Milton Keynes Marathon

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30/04/2012 at 17:56
3 times over that canal was brutal! A few curse words may have been uttered..
30/04/2012 at 18:03
Ultra Sparkly Bridget wrote (see)
Give me an underpass over a canal bridge anytime!

How does an underpass go over a canal bridge?

Sounds a bit like an Escher drawing.

30/04/2012 at 19:04
Given the situation at Stratford, and having read the rating comments about Manchester, I'm glad I ran at Milton Keynes!
Edited: 30/04/2012 at 19:04
30/04/2012 at 20:30

Quite a day yesterday, only once before have I ever ran a long distance race in those conditions (the grizzly a few years ago) , happy with my time (3.48) and i have seen enough underpasses for a while, only  letdown for me was baggage collection (big queue and took ages whilst we froze) and changing , really needed somewhere warm and dry.  Medics also deserve a thanks as i saw at first hand how busy they were.

30/04/2012 at 21:16
It's official-a small detour had been added. Small,at my pace, just under 2minutes extra.
30/04/2012 at 21:18
Read the article about it on BBC news website. It's under the 3 counties section. Apparently, it was a huge success
30/04/2012 at 21:23
Run Britain gave it a 2.9 difficulty rating. Meaning that it was more difficult than most.
30/04/2012 at 21:44
i was a gutted DNF .... my first attempt at a full marathon .. and what a day it was weather wise .

Calf went at mile 16 , tried to run walk it off but it was no good. Walked as far as mile 18 and sort refuge with 5 others. Got a ride back to base in ambulance. The passengers on board were same as me suffering with calf strains. Seems a common feature of such cold conditions?

Are other events organised in such a haphazard way ? It seemed there there was no consideration for the poor weather conditions.
Signed at the stadium seemed non existent.
And was there a tannoy / PA system ?

Anyway I'll put it down to experience.

Of course I'll need to find another event soon .... be a shame to waste all this recent training and not tick it off the check list.
30/04/2012 at 21:55

I was a supporter on Sunday and I loved it.  I don't know MK at all well but armed with a copy of the route map and a Sat Nav I was able to meet my runner at three different spots along the course.  It was great being able to drive around the town, park on the road side, and nip out to support before getting back in and driving to the next spot.  You don't get that at London!

Two things I noted as a supporter was

1) funnel off the relayers when they swap over.  I was at the final swap (C-D) and the relayers were having to cut across the path to hand over and

2) erect a finishing gantry.  I saw three people cross the timing mat just after they entered the stadium, they hugged, embraced, and congratulated each other until they realised the crowd were telling them to continue

Hats off to all of you who took part yesterday

30/04/2012 at 22:15

I agree Schmunkee I was on a bike and never been so cold I managed to see my runner at 2 points so very happy and he got a 30 minute pb.

I have never been so cold and wet but it was worth it to offer support.

I did London this year and the end was also poor this year because of the downpour at the end.

There was a thread on it. I got drenched and was trapped in Horseguards Parade. Roads were closed and we had to walk about 3 miles to get our coach...

It was purely the weather that spoiled what would have been a great day but imagine how you would feel if you were at the Shakespeare and were half way round the course before you knew it was cancelled

I say well done to MK for going ahead and I am sure they will make some improvements for next year.

Any way well done to those who had a good day and sorry to those it didn't turn out so well for.

01/05/2012 at 07:05

I agree about the supporters. I saw one family with a (?Cork) flag about 5 times and another chap had sort of adopted me by the third time I saw them.  Not been called Bridget the Midget in years

It also meant we were getting loads of hoots along the main roads from people driving to the next point.

Schmunkee - that last changeover point was great for support.  Don't know if you realised but the people down in the underpass were raising a huge cheer as each runner entered it!

01/05/2012 at 08:16
No, I was at the exact changeover point.  It never dawned on me to support from the underpasses
01/05/2012 at 08:21
The underpasses were a wall of noise at time, and the kids cheering were great. At one point there was a little girl handing out jelly babies. I think it was after mile 20 but things are a bit blurred.
01/05/2012 at 09:46

So how much distance do we think was added at Caldecotte...?   Did Ross have a map or something he posted on the forum...?

Did you notice at Willen there was a slight diversion too - think that would have shaved off a couple of seconds as well   ;)    

Trying to work out if I can drop my PB even I am getting greedy...!

01/05/2012 at 10:21
Interesting to see the discussions on pacers. I know some were a little more off than others, but I think we all did our best in the circumstances. I was the sub-4 pacer and the detour at Caldecotte did throw me off - I was pacing by garmin and soon realised I was a good quarter of a mile or more off. The problem then was that I didn't know whether there were other adjustments later on in the course to make up for that. I decided to get on track for sub-4 somewhere between what my garmin said and what the mile markers said and if we were still off in the later miles I'd have to slightly up the pace to make up for the distance. It was a close thing in the end as I finished just under 4 by chip time.
01/05/2012 at 10:22
That is greedy Liam

I've put this on before just to highlight how inaccurate gps watches are. This is the same watch over 15 days.

Brighton 26.12 miles
London 26.47 miles
Milton Keynes 25.93 miles

Was mine the only one to measure mk short. Maybe all the underpasses messed it up???? But there were tunnels at London. I don't know?????
Legs ate fine now. Buttocks a bit tight ( can't say that without a chuckle) and bloody toenail is a killer
Edited: 01/05/2012 at 10:23
01/05/2012 at 10:28
The race referee who is not involvded with the organisers was aware of the adjustment and doesn't think the times should be amended. Speaks for itself.

Surrey Runner: the run Britain rating takes into account the weather. On a good day it would be much lower. That is a quick course
01/05/2012 at 10:51

Hey Emdee - you did a good job - thanks again!

MarkD - my Garmin said MK was .2 further than Brighton (last years course) so who knows...

Old No7 - could you explain more about the course - are they saying on a good day it would be a lot quicker...

01/05/2012 at 10:53

I did post the detour, but it was exactly what was confirmed by the official announcement.

If you're wondering about effect on times I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be worth more than a minute or two, much less than the weather.

Don't forget too that the regulations on course measurement require a little bit extra distance which over marathon distance can be noticable too.

01/05/2012 at 11:04
Liam68: Run Britain grade races by degree of difficulty. This grading takes into account the local weather factors on the day. They gave the grading a 2.9 which is high, suggesting it was difficult. They don't break down how they come to that rating.

It is a pretty flat course, the couple of climbs are by no means severe. So I can only imagine the weather on the day put the rating up significantly. Until its run again it better conditions though that's purely my assumption
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