Manchester Marathon 2013

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02/05/2013 at 14:26

Rich I've run Chester... hard(ish) course but wonderful race, you just need to be prepared for a few sharp ups and downs, "the hill" is annoyingly placed but not long enough to affect a good time.

I say RUN IT!

02/05/2013 at 14:32

Hi Rich,

I'm 40 in August so I did some research and I'm pretty sure that an age 41 GFA time at Manchester next year would get us into London 2015.

I think I need the Chester race just to stop me dropping my long run distance too much.  If I just focused on Manchester next year I don't think I'd achieve it.

My mate did Chester last year and he really enjoyed it, especially finishing on the race course.


Edited: 02/05/2013 at 14:35
02/05/2013 at 14:49

Cheers for those replies.

 I think it is probably correct that I would need another marathon in my legs (a more difficult course might even be an advantage) before attempting to push on such an amount.

 Of course best laid plans of mice and men, as illness, injuries and weather can all put paid to those plans!

 Nice to bounce the ideas of a few people though… I’ll probably just enjoy some free running for the rest of May and think seriously in June about where or what to race.

02/05/2013 at 15:29

Hi Rich,


I've also done Chester, it is a fantastic organised race and I would recommend you do it.  The hills are not too bad and the grass at the start and end are only for 300 metres or there abouts so should not have much effect.  There is also a big stand, and the crowd gets right behind you - it is a great way to finish.

02/05/2013 at 16:40

Redpanda, I want to be your friend, ha ha, but I can't find you.  Think I need your email address...

02/05/2013 at 16:48

sally - i think your photos are great, it's funny how you never like them yourself. How are feeling? Have you been out for a run? 

02/05/2013 at 16:58

Molly, I'm feeling fine. The legs stopped aching yesterday.  Haven't been out for a run yet, I'm going to wait til the weekend.  Feeling very restless though - think I need to plan something else.  What about you - are you back in Italy yet?

02/05/2013 at 17:16

sally - flew back at 6am yesterday and back at work today! I'll be running for the first time this evening after work and I feel absolutely fine whereas after Rome in March I was really stiff and couldn't run for over a week. Next aim 3.45 in Berlin so will be getting very serious soon!

yes, get something booked. My sister-in-law has booked the Mablethorpe marathon - didn't even know they had one there but it's supposed to be very flat & friendly! It's the first Sunday in October. Is that far for you?

02/05/2013 at 17:22



Let me know if you can't find it.  After need to know what sex the next baby Panda will be come September.

Am so jealous of you lot planning Autumn marathons!  Just feel fed up at the minute, I know I shouldn't and there is a good reason why I can't do it, but this marathon kind of gave me some focus and now I am just a bit bored and frustrated.  A year seems a very long time.

Anyway, enough stupid wallowing....for those debating an Autumn marathon, I would defo say "go for it".  It will only do you good, all that training.  I think there is a Robin Hood half and full on the same day, so you could always apply for the marathon and maybe drop to the half if you had to.

It's the best day of the year today...lovely and warm, but it's set to change tomorrow....well, it is bank holiday weekend!



02/05/2013 at 17:22

I'm actually from Yorkshire but now live on the Isle of Wight so Mablethorpe is a bit of a trek!  There is a marathon here on the Isle of Wight which is run by my running club in October but only about 100 people enter so I think it's a bit exposed and lonely for me.  I loved the crowd support and also the amount of runners in Manchester.

Just had a look at Berlin - it's September isn't it?  Lots of training for you over the summer then.

Think I will do some halfs and shorter runs this year and hopefully London next year if I can get a place on a GFA (bit worried about comments about short course though!!!).  Also swimming lessons I think - I can swim for ages but my technique is rubbish and I can't do the proper breathing - swimming would be great cross training I think, which I didn't really do this time.

02/05/2013 at 17:32

Oh, and Cameron13 - I love you!!!  ha ha...

Edited: 02/05/2013 at 17:32
02/05/2013 at 17:42

sally - I'm a Yorkshire lass too  - and my surname is Cameron!

02/05/2013 at 18:53

Ha ha Molly - Cameron 13 was the 4 hour pacer on Sunday and I love him!!!!

Where in Yorkshire are you from?  I'm from Bridlington on the east coast.  Why are you living in Italy - why not of course, sounds fab!

02/05/2013 at 19:01

Hey Sallymax... that post just made my day

It was a wicked day out, I just hope I get the gig again next year, running with the 4hr massive is so much more fun than pb chasing!

Glad to hear your got your desired time... hardest part of the day for me was going to collect my bag, no joke it took about 60 hugs/handshakes to get across the car park to it, best karma I've had in years from running.

I have to admit I was very relieved to finish on 3:58... I stupidly looked over my shoulder at 7 miles and lets just say I was a little worried realising how many where relying on my flag... 4:01 would not have made for a very good party! 

Enjoy the recovery!
Love 'the 4 hour pacer'


02/05/2013 at 19:35

How do pacers calculate their pace?

02/05/2013 at 19:38

Probably with a Garmin, the same way most of us do

02/05/2013 at 19:42

What happened to 4:45?

02/05/2013 at 20:27

What do you mean?

02/05/2013 at 21:24

Hello all, (swoops in from his lurking perch!)

According to my Garmin my time last Sunday was 3.03.38 which is almost the same as my official time of 3.03.39!

From reading back over this thread there have been a lot of issues over the official timing, let's hope they get it all sorted because it has been the only real problem in this year's great race.

Full report of my race at

Anyone looking for a flat Spring marathon should consider Blackpool, I have run this race seven times and it is perfect for a fast time.

02/05/2013 at 22:05


I just used 2 garmins, one with a virtual partner set to 9:09 and then another on KM laps total time. Most pacers run at least 1 minute under as to be honest its not unusual for the course to surprise you by being a touch too long, Then add on a bit of time depending on the mass behind you so they are all going to finish under the chip time...

Then I'll just check progress at every 5k marker, adjust if need be... a bit of praying and remember to pick up speed by 10 seconds each mile where your coming in for water stops so you come out even at the other side...

We all run at a reduced pace so its comfortable but by the end of 26.2 miles you don't half had a big headache from the maths on route!

Ben Davies 15 wrote (see)

How do pacers calculate their pace?

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