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Tommygun2    pirate
03/10/2012 at 15:33

Last Year there was a drinks station in Jevington as well

03/10/2012 at 16:17

how on earth do you pace this? i'm thinking of leaving all timing devices at home and just running on feel

Tommygun2    pirate
03/10/2012 at 16:29

The second half, in my opnion is the harder half so I always try and save a bit for the last 10 miles.

03/10/2012 at 16:45
Rondo - just done try running as if your going to win it. Run the flats, run the flats and walk the hills. At the end your be doing what ever gets yo to the finish.

If its really muddy like 2009 run faster on the dry bits.
03/10/2012 at 17:11

running on feel is probably a good way rondo.  if you've done a road marathon then you will probably have a time in mind for BH - most people would say that this one adds anything between 30 and 60 mins to a road marathon so perhaps base your time on that.   and don't go balls out at the start as TG suggests as those hills will catch up with you later.

the best men's time so far is around 2:45 - some 10 mins better than any other - it was a guy who had previously won a few Alpine mountain marathons so it was probably an easy day out for him!  most winning times are around 3hrs, females around 3:30.   that gives an idea of it's toughness compared to a good road one.

03/10/2012 at 17:21

i did a bad brigthon in just under 4. my other races indicate i should be faster, so i'm going for 4.30. not as a time to beat, but to give me an idea about pace

03/10/2012 at 17:23

Rondo - FWIW I largely ran by feel when I did this, but did occasionally check HR to make sure I wasn't overdoing things.  By this, I mean I know what HR I would normally run a road marathon, so on the sections of flat or uphill, it's a good idea not to go over this, whereas on many of the downhill sections it's just a matter of running as fast as you can without doing yourself a mischief.  Then by the time you get to the bitches in the last few miles, ignore everything else and just try to keep any kind of rythm going that you can.

Mile splits, or even halfway splits, won't mean an awful lot, even if you do have some target time in mind that you've extrapolated from other races.  The first half IMO is a bit quicker than the second, since it contains longer sections of gradual downhill and less severe up/down.  As an indication, my overall time three years ago was 3:09 (I came 2nd behind perennial Beachy champ Stuart Mills), with my halfway (according to Garmin) split being almost exactly 1:30.

I may come back to this one day, but I need to see how my hip copes with cross-country racing, post-op! 

Edited: 03/10/2012 at 17:25
04/10/2012 at 09:37

grr - organisers have set up another thread.  idiots

04/10/2012 at 12:22

i did the croydon half and whilst its not hilly in this league, it is still a bit hilly. i went too slowly down the hills and this woman i was running with shot off down them. I thought i should approach downs with caution. I like the idea of running down them as fast as possible. thanks for the tips.

fat buddha- send them over here then

philpub- good luck with the op then

04/10/2012 at 12:26

rondo - I have mentioned it.....

04/10/2012 at 12:41

i noticed. firm but fair i thought


04/10/2012 at 12:59

Where's the idiot organisers' thread, FB? ('Search' doesn't seem to work at the moment on RW.) What have the little dears done now?

And while I'm here, anyone had theemail we were supposed to get in September with all the final details etc etc? I haven't got it - now hoping my email address is OK!

04/10/2012 at 13:12

theres about 8 messages on there and 4 of them from the organisers. I haven't recieved an email either

04/10/2012 at 13:24

oh for the good old days and the previous organisers.....


04/10/2012 at 13:31

rondo - Cheers!  I'm actually quite a way post-op now, almost a year exactly, and back running since last December.  No problems at all but I've tended to avoid running hard downhill as this was certainly one of the main things that exacerbated my hip problem.  (Femeroacetabular impingement.)  Touch wood, no niggles whatsoever but I'm still approaching XC with a little caution.  Good luck with Beachy, it's a blast. 

04/10/2012 at 14:07
ancient plodder wrote (see)

oh for the good old days and the previous organisers.....


it's still the same organisers - Eastbourne Council - but they're going around it differently now and in some ways, not so well. 

PB - why don't you come and marshall the event??  EBC are still looking for volunteers to help out.  details on the website (I think!) 

04/10/2012 at 14:14

i had problems paying for it (it turned out it was something at my end). They couldn't have been more helpful and responsive. Had various phone calls and emails and they promised me my place was reserved while i sorted it.

Also I hadn't recieved the final email, messaged them just now and got an almost immediate response.

04/10/2012 at 15:04

fb - I'm not averse to a bit of volunteering but Eastbourne's a blimmin' long way from home! I'm thinking of getting my running karma in a good place by volunteering at my new, local parkrun that day, as it will be following a very busy couple of weeks' racing for me.


04/10/2012 at 15:19

pb - fair enuff.   it's a pity the BHM isn't on this weekend as it's the Eastbourne Beer Festival (starts today, finishes Saturday) - I bet that would have had you travelling down....

04/10/2012 at 15:28

I cant make it now due to wife going into hospital so if anyone wants my place let me know.

FB, seeing you on here reminds me i have some leg warmers to get to you.

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