Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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15/04/2013 at 20:10

GCE: It was £19.99 for the digital download apparently according to Mum and Dad.

For anyone who's interested, I finally wrote up my race report and you can find it here:

15/04/2013 at 20:25
B26e wrote (see)

One question from a newbie though, anybody know what was happening with the 4-hour pacemakers?.

Is it normal to have several running pacers for the same time running different paces? I'd guess the one I didn't catch must have come in a few minutes ahead of me and the second I passed was probably near-on 4 hours, dunno about the first one I passed.

I guess the reason for having more than 1 pacer is that if 1 has a problem there's still someone left.

How accurate they are is down to the skill of the pacer, it must be quite difficult to be spot on1 Could you run exactly to a time (without stopping for a while befroe the line ) ? 

My friend who was pacing 4 was keeping track on his Garmin and was a minute up when I ran a bit with him at mile 23 - he finished in 03:59:07 which I was impressed by, being so accurate!

The guy in front of him did 03:57:10 which is still pretty close I would say.

If there was another behind I don't know who it was so can't check is time.

15/04/2013 at 20:48
Lombster - as predicted, I missed #themerge. How was it? Any sign of the red mob coming down Preston Drove when you got to the park?

Really enjoying reading everyone's race reports and training analysis. I did dead on 600 training miles in the 16 weeks pre-race, far more than I've done before. At the time (some of you may remember) I was panicking that I was not as fast as the same training runs completed the previous year, but the wise words of this forum were 'trust in the mileage' - you were right. My fastest miles were the last 6 on race day.

And today...? No aches or pains anywhere. Damn it! Does that mean I could have gone faster? Will I have to run it again to find out?
15/04/2013 at 20:51
Oh...and Toby, I needed a hug as much as you did. Marathoners are allowed
15/04/2013 at 20:54
Two bombs went off at finish line of Boston Marathon according to Sky News. Three dead, many injured. Bloody hell.
15/04/2013 at 20:54

Has anyone seen the news?

Two explosions went off by the finish line of the Boston Marathon today, at around the 4:09:37 mark according to the footage. The bombs were in a hotel literally right next to the finish line where all the crowds were gathered. There are reports of another bomb in another nearby hotel.

There are reports of a large amount of injuries, some very serious. Unsuprising considering the force of the blast was knocking people off of thier feet. The medics who were expecting to deal with race injuries have now turned to helping those hurt.

There's no reason given yet for the explosions. So I don't know if this is a terrorist attack or not but whoever did it need to be found and dealt with.

15/04/2013 at 21:11

2 confimed dead, 23 confirmed injured.

My thoughts are with the family of those deceased and injured.

15/04/2013 at 21:21
Can't believe it. Yesterday was such an amazing positive day that would have been similar in Boston - achievements, warmth, pride and support for all ..and then such horror! I just can't understand it. My thoughts are with them
15/04/2013 at 21:39

our thought go ou to all caught up in this

15/04/2013 at 21:53
Just awful. To try imagine the excitement and energy on those streets, before it happened. It's just evil for somebody to have attacked an event for innocent folk.

As I watch the news, and consider the poor chap that died yesterday, all the frustration of missing PBs slips into such insignificance.

My thoughts go out to those people who've died or injured.

I vote we get out on the streets of London this Sunday, and make it the best marathon ever to prove the evil of a small minority won't effect the good of many nations.
15/04/2013 at 22:14

A sad, sad day.
Heartbreaking and my thoughts go out to those involved.

Those responsible are evil, evil b*stards. 
So much good attracting so much evil.
Truly a sad, sad day. 

15/04/2013 at 22:15

For me, marathon days epitomise everything that is good about humanity. Whether you're a runner who has dedicated months of your life to raise money for good causes, or you're doing it for your own personal achievement, or whether you're one of the people on the other side of the barriers who cheers for people you don't know and have never met because you want them to achieve their goal. There's something about a marathon day that just makes you feel good. It takes a particularly evil person to target something like that.

GCE (8357 Red) wrote (see)
I vote we get out on the streets of London this Sunday, and make it the best marathon ever to prove the evil of a small minority won't effect the good of many nations.

This! Emphatically this!

15/04/2013 at 22:35

Injury toll increased to 57, no more deaths as of yet


15/04/2013 at 23:49

Would have been posting how much I enjoyed sunday etc etc but this evening's explosions in Boston have put me in a more sombre mood.  People caught up in it are just like you and me and all the friends, relatives and unknown supporters there just like ours yesterday.  Maybe as it was Patriot's Day it was a 'local' idiot and not a terrorist attack.  Will be tough for those doing London this weekend.

My thoughts too are with the families of the deceased and the injured.

Was going to ask for a replacement medal as mine was damaged in manufacture.  Seems of no importance just now.


16/04/2013 at 00:58

Green Fairy: Do it, you earned that medal. Sunday was an incredible experiance for all of us and if we let it ruin it for us, then the evil gits who bombed the Boston Marathon win. Don't let them.

The London organisers have already said that they're looking into their security measures for sunday so hopefully nothing like this will happen again.

16/04/2013 at 06:13
This is so awful! Thoughts with all those involved
16/04/2013 at 07:00
Yesterday's new left me feeling sick(

Green Fairy - congratulation on finishing your 1st Brighton marathon Ask for a replacement medal, I did at Halstead last year.
16/04/2013 at 07:50
Green fairy you should request a replacement medal. What was your time by the way?

Did someone on here say they didn't use gels for a marathon? What did u use to fuel u during the marathon and did it work? I have digestive issues that means I cannot use gels and even sports drinks don't sit that well with me but am keen to avoid hitting a wall. Have done up to 16 miles with just water but feel I should now look at something more.
16/04/2013 at 08:21

Very very sad news from Boston marathon. I cannot comprehend, that an event, which epitomises all what is good about human nature (the elite runners running unbelievable times, Mr and Mrs Joe Public who will never achieve greatness but spend months training for personal goals, and then the tens and tens of thousands of people who give up their time to spectate or volunteer) would be targeted in such a way. Words fail me sometimes

Green Fairy - I think I saw you running out of Brighton towards Ovingdean as I was running back along the seafront, I gave you a big wave.

Tillstar - I can't take gels either as they make me sick. I use Clif bloks but only in moderation as even too many of those will make me feel sick. One of the best things I have learnt to do is fuel with 'proper food' so I use nuts and mini piece of flapjack for training runs and marathons. It has really made a difference as I feel it gives me a lot more 'proper' energy rather than the quick hit that you get from a gel. The best advice is to test what works for you as there is no right or wrong way to fuel, just find something that you can digest and agrees with you.

16/04/2013 at 09:13
VieuxLilleBlonde wrote (see)

Well done everyone! You must all be super pleased with some brilliant PBs.  So glad the sun came out!

I had to pull out at 14 miles, pain just got too much and I didn't want to ruin my chances completely of doing a PB this year.

How did you get on, SDR Gaz?

Sorry to see you had to pull out, but at least you can recover properly now.

I struggled this time. I came in at 4:21 but wasn't surprised.

I changed my goal to 3:40 from 3:30 this year and was bang on target until mile 14. My calf held up but just after half way I felt a twinge and lost confidence in it. From then on I suffered with horendous cramping, everywhere. Obviously my legs telling me that I hadn't managed to get enough training miles in this year. There's always next year.

A huge well done to everyone, especially those who PB'd.

I saw the young lad in a bad way, and now the news from Boston. Puts everything into perspective. Regardless of times, we're all here to run again.

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