Think I spent a lot of time overtaking/being overtaken by Alun.
I'm sorry you had such a torrid end to your run, I don't think I can remember being so cold in my life but I'm glad you are feeling a little better now.
Mee Mee Wong wrote (see)
I didnt run but went to support my boyfriend. I think there are some serious improvements that need to be made; 1) needs changing facilities 2)more organised bag drop off /pick up. 3)more banners railing area for start point 4)needs some banners and arch that shouts finish line as it was not obvious..or glamorous-not even to my boyfriend as a runner! 5) improve on goodie bag; foil wrap + tshirt should be standard! Praise for marshalls and the staff at the more than effcient drink stations.
I did do the race and agree with Mee Mee Wong. In summary though:
1. Great support throughout the race.
2. Superbly run drinks stations.
3. Thumbs up for going ahead considering the weather.
1. Finish line confusion. Did a sprint finish and then realised the finish line was another 100m away.
2. Poor post-race assistance for the cold. Foil wrap or hot showers a must.
3. Poor goodie bag - I've had a better goodie bag from a 5 k race.
I was lucky to be parked near the race start in Asda's car park & my g/f nearby with a change of clothes. My heart goes out to the runners who had to wait for their bags & travel miles to their car from the finish in the wet, freezing cold weather.
After a tolerable first half, I hated every minute after 16 miles and have never felt so cold and miserable in my life. That said, I was only 1 minute slower than my previous PB in Paris (ipod died so had no idea how I was doing during the run) which is technically a PB after the rerouting, not to mention the tiptoing around the puddles. Two days later and my memories are a bit fonder. Really impressed with the race information and the organisation (didn't use the baggage facilities so can't comment on that). What really impressed me were the spectators. They didn't have to be there and could have stayed in bed avoiding the weather but no, they were out there supporting the likes of us with much more enthusiasm than we were shoting them in return. Suffered the humiliation of being outsprinted across the finish line by the gingerbread man...
....who must have absorbed at least a ton of rainwater in that costume.
BirminghamOwl wrote (see)
The BBC article on it has a picture of Alun on the fronthttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-17893156 You're famous Alun
The BBC article on it has a picture of Alun on the front
You're famous Alun
Liam68 wrote (see)
looks like Rupert Murdoch to me...
DTs wrote (see)
Think I spent a lot of time overtaking/being overtaken by Alun. http://www.marathon-photos.com/scripts/photo.py?event=Sports/CPUK/2012/Milton%20Keynes%20Marathon&photo=MKML2721&bib=63&match=63I'm sorry you had such a torrid end to your run, I don't think I can remember being so cold in my life but I'm glad you are feeling a little better now.
Enjoyed it, scenic course taking in some beautiful lakes & great to have a stadium finish, good medal, great drink stations, cool stadium finish.
T-shirts were only £12 but who needs a T-shirt if it's one of the majors or something really unique then fair enough.
Great job by the organisers doing such a great job to ensure the race could go ahead in such difficult conditions & have to be praised - already looking forward to this in 2013
Can anyone just confirm for me the GFA time situation re London 2013 please? If you have run a GFA qualifying time (I have as I ran 3:13:38 on Sunday and I'm 47), does that guarantee you a place if you apply through the GFA entry system or does it just mean that your application will be considered?
I'd be grateful if someone could clarify this for me please - thanks!
New Gravesend marathon? When is that? Couldn't find anything online.............
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