Taunton Marathon 2005

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07/11/2004 at 17:16
Well if your not in at FLM why not visit sunny Taunton, home of cider.
07/11/2004 at 17:18
07/11/2004 at 17:43
I might fancy doing the half version of this one - am doing a half on 21st March which is going to be a bit hilly - the full event of this is 'undulating' - presumably the half is run on the same course....?

And does anyone know if there are medals for half-ers? That might swing it for me!
07/11/2004 at 17:51
There were medals and T shirts last year.

The course is quite undulating with a nasty hill at around 11-12 miles.
07/11/2004 at 20:36
I did the full last year and as previoused mentioned the course is 'undulating', don't think its PB material, i'll probably just settle for the half this year though as there were few of us running the full and it certainly got pretty lonely on the 2nd loop.

Good value race with medal and t-shirt !
07/11/2004 at 22:01
Injured Ant, out of interest are you by any chance from Brackla Harriers, have you just done Dublin and posted on our WAC website?

If its you then hello, we met very briefly at the prom Run, hope injury isn't too bad.

If its not you then apologies.

08/11/2004 at 21:41
Spot on there Geri, i thought i recognised your pic, but wasn't 100% sure due to the missing 'fluorescent' vest ! :)

Yep, i do visit your website from time to time :)

It was in Dublin i got injured, picked up a stress fracture :(

Hopefully i'll be at another prom run when foot heals (if it ever heals) !

Are you running the Taunton half or full next year ?
08/11/2004 at 22:02
Definately not the full!!

I can't think of anything more horrific than running that second loop with no one else in sight.

I am yet to run a marathon, I want my first experience to be with lots of support and people around to keep me going, I have entered London again and am hopeing not to recieve my 4th rejection!

Best of luck with the injury, you could probably do with a good rest after all your recent marathons!
08/11/2004 at 22:03
yes and there is a hippo unfriendly cutoff of 4.5 hours
No ta
08/11/2004 at 22:12

Think i'm about to receive my 5th rejection from FLM as no cheque has been cashed as of yet, at least i'll get in for 2006.

You should've come to Dublin, that was a well supported race, and i think RichG enjoyed himself out there :)
Just wished i could've done all 15 marathons this year instead of just 13, will do much less next year.... honest !
Ironically Dublin was my 13th marathon for 2004 and it turned out 'unlucky' in my case.

Hippo, the cut-off for Taunton is a downside to the race, its not the easiest of runs to do anyway, even i walked a bit towards the end !

So i take it you'll be doing the half then ?
I think last finisher for the half was 4hrs 15 mins last year (and that was just the half) !!!

08/11/2004 at 22:19
get lost, why would i do a half when theres a mara
no, Ill do it if im ever fast enuff
till then it wont be a hippo branded race
their loss
08/11/2004 at 22:50
Having been rejected again for FLM, I'm thinking of this one, followed by the Dartmoor Vale Marathon in June.

Anyone else fancy DMV?
08/11/2004 at 22:52
I hear lochabers a nice mara
08/11/2004 at 23:21
...but not that close to Devon?
09/11/2004 at 06:36
Or the Midlands

but im going anyway
09/11/2004 at 07:56
I fancy DMV 90 mins for a non serious attempt. What is the course?

I thought Taunton was in late March? If it is then I'll do the half at marathon pace for FLM, if not then I'll come along to support a friend who might be doing the full.

Ant-13 marathons in a year is an awful lot! Sorry to hear you've got a stress fracture. They aren't nice at all!
09/11/2004 at 12:13
Hippo - lots of finishers after the 4.30 time. I run this race every year (only done sub 5 once)
09/11/2004 at 13:19

DMV course is pretty flat, despite the name (Dartmoor Vale Marathon!) Largely follows a sort of enlarged Teignbridge 10 course, 2 laps.

Last year they also offered a half & a 10K at the same event. I entered on the day and did the 10K as it was very hot & sunny, would have done the half if it had been cooler (potential pb course).

Next year if I do Taunton my aim would be to recover, get a 20 miler in and then sharpen in time for DMV.

Taunton is normally the Sunday before London; lots of people do the half at MP as FLM training. Perhaps you could pace me for a lap?

09/11/2004 at 13:25
Ran the Taunton half last year - a nice course a bit town/ bit country. It is undulating and more of a challenge than the flattish DMV - which had a slight gradula climb out and a slightly dipping route back. Saying that had a good time at Taunton and bombed at DMV - very hot. Will run Taunton again, maybe the marathon

Bad luck injured Ant - you will Fly again -as I approach my 12th race of the year on Saturday and the 13th and final race of the year, the Cornsih Marathon, a week after - so bound to get injured there - Be prepared!
09/11/2004 at 13:56
Mrs Pants has a long standing ambition to do this one (the race went past her house as a child). Looks like she didn't get into FLM, so it's a possibility, but she won't commit until much nearer the time...
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