London 2008

Sub 3:30 Anyone

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13/04/2008 at 19:52
Well I did it - 3:26:43, and I'm well chuffed. Thank you guys - you all had a part in it. I think I may now retire from marathon running
13/04/2008 at 20:00

Aching like mad.

Loved seeing Smiffie and CG - can't believe we didn't get on telly - we tried standing right next to Cracknell and Fogle!! Ran with CG to Tower Bridge - we even did YMCA at 7 miles - had a laugh!!

 Got soaked at 12 miles and ran in wet socks from then on. Struggled badly from 16-21 and ended up with 3:34:17. A new PB for London and 2nd fastest time overall so not disappointed at all.

BOTF - fantastic - well done.

13/04/2008 at 20:00
Good running BOTF, espeially given the injuries you've had!
13/04/2008 at 20:21

Well done BOTF, AA and CG, all ahead of me......

Met up with Geoff, yesterday at the Expo, then at the Church, then at 5m....... then we lost each other...

Ran into Smiffie at 8-9m and ran with her for 2m before getting seperated again......

So my day (copied from trg thread......)

Oh well, no 3:30, but a best ever FLM time...... reasons..

  • Mile 1 - For MUM     Mile 10 - For MUM     Mile 19 - For MUM
  • Mile 2 - For MUM     Mile 11 - For MUM     Mile 20 - For MUM
  • Mile 3 - For MUM     Mile 12 - For MUM     Mile 21 - For MUM
  • Mile 4 - For MUM     Mile 13 - For MUM     Mile 22 - For MUM
  • Mile 5 - For MUM     Mile 14 - For MUM     Mile 23 - For MUM
  • Mile 6 - For MUM     Mile 15 - For MUM     Mile 24 - For MUM
  • Mile 7 - For MUM     Mile 16 - For MUM     Mile 25 - For MUM
  • Mile 8 - For MUM     Mile 17 - For MUM     Mile 26 - For MUM
  • Mile 9 - For MUM     Mile 18 - For MUM     Mile .2 - For MUM

In a nutshell....... had a great day, the rain was caused by my tears I'm affraid, I cried so much today, but in a good way in rememberance for MUM.

Met so, so many people from RW and Fetch, the support teams weres so speacila at 17 and 22 mile points. Thanks to you all, you are so special.

Thanks for the hug at the end NN, i needed that support. Thanks to all, for making today a special day for me and MUM.

Stats for the day other than getting sun burnt in the first 10m.......!

  • 10K - 49:54
  • 20K - 1:40:46
  • Half - 1:46:15
  • 30K - 2:33:13
  • 40K - 3:31:59
  • Finish - 3:43:53

I am very happy with that, 5th FLM, best prior to this was 3:51, but still no PB or 3:30, there are other days and other Maras, today was for today and for MUM.

Take care

13/04/2008 at 20:38

Woohoo 3:44:34 so crucially under 3:45 here I come to London next two years, set of 8mm managed to half way then it wasn't pretty  Garmin  think that tells the story LOL at my heartrate............!  then i realised 3:45 was still on cards and tryed to leg it for last 2 miles, well I say leg it but think it was only a 'ickle bit faster, it wasn't pretty but I got loads of support from the crowd & fellow runners to see it to finish line ;0)

Great to see you RFJ and thanks for being a Gent and saying we 'got separated!' ;0)

Woohoo I finished with Gordon Ramsey and couldnt resist saying hello (really annoying I expect) but he was lovely and gave me kiss on the cheek, 7-year old son was disgusted and doesn't believe 'his' Gordon could have done anything so 'orrible!

CG & AA great to meet up again, running with wet feet isn't fun is it!

13/04/2008 at 20:49
Well done Smiffie, CG, you and I were not far apart, 42, 43, 44...... well done
13/04/2008 at 21:21

Well done to you all. AA - RFJ - Smiffie - BWOTF - CG...and everyone else.Great stories and great times for everyone in what must have been hard conditions in the changing weather.

I was there on the course cheering at random people. Hopefully some of them were you all. Really felt for all of you when the rains hit. I can only imagine how that felt. I really hope you enjoyed the day. So wshed I could have been out there.

RFJ - Kept looking out for you in your stripey shirt as really wanted to give you a cheer. Well done on a great result on what must have been an tough and emotional day. You ran for all the right reasons and I am sure your mum would have been proud of you.

So what and where next?????

13/04/2008 at 21:25

I knew I should have been on the 3.45 thread!  I got 3 hours 42 - had some horrible moments between 20 and 22 miles, but then got better.  It was my first marathon- I couldn't believe the support!  So many people!  What a wonderful day! 

I am having great difficulties walking now, but enjoying a glass of wine.

13/04/2008 at 21:39

Well done beatie.....

Swayer - I was in macmillan Green today, so would have been hard for you to see the Tesoc value stripes of Andover.

