Loch Ness Marathon 2013

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05/09/2013 at 13:29

Hi guys!  Joining this thread late too I'm afraid but looking forward to the Loch Ness marathon which is my first after 10 years of shorter distances.  Last long run this Sunday then its taper time for me. Got a bit of a niggling Achilles but weekly physio seems to be keeping it at bay (and I have promised to have a good month off after the marathon!)


05/09/2013 at 17:20

anyone know if there are pacers at Loch Ness?

05/09/2013 at 21:25

Nice to see some new faces, thankfully not much longer now before tapering

06/09/2013 at 06:33

One more "Super Sunday". (20+) I'm not sure about everyone else, but I'm sure ready to taper! 

Fatrunningfingers: I haven't seen anything about pace makers and looking at Youtube videos of the event I can't see any. Looks like Running by feel or using GPS.


06/09/2013 at 07:21

thanks Alastair - still weighing up whether to use garmin or not, especially as so hilly. Aiming for a 3.30-3.45 and will try the pace over some of my long run this sunday and see. Getting excited now!


07/09/2013 at 19:16

Well apart from last long run tomorrow (20) all said and done.

fat fingers we might find ourselves running together,  looking around about same time.

07/09/2013 at 23:47

Can't believe this time tomorrow the last long run will be done and dusted,

08/09/2013 at 06:46

Just about to go out on my last long one. The sun is out. Lets hope it's relativly pain free! All the best to all the rest of you who are doing a biggun today. T-3 weeks and counting.

08/09/2013 at 15:05

Good luck to you all, and if you see race No 460 say Hi

08/09/2013 at 18:24

Cool, Roy. I will look out for you.

08/09/2013 at 21:28

Well nice to get the last 20 miler out the way   Did the Dunstable Downs 20 mile challenge and was pretty tough going from about mile 15 but all good preparation.

11/09/2013 at 19:31

fat running fingers, was talking to somebody who did last year and they said no pacers and... no time pens so guess it might take a while for peeps to settle into their respective places? She did say everybody crossed the line in about 10 mins so nothing like the bigger Marathons.

No last long run for me so hoping the 2 20 milers I did do will suffice 

12/09/2013 at 12:08

go Andi, go Andi

When does your tapering begin or has it?

12/09/2013 at 18:06

Andi, this is my fifth time at Loch Ness. No pacers, however, it is not too busy at the start and at no point along the way, even at the start, is it congested. The

12/09/2013 at 19:52

hehe, txs Booktrunk and this is the first of 3 weeks 'taper' 

Cheers Stevie, did you wander off mid sentance?

12/09/2013 at 20:18

Doing the Cheltenham 1/2 on Sunday. Not sure whether I should give it a good effort to see what kind of shape I'm in to attack the LNM or to chill out and use it as a pacing exercise. I'm not really sure how my training is going as my LSD runs are slower than marathon pace and I haven't done a proper race pace 1/2 since March.

Confused from Swindon

12/09/2013 at 21:07

Thanks Andy.

alastair - I'm planning on 13 on Sunday starting at marathon pace and pushing the last 2 or 3 miles faster.  I feel that my long runs being slower than marathon pace have left me a bit unsure about pacing For the marathon and I'm hoping Sunday will give me some confidence 

13/09/2013 at 12:11

My training hasn't been going well. I've been cycling far too much and not doing enough running, so I'm really nervous about the LNM now. I can't believe it's so close! I've got the Great North Run this weekend at least, so I can see how I'm doing pace wise.

14/09/2013 at 14:30

I have done this race a few times , so to answer the questions:

There are no pacers or pens, but they put placards up by the sides of the road at the start to get folk to vaguely stand in the right area for there expected finish time- it is totally unregulated, but there is SOME sort of order to the chaos.

Buses- there isn't much hanging around to get on them, but once on you can wait a while to get going. The journey is long enough to be uncomfortable on the bladder! There are loads of loos at the bus drop- off point, but if you are in one of the later buses to arrive there, you might struggle to get to the front of the queue in a "useful" time frame.

Facilities - at the start there are volunteers doing tea/ coffee, and bottles of water, - again this is great if you have time.

The start tends to be chilly- worth taking a throw away top or bin bag to wear once you've dropped off your bag in the lorries.

Right- I was just about to go out for a run, and now it's pissing with rain. GRRrrrr

14/09/2013 at 15:03

Thanks Tricialitt, useful info.

   I had a very gentle 3.5 miler this morning in preperation for tomorrows half and it's really starting to feel close now. Can't wait now.I did a virtual Google earth look at the course to see what it ight be like. Does anyone else do this? It's also now reached the point where I will be Checking the weather forecast every day. Sounds like OCD to me!

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