Well done, Smalleyboy. It's a tough course, my old joints are grumbling a bit this morning. I enjoyed it but agree with you about it not quite being up to the usual 26Extreme standards. The finish at Larrybane quarry was a bit empty and desolate, and I really missed celebrating with an Erdinger beer. I didn't get a medal, just a Lost Worlds buff which my wee daughter has liberated to play Spiderman.
There were a lot of Americans there. Good to see them. But what about Jonny Steede! I was at the finish when he came in at the end of the 100k after only 8hrs.35mins, and he looked as if he could go out and do it again. Given the international level of ultra runners there, it was good to see it won by an unassuming local runner.
Excellent coverage, as always, by Ryan & Justin of NI Running. It was a long stand for them in the cold but they have produced a prompt, comprehensive report on http://www.nirunning.co.uk/news. I heard from one of the 100k runners that they gave out news feeds through the day, which was really appreciated. At events like this, you can otherwise feel quite isolated during the race.
All the best to those taking part in the marathon tomorrow. It looks like the weather will be perfect for it this year. Hope you enjoy it and get the result you deserve after all the training.
well done smalleyboy and Paul B. I finished the 50 in one piece yesterday in 5.41and more importantly smiling. It was brilliant, a completely different experience to a regular marathon. Can't comment n the organisation, as I've nothing to compare it to. however i was a bit disapointed with the finish, it didn't really feel like an event. i was glad to have the husband there to cheer me in, or else i would have felt pretty unloved, lol.
It was amazing scenery, but the wind was terrifying at times and for the first 15miles was lije running into a wall. There was a couple of times I had to stop completley and hold on to a fence, in fear of my scrawny ass getting blown over the edge.
I was wondering which faces in the crowd you both were. Everyone on the start line looked so "hardcore".
That was a brilliant time, Littlest Hobo. The wind was even worse last October. I was only doing the 25k but we must have finished at around the same time. I was wearing a black Half Ireman gilet and definitely didn't look hardcore.
I managed to complete the 50k in 5:21 which I was pleased about. There were updates on Twitter throughout the day by @talkultra which were good. Johny Steede finished nearly 3 full hours ahead of the second place runner.
Plenty of Americans there which was good as they bulked up the numbers a bit. The finish was a let down and definately not upto the normal 26extreme effort. I think the 100k runners got a gold lost worlds medal, the 50k a silver medal and the 25k got a buff.
I did the Mourne half marathon the first year it was run and I will give the full mara a go next month.
Great stuff smalley, Paul and littest. Would really like to try that sort of distance,maybe Give it ago next year, well done!
Well done to all who ran yesterday. Fantastic time by Jonny Steede.
12 tough miles done this morning. I went out a bit fast and suffered over the last couple of miles. But it's hard to hold back when your feeling good.
Good luck to all running the marathon and the relay tomorrow and don't do what I did today and go too quick too soon.
Littlest that was a good time you ran. Well done Paul. My legs don't feel as bad as I was expecting.
Funniest moment for me was when I blew my nose a bit too hard and it started to bleed. I was approaching the Causeway Centre and some tourist said 'Is that blood on your face?' To which I could help but reply with 'Yes and the sweat and tears are on their way'.
I would strongly encourage everyone to give one of the 26extreme events a go. They are only as hard as you want to make them.
Guys respect for the causeway events yesterday - you are made of stern stuff !
no PB for me at Limerick this morning but ran 3:47 which I was happy enuff with. Windy but the heat was a bigger factor for me and I blew up on the last 10k running a 5 min positive split.
great event though - highlight was the wall of noise finishing in o'connell st and my 5 year old finishing hand in hand with me. All a bit emotional really!
all the best for everyone running Belfast tomorrow - I'm off to the hotel spa& jacuzzi now
Well done Ricky. We have had very little chance to train in the heat this year.
Welk done Ricky - the heat can be cruel. The memories of running with your young one are priceless for both of you. I understand that powerful emotion. Sometimes I think I would pb if my boys could run the last 10k with me.
Well done C'way Crossers. Never easy up there. Manned the aid station at Portballintrae for hour or so. Had privilege of catching up with Jonny at mile 48 and he stopped to pose for a couple of photos with my 2 young boys. Great run from great guy.
See many of you tomorrow especially Kenny who normally has sweet treats around mile 22
anyone having any luck getting a refund on their Larne half fees?
....and does the Nery half/full really start at 8am?
26 May 2013 » 26 May 2013
Start time: 8am
Mark - i think the times for Newry are 9 for the full marathon and 9.30 for the half.
Ran 13 miles today - it was very tough and various aches and pains throughout really didnt help! I got a real pain in my left hip the same happened last week as well but this week it was sore again. Any ideas what it could be?
Good luck to everyone running the marathon tomorrow as a relative newbie to longer distance running you all have my full admiration. As i was nearing the end of my run today I was thinking how the hell could i run another 13 miles of this!! Good luck to all and enjoy if possible!
Well I'm enjoying a few well earned beers tonight in the hotel.
HMM - very powerful emotion is right and is a memory that will stay with me forever... still tearing up a bit now thinking about it! The surprising thing was my garmin says I was doing 6.14 pace in that last 100 yds push to the line and my wee girl caught me. I didn't know she was behind me until she was almost on my shoulder! She really was the last person I was expecting to outsprint me to the line! A real golden moment that's for sure.
For everyone running Belfast tomorrow - all the very best and enjoy the day!
Ricky well done on a great time and a great moment with your child enjoy the beer you deserve it!
mark, I emailed Larne A/C , the fella who mailed me back is called John Anderson , u need to send him your name and address and he said it will take a few weeks too sort out.
best of luck everyone see you at city hall, I'm away to iron my Batman suit
Well done Ricky, such a great finish to your race. I really hope my knee does not play up today, has been ok this past 2 weeks but still not 100% confident. Good luck everyone doing the marathon this morning.
Good luck today everyone. Hope to see you at the finish
Great running todsy by everyone. Martin/Alwyn etc thanks for the shouts. One question though - were was Holly. The whole of the 4.30 group were looking to see her My bro ran with Jim and myself to Gideobs Green. Then walk/ran to just dip under 5 hours. Chuffed to bits for him
ok no more from me in case I drop my phone in bath
Wee video of today.
Peter , had her out earlier she didn't like the noise / crowds so she had to go back to bed ,good to see you today , I finished in 4:13:40 something which is a PB considering I have only done one other marathon,gideon green was my bad point , followed the 4:00hr group up until then , well done to your brother , it's was warm out there today, see u in 4 weeks
Sean , a wee bird told me you banged it out today, good man !
Mags, firstly sorry for calling you a wee bird, 2ndly it was fantastic to receive my medal from running royalty ! That was a cracking time Stuart got today and I hope he's feeling ok this evening
Mark, seen you in all your finery at Tennant St, was on the other side of the crowd so apologies
Jim, I was the odd man who spoke to you both as u were trying to get to the bag lift
Everyone else, hope you had a good run , I enjoyed it more than I thought I would , will probably do it again , some odd things while running with relay teams but they're for another time
Visit the official Runner's World page
Follow Runner's World on Twitter
Other Natmag-Rodale Sites
Run For Charity
About Runner's World
Runner's World is a publication of Hearst Magazines UK which is the trading name of The National Magazine Company Ltd, 72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP. Registered in England 112955. All rights reserved.
Website powered by: Immediate Media Company Ltd. | © Runner's World 2002-2013 |