Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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10/10/2012 at 23:08

Hi Yvonne, yeh..I'm looking forward to the 'sense of occasion' and cameraderie that marathon day will bring!

Hmm, I'm pretty average then....on my own listening to were too slow for your running partner toby? I thought you were one of the 'elite' crowd on here??

Cheers gemgem.....yeh, family on bikes in hot pursuit is a good idea!

I managed a 4 miler tonight (7k) and revelled in the fact that it WASN'T 10 miles! lol

I decided to up the pace as it was a shorter run and broke a lot of my own PB's (according to my GPSthingamajiggy 5000)

Must have been the 70's rock (AC/DC) on the headphones that got me rocking!!

Fastest 1K time....4:39

Fastest mile....7:30

Fastest 5k....24:16

I know it's not 'fast' but I was pretty happy to beat my own PB's and see that I am improving!


Edited: 10/10/2012 at 23:11
11/10/2012 at 04:41

Morning all

Well did a couple of miles on the treadmill on Tuesday and will attempt the same today then nothing until Sunday  as i will need all the energy i can muster to conquer those hills at Swindon

me and Yvonne will attempted a different approach to the race and use a run walk will run a mile walk a minute run to the next mile mark walk a minute hopping this way it give us enough to finish   

swervin don’t i wish i was elite no just a plodder the running partner i had was only about 5ft 1 but boy could she run she left me for dead most of the time

11/10/2012 at 07:44
there always someone faster......don't I know it!
Toby3 - you will always be an elite member of this thread to me.
Great times Mervin - Have yet to crack a sub 8minute mile. unless I am only running 1 mile!
Off for a 6 miler this morning after all 3 kiddies have been dropped off at the relevant classroom.
11/10/2012 at 10:45
Back from my 6 miler and ..well a 10 k if we are being exact and got it in under 60 minutes. So happy!

Was almost not going to bother this morning as the school run took
longer than normal...but then the postman delivered my half marathon race pack so thought it would be rude not to try out the t shirt we have to wear!
11/10/2012 at 13:38

gemgemx good for you for getting out there

11/10/2012 at 14:40


I had actually signed up for the Brighton marathon (will be my first) quite a while ago but I also entered the VLM ballot. I didn't get into VLM and so as I know I will be doing Brighton, I thought I would finaly say hi!

So to start with, I have a couple of questions!

1) When I first applied, I had no idea of what time I would expect to do it in and so I put 4:30 - 5:00. However I have since done a chip timed 10Km (46m27) and a half (1:43). Going by the McMillan running calculator, those times both put me around 3:38 for a marathon. Obviously my first goal will be to finish but in the back of my head the second goal may be to go sub 4 hours, so would it be worth changing the time on my application to closer to 4 hours?

2) I didn't order a t-shirt as I didn't want to have one for Brighton if I was running in London. Seeing as I've already paid, if I go back and add a t-shirt, will I only have to pay the difference?

Mind you, when I say the first goal will be to finish, the more immediate one is to get through the training in the dark and cold winter months!

Hopefully you'll see a bit more of me in here!

11/10/2012 at 16:43

Sleaver I don't think changing your expected time will make any difference to your start zone, I did the same in 2011 when I realised I was faster than I thought but I was still given my original expected time zone, spoiled it a bit as I spent the first half constantly overtaking people, some dressed as rhinos

11/10/2012 at 19:30

Well done guys! Some excellent running  

Trying to take care of my foot and be sensible, but still get in a good last week of training before I start a bit of a taper for my half. Did 3 miles tonight @8:30 min/mile average pace, which made me happy as I am aiming for 9 minute miles all the way at my half!

*waves to all*

11/10/2012 at 21:07
Mind if in join in? Toby's suggested I follow him over here from a different thread as I've just bagged a charity place for Brighton.

I ran the Berlin Marathon a couple of weeks ago - it was my first but now I'm hooked. I ran it in 4:21:38 so my aim for Brighton is to get as close to 4 hours as possible.
11/10/2012 at 21:25

Of course nobody minds Wordslinger- welcome to the thread! Well done on a great time in Berlin- you're well placed as well to start training strongly and nail a 4-hour finish at Brighton.

