elite' a little. I've looked everyone up:

Anthony Valentine (Bolton) - 70:13 Fleetwood in August, 52:56 10 miler last week(!), debut marathon.
Pumlani Bangani (Salford) - 2:25 pb from 2008, 70:53 HM in September.
Phill Taylor (Bridlington) - 2:35 VLM, 2:31 Hull
Ray Ward (Edinburgh) - 2:30 pb from 2009.
Eric Seagull (Stockport) - 22 minute 5 miler at the Olympic stadium.

Plus whoever else has entered since the list was updated.

No Ben Fish, he is doing Toronto next week running for England. Spoke to Dave Norman yesterday - he's not running either.

FOAR - hopefully none of us will have a 'mare.
06/10/2012 at 15:07

Ooh, horse gags! Erm....... hopefully no-one will have a bad fall, have to be shot then taken to the glue factory! 


FOAR/Jonah8--Thanks for the run earlier. Felt snotty and heavy-legged. 2 weeks to get rid of it!  It will be alright on the night! 

06/10/2012 at 15:39
Ni, that made me laugh .

Hopefully the novice guy will take it steady or blow up. So there's a great chance of a win. Would love to be there.

Js, got results, showed sod all, so I,ve got to see a specialist in a week or so.
I,ve started running as it doesn't hurt my back as much as cycling. But keen to get back into it.
06/10/2012 at 16:07

NI - no drink for me after.  Off to watch wrestling at the Stockport Guild Hall in the afternoon! 

Good luck to everyone running tomorrow.  It looks like perfect conditions for a marathon.  Any idea why most on here were a few minutes slower in the second half last year?

06/10/2012 at 18:57

NI - sorry but I can't hang around for a drink. I will quietly toast your victory at home later!

06/10/2012 at 20:18
Good luck all, inc RB, hope you can defend your title, I hope nexus can win one and I hope VL can post a great time.

Oh and I hope chaffinch remembers to get well lubricated so he can do some dancing at the post race drinks without rubbing anything up the wrong way.
06/10/2012 at 20:21
Oh hang on, he is at the wrestling. Well he will definitely need to get smothered in something slippery.
06/10/2012 at 20:54

Good luck tomorrow all racers.

06/10/2012 at 21:27
For anyone who is interested.
Am getting 9:31 from Stockport to Chester which is direct and gets in at 10:48. Gonna watch NI and ES and VL at the finish and then cycle home. Kids are coming with me so we will be cycling slowly.
07/10/2012 at 11:01
Ni in lead group of 4 at halfway and looking good. Eric also looking good and on target as far as I can tell!
07/10/2012 at 11:26
At finish at 2:23 and the commentator says 2 men in lead and neither are ni
07/10/2012 at 11:28
I am at the finish I should have said!
07/10/2012 at 11:54
2.50.39 for the seagull. Very impressive!
07/10/2012 at 11:58
Breaking news. Ni pulled his hamstring so had to pull out. .
07/10/2012 at 13:06
Quick report while I wait for my post-race massage:

Went off in lead group. Hamstrinh started to feel tight at 6 miles. Through half way in lead group of 4 in 73:30 ish. Hamstring getting worse but otherwise felt good.

Still on for a 2:28 at 19.5 miles (only 3 of us left), wanted to push on for the win then BANG - hamstring totally went. I did NOT drop out but hobbled / shuffled to the finish in about 3:06 - totally gutted.
07/10/2012 at 14:46

Unlucky NI - I know how much effort you've put in to your training with everything geared towards going for the win at Chester.  You'd have won it today too, looking at the winning time.  You'll be back stronger for sure.

I ran the perfect race today.  The intention was to run with VL and see if we could go sub 2.50.  It was all going to plan until VL had to drop out after about 1.5 miles.  Sorry you had to drop out VL but you did well to get to the start line - much better to drop out then than to have pushed yourself too much and done some serious damage.

I got my pace to its required 6.25 and felt great, having to hold myself back from going quicker.  I never had one bad moment and at 22 miles I was still on 6.25/6.26 pace.  Unfortunately the last 3 miles with the hills meant I put in 3 x 6.40s and so I came in just over 2.50 (incidentally, my average pace came in at 6.29.  I thought that a sub 6.30 average would get me a sub 2.50, obviously not.).  Still, that hasn't taken the gloss off my performance one bit.  I surprised myself with my strong run despite being nearly 1/2 stone heavier than my last 3 marathon efforts.

The icing on the cake was seeing JMC in the finishing straight.  We both knew that I had obliterated his time from last year - happy days!

Edited: 07/10/2012 at 14:48
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