Hi all my calf managed to hold up better than i thought and i managed to do a pb of 3.55 marathon within my 50k time of 4.48. Had to switch off from looking at the mile markers as they were so off beam for the 50k. Good job i had my garmin as i would have been all over the place with my times. Ran the first half plus at 8.30 miling comfortably and thought wow this is it, i'm gonna thrash last summer's 50k time. You know what it's like, you do all these calculations in your head and you think this is it!! Sadly, wheels came off a few miles on and as i said earlier, although i managed to hang on and do a 26.2 pb, i came in 2mins slower on my 50k time. Oh well. I do think that that route is more difficult than the Boddington route back in the summer, so i take solace in that.
Are the 50k results out yet?
really enjoyed the course and everyone I spoke to on the way round were really friendly and supportive. I came in at 3.28.59 which is a pb and 19 minutes quicker than last year. I can hardly walk this morning though!
I saw a few photographers on the way round, does anyone know if there is a website for the photo's?
Well done to you all
Gloucester course is very challenging - there are some flat bits, but also long drags and sharp inclines
Some runners took off far to fast yesterday, and seriously paid for it in the latter stages, ( I know they told me so as they went by ) and I’ve also don’t it myself before now
I've taken Phillip around that loop on many occasions ( we’ve done it in both directions ) in mild conditions like yesterday and also in horrendous ice, and in gale force wind and rain
The Gloucester 10 miler - which was out. A clockwise loop and back - ( the Old Gloucester 20 Miler out, two anti clock laps, and back ), and this current marathon
Still to this day I stand by the decision that the clockwise direction is easier, but it’s tough which ever way it’s done
With all my experience, we’ve done the loops on a good run and some days it’s been bloody hard going, almost giving in - but then it is all on the day,
So, my thoughts and advice to anyone who may of felt that for what ever reason yesterday they didn’t perform well - then Don’t
Fact is, if you got around, no matter how, then stand tall and proud
many thanks for all the support Mick - I was the very slow one, number 65! I did a PW by 32 minutes but have only just finished 8 months of quite intense medical treatment and only had 4 weeks training, so was pleased just to get round and all the encouragement really helped! Hope to see you both racing again soon (first time we spoke was somewhere near the top of a ridiculous hill at Langdale I think!)
The course was good, I quite like a couple of laps so I know what's coming near the end (whatever that may be!), the sports hall very comfortable, but I agree the 385 yards was long - not that it mattered much in my case.
A friendly and enjoyable race to get back into running, and a good medal, and great hat! Some organisational niggles which have been well discussed in the ratings, but overall I really enjoyed the day.
And yes Mick I'm proud I got round
Hi all, well done to everybody - some fantastic results, and even those of you that are disappointed can still be proud that you finished! There's always next time toget that PB or whatever.
Photos are on Mick Hall Photography website which hopefully you can find here if it works. Think you just put your race number in to search for photos of yourself!
here you go guys, free pics, hope the kids caught you?
Thanks for the support Mick and Phil great seeing you
Well done to everyone some great times in both distances.
I was on for a sub 3:30 managed consistent 8 min miles up to 22 miles then went of the rails and struggled to the end in 10 min miles. 3:37 not happy but better than I did in this race last year.
I'm happy with organisation , medal, facilities etc a fairly tough but friendly race.
Anybody know where I can get photos from the race?
I saw a guy not long after the 'band-drop' area with a camera on a uni-pod looking quite official.
(Unfortunately Muzza I am not in any of your photos)
Just had a long chat with Norman Wilson and he explained why it would be difficult to bring the finish area closer to the Sports Centre.
The bridge over the canal needs to be opened to allow boats through and it is not possible for the canal to be closed to traffic for a long time. The only way to get back to the Sports Centre is via the bridge. However he is having discussions with the authorities to see if a compromise can be made for the future.
Hope you are all recovering well and I look forward to seeing you around the circuit.
By the way, if anyone wants to sponsor me for the Virgin London Marathon check out my www.justgiving.com/pamstorey page or my website www.pamstorey.co.uk
Trailrunner2 wrote (see)
Anybody know where I can get photos from the race?I saw a guy not long after the 'band-drop' area with a camera on a uni-pod looking quite official.(Unfortunately Muzza I am not in any of your photos)
Pongy wrote (see)
Hi all, well done to everybody - some fantastic results, and even those of you that are disappointed can still be proud that you finished! There's always next time toget that PB or whatever. Photos are on Mick Hall Photography website which hopefully you can find here if it works. Think you just put your race number in to search for photos of yourself!
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