Manchester Marathon 2013

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22/04/2013 at 15:00

Congrats Valley, think Port Vale are a club well overdue a bit of success eh?

RR - I've no doubt the title will be secured tonight.  I hope you won't take offence if I don't offer you the same level of congrats as I did Valley, when it is sealed (i'm a Leeds fan, so you might now understand why!).

Can't say that I share the same nerves about the marathon that some people talk about but I certainly am really looking forward to it.  Not just the running part but the whole day.  I have some friends coming down to watch me and then we're all off out for some scran in town and a few beers afterwards.  Should be a cracking day.

For some odd reason I can't explain, i've never really properly considered myself a runner.  More a bloke who runs.  I know that the marathon has been the missing piece there and I do realise that's a load of nonsense too.  Just in my mind, I felt I could never say I was a runner if I also couldn't tell them a marathon PB.  It means a lot just from that perspective, regardless of the time.

It's all trivial and kinda meaningless but it's also somehow important as my running life develops and grows.  An important step.

22/04/2013 at 15:02

What time are you guys planning on getting to the race village? Given it's a 9am start, I'm hoping to get there around 8am, or shortly after. Should be plenty of time to find the toilets, then the start pens, etc. I'm not planning on dropping off any bags, so shouldn't have to wait around doing much.

22/04/2013 at 15:10
AgentGinger wrote (see)

What time are you guys planning on getting to the race village? Given it's a 9am start, I'm hoping to get there around 8am, or shortly after. Should be plenty of time to find the toilets, then the start pens, etc. I'm not planning on dropping off any bags, so shouldn't have to wait around doing much.

Yep, around 8am. Getting the tram up to Old Trafford tram station from Navi Road and I think Mrs RR is coming up with me and will take my "outer layers" away with her and bring them back for me to wear after the race

Strangely Brown wrote (see)

Congrats Valley, think Port Vale are a club well overdue a bit of success eh?

RR - I've no doubt the title will be secured tonight.  I hope you won't take offence if I don't offer you the same level of congrats as I did Valley, when it is sealed (i'm a Leeds fan, so you might now understand why!).

Can't say that I share the same nerves about the marathon that some people talk about but I certainly am really looking forward to it.  Not just the running part but the whole day.  I have some friends coming down to watch me and then we're all off out for some scran in town and a few beers afterwards.  Should be a cracking day.

For some odd reason I can't explain, i've never really properly considered myself a runner.  More a bloke who runs.  I know that the marathon has been the missing piece there and I do realise that's a load of nonsense too.  Just in my mind, I felt I could never say I was a runner if I also couldn't tell them a marathon PB.  It means a lot just from that perspective, regardless of the time.

It's all trivial and kinda meaningless but it's also somehow important as my running life develops and grows.  An important step.

No offence taken, I've got a mate from Wakey who's a big Leeds fan and we get together for an all day sesh in either Leeds or Manchester once or twice a year

With you on the running side if things and how you "label" yourself, I started doing the odd morning run around the park and it sort of expanded from there, a friend did a half marathon so I did etc although I'm the only one who has gone on to do a marathon (I know a number of people who have said that if they do it would have to be London). I run 4 times a week, I'm fitter than I've ever been, put most of my mates to shame but on the other hand still sort of feel inferior as the muscle bound lycra clad athlete storms past me on the canal towpath

The marathon is my way of proving to myself that I can set a goal that isn't entirely straightforward and achieve it by my own endeavours (it could get quite emotional at the finish line on Sunday)

22/04/2013 at 15:14

No time for footie....I so support Sunderland, but I just think some of these players are an absolute disgrace...like that Liverpool player that bites people...what's that all about?!  hence, I just can't bring myself to get too excited about it, more out of principle really.

SB, I know what you mean.  I always think of myself as a "jogger" and a "beginner"...and as I am slow, I consider myself a bit rubbish too.  I know I shouldn't but when I compare myself to some sub 3 hour people, I just think I am only walking really (almost!)

AG....as late as poss!  I hate hanging around....I was thinking about 8.30 earliest....I was going to ask my friend RR for some advice on timings actually, as he is the man in the know!  Can you tell me what time I will need to leave my house (roughly) on the Sunday ...in your opinion?  I am not sure how busy the tram will  be or how long it will take really?

hence...I have to get from Lymm to Alti, get parked up at the sports centre, then get the tram to Old Trafford.  Then, I need to pop to race village for loo's and then walk to the start (as late as poss).  I was thinking of 7-30 am, or do you think that's cutting it too fine?

