Brighton Marathon 2013

Can't wait for this one!

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19/04/2012 at 08:57

I must admit im putting my name in the ballot for london next year...but ive also booked the premier inn in brighton too for next marathon.... nope not cos im running.. but if i dont get into london im coming to brighton to help out and cheer!!

Mind you im still in 2 minds as to whether to enter yet again but my mind thats saying not to... is winning at the moment!!

Good luck to those who are running london on sunday, i think your totally mad, one marathon a week after youve just ran one, my legs are only just back to normal today...... so may try a baby 20 min run on treadmill later

19/04/2012 at 08:57
GCE Don't think that VLM are doing the guaranteed entry after lots of rejection because soo many people apply. i will still have a go at ballot. Its weird to think either way i will be doing a marathon next year!
19/04/2012 at 09:05
Good luck to all those running VLM. I'm doing Manchester next weekend. Off to see if my legs still work now
19/04/2012 at 09:13
thanks for all the good wishes for London.

Veester - good luck in Manchester.

A very easy 3.6 miles off road just completed and my legs still appear to be working o.k.

19/04/2012 at 09:38
Kelly welcome to the thread
Edited: 19/04/2012 at 09:41
19/04/2012 at 09:43

Morning all

i see Poobear has plans for today will eke out my last lay in bed for as long as i can as we head home tomorrow and then i have to be in work Friday night for stock take

Kelly welcome to the thread this is Poobear first marathon and i believe Stigs other half is also a frist timer so you’re not alone

19/04/2012 at 10:03
Im a first timer too. Feel brave that i have entered! I can do 10ks (slowly). Even did a 10 mile run because i miscalculated the distance when going out for a 6 mile run! have a half planned for October so building up slowly.
19/04/2012 at 10:18

gemgemx well done on entering both Poobear and myself have a half in October were going to do the Cricklade H/M again this year

19/04/2012 at 12:13

Thanks for the tip about the VLM ballot. I think I should start trying to get into this race as it's definitely a 'bucket list' rac. If I end up having to run Brighton and the VLM in the space of a week - then so be it!!

I know it sounds a bit crazy but I definitely want to try to be an 'ever present' at the Brighton Marathon!

 I hope the event doesn't get much bigger though, as there were a couple of times on Sunday when I found it difficult to over take due to the width of the road being full of people running slightly slower than me.

My goal for next year will be sub 4:30 which I know is achievable from a recent half marathon time. I am, however going to be signing up for some proper coaching so, depending on how effective it is, this might be adjusted slightly.

Welcome to all those of you sigining up for your first Brighton Marathon. You won't regret it as my lovely seaside city puts on a totally awesome show of support for all of us crazy marathoners. 

19/04/2012 at 12:47
STIG109 wrote (see)
Yeah did it last year. A great route. Very tough in places and was sore for a week after but signed up for this year already

Hi, I'm running Beachy Head Marathon - I've run Brighton Marathon twice now and already signed up for next year but wanted a different challenge.

I know that area of the South Downs pretty well so I know how hilly it is, so will need to do a lot of hills/off road running in training but wondered how else you trained for it.


 (Sorry I don't know if this should be posted in the Beachy Head section, but there didn't seem to be much going on in there at the moment!)

19/04/2012 at 12:51

Welcome to the new Brighton Marathoners, and potential Brighton Marathoners!

I'm in for next year but will also try and gain a place in VLM. I feel that I would be OK to run this Sunday if I had a place this year so will definitely aim to do both if I actually manage to get a place.

This Sunday I'm assisting on the 22 mile water station so will be cheering on all of you who are running. Good luck to everyone!

