Brass Monkey Half Marathon

18th Jan 2009

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16/01/2009 at 20:14

Taper niggles are bad. Had to try a new pair of shoes tonight too as I think old ones were causing a pain in my left knee, it seems better in the new shoes but my 'managed' injury is being a little troublesome  I've reminded myself that I managed the first 13 miles at Abingdon without too much pain, just need to do it a minute a mile faster LOL.

Can anyone remeber how windy it was last year? I climbed out of the car and wondered why we'd bothered with the drive then ran a great PB. Fingers crossed I can do it again!

Anyone looking/hoping to go sub 1.45? Would be nice to have a pacer/some company.

17/01/2009 at 09:16

LMH - hope your injury is okay.  My knee is sore despite having been sensible and not run since Tuesday.  Very frustrating!

Good luck to everyone tomorrow.  Fingers crossed the weather people have got it wrong

17/01/2009 at 11:17
Thanks Dippycat - same goes for your knee! If it holds out for tomorrow the pressure will be off running and it should hopefully improve with more swimming and cycling in the mix. Last time I looked at the forecast it had improved a little. Fingers crossed.
17/01/2009 at 12:45

does anyone know how strict they are on the music ban? i ran this race 2 years ago with music ( there was no mention of a ban then) and when i entered it didn't state that ipods were banned. If i had known then i wouldn't have entered. as i am already injured the prospect with no music for over 2 hours  is dreadful , the only thing that will get me to the finish besides ibuprofen is the music.

has anyone had any experience of these sort of races? not sure whether to takethe ipod anyway and see what happens. am also considering just not starting now.

17/01/2009 at 13:18
Sorry Andrea, I never race with an i-pod and to be honest I'm really glad that they've banned them as I think it's dangerous when runners can't hear traffic or other runners etc. Running without one really isn't that bad - why not give it a go? I don't know what they'll do at Brass but I do know that one race recently disqualified everyone who'd been seen running with an i-pod.
17/01/2009 at 13:40

i always run with one, and i dont have the volume on that high so i can easily hear other runners and cars, i have also been known to chat with someone whilst wearing it!. I did run the leeds half about 3 years ago without one as it refused to play at the start so left it in the car but for a slow runner like me the distance is even more of an eternity.

i do think that the organisers should warn people on the entry forms that music is banned, i would never have entered and someone else could have had my place.

have also enterered snake lane, are i pods bannned there are well? id o i'll give my place to someone else

17/01/2009 at 14:19

The booklet they sent out with the numbers was quite clear - no Ipods or MP3s or similar

If you are looking at 2 hours you wil be ok as there will still be runners out there (me included)

17/01/2009 at 15:04
I think it's increasingly the case that they're banned cos of the insurance requirements Andrea, something to do with England Athletics I believe.
17/01/2009 at 15:11
does any one know if they will be banned from snake lane as well?
17/01/2009 at 17:11

I think they will try to be strict over the ipods and there are a few cameras on the way around so they may use these  to enforce the ban although I would have thought there will be too many people with them on, to monitor it effectively , or they could use your name and number to ban you from applying next year.

I remember last year I used the wrong size enevelope for my number to be sent out and in big writing on the enclosed instructions it said "if you do not use the correct size envelope next year your entry will not be accepted".  I believed them.

 I was going to suggest chatting on your way around but if you are trying for a PB maybe not.  I will probably be talking anyway as I am usually in trouble at training sessions for chatting too much.  So if an eccentric lady starts talking to you it could be me especially if your time could be around 2 hours. 

Good Luck in the race and see you all there

17/01/2009 at 17:15

Well, that's today's hockey match done and dusted. Now for the Brass Monkey tomorrow.

Really excited about this now (had a dream about it last night in which I finished in such a ridiculously fast time, I'm not going to share).

If anyone's looking for between 1.35-1.40 time, look out for me. Female, short, in Low Fell running top. Say hi

Good luck peeps!!

17/01/2009 at 17:46
I'd love to hang on to you at that pace BP but I'll be lucky to break the magic 1.45 (1.46.06 last year) - where's that Beders when you need a train to ride?
Edited: 17/01/2009 at 17:47
17/01/2009 at 20:22

just sitting here 20 miles from the start listening to the wind howling and the rain lashing down................

Good point - how to recognise folks - I should be easy - the old ,white haired and bearded codger cowering from the elements.

Bunny Phobia
we may be on the same part of the course at some stage - hope so!!!

17/01/2009 at 20:43

I believe that the emminently recognisable Rich K might provide a focal point for folk if they so wished?

TS - is the local forecast for tomorrow any better than the one I'm getting from the Met Office? Can you remember what it was last year? I know it was windy but have managed to erase the details though I'm quite sure it didn't hail at any point!

17/01/2009 at 20:44

35 miles away - wind really picked up here too.  Forecast suggests that it will have calmed down by the morning.

First 7 miles will be into the wind tomorrow so get drafting to save energy and then motor on the way back.

Good luck everyone.  I'll be chasing a sub 1:45.

17/01/2009 at 20:59
Er, you're not exactly selling me the idea of heading across the M62 tomorrow Here in Liverpool, winds and heavy rain hit us about 4pm but it's calmed down now. I heard just now on the forecast that N. Ireland was suffering gales & rain, so I don't want to speak too soon.

Yay for a following wind on the inward 6!! Run strong and run well, everyone

Edited: 17/01/2009 at 21:00
17/01/2009 at 21:07
Stotfold - what's your number? Maybe we can help each other round to that sub 1.45?
17/01/2009 at 21:19

I do carbo loading extremely well

Roll on tomorrow. Literally. I'm so round!
17/01/2009 at 22:24
Good luck everyone!!!  I'm a bit carb-loaded myself ......
18/01/2009 at 07:17

Opps, been a bit busy LMH so haven't been on the thread for a while, will look out for you at the start, I'm the tubby boy in the white long sleeved top with an Ilkley harriers vest over the top, sub 1.45 here we come !! Wind forecast seems to have dropped a bit so let's hope it picks up behind us on the way back !!!



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