Preston Guild Marathon

anyone tempted?

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28/08/2012 at 15:43

Had second set of xrays today; no fracture. Awaiting physio now. Not asked to drop down to HM but 99% certain I will, at best. Ran 4 miles on Sunday and lots of pain day after. Very sorry for myself but, on the positive, 20 years to train for the next Preston mara!!!

28/08/2012 at 15:55

That would be some training program 20 years!! :P

That is mixed bag of news for you E.Toe, just be positive that there is no fracture, there will always be another race.

28/08/2012 at 18:39

Thanks SJ. Will target the 10k then the HM but it`s not the same as the `full`. A bit gutted that I sacrificed a few other recent races due to focussing on the end of October but, hopefully, I`ll be racing for many more years.

28/08/2012 at 21:58

What's the pain like now ET? And where exactly?

29/08/2012 at 10:40

It`s pretty sore 3 days after doing 4 miles. It`s very localised and centred on second metatarsal / ligament / tissue above or so they said. Be interested to see what physio says. Been on hols to Northumberland and it would`ve been a great location to get some long runs done.

30/08/2012 at 15:01


Cheeky request but this guy only has two days before his event and he is well short of his target. So if anybody has a spare quid, it would be much appreciated - thank you


02/09/2012 at 13:47

Wow! A marathon only staged once every 20 years? I'm in! Just cancelled plans to run in Cape Town for this (it'll still be there next year).

Hi ET, so sorry you've picked up an injury, I hope you can salvage something from  the series.

Was amazed to see the Guild Medal on offer for the full 4 race series but then gutted on realising I'd missed the 5k. But then did not feel so bad as I was running the Belfast Marathon that day anyway. 

I am dead enthusiastic about marathons so maybe a little optimistic but I can see this getting oversubscribed easily.

Had a look at Brian's route; absolutely love it! Those undulations are what I call "paybackers" for the most; give you equivalent down hill slope for the bit of effort you put in to get over them. Belfast has a horrible "stealer" in it; nice long upslope towards the half way point and then almost a cliff like drop where you have to shove on the breaks quite a bit to get down (for my lolloping style anyway). 

Thats a nasty little rise toward the finish once you turn off Friargate onto the Ring Way and head up the Tenterfield St ramp; I can see several hundred people burning me as I struggle up that; but bring it on!

What an amazing opportunity; well done Preston! 

03/09/2012 at 17:20

Well I completed the Ben Nevis Fell Race in 2.29 bit slower than previous efforts, but the weather was on the nasty side and once again no view on top so will be going back to get that all important view next year. My legs are like rocks today and a few deep scars on the shins to prove it. No blisters thou. The winner did 1.30 for a 10 mile race I'd not even got to the top by then. Anyway now to get back on track for Preston Marathon training and expect sometime later this week to do a 16 to 18 mile road run and then off on my hols for 2 weeks so a long run will have to be complated whilst on holiday. i aiming for 3.30, but concerned that I haven't done anywhere near the 20 mile mark yet and hopefully try to get two in before the end of October.     

06/09/2012 at 12:47

Number, that is amazing going, I'd say you have a very realistic chance to attack the 3:30 mark; read your training schedule - gob smacked! I have been after 3:30 for a good while now, pb in Belfast at 3:47 this year, then did Coniston in over 5 hours but it was an off-road affair, much tougher than I expected. I have had far too much time off since; went to the Olympics, ate far too much and did not run during that time. Got a 9 miler in last weekend and may not top out at 20 miles given only a few weeks until this one. Hoping my legs can remember how to run after the few weeks off. I fear I will struggle to crack the 4hr barrier on the day, but really looking forward to it.   

11/09/2012 at 01:16
Can anyone tell me were you order the official marathon yellow tee shirts, and we're I could collect this
11/09/2012 at 07:18

Hi Paul,

There was a bit of a typo on the web site but I figured you have to e-mail

They replied to me at the end of August and said:-

We will be starting the Ordering Process on Monday 3rd September.
•We will reply to your order with a estimated delivery date
•Payment can be made by Credit Cards Over the Phone
•We also accept Paypal Payments
•We will advise what the Delivery Charges will be
•Your Order can also be collected from our Trade Shop in Walton-Le-Dale
•The Bulk Order for the Running Vests will be Printed all in one batch before the event

But, I've had no further contact from them. Their website is here: Your question is a useful reminder about my order; I'll ring them today on 01772-555295.

Edited: 11/09/2012 at 07:19
12/09/2012 at 10:22

Hi to all runners,

I am thinking about running the Preston Marathon, but have no idea about the course.

Can somebody help me to figure out how hard it will be (flat or hilly) and what kind of weather can be expected? My daughter attends the UCLAN and so I wanted to combine a visit with a race (your hopefully nice marathon) and possibly a short break. Has anyone  any tips on the attractions around of Preston? 

Regards from Bavaria to all runners and have a good time


12/09/2012 at 12:34

Boehm the profile for the marathon can be seen here

I've not verified it but it doesn't look too bad in terms of ups and downs although this will be my first marathon so I'm not expecting it to be comfortable.

12/09/2012 at 23:40

Does anyone know if you can switch between the half marathon and full marathon closer to the date if you've already entered one? I know I can run the half easily enough, but having a bit of a last minute thought of entering the full... never done one before and kind of want the option of down-sizing if I feel terrible training!


13/09/2012 at 07:52

Quote from the latest news letter "A number of people have contacted us to change from the marathon to the half marathon and a few the other way too. We are happy to accommodate this.  We know that it is important that you enter the race that is right for you and that it reflects the training you have been doing; please let us know. "

Re the route, Brian posted the official route a few pages back. Its classed as "undulating"; I'd say its actually one of the flatter courses out there, no major climbs. I'm really looking forward to it.

13/09/2012 at 08:10

On the running vest/polo shirt front there is the prospect of wearing yours for the race if you order in time! I'm picking mine up on the Saturday, the supplier said;-

"Garments ordered on or before Tues. 16/10/12 will be available for delivery or collection after Tues. 23/10/12 (to get your garments before the Marathon on Sun. 28/10/12 please order before Tues. 16/10/12). Garments can be collected from Smart Image Workwear (opening times 8:00/17:00 weekdays, Saturday 9:00/14:00) or be collected on the day of the marathon at registration.

A print run of garments will be done after the marathon too, but, please order before the end of Tues. 06/11/12."

13/09/2012 at 11:53

Hi Everyone...  belatedly joining this long thread.

This will be my first marathon. Born & schooled in Preston (and still keen PNE fan), I've lived away since the 80s but still love the place. Went up for the Torchlight procession last weekend, which was great. Memories of being a lad in 1972! 

I've always run... but never bothered to go past 9 miles previously. But it is the Guild event that led me to sign up. 

Earlier in the thread, someone said something along the lines of it not being an official Guild event.  What's that all about? 

Happy training.

13/09/2012 at 14:00

Lowrez where are you getting this info from? I am registered for this race but not getting any updates newsletters etc.

Searched PCC site but no joy.

May be interested in polo shirts too. Where do I get details from? PM me if you dont want to look like you are advertising.

13/09/2012 at 19:58


 I've  forget to ask if there are any pacer on start-line and if yes what kind of  time they run. Id would be easier with pacer for all first-marathon- runners.... Have a great time,


13/09/2012 at 20:44
Heidi - I don't think there are any pacers. Not seen any mention of there being any. I think it will be a case of rely on your watch/ garmin!
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