Let us know how your training progresses 

11/10/2012 at 22:01
welcome aboard wordslinger .. great time well done.
12/10/2012 at 04:43

Hi Word you found us then welcome to the thread

sleaver my be worth emailing the organizers of Brighton and asking them about the t-shirt

14/10/2012 at 11:35

Well, last long run before my half marathon done- 13.1 miles with the last 5 a bit speedier than my target pace aaaaaand TAPER! 

14/10/2012 at 11:56
good work Sarah.. I got my last longest run before my hm in 2 weeks in today too. 12 miles under 2 hours so really chuffed. The last 3 miles were a bit tougher than I expected..and I had to pause garmin to find a secluded spot to ..well...lets just say i probably shouldn't have had curry last night!!! Overall a successful and pleasant run..with a new distance pb aswell as pb for 10k and pb for 10miles during the 12 miler.

Now for a nice long soak.
14/10/2012 at 14:42
6 months to go folks

Good running ladies.
14/10/2012 at 14:45

ooooooh, scary AGF! thankyou.

well done gem too, that's really really solid work there, and will definitely pay off in your half

14/10/2012 at 18:05

Evening, folks.

First long run since the Berlin Marathon two weeks ago today.

Ran the Cardiff Half Marathon this morning and set a new PB of 1:57:42, so pretty chuffed with that. I knocked 4 mins off my old time and came in under 2 hours into the bargain.

18,000 ran the half marathon and, in my opinion, that's way too many. Even if you accept the usual jostling and swerving from the outset, there was too much of that going on throughout, and a few bottlenecks too.

The atmostphere was pretty good, and the crowds pretty supportive. It's not the most visually interesting of runs, but it did take in some decent sights. The organisation was so-so - especially post race where it was pretty much a scrum of runners and relatives.

Oh, and don't get me started on the queues for the pay and display parking machines. I mean, Cardiff Council, come on! You've got 18,000+ visiting your wonderful city and spending goodness knows how much there, so do us a favour and drop the parking charges next year.

14/10/2012 at 19:18

Evening all

Well back from the Swindon H/M all though plans changed and i ended up running with Poohbear instead of Yvonne  Poohbear ran the Cricklade 10k last week and because she was that much slower than the rest she ended up alone running down county lanes by herself and as there were no houses or cars felt vulnerable and was worried the same may happen today

Arrive at Yvonne’s on Saturday and stayed the night have to say did not sleep well but never do the night before a race Sunday morning came breakfast consisted of toast with peanut butter and jam on left for the race at 9.15 the morning was cold and frosty but the sun was warm and as the day went on it warmed up nicely

got the race ok and after the usual loo visit had a wondered around waiting for the start Yvonne went to middle of the pen as she was going for a 2.15 we on the other hand hung around at the back as we were looking for a 3.30 finish

The race got away on time and after a uphill start the course ran down hill and the flat until it started to climb again at the 5 mile mark i let Poohbear set the pace and she was using a run walk and we were running 15m/m’s using this

All was going well and right up to the 11 mile mark with me pulling her up the hill and then running down the other side have to say the views were stunning when disaster struck her hip or we thought it was her hip started to hurt but being the stubborn c**and determined to finish we had to walk the best part of the last 2 miles

She did insisted on running down the slope to the finish unofficial time 3:26:01 Yvonne gave the Poohbear a big hug and she had finished her first ever H/M

One go thing as we were one of the last to finish there was no queue for the massage so sent her of to get one while i went for my cheese burger

Then headed back for a massage myself the person who massage the wife thinks she probable picked up a slight hamstring strain

Then it was back to Yvonne’s for some tea and then home

Edited: 14/10/2012 at 19:21
14/10/2012 at 19:26
hope poohbear has a good rest.. and hasn't hurt herself too much.
14/10/2012 at 19:28

she feeling 92 at the moment

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