Preston Guild Marathon

anyone tempted?

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22/09/2012 at 13:50


I have been injured for 6 weeks with Back and Sciatic nerve problems so cannot run the 10k,Marathon or 10m (ie the remaining preston guild races) absolutely gutted as Preston is my home town and my training was going well.

I have entries for all 3 races if anyone is interested in using them. The organisers have said I can just transfer them over to the new runner and give them the details of the new runner so should be no problem. Let me know if you are interested.

Good luck everyone. I am now marshalling both the 10k and marathon so I'll be there but not running!

22/09/2012 at 20:44

WIth parkin I would advise parking at Fishergate car park next to the rail station. It looks like on the maps that the bus station, market car parks could be hindered by the actual marathons. And it is just as easy to get to the motorways and main roads by going the other way.

23/09/2012 at 10:33

Hi all. I am doing the Preston marathon as my first attempt at the distance so starting to get a bit nervous now.  Does anyone know please whether any information has yet been released as to location of water stations and whether there will be cups or bottles ? I have looked on the website and am signed up for the newsletters but haven't seen anything on this. 

23/09/2012 at 10:53

Anyone know when the numbers will arrive?  Or do we just pick them up on the day??  Suprising lack of info over this  

23/09/2012 at 10:54
Leo - I think the idea is that you have to pick up your numbers from the expo which is held the day before.
23/09/2012 at 18:38

Sorry to hear about those with injuries- it sounds so frustrating and ET it sounds like you've had a rough time with it.

Lowrez- I only started running last year and did the first 4 months-ish (couch to 5k and then 5/6k runs 3 times a week) in tennis type trainers. I was fine until one day both my heels became extruciatingly painful and I struggled to walk. I stopped running for a week or so and recovered, but as soon as I ran again the pain flaired up. I took it as a sign to invest in new trainers so went to sweatshop and it fixed the problem. 

24/09/2012 at 15:28

Yes, they are encouraging you to pick-up the number the day before (of course this is expo related like most marathon events, to please sponsors and hoping you will buy stuff - but then again I enjoy a good look round an expo - possibly get a leg massage etc) mentioned under the HQ heading in the last newsletter: you can collect on the day, but, I prefer to have it sorted the day before and not rush/worry. Not seen anything on drinks yet except, again, in the last newsletter they said they'd update us soon.

penguingirl - I've been running on clouds (cumulus) for so many years now my feet will probably not thank me for trying tennis shoes! Was very glad of the protection on my 14 miler yesterday; I have an exceedingly sore upside T shaped graze on my left calf after firstly dragging a bramble bush down it and then breaking a tree branch across it, both picked up by my right foot and slapped across my left calf as the right foot powered through. In tennis shoes I probably would have ended up in a hedge with a broken collar bone or such! Tennis shoe plan abandoned! You are doing great stepping up to a half within a year of starting to run. I am out for a very slow 3 miler tonight to recover from a 61 minute 7 miler on Saturday and a 2:25 14 miler yesterday evening, both run on a mix of cross-country/trail/road, so well pleased with progress, sub 4 might even be on the cards and I feel fine going for an 8/16 combo this coming weekend. Just 5 weeks to go now!             

24/09/2012 at 16:52

Can I do a 22 mile steady training run, 3 weeks before race day?  I'm supposed to be starting to taper off, but I'm 5 weeks from my first marathon, and 17 miles is the furthest I've ever run. 

I took all of last week off with a nagging injury that I rested.  I had programmed in 19 miles for yesterday then 22 next week.  But now think I'll have to push those two runs back by a week.  Anyone think that plan is ok?

24/09/2012 at 17:11

Hi Run Wales - great going! Tell us some more about that nag? Training for a marathon can bring out all sorts of aches and pains. I've never gone more than 20 on any training programme, but I usually get 3 of those in over the last 6 weeks. I usually go up in 2 mile jumps on the long runs. 3 weeks out is fine for your last long run. Have you had a leg massage at all during your build up? They are very good for keeping off injuries.

