Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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14/10/2012 at 20:29

Well, I have done it - completed my first ever half marathon.  The best time I managed in training was 3hr 30mins so was aiming to get under that, but as Toby says above was in a lot of pain for last 2 and a bit miles with what I thought was hip problem, but turns out to be hamstring strain.  However, I was not going to give in and was determined to finish under my 3hr 30mins target.  Official chip results now in and time achieved was 3hrs 25mins and 05 secs - so well chuffed with that. 

Advised to rest for a couple of days from running, have a nice hot bath and do some hamstring stretches.  Must admit after the massage and hot bath leg is feeling a bit easier.  Not sure how it will feel in the morning though!  I feel 92 at present which is double my age, so hopefully will feel better after a few days.

Great sense of achievement though.



14/10/2012 at 20:31

Wordslinger - welcome and well done for the p.b at Cardiff half.

Poohbear - well done for completing your first half marathon, guts and determination got you through to the finish, i'm sure it felt good despite the pain.  I hope your injury heals soon. I have had  quite a bit of trouble with my hips and hamstrings, and apparently it could be down to my 'swaying' my hips and losing form when I get fatigued in the latter stages of a long run. Sports massage, concentrating on form and spending alot of time rolling my glutes around on a massage ball have all helped.

Looking forward to hearing how Yvonne got on.

14/10/2012 at 20:51
Congrats on running your first h/m Poohbear - hope your hip/hamstring recovers quickly! Enjoy a few days' well earned rest!
14/10/2012 at 23:11

Well done Poohbear! Wear your medal (assuming you got one) all day of every day this week and feel proud of your half marathon achievement!

In two weeks the Great South Run will be over and I shall cease my lurking and come on over here.  The 'green fairy gremlins' are circling once again so hopefully I shall have run the GSR this year!

See you soon

Edited: 14/10/2012 at 23:24
15/10/2012 at 10:35

Just for you charlotte, i completed the hills of swindon in a time of 2:07:33 which was under the 2:10:00 i was looking to do so well chuffed with tha,t as all the week before i was battling with a cold and trying to be positive and take lots of vitamins and rest but now i think ive sucummed to the cold big time, havnt stopped sneezing and blowing my nose since i ran yesterday although sometimes after i run especially if i really breathe deep(and those hills made me breathe deep and i found myself walking 4 times to catch my breath this is the first time ive ever walked in a race so felt odd, but i needed to, i didnt want to risk my first asthma attack!!!!) and its a cold air it tends to irritate my lungs a bit and produce bucket loads of nose matter!!!! Hoping by tomorrow its settled down...but felt really good running yesterday even though time was the slowest of the 3 halfs ive done in last 2 weeks this was my fave and ill do it again next year with a bit of hill training under my belt will aim for a sub 2 even on that put me and my running ability back in a good mood, as last sunday at cricklade felt like pants and was ready to turn to cycling!!!!!

15/10/2012 at 10:52

6 Months!!! Aaargh!

I've got a lot of work to do!!

I was meant to go out for my 11 miler last night and ended up running 14! longest run ever and boy did it feel like it! I got a cramp in my calf and my knees were absolutely killing me when I got home.

Anyways.....14 miles in 2hrs 22. Not gonna set the world on fire, but I did it! I've ran further than a HM now which means my first 'official' event the Brighon half in Feb isn't as daunting now!

I still pinch myself now and again....I can't believe I hadn't ran at all before the beginning of June!

Howdy Wordslinger....well done on the PB @ Cardiff. I've never experienced the jostling and it's something I'm not looking forward to.

Hi sleaver.....I've just logged on to the Brighton Marathon site and changed my T-Shirt order....I'm shrinking!

gemgem....somethings really ought to be kept to yourself!  Well done on the -2hr 12 miler!

Bad luck poohbear with the injury, did it!!  , and well done toby for being there! Top man!!

Well done yvonne...great time tbh.


15/10/2012 at 10:55

Well done poohbear! Hope you recover well from your injury.

15/10/2012 at 11:41

Yvonne - well done with the Swindon result and I hope you recover from your cold soon!

