Paris Marathon 2013

...and the beat goes on...

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16/06/2013 at 17:27

Well done to the Triers.  Any action shots?

Well done to YM on surviving the weekend.

I've got my compression socks on and am putting up my feet.  It wasn't so much the half that hurt, it was lugging my suitcase back from the field all the way into town to catch the train ... but loved the race.  Running through villages and the countryside on a mix of tarmac, track, grass and gravel, past war memorials and cheering locals with a nice flat finish.  Only thing missing was some cider at the finish, there might have been but the queue at the food stall put me off.  I would recommend this one, and the full mara sounds good too after speaking to runners that have already done it.

16/06/2013 at 18:50

Orbutt - no escaping marathons for you . That's how I ended up doing Paris the first time - I happened to be there on holiday and thought it looked fun, so I signed up for the next year.

TP - sounds like a good one. Have a cider anyway.

YM - you had a hen weekend and now you're cooking chicken ? Was there a disagreement? 

So, I'm now the proud owner of a tri medal and a tri t-shirt, which is a bit of a cheat having only done the shortest bit but that's not going to stop me wearing either of them . I can very much recommend running the last leg of a tri relay - you get to overtake all the poor buggers who've already done the watery and wheely bits and are starting to flag. We were a racing machine - Stu had the swim nailed (6:45 am start -aaargh), handover to RS was perfect, she came in well before the team next to us  and that set me up nicely for the run. I wore my lurid Long Run t-shirt, and my best moment, (as I was elbowing the meaty tri-boys out of the way on the hill half a mile in), was the spectator who shouted 'looking good in orange!' . Also the water station outside Eton College - terribly polite young chaps.Not my fastest race in just under 50 min, but it's a twisty turny 3 lap course, and if I'm honest, I've not done as much training as I would have liked.

I can't say the experience made me want to sign up for a full tri (way too much faffing about) but I gather it's a good one for people who like that sort of thing. They've been doing it for years, so it's well organised, and it's easy to get to (the start is very close to the station).


16/06/2013 at 19:05

And the bike course is pretty good. No hills, a few undulations, really fast last 10kms, could have done with a few more road closures and no 180 degree turn though. Is that a better report simon? I 2nd the team bit being the best bit. I was blasting the last bit while all the meaty boys (yup mostly boys that didn't take it kindly when I passed them) took it easy into the run.

16/06/2013 at 20:06

That's much better thanks. Sounds great (to me) so it's on next year's list definitely.

16/06/2013 at 20:12

Can we all come and point and laugh??  Sorry, I mean Support...

16/06/2013 at 20:18

The lycra factor along with the rubber suits are well worth it. 


Great running everyone else. 

16/06/2013 at 20:49

Sounds interesting TP - hope you have managed to devour some well earned cider.

RR - I am partial to a bit of faffing, it's all part of the attraction.

YM - pointing and laughing is OK. Just leave you gun at home.

TJB - great running, as always.

Enjoy SF Orbutt.


17/06/2013 at 08:28

Kaz - Well done, sounds like you aced the course.

Orbutt - Enjoy SF, great place to visit. A wee trip into the Napa Valey isn't bad either!

Well done TP, RR and everyone else running this weekend. I've decoded to enter some races top get some structure back into my traiuning. so the Perth 10km, Stirling 10km and Cumbrae 10 mile are now on my hit list.

17/06/2013 at 08:31

Ok - I shall wear the "stupid" hat today. Got up - read my plan and it said: 5 tempo miles.... so went out for 5 tempo miles without thinking (it was early and I was still half asleep).

Get home and go to note down my times/pace etc and suddenly wonder why it says: July....

Orbutt - Enjoy SF. I had friends running the full marathon yesterday. It was surprisingly hilly

Eggy - That sounds like some stirling races!

17/06/2013 at 09:13

Eggy - nice that you're coming up for air occasionally. How's that speedy girl? Good selection of races.

Emmy - stupid hat vs pushing a little for decide. 

17/06/2013 at 09:17
Radar Sal wrote (see)

Emmy - stupid hat vs pushing a little for decide. 

I'll take that 

How are you doing after the tri?

17/06/2013 at 10:02

Orbutt - Shame about missing the race. Have a good time anyway.

Well done tri team and TP. Always fancied doing the London triathlon as a team if anyone fancies that next year.

