My first Half Maraton so I was guaranted a PB - 1.39:36 So very happy
Nice touch on the txt message a couple of hours after I finished giving me my time, although disappointed with the goodie bag - no medal !!
Such a good day out as ever. I managed to do 2:06:45, which I was happy with. Not a pb, but haven't done much training mile, colds , weather etc.
Had a good old roast in a puBb. Then headed off to the Evening Star, which has got to be one of the best real ale pubs in the UK
I thought the mile markers were out, especially the first two where I clocked a 6.01 and a 6.38, no way did I slow by that much (if at all) that early in the race. And Garmin showed a total of 13.37!
Found it a little tougher than I expected, didn't like the zig zaging much and found a couple of the climbs tough I think mainly because I wasn't expecting them. Seemed to be running consistently though as only 2 people overtook me throughtout the race after the opening couple of miles and did enjoy over all, good crowd support, great baggage, decent goody bag and after starting with a target range of 1.23.00 to 1.22.30 finished in a satisfying 1.22.45.
I really enjoyed myself in Brighton yesterday, the race was quite good as well. Was aiming for a time around 2 hours as part of marathon training. Somehow managed 1.46 which i was chuffed with. My garmin was a bit out as well but i just put that down to the old garmin not being totally accurate. I was surprised by the amount of marshalls/ volunteers were there, which is much appreciated on a Sunday morning.
It was also nice to discover that i can eat a full english before running. Although i did give the beans a miss just in case. Shall definately be back to Brighton and hopefully for this race next year.
I thought the first two thirds were pretty good and quick, but I really didn't like the zig-zaging, the short steep hills or the fact that the turning point at the marina couldn't be seen until you got really close; it was like everyone was running over the horizon!
Anyway, only my second half and I shaved a minute off my previous, coming home in 1.55.19, and that includes nipping to the loo on 8 miles.
2.12.29 - am quite pleased with that overall...
i did find the long slog up and down the seafront hard mentally - the pier always seemed sooo far away! but i did run up both hills (was actually waiting for the killer at 11 when we turned to go down that sharp slope and i realsed that i had already done it!!
on mile markers, the one at the beginning of the marina (11 or 12) - seemed a bit out to me? or were my legs just not working by then?!!
A great day as always despite the fact I realised my knees wasn't better after all only a couple of miles in which made for a bit of a painful run. Because of this I was 10 mins slower than last year at 1.51 but just pleased to get round in one piece. Weird thing was it was the downhills and not the ups that killed me because of the knee.
Back next year for another go! Well done everybody.
and did anyone else see the idiot dressed in a costume - big pin striped suit with padded shoulders and mask?
ran past him at 4 miles (he was wlking - looking like he had already overheated) and then ran past him again on top of the hill at about 10 miles.... hmm... - i did manage to mutter 'cheat' in his general direction but honestly - why bother if you're not going to complete the whole thing?
this was only my second ever official run and my time is 1:34:27, however my chip time is 1:33:57.
please could someone explain the difference between the two and which of the two is the one that is relevant.
one thing that i wouldn't mind is if they had 'kilometre markers' as not everyone works in miles.
i was also quite surprised to find out that they only had water, rather than sports drinks. and how is anyone supposed to drink from a cup while running - i think a small bottle would have been far more suitable.
I saw the same idiot at about the same stages as you. I know that he didn't overtake me at any stage as it would have been memorable if he had done so.
I've got a feeling he might've been running to advertise the Superheros race at the end of May but that's no excuse for cheating! The rest of us worked damned hard to finish the race and he belittles the whole thing by cheating...
Anybody hear how the guy that collapsed along the seafront was?
Only my 2nd half marathon and finished in 1:37:27 which I was amazed by - felt great the whole way around and actually enjoyed the climbs, was merrily springing up them! Am training for the Paris marathon and it's nice to see all the hours work producing results. Also wore new, expensive, trainers for the first time and am sure they helped a bit too.
Wolfgang - the official time is from when the clock starts at the start of the race to when you finish - chip time is when you actually cross the line..that's the one for your record books. Shame they don't show you your position by chip time on the results - had to hack the data into a spreadsheet to find out my 'real' position!
Distance was definitely out too I though - I measured 13:35 or so on the Garmin and also thought it was caused by the 1st first mile marker being further out.
Really well organised race.
My Garmin read 13.20
Did anyone run from the front of the pack - and then run in clear space for most of the race? It might be interesting to compare a front runner's reading with a pack runner's. I started from the middle of the field and did a lot of weaving to find clear space, I could have easily added on that extra .1 of a mile myself - especially as I ran very wide at points, up onto the pavement etc, to aviod the bottle-neck corners. As Garmins become more accurate I imagine they'll produce figures that vary to official lengths - and the more indiviudal runners will produce differing distances, perhaps?
Running at the front, in clear space, taking a 'true line' around the course may produce a Garmin reading closer to 13.1?
Although I will add that the early mile-markers were out by my Garmin and I doubt I could have added the extra distance that quickly. So perhaps a combination of the two - me not taking the shortest route and a slight over-measurment?
Either way - anyone run it all in clear space with a Garmin reading to share?
I had a great day despite the inconsiderate runners who start well forward of their expected time.
The edible contents of the goody bag were much appreciated at the finish along with the bananas
As for Garmins, if you compare the wide difference between Garmin users on the same course
the variance can be amazing.
I think due to the that fact that a reading is only taken every 100m there must be some clever
estimation going on to take into account running straight versus weaving through crowds!
i was so hungry that i even ate the muesli straight from the sachet, it was rather dry!
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