Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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27/03/2013 at 14:09
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

No guts no glory toby3 ......... go for the 3.30 pacemaker and just hang on as long as you can!


This is my plan. I'm not sure it's going to work though.

What I need to know, is where the cameras will be? because I don't want every picture to show me behind the marker. Lol.

27/03/2013 at 14:11
toby3 (12574 RED) wrote (see)

talking about pace

for i missed out on a sub 4hr by 28 seconds last year (dam that toilet brake) so i was looking to just take 29 seconds of my time this year but i ran the Llanelli H/M and got around in 1:43:36 taking just over 8 minutes of my personal best

and this year i have been 26 minutes quicker over the same 20 mile route as i used last year mind you i am now 3st 0.5lbs lighter than last year which helps not surprisingly
so now I’m not shore what time to aim for

i was going to try to stick with the sub 4hr pacemaker and see how i got on but i don't know now if i should try the next pace maker down

have to say I'm with Dips on the hot cross buns with a nice cheese slice

FYI. I went through halfway bang on 1:43 last year and finished on 3:50.

27/03/2013 at 14:12

Hi its my first time on this forum but its great to read people's accounts. It helps me get up to go running at 6am mos morning. Its my third Brighton Marathon, while I did the London last year.

I don't follow the pacers but its good to know where they are. They are quite often giving out good advice and encouragement. Marathon running is a lonely business so I occasionally run along or behind another runner to keep the pace and rythm going. So I think that we can all be pacers to one another.


However I find it really helpful to have a race watch to keep a check on the timings. Keeping a sensible and steady pace its what gets me around a marathon!


27/03/2013 at 14:21

I have a place in the brighton marathn and cant fdo it now.  Anybody interested to uy the ticket

27/03/2013 at 14:47

I don't think you are able to sell your place. Well I suppose you could if you went to the Expo and picked up your number the day before but according to the web site you are not able to transfer/sell/give away your place.

they are kind enough to let you defer and have the luxury of paying again in a few weeks time for a guaranteed place!

27/03/2013 at 14:48

I won't be relying on the pacers. Last year the 3:15 pacer overtook me a couple of miles before the end. I didn't catch them and I finished in 3:14. That aside I guess they can be useful for some people although you do often get a wall of people following each pacer. I know that as last year I had to pass every pacer up to the 3:15 one as I started so far back (I was supposed to start in the below 4:30 coral and even blagging my way into a front coral I was still way back from the start)!

Neil, we may well be running together as we're both starting from White and looks like we're both aiming to scrape a sub-3. Like you I'll be rigidly trying to stick to 6:50 pace making sure I don't go out too fast as I have done in the past. I need to get to midway feeling comfortable, not like last year where I felt I only had about 5 miles left in me!

27/03/2013 at 15:01

I'll ignore the pacers and stick to what I've been doing in training so much of my training is done by myself not sure I would want to run following someone else! I use my Garmin to keep a check on where I am pace wise and i'll just hope for the best!

27/03/2013 at 15:04
It appears that the majority on this forum wouldn't be too fussed if we didn't have pacers. Interesting?
27/03/2013 at 15:25

I used to plodding along on my own and have never run in a group.  I'm not sure I would want a pacer, but if it was described as a coach/buddy/motivator then yes, lots of those please

27/03/2013 at 15:39

Mark..let's face it the majority on this forum don't make up the majority of race entrants. For some, pacers work, for some they don't...but they are there should you want them.

One caught me at mile 19 last year and I actually found him useful to hang on to when I felt like giving in,  I then ended up going ahead of him at mile 22 but I am sure he helped me secure the PB I wanted.  There wasn't much chat going on as we were all focussed on keeping going.

I have started with a pacer at London before and found it stressful trying to keep him in my sights so let him go at 17 miles but London is jam packed, Brighton has more room for shuffling about. That said I still find the thought of hanging on to a pacer stressful in my head!

Anyway...I know most of the Brighton pacers and they will be doing their level best to get those who want to go with them round in the alloted time.

27/03/2013 at 16:05
Dips our 3.15 one was great last year til he left me at 18 miles
27/03/2013 at 16:11
Sussex Runner (NLR) wrote (see)
Was the 4.30 too fast or 4.15 too slow or a bit of both?

The 4:30 pacer came in at somewhere around 4:17 (from memory, but it was too fast in any case)   This was in atrotious conditions too with a quarter of a mile extra added to the distance due to a late course change.  I guess he was in a hurry to get warm and dry, laying waste to the 4:30 hopefuls in the process.

I can understand a minute or two leeway to get safely inside the time, but ten minutes or more is a killer for anyone on the edge!

27/03/2013 at 16:13

I bet people who gutted it out and hung on to him were pleased though

27/03/2013 at 16:24
WiB wrote (see)

I bet people who gutted it out and hung on to him were pleased though

... while recovering on ventilators 

27/03/2013 at 16:28

It seems like I shall instead rely on my Garmin, some real horror stories here !! Ultimately, I just want to finish in one piece !!

27/03/2013 at 16:29
MK 2012 worst weather ever! Wet windy cold!!!! The lake flooded hence the extra 1/4 mile. My wife came to watch and spent the whole race in ikea
Accuweather will be giving us race day weather from Monday, oh no!!!!!
27/03/2013 at 16:53

I did MK half in 2012 and the weather then was awful, does the sun ever shine there?

27/03/2013 at 16:54

Best of luck buddy, breaking 3hrs is going to be darn tough but I am sure we are both ready for it !!!
27/03/2013 at 17:28

Weather is the one thing we can do nothing about so I am determined not to look at any forecasts and tke what comes on the day, if its too hot or windy I will scale back my time targets.

27/03/2013 at 18:29
Just had a look at accu weather for marathon day it says 8c with a little rain, so much warmer than we've had recently but not too warm! As Curly says we can do nothing about it, but 'be prepared 'and cope with what we're given! Just as well I was a girl guide eh!!!
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