ASICS Target 26.2 - 2013

A great prize & challenge

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21/04/2013 at 17:00
boot campers are stars! brilliant running today Sarah n Malcs
21/04/2013 at 17:46
Wow - I hope Sarah finished with that time or better, she's an absolute rocket!

Everything went brilliantly for me today and I came in (on my watch) at 3:32:46 - a PB by 26 minutes! I'm absolutely elated!

Will be back with more info later as we now have a 4 hour trek down the M4 to contend with. However, I can't go without saying a massive, massive thank you to Jen who was an absolute superstar in support.

I reckon she clapped every runner on the course. She popped up at all points on the route to help gee me on, even the bits at the arse end where nobody else was there. She was a bit like the witch from Chorlton and the Wheelies if you remember that - disappearing and reappearing in a moment. Except not witch like at all of course. And with running gear on.

Most importantly of all she helped drag me (and some other fella too) up the last hill and down to the finish line when we were really suffering.

Jen, couldn't have done it without you! Thank you so much.
21/04/2013 at 18:20

malcs & sarah - brilliant performances from both of you. malcs - a 26 minute PB is unbelievable. A minute a mile quicker than ever before. Amazing!

I believe forum etiquette is to allow a successful poster to put their own time up so don't want to steal anyone's thunder but it was very good!!!

Jen - definitely this threads supporter of the year....................or is that stalker???

Seriously, it must have been incredible to have you there giving that help!

I'm really delighted for Malcs. He has shown the true fighting spirit of a marathoner this campaign. You may all remember that he had an injury early on and then a nasty cold that derailed his training even before it had started, but he didn't let him stop him, got on with the hard work during the harshest winter any of us can remember and comes up with this result. Brilliant effort mate!!!!

 

21/04/2013 at 20:51

Excellent running Malcs and Sarah......very, very happy for the both of you. Great work indeed. All the hard work definitely paid off and you got what you both deserved. Enjoy the elation!

22/04/2013 at 08:31

Top no.plate Jen.

Just about to leave for the West - will be in touch over the weekend!

22/04/2013 at 08:39

thanks for your kind words Malcs!  I really really enjoyed the day, I think I've found my calling, I'm a much better supporter than runner!! You would have done it without me, you did all the hard work, it just wouldn't have been so interesting not playing 'spot Jen' Hope the legs feel ok today, sit back n enjoy the glory!

Sarah, hope you are taking a well deserved rest for a few days, and enjoy your glory as well!

22/04/2013 at 09:24

I think booting up my browser re-posted an earlier message there so ignore the no. plate one.

Jen - ha, spot Jen! I like it. Like Where's Wally but err.. with Jen . You are one mighty supporter but I know you're a great runner too and Snowdon will prove it! When are you starting your training for that btw? It's around the same time as York and Abingdon so there will be a bunch of us all doing this together again through the summer and autumn 

DS2 - thanks so much. I was all ready to use my injury/illness issues as an excuse but I bounced back so well into training that, had I screwed it up I was left with nothing to blame it on  

Whether you liked it or not you and Minni were my adopted mentors for this little foray and without all your help and advice I would never have done it so many thanks indeed and I'll be right behind you as you head towards that sub 3:15 in Halsted!

Ady - cheers dude! I have to say that following your Paris campaign was a major help to me. The Spitfire run was a pivotal moment and gave me a huge lift. I was thinking about it at many points during the race yesterday. I managed to latch on to another runner who was doing 8mm pace and we stuck together from mile 6 to mile 17. This helped massively. I'm sure I called him Ady on more than one occasion 

22/04/2013 at 09:30

I have posted on Sarah's thread but wow, how brilliant was she? Absolutely amazing performance but then, did any of us doubt her? 

After the disappointment of the 'competition voting stage that never was' she won a well deserved place on the forum Six with mighty Minni - what a combination! After that a massive PB was always on the cards. 

Starting to sound like This Is Your Life now.

Anyway, really well done Sarah, so pleased for you!

22/04/2013 at 09:36

Thanks Malcs. Talking of Minni - did you see her time???? 3:15;48

22/04/2013 at 09:46

Just saw it - wow, wow, wow!

