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28/03/2005 at 23:34
Jackie - A useful website is

You'll get all the northern races on this site and if you browse the links you'll get a few more. I wouldn't consider myself fast but I really enjoy running. It keeps you fit and you meet wonderful people at the different events. I hope you enjoy your stay in Ireland Jackie and keep running, Regards, Seamus.
30/03/2005 at 11:46
Thanks James - I probably will see you in Larne. I'll use it as a training run. Sometimes the sea breeze is quite strong on the return journey. Its quite a flat course though.
30/03/2005 at 14:42

i'm hoping to run Belfast this year for my first marathon - but I also work for the BBC in radio news and we've just been told the route of the marathon has been "tweaked" to take in Grosvenor Road/Lower Falls after complaints that the west of the city had been left out - we want to interview some runners about the Belfast route - too hilly in the past? Too dull? New route good/bad? No politics, just the runners' point of view. Any volunteers out there? Contact me at Good Morning Ulster at the BBC in Belfast 02890338664.

Also - it hurts after 19 miles - is 26.2 much worse?
30/03/2005 at 15:58
James - did you think it was too hilly?
30/03/2005 at 15:59
When is larne then ?

Chris Cappper - new route is complete toilet.
The old route was fantastic, and not hilly, just undulating. It took in all the best bits of the city (the falls, lisburn, malone, ormeau etc.). If you want "hilly", try Lochness, which incidentally is also a bloody great marathon (which sells out every year), except that you don't see them changing it to a dull as dish-water course, for the sake of a couple of minutes, and managing to p!ss of half the population of the city.

I'd love to do larne, its a bit close to FLM though.. Is it on Sunday ?
30/03/2005 at 16:11

Hi Cartman - good trenchant views there - any chance of doing a quick interview for radio today/this evening?
30/03/2005 at 16:36

James - are there entries on the day for Larne? Is it an OK event for 4hr marathoners?
30/03/2005 at 16:42
bugger... I'm away Friday and don't get back to after 6 on Sat.
31/03/2005 at 20:16
Greetings all.

March is officially expunged next year as this years was carp.

the past 2 wks have been a nightmare, running had to take a back seat due to work taking a front seat. An everything at home that could go, did go wrong.

alas the trainers wnet back on in edinburgh sat and sun and some good hard miles were done around arthurs seat. i remembered why i sais never again during last years edinburgh mara.

great 14 miles last night in 1.35, hills tues, bike today, quick stuff tomorra, larne sat and a good steady 20 on sun. hey back on track!!!

so the mara route is changed agen. cant get a hold of the new route yet but am trying, suspect it may return to city hall, then howard st, grosvenor rd, divis to millfield then north queen st to york st/york rd.

seamus well done, dont go too mad between now and belafst rest is as good as training.

james give me a kick on sat, am aiming for 1.25 ish.

kenny you will have to have a go at seamus on this course!!

chris all runs are suitable for all runners, once the head gets over taht bit the body follows.
31/03/2005 at 20:19

Baldyfrombangor - thanks for the encouraging words.......
31/03/2005 at 21:00
Hi everyone good luck at Larne. Iam off to Liverpool for the weekend. 20 miles this morning took me 3:20 I though I would go faster but couldn't get going. Couple of days rest may help. Back then for the final push for Belfast. This will be my first Belfast marathon. Ran London three years ago and will be happy if I get near 4 hours.
Keep on running Chris I don't consider my self a fast runner but just enjoy getting out there and doing it.
01/04/2005 at 21:35
Edinburgh great run. shame arthurs seat has been removed it was some start to 26m. tis not a flat course, the middle cycle path and sea front is flat but the beginning and the last 2/3m are hard work.

will be in the north down or forum colours tomorrow so give me a nod james.
02/04/2005 at 20:41
Hi everybody - It was a great day for a run in Larne. The weather was excellent but on the return run there's always a stiff breeze. I thought the breeze was stronger than the one in Stranraer.

It was nice to meet you James - I didn't recognise you until I was talking to Hugh Boyle - he didn't know your surname but the penny dropped when he said that you had travelleled with him. How did your Race go?

Ian I didn't see you today but I'm sure you and James had good fast runs,

I was pleased as I did it slightly under 1 hr and 53 mins. I found the last mile to be very tiring but I was content with my time.

I'll take a couple of days off now for a rest.

Kenny Liverpool won - I'm sure you enjoyed the match.

Good luck to you all in your training, Regards, Seamus.
03/04/2005 at 20:18
Well done seamus, i was looking out cor both you and james and alas, missed you both.

dont know about the wind being stronger but it got you about a mile earlier in larne than stanraer. just as you turned off the coast road at mile 5, woosh.

how about your run james??

still i was fairly happy, 1.26.18 and i had a hard weeks training behind me.

Well sort of, i went out and did a steady 16 today, managed 58m running last week and 15 on the bike!!

Queens 5k and laganside are next.

the tweaked mara course was being measured today, believe it involves sandy row, grosvenor rd, underpass under westlink, divis st, carrick hill, north queen street. will update when know more

Lucky result for the reds kenny!
03/04/2005 at 21:21
Hi James

Fermanagh calling. I am new to running and also to this website and have just come across your thread. I have just fininshed week five of a ten week walk/run plan outlined in a book I bought last year and forgot about! I have never run before and am surprised to find I am quite enjoying it. Being overweight and quite unfit to start, I think it will be a while before I am entering any races. I will keep on plodding and maybe next year!
04/04/2005 at 10:19

James et al

Wasn't able to make it to Larne - would have liked to see what taking part in a race is like - especially over a distance I know I can at least finish.

Falling slightly behind the marathon schedule - have my long run to do today but after ten miles on Saturday got a twinge behind the knee which didn't go away but didn't get any worse for the last two miles.

Hello Geraldine - I'm relatively new to this running thing too - it's funny how it gets its hooks into you. Good luck.

If the new marathon route takes in Sandy Row, etc, what bit of the earlier proposed route is going?
04/04/2005 at 12:27

James - yes, I'm in the marathon (my race no is 50) - decided to do it after it went past our house last year - and then they went and changed the route! Longest run so far is 19 miles at about 8-9 minutes a mile, but getting slower and slower the longer I run, so I optimistically predict about 4-ish hours if the legs hold up......I'm enjoying the training though, especially now the weather's better. That winter stuff borders on the masochistic.
04/04/2005 at 15:36
Hi everyone back from Liverpool my calfs are sore with all the walking going out for a run later to see if they loosen up.
Glad to hear you all enjoyed Larne I was thinking about you when I was at the match.
Got my number for Belfast (522). Chris I ran 20 miles last week was looking to run about 9 - 9.5 min mile pace but ended up doing 10 min miles. When you are training for the marathon you are always running tired with all the miles you are putting in training. On the day of the marathon you will feel a lot fresher if you taper and don't do too much the last couple of weeks.
Hi Geraldine gald to hear from a new runner. You should perhaps pick a race to give you something to aim for. Something short like a 5K or 5 mile.
04/04/2005 at 15:51
Hi Kenneth. I am too scared to enter a race yet although I have been trying to find something short like a 5k for around the end of the year. I walked the Flora Dublin ladies 10k last year and am doing the same again on 6th June. My goal is to run it next year!
04/04/2005 at 20:07
Baldy you'll have to slow down for the camera man good pictures of you and James on the Larne AC website.
Good luck in Dublin Geraldine are you going to walk and jog & walk this year.
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