Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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Dark Vader    pirate
08/08/2012 at 22:29

Dannirr..  top man!     I'll be doing London - Newhaven in a few weeks time.  First time will be on my bike as a reccy to see if its runnable...  and then I'll run it once I've sorted a safe run route.  This is the route I'll take for the Paris run in April.   Looking at your London - Brighton route it is very similar down to Crawley after which I will detour off to Newhaven.   I'll try to stick to the same route as you as much as possible unless there are safety issues or other restrictions.   It'll be fun, especially if we catch each other up on the way down.

Once I've done the Newhaven run that'll give me a good idea of how long I'll need and we can work back from there for start times.  It's got to be fun, so if you were thinking of stopping for lunch on the way then still factor that in to your times.  I don't want to change your plans.  

It'll be a good laugh...   and we need someone on the forum to update us both on progress in real time...  I'll have a GPS tracker which will show my precise position and it normally updates every 15 minutes.   Is there a way for your location/progress to be known in real time..?   At the very least, maybe we can have someone you can phone en-route at regular intervals..?   Or at least when you reach the various refreshment stops.

We'll definitely be there to see you on Saturday 3rd  



Dark Vader    pirate
08/08/2012 at 22:50

Changing the subject to shoe porn...     I've ordered the Hoka Bondi B..    its a major issue for me...  first proper shoe change since 2005.   Delivery will be sometime after 15th August.   At £130, its not cheap....   but...  I've spoken to enough ultra runners in the last week or so who are very pleased with Hoka...  so..  in my efforts to get rid of the orthotics I'm going to give them a go.   many runners at Badwater last month ran in Hoka....   hopefully they will work for me.

My 2 x 10 minute barefoot sessions are going well....    well, apart from running through dog poo tonight...  yuk....       that wasn't such a nice experience.   Apart from that, I'm enjoying it.



08/08/2012 at 22:58

I thought this was Runner's World?!

Ha, joking.

Neil - amazing story. Have you a photo of the Corvette? I'd love to see it.

The new Mini - I'm sorry but I agree. It's a bit of a girl's car. But my car has a girl's name, I live it and so who cares?

Just watching Inglorious Basterds (sorry, taking a break from Olympic viewing post-running club tonight). Michael Fassbender is incredible - it's an amazing and grotesque movie. Some of the scenes are unbelievable, the movie itself doesn't really add up though...

08/08/2012 at 23:22
Mercy, there's a lot of flesh and cars on here tonight . Anyone want to buy a low-mileage BMW 1 series diesel? Since moving darn sarf I hardly ever use it - literally haven't taken on fuel since September. Can't quite get my head round advertising it for sale - I think it's because I've always had a car since I was 20 and my brain isn't ready to be a pedestrian yet.

The race sounds fun. Not sure about the ice cream on November though DV - sure you wouldn't rather have a hot chocolate? You could still have a flake. And you have just described in one sentence why barefoot running doesn't appeal
08/08/2012 at 23:50
Dannirr - meant to say: what a beauty!

09/08/2012 at 03:41

DV - I'll use a GPS tracker too - I have one I usually use on long distance balloon flights.   We dont usually stop for lunch - I did the first time and then almost missed the cutoff time as I also had a breakdown that took me an hour to fix.  So now, aside from the mandatory stop in Crawley for doughnuts and a time check, we drive and only stop for petrol or mechanical issues. Oh, and the occasional "beverage".

09/08/2012 at 08:18
'I'll use the tracker I use for long distance balloon flights' . That is the coolest throwaway line I've ever heard! You don't have a submarine as well, do you, or a space rocket?
09/08/2012 at 08:20

I saw a bit in the news this morning about the Speed of Light run in Edinburgh this weekend, it looks very cool.

09/08/2012 at 09:27

Dannirr: that Delahaye is beautiful. I love the running boards/ mudguards or whatever they are called. I know I could probably work it out from the times but it's easier to ask - what will your average speed be for the L-B run? I love the idea of this race, well done DV and Dannirr! And on DLR's 21st birthday as well!

Iain here's a picture as requested


09/08/2012 at 10:14

Running Rodent - the 1-Series BMW shares the same diesel engine as the Mini - do you have the 1.6 or the 2.0L variant? Not that a RH drive BMW would be much use to me here in Belgium.

