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
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???
Right, first things first. Take a long, sloooooow deeeep breath in........ And hold.............. And SLOWLY let it go.
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
Err well that will be
You are not on "Ignore"
I might do the half. Well I have to now don't I?
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.
Thanks. Me too.
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.
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.
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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