The Seeley is a tough one at the start. I don't think you could bring people into the car park. It works at the laganside but I started front row at laganside and there was nothing like the pushing and shoving there was on saturday. I think it's all the club runners trying to push to the front but it's like being in a cattle market followed by a 100 metre dash (more like half a k to be honest) to get position and perhaps not viable to bring it to the car park due to that. I did the great ireland run with a lot more people earlier in the year and even that was nowhere near as bad.
Well done on your PB Alwyn and good running all you other guys. Irrespective of not breaking 42 if that was your target Alwyn it will be there for again no doubt.
East down have videos of pretty much every finisher on youtube which I guess is a good way of tracking people who were deemed not to have finished when they did.
TG I think Glenn had a video on the line. Probably as a back up. If they started in the car park were would people park.
Because it's a championship race all the top guns are at the front looking to get a good start. When you see how close the team race was dropping one or two place can make a difference.
Glenn said in his email to me that the PSNI only turned up at 2.20pm to close the road, were only able to stop the traffic from 2.25pm and the problems stemmed from this lack of time to get set up. I don't know the regulations surrounding road closures, whether the organisers had asked for earlier closure or the PSNI were late/unable to close as planned? Sounds like the starter was under pressure to get the race underway and wouldn't allow Glenn any more time to complete set-up. Persumably this pressure stemmed from need to have road shut for as short a time as possible? Would a short delay to the 'gun' really have mattered? I was that inwardly focussed, I didn't notice what happened after everyone had run down to the Ormeau Bridge first time - was the road open again 'as normal' to 2-way traffic or to one-way only? I know we were marshalled to the LHS of the road but didn't notice what was happening with the traffic - so much for being aware of your surroundings! And I wasn't wearing earphones!
Alwyn, I think the road was reopened to 2 way traffic shortly after we all went into the park following the start. I noticed traffic in both directions when I came out of the park on the first lap. There were several cars parked on the cycle lane there which pushed us out into the road in the way of traffic.
A scenic rural 10k through the County Down countryside.....usual East Down hospitality afterwards.
Alwyn I notice the PSNI car park in the left hand lane on my second lap it had moved to the laybye on the third.
They finished in the Car Park years ago but it would mean closing the whole leisure centre off as on marathon day. There was football matches and other stuff on on Sat.
Alwyn closing roads wouldn't be easy to do. If they can't close them for belfast they wouldn't be able to close them for a much smaller scale 10k I suspect. To be honest I didn't even notice if they were closed during the race!
It actually annoys me seeing cars parked on the same side we race on. I have recollections of people trying to pass me, not saturday but previously on the last lap just at the car that's parked just so they can box me in!
Saul 10k is supposed to be a good one Lisoider. I used to work with a boy down there who I expect an email from this week about it but unfortunately can't make it this year.
PSNI probably don't care about the time it takes to setup the mats. They just want to close the road start the race and go.
Sitting in my office looking out at the bright sunshine and blue sky, knowing that I won't be able to get out for a run until after work and that by then it will be dark and miserable, meaning that i have to stick to footpaths and have street lights to see where I'm going. Just an easy run tonight to test the hamstring but would love to be doing it now.
Same Rodney - looking out at it all day and thinking what a lovely day for a run.... got an 8 miler done with the headlight around 8pm this evening - dry but a bit gusty.Roll on the lighter nights again - finding I'm only getting 2 runs in during the week (in the dark) and my LSR on a sat afternoon - totalling 25 - 30 miles p/wk. Feel I'm not progressing much though as I have plateaued at 8 m/mls for my weekly 6 mile tempo run and cant break the 48min barrier! - feels like I'm just maintaining fitness and not seeing any inprovements over the last 3 months or so.
Good running HMM. Sorry I couldn't make it to the dinner on Saturday evening but I have three coming up in quick succession. From the pics on facebook it looked like a good night. Your numbers have definately increased in the last couple of years so the committee mush be doing something right.
I managed 8 miles yesterday morning. It was cold bit not as icy as the week before you just had to careful not to get caught out.
HMM, I'd love to try some running in the Mournes but would be a bit nervous at this stage about my ability to handle the terrain. Agree it would certainly qualify as 'strength' training!I've considered the 26Extreme Mourne Marathon (more realistically Half-Mara!) in my tentative 2013 race schedule but think I may be in the IOM for the TT in the week leading up to it.
Ballymena Runners certainly sounds like it's doing the right things in terms of attracting and holding on to new members. Great to hear local clubs are prospering!
Alwyn, don't be put off by the trails. Sure, there are the mountain goats, but most of us just go out into the hills for the enjoyment. The Mourne Way marathon is no more difficult than any other marathon if you just take your own time at it. For example, there's no shame in walking the uphill sections or stopping at a feed station for a few slices of cake. In fact I think it's easier because the terrain is so varied, and the views and the craic so good. A good way for prepare for them is a bit of circuit training over the winter to strengthen the legs.
Once you start, you'll be hooked!
havent posted for a long time not had great running recently had an awful run at seeley but now slowly getting back into the swing of things. Recovering from ballymena runners 20 year dinner, great night had by all.
A wee plug for Race Over The Glens on new years day. We have had to change the route this year due to ongoing tree harvesting because of tree disease. We had a challenging 6 mile route all on forest paths/trails. I cant manage to post picture of map of route here but it up on ballymena runners and race over the glens facebook page.
We are going for a training run at about 8.30am sunday 2nd dec if any one wants a pre race recce of the course
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