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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
07/10/2012 at 16:38
Very good result Eric and bad luck for both VL and NI, each of whom have much better days ahead.

I was pleased with my 3.09.42 and 3rd in age group. Felt like my feet were in quick sand around Mille 13.5 and then got a great boost from the WBSC cheering section. Thanks guys! I managed a few sub 7 miles after that and never hit the mythical wall. Last 2.5 miles also sub 7.

For me, anyway, a good day in perfect race conditions.
07/10/2012 at 17:44

Well done to one and all.

NI - really sorry to hear that it went pear-shaped but Eric is right - you will come back stronger. It will make you more determined.

Eric - Great run! I'm surprised that you thought sub 6.30s would get you a sub 2:50. You hadn't done your homework and that is very unlike you! Good run though...

07/10/2012 at 18:14

Well done racers and bad luck, NI.

J8 - have a good hol.

07/10/2012 at 19:32
Can't believe I wasted my entire Sunday to suffer the shame of watching ES be the first Harrier home, and beat my time, and look fresh at the end!

Shocking performance by NI, reeling out the old hamstring excuse, he's getting worse than Eric.

To top it all off, my son was being completely lame on his bike and we had to bail out at Northwich and get the train home!

Eric - I noticed they had moved the finish about 2 minutes closer to the start line than last year!
07/10/2012 at 19:35
Sorry Eric, should have said well done first.
07/10/2012 at 19:47
Ni, gutted for you. A win and cash prize had your name on it. More importantly how's your hamstring? Well done Eric, 2.50 is a great effort although night school for some maths lessons.
07/10/2012 at 20:12

ES - Great running, well done.

NI - Commiserations again.

JMC - How old is your son?

SARQ - Maybe an MRI scan would be better? That's what diagnosed my problems anyway.

07/10/2012 at 21:28

Congratulations to Eric
Well Run BB
and commiserations to NI and VL

I assume RB will be happy enough with 4th Overall/1st V45 at Congleton

TST - I can see Mgmt is in the results for Blackpool-Fleetwood but not you...?

I enjoyed Windgather - what's not to like about running down Goyt Valley, then along the ridge from Windgather to Shining Tor in the autumn sunshine?

got passed early on by SarahB, who went on to put 8mins into me by the finish, so Well Done to her
2:36 for me - a couple of mins slower than in 2010, but I'll settle for that

Edited: 07/10/2012 at 21:29
07/10/2012 at 21:52

Really bad luck NI on being beaten by ES.  I hope you recover soon.

Injuries are an occupational hazard, especially when you train as hard as you do.  But on the positive side you have had a long spell injury free, so there is no reason why you can't do so again. 

I guess that means that I will remain above you in the October mileage charts.

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