24/09/2012 at 19:10

I e-mailed Philip Walsh earlier in the year to ask about water stations and was sent a provisional list, which said there were aid stations about every 3 miles give or take a bit with 9 in total. Remember this hasn't been confirmed, so may have changed since then.

I e-mailed asking what type of drink or gel they were going to use, but I haven't seen anything detailing what they are going to use.  If we don't hear this week it looks like we'll all have trained on different types, so I'll look at carrying my own gels.

24/09/2012 at 23:23

Sorry to hear about the back injury VW. If the offer of the marathon place is still up for grabs I'd be glad to use it. After a couple of marathons earlier in the year I was planning on taking it a bit easier, but I've got the bug again and can't resist the chance to run in Preston.

25/09/2012 at 09:40

Went to the physio last night.  He's happy I've not done any real damage.  Just mild tendon inflammation on the sprectrum that includes shin splints... but no where near shin splints.  He's happy for me to carry on with my long runs in the next 2 weekends as long as I use common sense.  So I've got no excuses!

25/09/2012 at 10:01

The key question is...   should I go to the away game at Tranmere the day before the race?  Not been there since 1981... when I got in some unplanned sprint training - trying (and failing) to get away from a gang of youths who didn't like my Lancashire accent!

25/09/2012 at 12:53

Run Wales - the mystery deepens; Wales? Lancashire accent? Aha - Tranmere v Preston NE 27th Oct - definitely Lancashire. Sadly marathon training does not usually enable you to out-sprint anything, possibly the odd sloth, certailnly not youthful footballing enthusiasts. However, I'd say 30 years later it's probably a safe bet; those youths will now be aeging overweighters whereas you will only have improved with age and will easily escape them this time. Good to hear you are sound of limb...I have a mild shin splint thing goig on from time to time - only mild pain and it never gets worse...a massage always fends it off.   

26/09/2012 at 13:00

Running the 10K on Sunday and received a free parking permit for the market car park on a first come first served basis. I don't know if there are any plans to provide free parking for the marathon. Managed 19 miles last Friday and will peak at 20 a week on Friday, this week I'll be doing 12 on Thursday and then resting for 2 days before the 10K.

26/09/2012 at 13:13

Just back from a two week holiday time to start trainign again!!

Four weeks to go, scary darey!!!

Hope your all getting through your training runs without issue.

Any one else starting to feel the tingle of the race is looming!!

26/09/2012 at 15:10

Im hoping to do the Liverpool Marathon on 14th but have developed a problem above my right knee which causes intense pain by around 16 miles so I may not make that race.This one looks like an alternative option.Are there any places left? Ive looked at the route but no idea as to whether it flat or hilly or a bit of both.Is it a potentially fast course.? Thanks

26/09/2012 at 16:52

Just found this thread so thought I would join in.

Decided to enter the Guild Marathon as a challenge to myself thie year. Have never really done much in the way of running before but figured now was the best time to do it as I will be 45 by time the next one comes around.

Was wondering if anyone has any tips for training as we get close to the event. Training wise I started in May and feel like its been going ok but I dont really know when I should be starting to taper off my training and if I need to do anymore big runs. 

Last monday I did my biggest training run so far and covered 20miles in 2hr47mins. Do I need to do another one further than this before the race? I am up to about 26miles/week total training now, should I continue this right up until the week before? 

Any other tips most appreciated.

26/09/2012 at 21:14
Conventional thinking is that the last proper ldr is 3 weeks before the race. That said, it is said that the ldr ought to not account for more than 50 percent of total week's mileage. And 45 is no age in running terms!
27/09/2012 at 08:29

Hi 2old the not sure if there any palces left but the link is


Crispo, it sounds like your training is going well and Egypitian toe is right that pretty soon your have to do your last long run and start tapering off

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