I have just signed up for the Hastings Half Marathon in March - so lets see how I do in that! x
Well done everyone!
The guy with the stripey suit and mask that appears to have cheated (I overtook him twice but he didn't overtake me at all) is pictured twice in the Evening Argus' (local rag) race supplement today. He's wearing a huge grin and has had his name put underneath the picture. He obviously has no shame at all....
I also passed the stripey man twice, both times he was walking.
Were there medals for quicker finishers?
I had to contend with large t shirt that looks like a nightie!
My first half marathon and had a mental goal of 2:10:00 and so was pleased to be under that by two and a half mintes. Pete Sherri, you seemed to have been 45 seconds faster than me whilst finishing one pace behind me!
I too overtook the pinstriped "big head" and I thought it had to be two people as I would have remembered being overtaken by a man dressed like that. I was also overtaken by two firemens ladders and so I really thought that a state of dilerium had set in, but that I am sure was two DIFFERENT groups of firemen.
Sleepy Jo, I too live in Horley but I only set out at about 8 am and was ok with parking in the Marina carparks. I intended to leave earlier but just could not get everything done before I set out!
I am happy to have a t-shirt rather than a medal which gets hung up near the computer whereas I can wear a t-shirt out of the house without too much embarassment.
Think they were the same firemen, I had a good look at them ha ha
Don't mind having a t shirt but I'm sure I ticked small on the form but the lady giving them out said they had run out of small and medium and there were only large and xl left, meaning my tshirt is rather too big!
I've done the last few Brighton Halfs and think the change of the course helped (all the complaints about the cliff top stretch). Def would have preferred a medal but that would be my only complaint. Ideal running conditions and well marshalled.
Who knows - this could be a training run for next year's first Brighton Marathon.
Cinders, there is definitely two groups of "38th Trainee Firefighter Course", with one finishing at around the 2:04:55 mark and the second finishing around the 2:14:20 mark. I noticed that the two ladders were different, being a bloke I notice that sort of thing .
Paul Young finished in 2:49 - so maybe he didn't cheat after all!
Did anyone else have the argus posted to them today?
Dawn - you may just need to experiment with gels. I have tried the SIS and the Lucozade Sport ones and both have given me the trots But for me High 5 ones are brilliant. Its trial and error Also, re your loo stops......... I find it best to hydrate to my hearts content before a race but don't drink in the 2 hours prior to the start. That way I get rid of the water I don't need I have a couple of slugs of water just before the off then just take sips all the way round from a bottle I carry. I can now do a marathon without a loo stop - 5 hours! Good luck!
My garmin measured 13.19m - the mile markers were out a lot of the time but as someone said earlier, the organisers use the lamposts etc so don't really have much choice where to put them.
I passed a couple of runners who had very distinctive t-shirts on then later on I caught up with them again.............. didn't see the guy in the big suit though.
I love this race personally and will be back again next year. I hope they decide to give medals out though instead of the t-shirts. The medals they usually give out are the same each year but the ribbon changes so they obviously bought in bulk to save money previously.
No dog tags in my bag..........
In my bag:
'Oat bar' Bag of sultanas/raisins Odd mix of flyers
Banana, bottle of water and t-shirt received in finishing area.......
Just remembered while doing the run there was a fella close to me for a fair bit who was breathing really heavily. First thought was is he going to be ok, next thought was that he sounded exactly like those big seashells that you put to your ear and it sounds like the sea. Mind you when i was having problems drinking from the paper cups i was thinking of the scene from Airplane where he says he has a drinking problem.
Did enjoy this race and hopefully will be there next year.
If anyone is interested photos are available at http://www.sportcam.net/Race.aspx?id=68
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