Emmy - oops

Jun 19: We Own The Night Alternative Run, Paris - TP.
Jun 21: Nacht van Vlaanderen Marathon - Emmy.
Jun 22: Gent midsummer night 10k - Emmy.
Jun 22-23: Hadrian's Wall - Weedy.
Jun 23: Cheddar Gorge Half - Trev O. L'Equippe 10k - TP. Shrewsbury Half - DLR, James B, Jimbob, Maus, RS, Suzy M, Yer Maj.
Jun 25: Keyser Suze's birthday.
Jun 29: Giants Head Trail Marathon - Emmy.
Jul 4: Bluegrass 10k - Lawyer Aaron. Peachtree 10k - Danni.
Jul 6: Hampstead Race4Life: Alice. Foulees France des Isles - ATM.
Jul 14: Manchester 10k - James B.
Jul 16-18: Badwater Ultra - DV.
Jul 16-22: In The Long Run - DLR, Douglas Maus, Emmy, Helterskelter, Iain M, RR, Suzy M, TD, Weedy.
Jul 20: Wohlf's birthday. Musselburgh 10k - Wohlf.
Jul 21: Lottery Anniversary Run - Jimbob, RS. Run Melbourne Half - Jus T.
Jul 27-28: Thunder Run - Malcs.
Jul 28: Ironman Switzerland - Engineer.
Jul 30: Maus' birthday.
Aug 3: The Devil O' The Highlands Ultra - Kaz.
Aug 5: Dublin Half - Straycelt.
Aug 10: North Downs Way Ultra - DV.
Aug 11: Isle of Maus Marathon/Half - Iain M, Maus, RR, RS, Weedy.
Aug 17: Enigma Gold - Weedy. Helsinki Marathon - Pottermoss. London Gay Pride 10K - DLR.
Aug 17-18: Enigma Gold Double - Emmy.
Aug 25: Perth 10k - Eggy.
Sep 1: Wolverhampton Marathon - Weedy.
Sep 7: Aberfeldy Marthon - Clag.
Sep 8: Elizabeth's birthday. Cumbrae 10-miler - Eggy. Run to the Beat Half - Jimbob.
Sep 9: Bala Olympic Triathlon - Dave The Ex Spartan. English Half - Orbutt.
Sep 14: Eco Trail Brussels - Emmy, TD. Silkstone Shuffle - DLR.
Sep 15: Great North Run - Iain M, Jimbob, OO, RS, Steve Duffy, Tiddy, Weedy. Stirling 10k - Eggy.
Sep 21: Langdale Marathon - Weedy.
Sep 21-22: Cotswolds 102m ultra - DV.
Sep 22: Harvest Trail Half - Yer Maj. Ladybower 35 - RR.
Sep 29: Berlin Marathon - DLR, Emmy, Iain M, Jimbob, Kaz, Maus, Neil B, Orbutt, RS, Suzy M, Tiddy. Paris-Versailles 16k - ATM, TP.
Oct 6: Cardiff Half - Yer Maj. Great Scottish Run - Wohlf. Kielder Marathon - Weedy. Royal Parks Half - Carl D, Lawyer Aaron. Onetit's birthday.
Oct 8: Jersey Marathon - Princess Fiona.
Oct 12: PF's birthday.
Oct 13: Chicago Marathon - Danni.
Oct 17: Paris registration opens (possibly).
Oct 20: Abingdon Marathon - Steve Duffy. Amsterdam Marathon - Emmy, Megs, Weedy. Cabbage Patch 10k - Nic E. Toronto Half - Danni. Yorkshire Marathon - Malcs.
Oct 20-25: Inverness to Skye 136k - TP.
Oct 26: Beachy Head Marathon - Yer Maj.
Oct 27: Frankfurt Marathon - Emmy. Marine Corps Marathon - Fanfan, Iain M, Rick. Northumberland Castles Marathon - Weedy. Venice Marathon - Elizabeth.
Oct 28: Dublin Marathon - Carl D, James B.
Nov 2: DLR's birthday.
Nov 3: New York Marathon - Tiddy.
Nov 6: Danni's birthday.
Nov 9-10: Enigma Fireworks Double - Emmy, Weedy.
Nov 10: Athens Marathon - Wohlf.
Nov 17: Marathon d'Orleans - PC91.
Nov 24: Florence Marathon - Engineer.
Nov 25: Jimbob's birthday.
Dec 1: James B's birthday.
Dec 8: Newcastle Racecourse Marathon - Weedy.
Dec 14: Enigma Christmas Marathon - Emmy.
Dec 27: Wiola's birthday.
Dec 31: TD's birthday.
Jan 3: OO's birthday.
Jan 4-5: Enigma Double - Weedy.
Jan 9-12: Disney Dopey - Danni.
Jan 12: Orbutt's birthday.
Jan 15: Yer Maj's birthday.
Jan 19: DV's birthday.
Jan 29: Kaz's ginormous dog's birthday.
Feb 3: TP's birthday.
Feb 6-9: Quadzilla - Emmy.
Feb 10: Emmy's birthday.
Feb 28: Iain M's birthday.
Mar 1: RS's birthday.
Mar 2: Silverstone Half - Wohlf.
Mar 8: Jus T's birthday. Peter B's birthday