Cheers

panda

22/04/2013 at 15:20

Thanks SB and yes we're long overdue, 19 years since our last promotion.

Talking about getting emotional, this is my first marathon, it's a life long ambition.  I bought a book on how to run a marathon when I was 20 but never had the will power to get out and do it.

I started running 4 years ago when I was 35 but due to repeated injuries once I went beyond 13 miles it's taken me this long to actually get here.

I don't mind admitting there's probably going to be tears when I finish.

Edited: 22/04/2013 at 15:21
22/04/2013 at 15:29

I KNOW there's going to be tears when I finish!

We're coming from Warrington and aiming to get there about 8 ish - I've bought a ticket for Old Trafford car park, so hopefully straight forward.

I hae all the hanging around too, but worry if we leave it too late then the roads will close.

Also the longer the wait around the more likely that I'll have to use a port a loo (urggh!) - Reading Half in March was the first time in my life I have ever had to use one *I have issues!*

22/04/2013 at 15:33

....Well, I will DEFO have to use one..yuk, I know!  That's the main reason I won't go to Glastonbury, as I couldn't handle it.

  I am planning on somehow carrying loo roll with me, just in case.  TBH, I would rather go behind a bush or something, but this is the problem with city marathons, there aren't any.  Or are there?   I don't think there is anywhere really rural on the course you could sneak off to (and no, I have no shame!)

I must be a bit odd, as I have never got emotional after any marathon, or even having the baby!  however, if there is a story on the news about an abused animal....different story!!

Panda

22/04/2013 at 15:42

I'm not usually emotional on things - I think for me it's because I started Couch to 5k last January, not a natural sports person at all & at 44, I've surprised myself (& everyone else!) by doing this & seeing it through

I've never gone behind a bush either lol!

 

22/04/2013 at 15:54

I KNOW there's going to be tears when I finish!

We're coming from Warrington and aiming to get there about 8 ish - I've bought a ticket for Old Trafford car park, so hopefully straight forward.

I hae all the hanging around too, but worry if we leave it too late then the roads will close.

Also the longer the wait around the more likely that I'll have to use a port a loo (urggh!) - Reading Half in March was the first time in my life I have ever had to use one *I have issues!*

22/04/2013 at 16:01
rockinrocky_robin wrote (see)
Valley wrote (see)

Was a heavy Saturday night on the beer for me as my team Port Vale were promoted

I'm just very grateful we've achieved it and it hasn't come down to the last game on Saturday, that could have ruined my marathon.  I'm also glad now I didn't get a London place, that would have given me a huge dilemma.

The footy has distracted me from all the build up to Sunday to be honest, have been more nervous about that than the race although both are equally important to me.

Pre race excitement can build now.  I'm certainly looking forward to carb loading Thurs/Fri/Sat and a big chill out day on Saturday.

Just two runs for me this week, 4 miles tomorrow and Thursday.

Enjoy the week folks.


Yep, I'm going to have to be careful for similar reasons at OT tonite and I'm going to drive to the match to make sure I don't indulge should the title be won this evening.

Could also be interesting on Sunday should United not win tonite, you usually get alot of fans going down to Old Trafford on the day the title is won, so if that were to be on Sunday at the Emirates then it could get very busy outside Old Trafford at the final whistle. That said, the game wouldn't finish until around 6pm and by that time I assume most of the finish area will have been removed from the race (I think the official end time is 3pm)

I'm a Spurs fan so the weekend has worked out well for me, going to Wigan v Spurs on the Saturday while I'm up. I'll be in a Spurs training top for the race Sunday. Got to be done seeing as Old Trafford has inflicted so much suffering in the past (not this season though, hey!). RR Robin - no need to to say thanks for yesterday's result, we enjoyed it just as much! Fair shout about if the title comes down to Sunday, that will be interesting outside OT although surely everyone should've finished the race by then. Saying that, I would obviously quite like United to be taking the Arsenal game seriously. Valley - Congratulations on promotion. I still haven't forgotten 1988 FA Cup 4th Round though.

22/04/2013 at 16:07
Praise The Lord, my number arrived today. Start pen B, so that's OK.

