Preston Guild Marathon

anyone tempted?

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15/02/2012 at 10:03

Nurse Glady, please don't let the moaners and detractors stop you doing this.

As you say, it's on your doorstep and it's once every twenty years.

And remember also, Phil Walsh is the driving force here. He doesn't leave anything to chance when he puts events on.

Hope this helps

15/02/2012 at 12:10

Nurse Gladys

I can only agree with Brian.

If you want to do a race do it and ignore the WUMs, moaners and people with personal agendas.

Why do keyboard warriors hide behind user names?

The "Ignore Member" function is useful but you should not need it.

Other threads have runners discussing their training, advising each other, swapping tips, offering encouragement etc

Why can't this one or any other race in West Lancashire or the Fylde coast???

Rant over

15/02/2012 at 13:19
Exactly that's what I mean every local race seems to have so much antagonism. I am not stupid and I realise how much hard work goes in to these things but the local threads seem to have so much negativity. The Freckleton half seems to be the only one that that doesnt.  I would like to support my local races I think I should but maybe we should try to support each other and offer encouragement (God knows I'm needing it at the moment) Ron I hope people decide to support your cause if they chose but as for your other challenge maybe you and soup can continue that debate on another thread.
15/02/2012 at 16:29
Hello. Advice needed please. I am on the verge of entering the marathon but require a few things clearing up as best as possible first. I am a keen amateur footballer and consider myself fit to a point. I think I could run 15 miles tomorrow but not much further. I want to do a marathon and at 35 in my home town this seemed the perfect opportunity. The things I would like to know is how hard for a novice does the course rate and how demoralising will the rural part be. Secondly everyone needs a target time. The current world record is the 2 hour Mark and I feel just out of my reach in my marathon debut so with this in mind I have Plumped for the 4 hr 30 minute mark. How achievable is this and will it mean I won't be last. Finally how friendly will it be and how will will a debutant ^be^ received. If it is for hardened runners only and I find myself on my own after 10 miles it won't be for me. Reading previous post the world of fun running isn't as fun is I thought and in fact cut throat. Thanks in advance Max. Please be aware anyone who replies will more than lightly ^be^ called upon for further advice.
15/02/2012 at 16:48

Hi Max

Right, first things first. Take a long, sloooooow deeeep breath in........ And hold.............. And SLOWLY let it go.

And Relax...................

If you reckon you can run 15 miles now then you will be absolutely fine for this one by October.

35 years of age, your home town in Guild year. Where better place to do your first marathon. So that's all decided then

Keith OB, keep up with, I'm right so far aren't I? "Yes, Brian".  Thank you Keith

The course is fairly Max. it undulates a bit but no big hills at all. Personally I think you'll enjoy the rural parts. The scenery is great and I am sure there will be people to run with. I've done Kielder Marathon for the last two years. It gets very few spectators because it's in the middle of nowhere. Bu the runners are very friendly there and I expect this to be the same to be honest.

"Everyone needs a target time" Do we? or is finishing a good enough target? I'd say for your first marathon finishing should be your target. Second target could be to go all the way without walking. And a time comes after those two. 4 hours 30 will be ahead of me and I won't be last.

There will be all sorts there Max. Hardened marathon runners who are setting out to win. Other hardened marathon runners like myself, who are there to chalk up another completed marathon, and debutants. And everyone will be made most welcome.

True, some people have taken the fun out of running. And a Marathon is most definitely NOT a fun run. You can have a lot of fun training, and a lot of fun running round different places in training. And you can most definitely have an enjoyable and fun day. BUT you only achieve those by respecting the distance and putting in the work so that you can enjoy it.

Where are you based? If you're anywhere near Preston I don't mind joining you for a run. Just don't ask me to play Football

15/02/2012 at 17:48

Err well that will be

 Yes Brian

You are not on "Ignore"

I might do the half. Well I have to now don't I?

15/02/2012 at 18:52
Think i will come along for the half marathon !
15/02/2012 at 19:40
Nurse Glaydis

you should do this this thing with Ron and soupy has been going on for years

I did Frecktlon the other year and it was a really good race in the country side

15/02/2012 at 19:53
I have done Freckleton half a few years ago so I know it is a great run. Max go for it.As long as you do few shorter runs in the week and simply increase your long runs by a couple of miles each week you would be fine.If it gets tough drop down to 10 for a week that's what I did. My first Maria was Manchester in 2002 I think not much support round many parts and a 2 lapper but I managed 4 hours so I think you will be fine.
16/02/2012 at 19:36
Brian, to give an idea of the course, can you name another marathon that the guild will be similar to in terms of how flat/hilly it is? Thanks
16/02/2012 at 22:40

Hi Brian, could you tell me if this is what you're meaning by your course description please back at end of Dec? Is this pretty much what you've been asked to measure?  ...Yes?  No? ...Or nearly? lol

I know I'm showing 2 miles short but as you said, you've got some leeway to add some in around the Cop Lane area yet and possibly some other tweaks, but is this largely what you mean? At least it'll give me a good idea of it for now till you get chance to finalise it later in the year.

