Chester marathon 2012

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09/10/2012 at 14:21

bit quiet on it all over?

Where do people running the VLM usually go?

09/10/2012 at 14:24
09/10/2012 at 14:25

It is now

09/10/2012 at 14:30

If you were not forsaking Manchester you could go that forum that is up and running - good luck in London

09/10/2012 at 14:33
See you all next year. I'll probably go and spectate you see. Over and out
09/10/2012 at 14:34
Time to move camp to the Manchester thread eh?
09/10/2012 at 14:37

Those that are on Facebook are keeping the memory alive ... but I guess this thread is nearing the end

I've not decided what to do next so won't be on a new forum just yet but will hopefully chat to some of you guys again one day.

Thank you - you made the build up to my first marathon so enjoyable ... and it was so lovely to meet some of you on the day.

09/10/2012 at 14:42

I will pop over to the manchester thread as this will be my next marathon

09/10/2012 at 16:21

claire, are you doing bath half next year?

09/10/2012 at 17:09
Manchester thread for me too. So long, farewell... I miss youse already. *chops an onion*
09/10/2012 at 17:24
Possibly Scott, need to double check the date first
09/10/2012 at 17:47
stephanie eccles wrote (see)

Thank you Paul, quite hilly after all then, got this from the runners world website, Chester is the hilliest of them all !

Greater Manchester Marathon 2013 - 55m of gain Edinburgh Marathon - 67m of gain Brighton - 105m London - 85m Liverpool - 151m Milton Keynes - 102m Sunderland - 125m

Berlin - 76m Amsterdam - 44m Chicago - 151m New York - 176m Boston - 107m Paris - 114m 

It's the positioning of the hills at Chester rather than the height gain itself that makes them so hard.  If they were in the first 13 miles then they would have hardly registered with me.  The one at mile 16 gives you a kick just at that point in the race where things are starting to get a little tough (I was on 7.10 pace up to there, and dropped out to 7.20 afterwards) and the double hill on Sandy Lane is blue murder at a point where most people are hurting like hell anyway.  I managed the first hill on Sandy Lane OK but completely popped half-way up the second and went to something like 8 min/mile from there on.      

Well, I guess this is sayonara.  Tempting to cash what should be a GFA time to enter a big city race next year, but it was very hard training in the tropics for a marathon, and I don't see myself doing it again so long as I'm based out in West Africa.  Maybe focus on getting my hm time down a bit.  Good luck to all with your marathon or other running ambitions; it's been a fantastic forum and may the road rise up to meet you wherever you go.   

09/10/2012 at 18:25
Genghis - I agree with all the above re hills, thanks for making me feel better about about a 5 min positive split! You not fancy Manchester?! G'awn, g'awn!
09/10/2012 at 19:21
All the best Giles, youre right about the hill placement that one at 17 miles knocked the hell out of me.
09/10/2012 at 19:37

On to Snowdon next for me- see some of you there.

First post Chester run tonight: 4.15m - even came close to running a sub 9 minute mile at one stage

09/10/2012 at 20:34
Okay one last look. Well done doing 4m today Jason D you ran double what I did (2.2mile) though I did 8:3X pace, happy with that as a start.

Heow- blog attempt. Gotta keep trying. Hopefully it'll get better in time.
09/10/2012 at 20:36

Andy- speedy stuff See you out and about at anothere event  no doubt

09/10/2012 at 20:40

Andy- just read the blog- hope you have MUCH better luck next time, matey. You deserved better after all the work- but it's in the bank

09/10/2012 at 20:50
Ye its not gone to waste, its all there ready for helsby
09/10/2012 at 21:03
jason d wrote (see)

On to Snowdon next for me- see some of you there.

First post Chester run tonight: 4.15m - even came close to running a sub 9 minute mile at one stage

Jason, I saw a photo of you on someone's FB page before, they had taken photos of Sunday.   Looking good!   Sub 9m/m is my MRP...    

Andy, will look now.  Just thinking, please DO NOT give up the marathon mate, you have just been so so unlucky. 

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