13/04/2008 at 22:03

Met up with RJF, yesterday at the Expo, then at the Church, then at 5m, started between 8:05 - 8:10 pace at approx 8m was trying not to stop and make a visit to the little boys room at about 9m pit stop 20 sec shortly after this had a bad patch, at the 14m point in the heavy rain was feeling good and upt the pace a little, was slow a little at the 18m point and was approx 6mins behind 3:30 pace, at 21m point had stomach cramps was not sure why, was drinking at the right level as far as I know and shortly after was a mixture of walking/running, 1.5m from the finish was a much stronger again in the heavy rain.

Time just over 4 hours, not disappointed with the time as over this winter have had some weeks off due to injury, the first half of the race was in good shape, I have identified what was causing my injuries and already trying to plan another marathon later this year.

Will be back next better and stronger, thinking of raising for a charity which I have not done for a while weather I get a ballot place or not, I'm also thinking of changing my training program.

 Well done to, AA, BOTF, RJF, smiffie, beattie on your times and anyone else that I may have missed out.

13/04/2008 at 22:04

Well done AA and CG.  I look for you on the telly this morning but didn't see you.  It looked like an ideal start but boy that rain!

Everyone did brilliantly well and I am envious.  I did a 6 mile run this afternoon vowing to break 3:30 next year........  bring it on!

 Well done again!

13/04/2008 at 23:30

Well done everyone.  I was bang on track for my private target of 3:20 until around mile 18.  Just couldn't force the pace out of my legs in the last 10K, but 3:25:56 did the biz for my public target of sub 3:30.

Highlights: (1) running miles 6 and 7 round Cutty Sark etc with Gordon Ramsay, at a nice comfortable 8 min/mile pace, and (2) seeing the 9 lead elite men packed together coming the other way at mile 14 - awesome, and to think I was in the same race as the world's best.  Oh, and (3) just avoiding being speared by a Masai warrior in the first mile!

13/04/2008 at 23:45

Well done all of you. I didn't hit the the time I was hoping for.  I did 3:24:17 which is a pb by over 6 minutes so won't complain. Did 1:39:34 for half point which I am happy with considering I was a minute and a half off my scheduled pace due to congestion. Then second half took me 1:44:33. The other factor I need to take into account when running these big races is that when you are running in the masses you always run further than actual distance. According to my garmin I ran 26.8 miles.

 Anyhow I really enjoyed it apart from cold rain from mile 13 to 18. My Wife , children and bro-in-law really enjoyed it. Third time I've run the distance and each time I edge closer to my goal. Obviously I need to just run faster.

 Just tried new entry system for next year and it turfed me out at the payment point.

Now need to take all this distance traing and turn it into pbs for 5k and 10k and 1/2marathon in the next few months.

Although I wasn't really a memberiof this thread as always wanted sub 3-15 I knew really that my time would lie with you guys.

 BOTF will catch up with you at work.

Once again all of you regardless if you got what you wanted or not all did fantastic.

14/04/2008 at 00:14

Congrats to all & great to read reports, just got home & worn out so will post more in the morning.

RFJ - Well done - l liked your splits - shows what is important, I'm sure that your mum was with you today.

I was stunned by my result, absolutely stonking day & perfect running weather for me - ended up wth 3:14:24 - GFA & me now in for the next two years. 

14/04/2008 at 06:28

Well done everyone, cracking time Cheiftain!

I was on target right up to mile 23 and then my achilles injury told me that it wasn't going to happen and I ended up with 3.34.

Considering that 7 weeks ago I was sat on the physio table confronted with a lot of head shaking, then I'm not too unhappy about only knocking 8 minutes off my pb in only my second marathon.

 A fantastic day, the crowd were fantastic. Seeing my wife and kids in Greenwich and then again at the GOSH cheer at 17.5 miles was the highlight for me.

Entered for next year already and on to breaking 40 mins for 10k in June next.

14/04/2008 at 08:47
Way to go RFJ. I may have to come out of retirement to slay this 3.30 beast with you!
14/04/2008 at 12:39
Well done CT, fantastic see you on Green start next year
14/04/2008 at 12:44
3.31.21 the warm spell before tower bridge slowed me right down before the downpour still proud of time and effort.
14/04/2008 at 13:15
Fantastic running CT, you must be well chuffed!
14/04/2008 at 15:04

CG & Smiffie - Congrats on maintaining GFA for next two years on the back of injury interrupted training.  Am sure that there are better times for both of you youngsters ahead.

AA - Not surprised to see that you are living up to your forum name - can assure you that there are thousands of us stiff & hobbling around today (that day after Adidas advert cracks me up).

RFJ - You were not the only one adding to the moisture caused by the rain.  So many people run for so many different reasons, to me it is these brave folks who are the real heroes of the day and are the inspiration to many thousands of others.

BOTF, TW & Asteriod - congratulations & welcome to the 3:30 club - what next ?

Geoff M, Beattie, Dansk & Slug - Great times all, celebrate your achievement and think of the 10's of thousands who finished behind you and the millions sat on their sofas at home wishing that they could be a marathon runner.

Edited: 14/04/2008 at 15:09
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