Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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15/04/2013 at 16:28
Paul Went wrote (see)

My god duaghter (aged 17) was watching a 10k race and said "oh it took you alot longer to do Brighton marathon". Amazing how many people have no idea how long a marathon is.

Andy - Milton Keynes has a Primark!!!!! - Im off to MK - catch you all later...........

My 2 pet hates are (and Im aware this might make me sound like a running snob!):

1. "Im doing a 10km marathon" - yeah, thats not a marathon!
2. "Oh, so you're doing another marathon. How far is this one?" - well, its a marathon!

Well done yesterday to everybody who finished. The conditions in the latter parts of that race were tough for us spectators, so can imagine what it would be like for you runners. I was watching at mile 25 (just before you headed up from the promenade to the road) and you could tell people were really grinding it out. Inspirational stuff!

15/04/2013 at 16:32

Ryan/Neil - just had a look at your splits and it looks like you both took advantage of the tail wind from the Rottingdean turn to get some time in the bank.  Was that planned or just how it turned out?  I don't think I went fast enough with the wind and then lost some time coming back into it.

15/04/2013 at 17:13
I deliberately did around 6:25 with the wind. Was hoping for 6:35 into the wind to get under 2:50. I managed 1 mile into the wind at 6:35 the slowed to around 7 for the last 4. Still very, very happy overall
Neil - I ran 36:03 and 61:00 - both PB's and both were after very gentle 10 mile 'warm ups' to keep my long run on a Sunday
15/04/2013 at 17:15
Sorry, 61:00 was a 10m. I didn't run a half in this cycle but did 81:58 in November
15/04/2013 at 17:23

Very interesting Ryan - I slowed by about 30-45 sec/mile in last 5 - I'm 6'4" and there wasnt anyone to hide behind!  In hindsight I think I should/could have gone 5-10 sec/mile faster with the wind.

I guess the beauty of marathons is there is always next year or race....

15/04/2013 at 17:38

Hi all, and congrats to everyone! Great running guys. And Toby, what can I say, mate? Awesome! Congrats to the rest of the family too.

I once heard someone say that they "unravelled" during a marathon and I didn't really get what they meant until yesterday. By 8 miles or so I reckon I was on course for 3:53ish, definitely sub-4, but by mile 13 I was ready to quit. The problem I've had for a couple of weeks in the ball of my left foot flared up, so I felt like I was running on a marble. Then it blistered. I dragged myself round though, but gutted to come in at 4:41 (20 mins slower than my Berlin time!). And I caught the sun, so my head is nice and shiny red!

The positives? 1) I finished, and gained mental strength, 2) the crowds were amazing, 3) it wasn't raining like it was on Saturday - that would have been a different race, wouldn't it.

And, of course, no matter what pain I thought I was going through, a death on the course puts everything into sharp perspective, doesn't it? Sincere condolences to the family.

Rest up, folks.

15/04/2013 at 17:45
Wordslinger eeeeeek congrats on getting around

Having a bad un, just means that when you have a good marathon it will be that much sweeter
15/04/2013 at 17:47
chutneylocker - All very familiar. Just checked and I did slow by 30 secs/mile for the last 5. Didn't really occur to me it could have been partly due to the wind (I'm 6'5''!)

Would love to knock 2 mins off and go under 3:15 next year. I was afraid of going under 7:00 pace at any point but maybe with the wind 4 or 5 miles at around 6:45 might be in order...depending on which way the wind is blowing obviously!
15/04/2013 at 17:52
2.57 for me, first time under 3 hours so very happy.
Great to run with you also Ryan, wish I could have held on for a few more miles. Might see you at Alton for the next hampshire league race?
15/04/2013 at 17:57
I'm supposed to be working but i may try and get out of it. Would be good to have a smaller race to look forward to
15/04/2013 at 18:07

Word sorry to hear it never went to plan but well done on getting around

Edited: 15/04/2013 at 18:08
15/04/2013 at 18:26

Hi All, Just a quick note to say well done to everyone that finished yesterday. Looks like some of you got PB's, some of you had the wheels fall of, and most of you have learnt something for next time.

I had a great day. Finished in 3h56 which was a bit too fast according to my programme for my Ultra race in June, but the crowd support was great and conditions were good and I managed to maintain my pace right till the end so all in all a good day at the office.

Thanks for the support and comments over the past weeks.

RIP Sam. Very sad when one of us pays the ultimate sacrifice. 

15/04/2013 at 19:15
Poohbear, snow maiden & toby3, I found this picture on The Argus website of you all.
15/04/2013 at 19:46

My first marathon race, was aiming for GFA for London and just made it by 23 seconds.

I found the last 5 miles very hard, was it me or was there a strong headwind!


15/04/2013 at 19:53

GCE thanks very much just bought it. It can replace on older picture we have of all of us running the Bristol 10k back in 2010

15/04/2013 at 20:01

Am I right in thinking you cant just look at ALL the results for the Brighton Marathon? How daft is that???

15/04/2013 at 20:02
Toby3, what do they charge? Probably massively cheaper than the official race photographs?
15/04/2013 at 20:10
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

Am I right in thinking you cant just look at ALL the results for the Brighton Marathon? How daft is that???

That's how it appears, yes it's daft!

Full results in the Argus tomorrow apparently if that helps.

Pretty well everything's cleared up now, elite Africans dopped off to H'row this afternoon, the kit shifted out of the Hilton. Preston Park still looking muddy though! opeully a few sunny days will have it looking nice again for parkrun on Saturday. 

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.

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