RW Forum Six – Sub 2.50 Kier with Parkrunfan

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19/04/2013 at 09:36

Good consistency there PRF

19/04/2013 at 09:54

Keir: Just popping in to wish you (and the other speedsters on here) best of luck on Sunday . My race (Hamburg marathon) starts 2 hours earlier than London but with your kind of pace we'll probably finish at the same time

19/04/2013 at 10:21

Consistency indeed, Keir!

I'm hoping that on the same basis that we'll be greeted with the sight of the Finish line at about the 22 mile mark on Sunday

Looking like perfect conditions for a meander around the London sights.

19/04/2013 at 11:31

Keir, PRF and anyone else racing this weekend.

The very best of luck and dont go off too quickly !!

20/04/2013 at 08:33
Best of luck Keir and PRF.

I know your campaign hasn't gone as planned Keir, but thank you for taking part in this and sharing the ups and downs. I've certainly learned a lot from you and PRF and I hope you enjoy it tomorrow and smash it in the Autumn!
20/04/2013 at 12:53

Thanks guys

Best of luck to everyone running, especially PRF. Thanks so much for all your support and advice.

Hopefully see you guys on route. I am number 30831 - yellow RNLI top and black shorts.

Enjoy the day guys! 

20/04/2013 at 14:02
Good luck tomorrow keir, can you post your race number so we can track you.
20/04/2013 at 14:52
Good luck keir. Hope to see you in the pub afterwards.
20/04/2013 at 22:00

Give 'em hell Keir, you know you want to

21/04/2013 at 10:34

If anyone is tracking at home, Keir went through 5k in 20:26, 2:52 pace. 

21/04/2013 at 11:37

Half way splits:

TR: 1:27.04
Keir: 1:27.16
prf:  1:28.01

21/04/2013 at 13:41
Keir top work today fella, takes some balls going out hard like you did today considering the disrupted training. Plenty to be proud of and to build on.
21/04/2013 at 21:24
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Give 'em hell Keir, you know you want to

Although I didn't see your post before the event, that is pretty much what I did Poacher!

Cheers YD. It could be argued as stupid rather than ballsy - but I just felt 'what's the point of plodding. Better to burn out than fade away! 

I got to the red GFA early at 8am, bumped into an ex club mate who runs very similar 5k - HM times to me and was after a fast marathon. Decided on the spur of the moment, I've trained so hard (although not consistently for this) and that as sub 3 doesn't really hold much motivation (having already done that) I might as well go for a pb attempt and run with him. Nice to bump into Martin H for a brief chat as well.

The seperate pen thing was totally unmanned so the slower GFA were mixed with the faster GFA, which caused a bit of congestion early, but I suspect that it was them who paid more dearly by getting too carried away.

I'll add splits later from the website, but basically miles 1-4 were fast but downhill, 4-8 felt a bit too fast and shold really have stopped and recalabrated if I was sensible, but decided to push on and see what happens. Saw Jools at Cutty Sark who looked good, but the speed  went past her again should have caused alarm bells.

Went through 10m about 66mins, but was feeling it and as soon as we hit Tower Bridge I knew my day was over. I tried to ease back, but the matches had been burnt. Jools looked comfortable as she disappeared running close to my ex-clubmate in the distance. By 15m I walked whilst I downed a bottle and did the same when I had a gel at 17m by 18m the 259 pacer went past, which was a bit of a relief as there was now no time target or pressure on, so I jogged on. At 21m I caught up with the ex-club mate who was walking and decided to jog in with him, pacing and encouraging. We had to stop for 2 mins when he had bad cramps and also I walked the water stations with him. At 1m to go he stopped again for water and insisted I run on, so continued to cross the line 1.13.01 whilst he came in 4mins+ later.

Shook Richard Branson's hand, plodded to the bag collection, finally found the RNLI hotel, massage, bath and food then made my way home via train (no longer free!) and car. Got in the door and jumped on by kids, goodie bag ravaged and medal knicked, only to be covered in yoguart witin 5 mins! 


Thanks so much PRF. I am looking forward to hearing how you got on. I've learnt so much from this whole process and am looking forward to getting my body properly in order to have a proper crack at Abingdon.

Good to hear that TR was consistent as always. The man knows himself so well, he must run on clockwork!

22/04/2013 at 07:13

Good work under the circs Keir, you did what you could and paced it really well towards the end. A long hard journey and I'm sure you've developed a lot as a runner. See you in Abo maybe.

22/04/2013 at 08:15

Split  Pace

5K 04:06

10K 04:04

15K 04:09

20K 04:16

HALF 04:11

25K 04:26

30K 04:46

35K 05:22

40K 05:27

Finish time 04:55

Surprised that I only had a 16min positive split. Felt much more!

Edited: 22/04/2013 at 15:23
22/04/2013 at 18:46

Keir - well done for giving it full beans regardless of the build up.

22/04/2013 at 19:30

Keir - In a way it was a good position to be in whereby you could have a crack freely without any fear of failure.

Not getting the distance is no surprise given the build up but then again it may have just turned out to be one of those weird days where everything clicks against all the odds.

You've come out of it unbroken and got a decent base for going forward from and if you're like the rest of us you'll no doubt have a few bright pink bits too!!


What is very spooky is how close to each other we were all through the race:

5K: Keir 20:26, PRF 20:48

10K: Keir 40:44 (20:18), PRF 41:34 (20:46)

15K: Keir 1:01:27 (20:43), PRF 1:02:46 (21:12)

20K: Keir 1:22:42 (21:15), PRF 1:23:30 (20:44)

Half: Keir 1:27:16, PRF 1:28:01

25K: Keir 1:44:31 (21:49), PRF 1:44:13 (20:43)

30K: Keir 2:08:16 (23:45), PRF 2:05:25 (21:12)

35K: Keir 2:35:03 (26:47), PRF 2:29:20 (23:55)

40K: Keir 3:02:15 (27:12), PRF 2:58:23 (29:03)

Finish: Keir 3:13:01, PRF 3:11:29

It was a great weekend as always but my race came undone due to a slip on a water bottle around Docklands.

Initially I thought that I'd dodged the bullet as the twisted ankle seemed to wear off with no lasting effect. But it had caused a knock on effect by straining something in my right quad area.

The end result was that I couldn't lift my right leg properly and ended up being only able to nurse it home using a slow shuffling like action. The last few miles seemed to take a long time but on the other hand there was very little effort going into them so it was also a pleasant experience to run the last few miles very comfortably.


Surprised that I only had a 15 min positive split. Felt much more!


Its a shame we didn't actually bump into each other Keir but good to see that TR had a good one and was looking very happy at the end!!

Edited: 22/04/2013 at 19:32
22/04/2013 at 21:04
Well played Keir. You still toed the line. Time to chill then regroup
22/04/2013 at 23:28

PRF - tough luck there, shame that a careful build up ends like that. What we have maintained all along about getting fit and seeing where you are on race day rings very true, and even then shit can still happen.
I think I was mighty relieved as much as anything to come out of this one with another sub3, it seemed a long way off with a dodgy knee in January and February and a long way off when my low mileage legs were already moaning at 10M.
I have a strong aerobic engine from swim, bike and run but dont run enough miles, enough races or put enough quality in. Although I would have done a few races without the knee issues, I last raced in November.

23/04/2013 at 07:57

Keir - well done on your run. Not an ideal lead up to the race but still a great time under the circumstances. 

TR - it looked like you had a good halfway time, what time did you end up finishing with ?

PRF - unlucky with the incident with the water bottle but I guess it's just 'one of those things'. How is the ankle today ?


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