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18/01/2005 at 22:44
Hi James, Kenneth and Co - I'm training for the Connemara marathon in Galway on Easter Sunday - March 27th . I hope to do the Belfast marathon as well. I completed 30 miles last week - hope to do about 33 this week. I did 8 miles on the treadmill today - I would rather do an outdoor run as the time seems to pass quicker.
19/01/2005 at 11:06
Hi Seamus glad to hear you are still running you must enjoy the Connemara hills when you are going back.
Hi James managed to get out last night very windy but missed most of the rain.
19/01/2005 at 15:49
There is a 5K relay race at Springwell Forest, Coleraine 11.00 start. Its a fun event were all the names are put into a hat. I think its going to be handicaped with faster runner in one hat and slower runners in the other with a fast runner paired with a slow runner.
I will not be going as I am busy decorating.
19/01/2005 at 21:58
Kenneth - There's a 4 mile charity run at the new Sports Centre in Loughrey on the last Saturday of February at 12.30pm.
20/01/2005 at 10:52
James you would probably go in as an unknown as not many people know you so you amy go in the fast hat because your young and fit not an old plodder like me.
Seamus that the same Saturday as the Civil Service cross country at Stormont which we normally go to but I'll spread the word and maybe a few will go to Cookstown. I take it its 4 miles on the roads.
20/01/2005 at 23:10
Kenny - It on tar/asphalt on the small roads in the grounds of Loughrey College. I was only on one cross country last year at Coleraine - Do you remember - you were faster than me Kenny - I also enjoyed the Ballyclare 10 miler - we were fairly evenly paced up until 5 miles and then on the last 5 you gained about 4.5 mins on my time - that was an inspiration for me to train harder at home Kenny. Best of luck in your training.
21/01/2005 at 10:25
Seamus I think Ballyclare was my last good run I've been going backwards since then.
Training away but making little progress. I am thinking about running Belfast in May stepping up the milage to see how it goes. If I don't do it the extra millage will not do any harm.
We a thinking of going across to the Stranraer Half Marathon on the 5 March.
21/01/2005 at 13:10
Was thinking about that too. How easy is it to get from the quay into Stranraer? Think it's cheapest to go as foot passenger.
21/01/2005 at 14:04
Hi Jape if you go to the Stranraer website
it tell you how to book the ferry as a foot passenger (£18) a bus then picks you up from the ferry and brings you back. Anyone I've talked to says it a good course.
23/01/2005 at 00:28
Kenny - I booked the Stena for my brother and myself it was £20 each - it should be an enyobable run - I did 13 miles today in 1 hr 59 .35 mins - was pleased - it was my first time running to music - it motivated me to go faster - my best half-marathon time is 1 hr 53 mins- so 1 hr 59 + is not bad for a home run- I hope to improve on my times.
24/01/2005 at 09:51
Seamus I am getting worried you are going better than I am at the moment. We also did about 13 miles yesterday in about 2:13 one of the guys was struggling which slowed us down a bit. Havn't tried running to music but run with a group which helps especially on the long runs.
James how's the ankle. I am still having bother mainly on the downhill and uneven surfaces maybe I'll have to rest to see if it goes away.
24/01/2005 at 15:10
Hi James was out today and tried to do a fast 3.7 miles, ankle still sore, I can get by on the slow run but when I try to up the pace it hurts. Bought a pair of sorbetane heel pads on Saturday they seem to help a bit but not a solution. I had the same problem last year but can't remember how I cured it. Might try running on grass for a while but the ground is so wet.
24/01/2005 at 16:10
No I don't like running in the gym I prefer being out in the open.
24/01/2005 at 17:34
James - There are 500 places for the Connemara marathon, 1,000 for the half-marathon and 150 for the ultra. Yes its in the Connemara mountains this side of Galway.
25/01/2005 at 09:05
James busy decorating the living room so I am up and down steps which doesn't help. Be finished hopefully at the weekend so I'll struggle on and see what happens after that. I find running in the gym very warm especially in the uni were there is no airconditioning. When I was training for London three years ago I tried it one Sunday when the weather was bad ran for an hour and the sweat just poured out couldn't stick it any longer.
25/01/2005 at 12:15
James this is the url for Connemara Marathon. They have 410 entries for the marathon on 18/1

There was a half marathon around the coast years ago a nice run on a good day. Organising a 1/2 involves a lot of hard work and may take years to build up the entry you get at Larne and Omagh. The time of year is also important as some people use 1/2's as perparation for the marathon. You need to get permission from the PSNI for starters. Starting and finishing at the Leisure Centre close to the town centre is very busy with traffic and would require loads of marshalls to be safe. Big Sponsorship and loads of people to help. It takes a lot of people to take entries, marshall, man waterstops and record finish times. To get a permit it would have to run through a club and a risk assessment would have to done on the course.
25/01/2005 at 21:36
well which of you lot is coming to glorious north down this saturday for the Junior cross country.

not as young as it sounds all ages allowed just not previous winners of it or the senior

6 miles around castle park

hard but a good run out
or for more details
26/01/2005 at 09:18
Hi Baldy I'll be there running at the back in the vets race. I always enjoy the run but gald I only have to face that hill twice. Weather looking not too bad at the moment. What state is the course in after all the rain we had the past few weeks.

James I don't know if Pegasus would be interested in organising a 1/2. You need good sponsorship for prizes to attract the top runners also its difficult to get the number of volunteers you would need. A race like this you may have to take a loss for a few years before it builds up a reputation and attracts large numbers of runners. You would need to run it on a Saturday and the town is very busy on a Saturday afternoon. This could be dangerous and you may not get permission from the PSNI.
26/01/2005 at 20:56
see you there KB

Give me a nudge...........before or after!!
30/01/2005 at 19:59
well kb hope your vets race went better than my junior, calf went tight on teh 1st of 3rd lap and never loosened. Dont know why, not too bad today went out and managed a steady 14 along the coast.

heading north to coleraine next for the senior on 12 feb, another tough course

any one else for that?
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