Wow.. well done everyone.. I managed 18 miles of running then run walked to a first time marathon tome of 4.32. Rather chuffed with that!. Great marshalls and loved everyone that showed support all the way around! All I will say is ditch that bloody hill at the end that has to be short of ridiculous?
Well done... but if you had cut your hair beforehand, you'd have broken the 4.30 barrier.
"We wish you a merry marathon" it was just brilliant - I've already mentioned how tough I am, but I certainly got a lump in my throat then.
Also the woman at 24 miles shouting random support - mega, she really got me going again.
Did anyone else notice, at around mile 7, the straight mile road, there were loads and loads of really long worms?
As for yesterday - as promised, after the race --- pissed. Had 2 bottles of cold beer whilst lying in the bath, and then more with my curry. Followed by a very early night.
xe, yes I noticed the worms .. really strange ... I've run down there a few times recently on my LSR's (albeit going the other way) and never noticed the crack Worm Suicide Squad before.
Another highlight -- I took a rest within the last mile, just around the corner from the racetrack, another runner screamed at me"come on, you're nearly there" and then kept screaming at me until I got into the racetrack "come on! come on!"
It was really loud, but exactly what I needed, so if it was you, wearing a white adidas vest and you were shouting at the blond bloke in the union flag vest, thank you.
I think I may have already said how tough I am, but I couldn't help filling up with emotion all the way round. I even shed a tear on the M56 going home, which wasn't wise at 85 mph because the salt on my face ran straight into my eyes!
kmb - we may have run in the same group for a while, it's funny how running in a pack tends to help. From about mile 20 to 24 I was a bit isolated and kept trying to catch the group infront - but couldn't quite make it...until that final hill when they slowed more than me. Well done on going sub 3 also - despite the fatigue I'm really buzzing today.
After all my 3 marathons I have wanted to cry when crossing the line - very bizarre - I guess it's body telling me something!
a sub 3 on 48mpw is absolutely outstanding. Well done kmb.
kmb- well done on the sub 3
Loving all the stories- and totally agree about the support. I certainly don't know of a race that matches it....
yeah - have a week off - otherwise you'll just get injured.
Jason, obviously the worms were disturbed by the Road Runners whizzing past under the 3hr bracket. You will have missed em by miles.
Rest Claire yes, I was only kind of joking before when I said I was going out for a jog. I couldn't be arsed to walk past 0.25 miles!
I took 2 or 3 days off after Manchester BUT I wasn't as obliterated as I feel after Chester.
I ran yesterday with my disabled son in his wheelchair-we usually run half marathons and I was looking for the right race for Dominic and I to go long-Andy and Chris were brilliant from the moment I got in touch and asked if we could run and we had an absolute ball yesterday. Great organisation, a beautiful course which although testing in places (especially when pushing a chair) was a joy to run. We had a great race and finished in just over 4 hours, we could of gone under 4 but Dominic decided that daddy was getting a little sweaty and not able to talk to him at 35km so we slowed down relaxed and enjoyed the ride for the final stretch. Loved the lemming like worms, although I was told off for running a few over (sorry) and the village green football match-we saw a goal on the way past! We will be back again next year.
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