17/06/2013 at 10:02

...Mar 8: Jus T's birthday. Peter B's birthday.
Mar 16: Barcelona Marathon - Emmy, 1T.
Mar 17: Week at the Knees Marathon - Weedy.
Mar 18: Paris Half - PF, Suzy M.
April 6: Brighton Marathon - Iain M.
Apr 8: Alexander's birthday.
Apr 10: Kaz's birthday.
Apr 24: Audrey's birthday.
May 15: Scott W's birthday.
May 17: Simon Mac's birthday.
May 23: Suzy M's birthday.

Apr 6: Paris Marathon
Definite: ATM, DLR, DV, Eggy, Emmy, Jimbob, Kaz, Maus, Mrs DV, Mrs O, NGUG, Orbutt, RR, Steve Duffy, Suzy M, TP, Weedy, Wohlf, Yer Maj.
Maybe: Carl D, Danni, Engineer, James B, Lawyer Aaron, NCane, Nic E, OO, RS, Scott W, Simon Mac, Roger Bartlett, Danny Velinski, Colin Blythe, Louis Sedgwick.

Apr 6: Brighton Marathon - Iain M.
April 13 London Marathon - RR, TD.
June 2014: Comrades - Danni, RR.
Autumn 2014: Albert's Turkey: Danni, DV, Eggy, Maus, TD, Yer Maj.

17/06/2013 at 10:09

Hi Everyone, I didn't like the idea of the FB group but I must say I'm loving the photo and DM contributions.  Well done to all the weekend's runners and riders, although not many (or any) PB it seems that everyone's having great fun.

Does anyone look for Weedy's hidden film ?  Last week's was Mouse Hunt.

Kaz - congratulations.  Will you be charging us now for any advice ? Most people on here should be 'certified' but your's official !

ITLR - Great to see the T-shirts, I'm very jealous.  Do the runners have more than 1 T-shirt ?  8 days, 1250km...... It's going to smell lovely in the tent.


TheEngineer    pirate
17/06/2013 at 10:17
Radar Sal wrote (see)

I was blasting the last bit while all the meaty boys (yup mostly boys that didn't take it kindly when I passed them) took it easy into the run.

Fancy a race next time?


(Though I'd expect you'd beat me at the minute. Was knocked off my bike by a car last week )

17/06/2013 at 10:20

Oooooh bike porn

Hmmm that's not good - did any bits of you fall off?  Is the bike ok?

17/06/2013 at 10:21

Great Escape!

17/06/2013 at 10:27

..... and what a superb film it is ....

TheEngineer    pirate
17/06/2013 at 10:36

The bike is bent (not that one, fortunately it was on my road bike) and I'm a bit worse for wear. Luckily I bounce well, and the human body is an incredible piece of engineering. I'm mostly without pain now but have an odd click to my knee when I walk - having an MRI to establish that it's alright and I can return to training in time for IM Switzerland (6 weeks - eek!!).

Fit or not though, I don't think I'd keep up with TJB for 18 miles - that's some cracking running! 

17/06/2013 at 10:58

Sitting in Manchester airport waiting on a flight to Edinburgh. Had a wonderful day/ evening with my brother and family only spoilt by my mother and sister spitting their dummies out about my children. Now world war 3 is brewing! But as my brother pointed out, they always have to bring me down.

Well doneyesterday's guys!

Great escape - ace film and I am wearing my Steve McQueen tshirt today-how bizarre!!!



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