22/04/2013 at 12:07
Thankyou everyone for all your support and encouragement, I really dont think I could have done it without you all, you have been great.

Malcs your making me blush...now its your turn.....a 26 minute PB....thats what dreams are made of and you did it, like what DS2 said, thats a minute per mile faster, completely amazing, you must be so proud.

Now we need to turn our attention to the next marathoner...DS2.....and then its Jen (how long its it until yours again jen?)

Its just taken me 3 hours to catch up on the forums...after not being able to access them on my phone for the last 3 days (which was so frustrating)....had better go and do something else with my day off before I spend all of it on here!
22/04/2013 at 12:18

Good Morning Happy marathon runners and supporters!! I really enjoyed tracking your run yesterday Sarah hence when I found out your estimated finish time I got very excited and had to share! Didn't mean to steal your thunder and post your time when actually I didn't you were still running at the time! the London Marathon website was awsome!! Well done both of you Sounds like you had a fab day for it and have worked so hard!

DS2 nice of you to share Minni's time!

22/04/2013 at 12:28

Thanks tigs & Sarah!

I still think I am dreaming. This is the real world right? I dreamed last night I was chased by a giant jelly baby.

Yes, DS2 next up! 

I think Jen is October Sarah.

Tigger - did you say you had entered medoc?

22/04/2013 at 12:49

Snowdon is 26th Oct, I believe that is week after York. Hey That's great, we can all suffer marathon training together again!!  I'm going to start serious prep for that first week in july. In the meantime I am chasing that elusive 25min on the 5k clock!

22/04/2013 at 13:33

Indeed I am next .........................and somewhat feeling the pressure after all of these fantastic performances. I will need to harness all of this inspiration and make sure I do what I have to do.

Less than three weeks to go so taper madness beginning to nag away at every piece of confidence I've built up over these past few months.

Jen - looks like we are all looking at an autumn marathon. Should help keep us all focused. Although I have the small matter of Lands End to John O'Groats to worry about in August so I can't imagine I'll be very quick in October!

When are you next racing 5K.

Pleased to say that eldest daughter came home from working on the baggage lorries at VLM with the marathon bug. She now wants to do it 2015 (a month too young next year!).

22/04/2013 at 13:42

Malcs - A big somerset 'GET IN SON!!!!'  26 min pb, high five's and man hugs. (it feels appropriate to send man hugs at this time)

Sarah - Excellent result, well done and I would send man hugs but that may be a bit inappropriate.

Great weekend all round and I got to see Bath spank the Tiger's

22/04/2013 at 13:56

Reg - feelin' the love, many thanks! Always good to see anyone beat the Tigers...even Bath

DS2 - keep that head straight and everything else will follow. I think in this campaign more than any other I've learned how much of a mental game this is. We're not going anywhere so keep posting here and we'll be with you all the way!

22/04/2013 at 14:03

Thanks Malcs. Just read Minni's report on the 3:15 thread. Inspirational and backs up totally the theory about the mental side!

22/04/2013 at 14:14

Malcs- Awesome result- knew you had it in you. You quite rightly must be delighted. Testimony to the hard work you've put in over the winter.

Sarah- well done again, already posted on yopur thread but that is an awesome result. Almost glad I can't do Sheffield Half as think I would only be blinking from the dust in my eyes as you go flying past

Jen- sounds like you have a vocation as a motivater!!

DS- You're next up....no pressure!

I've put my name on the W/L for York, so if that comes up great, oherwise a trip to the Fatherland in October- can't decide between Frankfurt or Cologne- any suggestions?

Want to go running but still stiff after horrendous transatlantic flight wedged next to morbidly obese american lady. She couldnt put her arms down over herself so had to spill over the arm rest into my seat. Had to lift her arm up to change channel on TV....

22/04/2013 at 14:30

Cheers Clive! It would be awesome if you could get to do York too. Would be fantastic if there were a whole load of us there. 

OMG - that flight sounds awful. It's hard enough to fit into those plane seats when you're average sized!

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