19/04/2012 at 13:00
Hi Barbie1976 - I'm also doing Beachy Head this year. Did it last year for the first time and it's extremely tough. As it's a trail run and hilly (I've posted my Garmin elevation graph on the Brighton 2012 thread) you need to do plenty of off-road running and hill training. Can't really offer much more than that as my training wasn't great last year as I left it a bit late to start (3 weeks before the race and I hadn't run since Brighton Marathon!) and did a few short runs and one off-road 20-miler and then did the marathon. This year I'll be keeping up the training all year round and making sure I mix road/off-road running and do plenty of hills. Will also throw in some gym work and crossfit (doing first session tonight) as there are a number of obstacles on the course which may catch you out if all you do is run (flights of steps, stiles, walls!).
19/04/2012 at 13:29

Thanks Lomster - I've done a lot of walking in the area so I know what a beast those hills are!! Will mix up the training like you've said, in a perverse way I'm already really looking forward to it!

19/04/2012 at 13:40
nice to see a lot of the Brighton guys are doing Beachy Head

I've done BH 3x and marshalled 3 - will be marshalling again this year hopefully at Lullington Heath (where you come out of Friston Forest heading towards the Longman - about 6 miles in)

it's a great event when the weather's kind, bloody awful when it's peeing down and the fog's on the tops....
19/04/2012 at 13:50
Barbie - I did all my long runs around parts of the beachy route. I live in seaford so just out my back door. That way loads of hills thrown in. Also threw in the hill at the start a couple of times and the seven bitches a couple of times. You'll love it
19/04/2012 at 14:25
STIG109 wrote (see)
Barbie - I did all my long runs around parts of the beachy route. I live in seaford so just out my back door. That way loads of hills thrown in. Also threw in the hill at the start a couple of times and the seven bitches a couple of times. You'll love it

Love the 'seven bitches'

I've done a few runs on the Downs up at Devil's Dyke so will head up there for long runs, I'm in two minds about whether to do the Seven Sisters in training - could go 1 of 2 ways - either perfect training.....or scare me off for life

19/04/2012 at 15:23
"Love the 'seven bitches'"

when you run them - or attempt to run them should I say - you'll soon understand why the Sisters become the Bitches. they are brutal to run with fresh legs, with 19 or so hilly miles behind you on the marathon, they are worse than brutal

great training for a flat road marathon though!!
19/04/2012 at 16:25
Hmmm, I'm not running Brighton 2013, but all this talk of Beachy Head is starting to make me wonder whether there are still places left?

Charlotte, HannahsmomUK, Tenjiso and MWW, good luck for London, and Veester, Good Luck for Manchester next week

There are probably others on here signed up for VLM, good luck to you as well!

stig just read back a bit and would also put a vote in for Lore of Running. It's probably a bit more expensive than most running books, but an excellent read(s) (You can't read it all in one go.) On the other hand, Hal Higdon is brilliant and you can't go far wrong with him, and now that you've got a couple of marathons under your belt, have a look at the P+D (Pfizinger and Douglas?) Although Tim Noakes covers some of their stuff in Lore of Running as well!

To those of you who just ran BM 2012, don't feel the pressure to get out running too early. A week off will almost certainly do you more good than harm, and still leave 358 training days to BM 2013 where I hope to see many of you as you run past me on the course! [Of course, the "week off" rule doesn't really apply if you're running another mara this weekend!!!!

Waves to all
19/04/2012 at 16:33

I've signed up again. Got my expo code working. The aim is sub 3.15 this year as I wasn't too far off that this time round.

I am also considering doing the Midnight Sun marathon next year which is held in my mother's hometown of Tromso, Norway. I was consider doing it this year but I don't have enough holiday available with work.

Next up though a bit of a rest and then a Half Marathon.

19/04/2012 at 17:15

Afternoon all

Well last day in Brighton went out for a walk this time head of towards the Rottingdean turn around point  it was to say the least a little more bluster than Sunday any way the wife has now walk most of the course i think the only bit we haven’t done is mile 14 to 16

When we got to the turnaround point we walked on into Rottingdean an had a nice cream tea then a quick look around and caught the bus back

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