Also, have you any idea why it was decided not to have this event during Guild Week? ..Noo probs if you've no clue.

Keith OB.  Can I just reiterate that no, I've definitely no agenda here ok.  I'm merely just asking for the route that Brian's been asked to measure. ...and if it's been pretty much finalised by now (subject to him adding a bit in here and there during measuring) then it's not a secret is it?

Yes of course, I'll freely admit that I'm completely pissed off that it seems Phil Walsh, (and all the other experts organisers we have in and out of the council, police and our local running clubs), haven't managed between them all to put together a course that doesn't send us out into the quiet lonely countryside for the vast majority of the course, completely away from any support we could possibly gain by having them design it both north and south of Preston in and amongst our communities, specifically because it's a very special Guild event for a very special Guild year - but hey, like you, I'm just a mere mortal runner, and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it is there? 

What agenda were you thinking I had? 

I'm also shocked, surprised and annoyed, as I was sincerely expecting a major one off event like this to be something much nearer to what you saw me suggest some 5 weeks ago, but it's become clear to me now that it's going to be nothing of the sort, and we'll just have to grin and bear it, accept what's been planned for us without question, learn the course and simply get out training for it no matter what the course is.  Yes?? Good.

...As was said succintly a few days ago, it's looking like this course is a Done Deal now, so let me just ask for a visual basic outline pretty much near to what's been asked to be measured then I can move forward ok. ...Thanks.

17/02/2012 at 22:37
Just about, but it doesn't go along Cop Lane.
It doubles back on itself between Cop lane and the next roundabout
Apart from that you've got it right

I'm leaving this thread now until later in the year

I have 3 other marathons to run before this one, numerous courses to measure, The Olympic Games to volunteer at, Preston Guild volunteering, The Olympic Flame to carry, my son's GCSE results to enjoy and our Silver Wedding to celebrate.

So if you want me you will have to message me
17/02/2012 at 23:55

Thanks. Me too.

Have fun!

29/02/2012 at 12:44

Hi Max,

I just wanted to say you'll be fine running the Marathon if you think you could run 15 miles already.  I run for a local club and can only currently run 10 miles and I have been informed by coaches I'll be fine and won't need to start properly training till July.  You won't be on your own either! I think it will take me about 41/2 - 5hrs. 

29/02/2012 at 18:39
Its never to early to get some long slow runs in and slowly ajust your body to the time on your feet. Dont just try and cram your training runs into 16 weeks like all the fast boys and girls if I was you try and get a two hours plus run in sooner rather than later. On the 25th march there is a 9 or 17 mile trail race called the muddy bottoms in bamber bridge which will give you the time on your feet and be easyer on your body.
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01/03/2012 at 12:59
I feel the planed route is a little boring and did hope for it to travel around the cities main roads but let's face it, it's Preston council... Penny pinching, I bet the cost played the biggest part of the route and a start and finish in town, have you seen the car parking cost here in Preston ???
Edited: 01/03/2012 at 13:05
01/03/2012 at 14:51

9 - totally agree.

At first I was pretty excited at the thought of a Preston mararthon but given the route I am probably going to give it a miss. I have done a few half marathons round Inskip and Catforth, and though they are good race with fast courses to me it is just going to be a boring marathon course. 

Personally, I would have preferred something that looped in/out of the town centre so spectators could see runners easily.

Shame but given what I have read on here it looks a done deal.

06/03/2012 at 13:56

Ive signed up to this and with Brian involved Ive no doubt it will be a success. If any one doubts this, sign up to his Freckleton HM and see for yourself how well he organises race events.

 As for the course I'm sure all of us who have done GNR and London, would of had images of running through city with the crowds out in force. However, this is Preston and there is a no doubt a lot of things to consider and it will be far more complicated than any of us not on the inside will know.

Its a local marathon and its a Guild Marathon, there may not be another of these or if there is, a lot of us will be too old to do it, so i would encourage all local runners to the Preston area to sign up to this. Saying all that I'm secretly hoping it will be a big success and that Preston will get to keep its Marathon , no pressure Brian

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06/03/2012 at 15:02
Yes Brian is a top chap.
Would have liked a flat fast PB route. I'll prob end up doing this but only because I'll feel like I've missed out if I don't. Is there a race limit?
Edited: 06/03/2012 at 15:08
06/03/2012 at 18:07
Hi to all there is a meeting tomorrow night but I think the limit is between 5 and 7 thousand and that is for a combined total for the half and full marathon hope that helps and the course is very undulating which can help to keep the legs awake on such a long distance.
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