have i got it wrong
haha! i like this version best, whats the time going to be in Finland when you finish your race?
The start last year on the race course had estimated finish time signs, But no one policed it (which was why I tripped over a woman walking after half a mile)
Dress up a Batman, and use the utility belt to carry gels and other useful items.
limpingLee wrote (see)
Right I've entered Chester 1/2 marathon. When i was filling out the online form it asked me for a estimated Finnish time. So because im new to running and have never done a marathon before i choose around 3 hours to finish. Now when i told my friend he laughed and said that there are these zone things and that now i would get put in the fancy dress zone with the big tomatoes and batman and robin. so is this true and does it matter and if so can i change my E.F.T. my worst fear is road sweapers cleaning up behind me. Ive never done a marathon before but just run 7.2miles in 67mins. ( don't know if this is good) thanks Lee.
You'll come in around 2 hours ...... so I think you've way underestimated your abilities.
But like the Ex-Spartan says, Ive been in HM's where they dont actually police the different pens, so to be honest, I'd just show up, and if you can, just move forward to somewhere around the 2 hour mark. Try not to go at the very front though or you'll p.ss people off having to pass you. I think its taking the P when like the Ex-Spartan says you have people at the start line that are then walking after a mile .......
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
LOL The start last year on the race course had estimated finish time signs, But no one policed it (which was why I tripped over a woman walking after half a mile)
Last year at the Hastings half I nearly tripped over some guy's MASSIVE SWORD.
He was running it in full chainmail armour and had started in the 1h30 start zone, in a crowded race, with a bloody great sword (not a euphemism) sticking out at a 45 degree angle from his body. I was pissed off. It took him more like two and a half hours to finish in the end.
Oh, and an actually relevant point: I also overestimated how long it would take me to finish my first half marathon by about 20 minutes. I was starting to suspect I'd been a bit pessimistic by race day, so started right at the front of my allocated zone and spent the first couple of miles (and indeed the rest of the race) overtaking people. It was great, though, because there were colour-coded race numbers based on estimated finish time (to keep you in the right start zones), so by the end I was getting amazing crowd support because I was the only person with the 'slow' colour and everyone could tell I was 20 minutes ahead of where I should be. So I don't think it's a disaster.
" I was getting amazing crowd support because I was the only person with the 'slow' colour and everyone could tell I was 20 minutes ahead of where I should be."
I think you overestimate the crowd .......... I remember watching a park half last year, that was all colour coded too, but Im buggered if I can remember which colours were which, so when the purple guy finished ahead of the green guy, it meant nothing to me whatsoever in terms of who was better.
Well, I like to think they were cheering me . Actually, it was true, though, as I remember a couple of people yelling out what time they thought I would get based on how close I was to the finish, which was encouraging.
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