Great Welsh Marathon 2013

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11/04/2013 at 08:24

I managed to fall while off road last Friday and, as well as mashing up my face, I landed on my knee which now hurts when I run! I'm obviously a little worried, although this was my training race ahead of a further marathon in June and, if I can't run, you'll still see me holding back cars at the car park by the Discovery Centre!!!

13/04/2013 at 22:02

Very excited about next weekend now. 

I ran this in 2010 and nearly died. Then again that happens every year

13/04/2013 at 22:21
Has anyone had their race pack yet, still waiting for mine.
14/04/2013 at 12:50

Nothing yet either Alex though having looked again it says that packets are being dispatched this weekend and should be received by 18th

Edited: 14/04/2013 at 13:05
14/04/2013 at 14:49

Wow thats cutting it fine

14/04/2013 at 18:10

HQ is 0.75 miles from the CP/start - quite a long round trip.  Do we need to go to the HQ??  I take it with race pack we are pre-registered?

Agree very fine for race day info.  Unnerving for those new to marathons, but I'm sure it will all work out and be a great event.

Wonder why we're not following the Coast Path beside the railway but going inland between miles 1-2 and the other three times we will be going along that bit?


14/04/2013 at 20:18
Says on HBA website race packs have been dispatched over this weekend. Bit late but not the first time I haven't got race pack until week of race. Course is same as past couple of years as far as I can see? Assuming its two identical laps?
14/04/2013 at 20:44

T-Rex - Yes that's strange re. the HQ. The start line was at the discovery centre when I did it in 2010 but the start/finish was there then. Maybe they've moved HQ since the start/finish moved to festival fields but just haven't updated the web site? Anyone from last year know?

If it is at the discovery centre then I wouldn't have thought you'd need to go to HQ and back again. The pre-race briefing is at the start line so I plan to just go to the Festival Fields and stay there. 

Not sure what you mean about the inland bit. As far as I can see it follows the coastal path between miles 1-2. The bit that follows the railway line isn't part of the main path. I think walkers use it but it isn't part of the cycle path - at least I've never gone that way

Edited: 14/04/2013 at 20:46
14/04/2013 at 20:54

Just confirmed with HBA - HQ is at Festival Fields - that just saved us a mile and a half

EDIT: they've now updated the Event venue part of the site to show this.

Edited: 15/04/2013 at 13:08
15/04/2013 at 13:31

That's good, thanks Malcs.

Just wait for the race pack now which should arrive Tue or Wed.  Don't expect there will be any nasty surprises in it.

Coming back from a long lay-off I'm going to struggle to make 4 hours but that's my target anyway.

Cable - hope knee's feeling better.  A collision injury isn't like a running/overuse injury - I'm sure you will be fine.

15/04/2013 at 13:39

Feels better today thanks - anyone from these forums knows most of my injuries start north of my eyebrows! Noteable that my long term hamstring injury has stopped since my knee started!

We should get packs today or tomorrow, but most info is on the site. It's 2 laps of the half route (not sure whether there will be 1,000's of halfers to contend with? It's pretty much all coast path - so wind and 2 'mounds' are the issue.

15/04/2013 at 14:14

Yeah, the main 'mound' that worries me is the one on the end of mile 25 - who thought to put that there?! There was something similar at the end of the Kent Coastal back in September. That was a killer.

There is a real risk I may get stuck halfway up it so if anyone sees me grounded please give me a push!

Cable - the Kent Coastal was a similar affair, half and full marathon along a coastal path. Wasn't too bad as the halfers were, in general, runnning faster so there was no congestion. 

T-Rex - long lay-offs are awful. At least you're back and going. Nothing worse than being out of action. Have a great race.

15/04/2013 at 14:20

I ran the Kent Coastal in 2008! Miles 7 to 19 were into a headwind!! Flip side was having it at my back for the finish! If I were to compare this race to any other, it'd be Kent Coastal, certainly the exposed parts of it.

I'm back in Kent for the Roadrunner Marathon in June - 17 laps, so no danger of 13 straight miles into a headwind there!!!!

15/04/2013 at 14:39

Aha! 17 laps - ouch. And in June too. That would kill me, mentally and physically

16/04/2013 at 14:03

Looking forward to doing the half marathon on Sunday, My eight in total, and third in Llanelli. Noticed there's no entry list on the website for this one which I think they've had for some other HBA events.

I know I'm being picky here and maybe I'm completely wrong, but either the HM is slightly too long, or the marathon is too short. You run from the start down a short section and enter 'the loop', and at the end of each distance you obviously run back down there (but for both distances, only once). So to make it easy, lets say the start to the loop + loop to finish equals 0.2 miles, and the 'loop' is 13 miles - then the HM would be 13.2 miles and the marathon 26.2. However, if the start / finish bit is 0.1 miles then the HM would be 13.1, but the marathon 26.1.

Guessing they'll ensure the marathon is correct rather than the HM but a bit unfortunate for those of us going for PB's?

16/04/2013 at 14:06

oh, this will be my first Half, and a very slow one, that extra .1 might make all the difference . No race pack here as yet.

16/04/2013 at 14:27

legend - good spot! However, if you flick between Seg 2 and Seg 4 on the web course map you'll see that miles 26 and 13 and miles 8 and 21 shift slightly. There's a little triangle near to the 8 & 21 mark where it looks like they might get you to do a slightly different route. My guess is that the full marathon runners would be routed that way to make up the extra 0.1. It is just a guess though.

Tina - congratulations on doing your first half, you are going to love it I'm sure. As I said above I reckon they'll have it measured out correctly but if they don't I wouldn't worry you'll be into your big sprint finish by then so you won't notice the extra

16/04/2013 at 15:10

Malcs - ah yes, I see that now. Thought it a bit strange they wouldn't have exact measurements for both.

Tina - congrats on signing up for you first half. It often ends up being a lot of people's favourite distance (I remember seeing a thread on here once where most people said it was). I only did my first half 2 and a half years ago, and as I said, this will be my 8th on Sunday, and I'm aiming on doing at least a couple more by the end of the year. Also a great starting point to go further if that's what you fancy!

17/04/2013 at 12:21

My race pack has arrived today - yay!

They have an entrant search up on the main web site page and from this you can work out that there are about 600 runners with the majority doing the full distance - about 400 full and 200 half. 

Keeping all fingers crossed for kind weather and not too much wind!

17/04/2013 at 13:43

Got my race pace yesterday. Slightly concerned that my race number is 670, but on the evelope with the chip in, they've crossed out 470 and written 670 instead. Think I better check the result for no. 470 as well if mine seems way out.

Suprised with the entry numbers. Marathon entrants seems to be in line with previous years but there were about 2,500 if I remember correctly for the 'other' Llanelli Half Marathon a few weeks back.

It does also say "Please note that this event is SOLD OUT and entries are closed". Would be surprised if it was limited to 600 odd but at least there shouldn't be too many issues with HM runners getting in the way of those doing the Marathon or vise-versa. My race number is red - guessing they've got a different colour for Marathon so the leaders know if they are leading their race or not?

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