adidas Silverstone Half-Marathon

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16/03/2010 at 19:46
I'm seeing a few people commenting on the distance the Garmins etc are getting - generally Garmins are reasonably accurate but there is a degree of error - about 4% or so if IRRC. I personally got 13.21 miles, but the course will have been measured accurately, I guarantee it. There was a thread on the general forum last week about the accuracy of various GPS systems and other measuring tools - I'll try and get a link to it.

Alex - I have a 305 and it's never let me down, so that's my vote. There'll be a few threads on the Gear forum about it though.

EDIT: The link to that thread. http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages.asp?dt=4&UTN=155027&V=6&SP=
Edited: 16/03/2010 at 19:47
16/03/2010 at 22:04

This was my first half marathon.

 Very impressed by the whole organisation - very slick compared to other events I've done, great goody bag, good car parking and marshalling, iconic track etc.

 Can't comment on the lack of atmosphere - felt fine to me...

 My Garmin also 'over-read' the distance at 13.34 miles.  So that's about 400 yards over.  I'll believe the guy who said the course was properly measured, but I also believe my Garmin, so not being able to apex each corner seems to have added 400 yards (or about 2 minutes at my speed).

 Overall though, it's an event I aspire to do again next year - many thanks Adidas, Silverstone, and all the marshalls!

MovingAlong    pirate
16/03/2010 at 22:30

Hi Alex,

2hr 4 is a brill time, and I'm sure you'll go sub-2 hours on another day. Silverstone, with the wind, was quite a challenging circuit.

I run with a Garmin 405 and have no complaints at all with it. My girlfriend has a 305 and she likes it. I think I'd probably get the 405 again due to it being smaller, but ultimately if there was a significant difference in price I'd happily go for the 305.

16/03/2010 at 22:40
My Garmin also said 13.32.  I've just changed to the 310, sold my 405 as I didn't get on with the bezel design.
17/03/2010 at 16:26

was my 2nd half marathon in preparation for vlm.

 was aiming for a sub 1;30 as two weeks before had managed a 1:30:39.

 was a good event, however strugled with the heat and the lack of water stops, ending up gasping and had to drink the lucosade.... not a good idea.

 struggled to a 1:35 with an amazing sprint finishes as i am told there was quite a crowdin cheering (i was oblivious)

 Highlight for me was certainly chatting to iuan thomas about a mile in!!

17/03/2010 at 20:54
Duckinator - I checked out your photos, not bad some of them. Re-checked mine now that there is more up there. Not good is all I can say, definitely not something for the photo album.
MovingAlong    pirate
17/03/2010 at 22:07
I've just been waiting for the photos to come online. Have just realised now I ran with my jacket on, and hence my number was covered! I'm not desperate enough to go through 28 pages of photos though! (Well, if works slow tomorrow, maybe!)
18/03/2010 at 17:11

Hi all- 'Mother Duck' here!! I enjoyed the race- even the quiet parts as I was just trying to take in all the circuit etc. I was 1-27 and 12 miles and totally lost it into the wind over the final mile and finished 1-35-20ish

Re the splits that were initially available. Mine seemed Ok apart from the 10k time which was far too fast . I was wondering whether splits were initially available (however inaccurate) so that the organisers could verify that all finishers and completed the whole route ie- no cheaters.

There is no way anyone is seeing my photos!

byee Molly AKA Mother Duck X

19/03/2010 at 12:27
Well, considering I know both your surname and race number, I reckon I can use this as blackmail.
19/03/2010 at 12:30
Lol.  Can't say I like my pics either!
19/03/2010 at 12:52

Does anyone ever buy their race pics or even like them?!

I'm a no on both points.

19/03/2010 at 14:18

No- although I did when I did London marathon. I can hardly manage a grimace in mine let alone a smile ) lol

OK off for run.......

20/03/2010 at 09:32

hi all

I'm still a bloke aged 18-39 in the results despite telling the organizers by email.  Am I being anal?  It makes a personal difference as I did rather well for age.

My Garmin also had 13.36 by the way, although I was aware at times of electing not to queue up to turn a corner! 

Wind was a killer, especially at the end when I was going backwards after starting way too fast.

Reading tomorrow - easy easy easy to quote a mentor of mine!       

20/03/2010 at 15:30

Rabbit- not anal at all- we work hard for our results and they need to be right- keep nagging at them ! Well done to you.

Good luck at Reading...

23/03/2010 at 18:06
i liked the Silverstone run a lot.  Having lived some 5 miles from Silverstone for 20 yrs (now reside in Basingstoke) and seen more motor racing than i care to remember it was only my second time setting foot on the track.  i knew from my umpteen visits that the wind would play a big part and yep it did.  Very well organised, very impressed.  I got a 1 hr 25 min 59 secs and then made a hasty exit as i know how bad traffic can be.  It was back to my mums for a roast dinner with all the trimmings

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