Getting very excited/nervous now! Have a safe next few days of running, peeps
22/04/2013 at 16:21

Paxton - no worries, must admit I have a soft spot for Spurs as they've always "played football" when they've come to OT. We'll also have Bale off you if that's OK

RP - Not sure how quick the drive from Lymm to Alty will be but the car park should be quiet and make sure you don't drive in through the centre of Alty which will be closed. I'd be looking to get on the tram around 7.30 myself, it's 15-20 mins to OT on the tram and then another 10 minute walk to the stadium and I think they're around every 12 minutes on a Sunday, so you'd probably be at the race village for 8 on a good tram ride. Normally they'd be quiet on a Sunday morning but I'm not sure how many people will be parking up in Alty and getting the tram up. That said if you get on at Alty it's the first stop so you should get on and that was a technique we used to have to use when going to OT if the trams were starting to get full further down the line.

In terms of places to stop during the race, we go past a number of pubs en route but unfortunately Trafford MBC got rid of most of the public toilets in Sale/Alty due to vandalism. We also go past a couple of public parks, lesiure centres etc. I think there is scope to be creative should the need arise

22/04/2013 at 16:23
Paxton Lee wrote (see)

Valley - Congratulations on promotion. I still haven't forgotten 1988 FA Cup 4th Round though.

Thanks Lee and neither have I

I was actually showing my lad the game on You Tube a couple of weeks ago, a great memory.

22/04/2013 at 16:28

RP sounds like we've been thinking along the same lines. Me and the family will be driving to Alt and parking then jumping on a tram to OT. I dont know Alt at all are there places to park? Think we'll be aiming for a tram from Alt about 7.30ish.

All this footy talk gets me down. Being a Tranmere fan who were doing so well and then blew up big time from February!

Anyone wearing a ribbon on Sunday to show suppport for familes affected at Boston?

22/04/2013 at 16:40
Valley wrote (see)
Paxton Lee wrote (see)

Valley - Congratulations on promotion. I still haven't forgotten 1988 FA Cup 4th Round though.

Thanks Lee and neither have I

I was actually showing my lad the game on You Tube a couple of weeks ago, a great memory.

It's on Youtube is it? Part of me wants to go and have a watch now just to see if it was as bad and muddy as I remember. Nah, I'll give it a miss!

Robin - Oi! Hands off Bale! Good to see Carrick getting recognition in the PFA list, a criminally under valued player.

Sorry to football haters on the thread!

22/04/2013 at 16:45

Redpanda - asked the question about toilets on facebook yesterday, but no reply!! Could always get a shewee, or whatever they're called!!!???

I also can't concentrate on anything at work!

 

22/04/2013 at 16:51

Right, I'm off for a gentle 4 miler ....... hopefully help me concentrate a bit more!

22/04/2013 at 17:54

Red Panda,

We did a few bars on the quay, then up to The gate which was very lively and messy.

Still knackered now.

And to all you footy fans, i'm a Plymouth Argyle season ticket holder and what another wonderful season we are having....Travelling up to manchester on Saturday at 2pm and Argyle's game will be on my mind the whole time....

22/04/2013 at 18:25

Hi all

Thanks again RR...You are great! I would have been lost without you to be honest, as the organisers are pretty crap at responding to people, and I don't know who else I would have asked.  I am fairly local of course, but you obviously know the tram system and everything else really well.  Did we ever establish if the trams were free for runners?  Assuming they are not, can you get a family day saver?  My partner is planning on spectating with his two young boys at various places, so they will all need to get on and off a fair few times.  I could check the metrolink website, but I thought you might know lol!!

it's not far from Lymm to Alti, about 10 mins, so I think we will leave Lymm at 7.15 then, just to be sure.

Cyb...my good friend RR recommended a car park I am very familiar with (I just hadn't considered it on race day), which is the one for Alti leisure centre.  It's free on Sundays and only a short walk to the tram station.  There is also a free car park (Sundays only) on Regent road (a bit further from the tram would you say RR?), failing that, there are lots of permit spots, which I think are also free if you can find one.

Sally, thanks for asking the question...I am afraid I could never use one of those She wee things...no way!  I think it will be cleaner and quicker to just find something en route to squat behind...so people of Sale/Alti..beware!

Pete, glad you enjoyed your night out....and survived....take it easy now for the rest of the week!

NB...I don't think I will have time to sort out ribbons...haberdasheries are not exactly common place eh?  If they were to give them to runners, as they did for London, I would be most happy to wear one though.

Panda

22/04/2013 at 19:18
RR - totally agree about challenging yourself. I just worry about what I will " need" to do after. Already been browsing the ultra section of the forum - doh!

Seems we have a real mixed bag of footy fans on here. Guess PM must be a Sunderland fan with a username like PureMackem.....
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