Dannirr/ DV - I suspect another possible vector on your car vs man race is possible. How about someone cycles from Brighton Pavilion to Regent's Park in London and then returns back to Brighton again. About the equivalent of a Tour de France stage. I could possibly be tempted into doing such a feat. This is on 4th Nov, yes?

Only had time for a quick km in the pool this morning. Thought I'd arrive at work sharp and fresh. All I feel is tired and in need of intravenous espresso. Can't be a good thing. Not sure I like the idea of stick a sharp needle in my leg Dannirr...

Anyone heard anything from Princess Fiona or NGUG recently? I'm conscious I haven't seen or heard from either of them in a while and i miss them.

09/08/2012 at 10:44

Correction from me on BBC coverage, I spoke too soon.  Taekwondo is on BBC1 right now!  Get watching NB.

TD - That bike challenge interests me...bikes start in Brighton going to London and back while DV and Dannirr make their way down...bigice cream party (in november, brilliant!) on the beach at the end.  What's the average time for London to Brighton cycle?  Think we'd have to do it on touring or mountain bikes to make it equitable.

and on that running thing some of us do occassionally.  I had a really bad one this morning Took mon-wed as rest days as felt exhausted after wknd but had to get out today and it sucked.  VERY heavy legs, felt like no energy was going to them at all and my head was the same.  Feeling a bit better now though...hopefully wee 4miles has flushed a bit of whatever it is out.

Dark Vader    pirate
09/08/2012 at 10:53

I contacted the organisers of the London - Brighton car rally this morning to advise them of what we are going to do and I got a very enthusiastic reply back...    they are going to give me a special access pass so that I can get into the restricted areas  

Love the idea of including a bike race too...   you'll need to sort out real-time GPS trackers so that we know where you are!

I have nominated ATM to act as the communication centre to keep everyone advised of GPS locations etc.....

Dark Vader    pirate
09/08/2012 at 11:04

Neil.. car porn!   That looks stunning...  love the colour!


09/08/2012 at 11:12
TD: True. And we haven't heard from KO'S for a bit either. I was starting to worry about DLR too (well more than usual) but it turns out his "holiday" was, liked a proper one.

My dream car would be a Karmann Ghia. Black with tan interior.

Or a Porsche 911 classic from late 1960s.
09/08/2012 at 11:15

So should we make a list (as the list fairy is one of them) of MIAs and start speculating about what they're up to?  So far there's Princess Fiona, NGUG and KO...

09/08/2012 at 12:03
Audrey: almost certainly fallen madly in love with a very rich Sheikh who has whisked her away to a deserted island where she is living in the lap of luxury, dripping with diamonds, waited upon by trained grape-peelers, palm wavers and sequined camels.
09/08/2012 at 12:18

Exchanged something with KOs on FB yesterday. She's been in the states for a while and think she could possibly be in Italy right now. Mausey - I hope the relative lack of success from the Ozzies compared to your superior and probably arrogant Pommie associates here at RWUK, isn't putting you off visitng.

09/08/2012 at 12:30

the olympics gets a lot less interesting when your country stops winning things. 

09/08/2012 at 12:36
RR - no submarine....yet. But you have to enjoy life - and I try do so with as little electronics as possible. Run. Fly. Drive. Family. Food. And the other thing.

DV - great! Did you speak with someone at the VCC (Veteran Car Club) or the production company they use to stage the event? You do realise of course, that you have to do the run in period clothing? ( shoes excepted, although barefoot would work )

TD and RS - please join us on bikes - I did chat to a girl on a bike riding next to me for about 15 miles last year - great fun. I would suggest leaving out the Brighton to London bit - although only 60 miles from London to Brighton , there is much traffic and it will not be fast. Incidentally, on Saturday 3rd there is the Future Car Challenge - to compliment our run - from Brighton to London. Period clothing and a Penny Farthing?

If TD and RS you decide to do it (period clothing not really required), I can get you passes as they provide me with more than I can use.

Neil - I average about 10 mph overall. But that's about 3 mph on the uphills included! This will be the first time in the Delahaye - last two times I drove a Curved Dash Oldsmobile.

Just in case anyone wants to see our pictures or video clips from our first time, please go to our website at
09/08/2012 at 12:41

I have  a new Twitter account, an amstrad-like pc and a whole loft full of carrier pigeons...How hard can tracking/reporting be?


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