I have to say, as someone who has never done this kind ef event before, the nicest surprise was the encouragement from the other runners. Especially people who were quite clearly running at serious speeds, and doing a Full Marathon, but who still bothered to take the time to encourage us slow, newbies in our efforts. Really made a difference, that.
My running buddy's wife and Mum were still sitting in the car when he crossed the finish line, he's a bit miffed.
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Was it windy or raining? Both! Didn't rain for long, but got worse after we left for home I think.
I finished just before the rain started to get heavy.
Very impresed with the organisation, a good number of water stations and freindly marshals.
Did this one in 2011, on an unseasonably hot day so today was something of a contrast. Found it hard going with the headwind at times but this adds to the satisfaction.
Good that we were invited to show our respect to the Boston Marathon.
yes, I might have been crying at that point Alan
First Full marathon in 3:44:07. That's it I'm hooked. What a fantastice event. Nice and small and personal. Great organisation and support from the water kids and the croud. Thanks to Neale Wood from Lliswerry Runners who I ran with. Great pacing buddy.
Good times all round.
A real boost to confidence that, despite a winter layoff and struggling with a bad shoulder.
My target was 1st half 9:12 miling, 2nd 9:05 for a comfortable 30s inside 4 hours. On the day it was 1st half 9:14 leaving me wondering if I could manage it. But 2nd half was at 8:57miling so well pleased. Wasn't overtaken at all from about mile 11 onwards.
Saw a chap with Malc on his vest running strongly with about 2 miles to go so guessed he was the one on here!
The southernmost turn round point was seriously windy, especially 1st lap, but the whole day out was enjoyable. Felt for those still on the course as the rain got heavier.
Well organised event and brilliant to be able to sit in the car before the start with the start/finish arch in full view!
A 10K next then the Endurancelife Flete ultra in May.
Next marathons will be Abingdon and Snowdonia in Oct, although I am interested in one in early August, if there is one.
See you all for now.
Yes - that was me T Rex! Thanks so much for giving me a shout - really gave me a lift. I tried looking out for you at the finish but I must have missed you. Really good to hear your race went well.
Alex, Tina, SithMoose (and everyone else) - well done too! Tina - I was convinced someone with purple hair would be impossible to miss but sadly I didn't see you. Great to gear you enjoyed it. Full marathon next year?
Malcs, that wasn't you in an orange vest at the very start was it? I did smile at you
Next on my list; work on a bit of speed. 26.2 sounds like a bit of a long way, but def aiming for a sub 2:30 for my next Half.
No not me - I had a white vest and matching white skin by the time the gun went off too! Bleeding freezing waiting for the start (which in actual fact wasn't that long).
Speedwork is definitely in a half marathon. You can focus on that and not worry about all the other endurance issues that a marathon brings. Sounds like a good plan.
Best of luck to you and well done once again!
CymruCrawler - the wind was a killer at miles 23 and 24, completely not what you want. The hill right at the end didn't help either.
Try to focus on what a great achievement you've made - you finished your first marathon! Not many people can say they have done that.
Stick around these forums - there's some amazing people who are more than happy to offer advice and help if you need it.
Loved every second of yesterdays run... ok, maybe hurting a bit towards the end, but a great day and I'm absolutely delighted with my result in the half marathon... knocked nearly 5 minutes off my PB (which I honestly thought I'd never beat) to finish in 1:38:58. I was 24th overall out of 157 doing the half which also represents by far my best result in any event. The marshalls and volunteers were brilliant as usual and weather wasn't too bad as it only started picking to rain in my final couple of miles which cooled me down. Seeing the marathon runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities was inspirational, and well done too everyone was there.
Will definitely be recommending this event to my fellow club runners for next year as to be honest, I much prefer it to the other Llanelli half marathon which most of our club did rather than this one.
The only change I'd make for next year is to not have it the same day as VLM so I can watch it live or possilby enter both if this were to be a couple of weeks before.
Tina, you probably wouldn't have been the only one crying.
T-Rex, you ran a negative split! I never manage that in a Marathon.
Alan, looking at the pics I'm pretty sure I wasn't the only one! Confess I didn't do 'hand on heart' over the finish line simply because I was so ecstatic at a/ finishing and b/ being 20 minutes inside my target.
Malcs, thanks for the encouragement. Im am pleased I did it but was so much more prepared 5 months ago when circumstances meant I had to drop a race I had trained for.
Onwards and upwards, a weeks rest then off to join Lliswerry runners to sort out my snail pace
Now I know the race and as its fairly local Im going to make it my Annual race to improve.
See you all next year!
Alan M - yes, 1st half 2:01, 2nd 1:57. Negative splits are good to aim for and generally produce the fastest times but you have to know yourself first. You have to know how much to keep back in the first half and have confidence in your ability to increase the pace in the second, right to the end. This comes with practice. It's a great feeling to be overtaking runners and finishing strongly. For instance in this event I was overtaken by nobody and only overtook from about mile 11 onwards.
Well done all - Alex you were going well whenever we crossed. Apologies to whoever was saying hello to me - who was it?! Really pleased to have enjoyed it after hating London last year. I went off steadily and ended up matching my 2010 time to the second!!!
That wind was tough, but so nice at the turn!
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