Green Fairy - your back, lets hope its fourth time lucky!

15/10/2012 at 12:34
Swervin...Thats great work - and still ages to improve on times for Feb. 14 miles is an achievment in itself. I was saying to my other half how it wasnt that long ago that running non stop for 5 minutes was an issue for me. It just shows what we can all achieve with a bit of hard work.

Green Fairy - You better get yourself over here soon - You started this thread!!!! Good Luck with the GSR.

Not feeling too bad today after yesterdays 12 miler...managed a gentle bike ride followed by a well deserved bacon roll.

Did anybody find today REALLY cold. Not sure what I am going to wear for my half in 2 weeks - because I hate being too hot. may have to buy some cheap layers I can discard if need be. What do you guys normally wear for racec in colder weather?
15/10/2012 at 13:14


I'm new on this thread as I'm trying to decide whether or not to pay the £75 premium entry fee for this race. 

Could someone please tell me how much standard entry is? Does standard entry get a t-shirt? Is there a medal at the end? ( I do like a medal)

Thanks all!

15/10/2012 at 13:32

Afternoon all

well that’s it for me now all the  4 half done in 5 weekends so will have to think of a new challenge for next year would definitely recommend Swindon all though we were lucky with the weather i think it may have been a different story had it been blowing a gale and raining

We were lucky to run Swindon as i was reading that it nearly got cancelled because the main sponsor pulled out but at the last minute decided to back it glad they did and that the cost of road closers wasn’t been offset by the number of entries

They were dead chuff this year as they had a record number of runners at 1,930 a far cry from the likes of bath and Bristol were the entries are usually 10,000 and more yet there twice as expensive to enter

There’s no running now for me for 2 weeks as i am now on holiday and have decided to give the body time to recover mind you i say that now but by next week i won’t be surprised if i am suffering from a case of twitchy leg

15/10/2012 at 16:23

Where did you read that then toby about the swindon half?? and that thread i was on about is for all those cheap and club lead runs in the south west ...and other races

15/10/2012 at 16:25
i think that leg is going to be twitching very soon Toby! Does anybody dream about running?...Think its creeping its way into an obsession with me!!

@KeyserSuze Brighton is sold out for general entries so it would be charity places now..not sure what if any registration fees they charge. Standard entries started off at a lower price then they increased before they sold out.
15/10/2012 at 16:32

gemgemix - I have dreamed that I have run a 21 miler before, and it felt very real, but sadly it didn't count as a training run and I still had to get up the following morning and run it again!

Toby - I am currently having a small taper before Abingdon and I'm already very 'twitchy' and  irritable.

15/10/2012 at 16:35

@gemgemx thanks!


£75 is a lot to pay - for those who've done it, is it a good run? Would you recommend it?

15/10/2012 at 19:32

Charlotte - if only dreaming counted towards training runs, imagine how fit we'd be!

@KeyserSuze - sorry, this'll be my first time. I'm running for the MS Society: they want £40 entry fee and minimum £600 sponsorship. Everything I've read about this race has been positive though.




15/10/2012 at 19:48
My first too..only heard good things though.
15/10/2012 at 20:56

@keysersuze - welcome to the tread.

2013 will be my fourth Brighton marathon, and I have enjoyed the first three and am looking forward to running again next year, and from my experience I would recommend it. For the last three years we have had a medal and a t-shirt at the finish, along with a goody bag. The support around the course has been excellent, with just a few quieter points along the way, the last mile or two coming along the front towards the pier the crowds are brilliant.. There has also been some music and bands along the route as well. 

15/10/2012 at 21:47

@Keysersuze i know oxfam e mailed me a week ago they want a £40 entry fee and to raise £450 for running Brighton marathon...ive ran it the last 3 years and its just a fab run and i always stay down in brighton the day before and the day after too ......not running next year as ive given myself the winter off of training but will still be coming down for the weekend to cheer everyone on...although i WAS VERY tempted to enter via the oxfam charity place route...

15/10/2012 at 22:32

gemgemx - I started it...and this time I'll finish the race!

But they still won't knock off the 8 miles I did unofficially in the first year

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