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Tommygun2    pirate
22/03/2012 at 20:36 my magazine Blue start Not sure if its worth saying my number but here it is anyway


ok what are the red laces for ?

ohh its only a month away  can't wait

22/03/2012 at 21:50

Got my magazine today too, very exciting

My number is 221 - I put it down wrong on my earlier post.

23/03/2012 at 17:58
So how is everybody's training going?  Have you all done your longest runs or are they this weekend?
23/03/2012 at 18:23
Next weekend for me Supercaz. It will be a time on feet run of indeterminate length!
23/03/2012 at 18:27
That sounds like my kinda run SG.  I prefer it if I don't know how far I am going but going out for a fixed amount of time makes it easier to plan your day around it.  Unfortunatly the only time I get to run like this is with the club, when someone else is dictating the run, and I have (temporarily) fallen out of love with my running club at the moment.
23/03/2012 at 18:35
Why's that?
23/03/2012 at 18:40

OK, let's get this out in the open.  I am in the process of separating from my husband.  Very early days and it's not public knowledge yet except on here.  Hubby resigned from running club in September due to health issues.  If I go to the club then everyone asks after him.  I'm not ready to tell them that I have no idea how he is doing as although we live in the same house, we haven't properly talked for a month.

It also makes me angry that since he anounced his illness, not one of his running 'friends' has bothered to get in contact with him and ask whether he is OK.  He was group leader for three runs a week, membership secretary and also on the committee.  Everyone begged him to stay on when he chose to leave, and he won the Chairmans award at Christmas for greatest contribution to the club. He also used to meet a lot of them socially. You would have thought that someone would have made the effort to check on him.

23/03/2012 at 19:20
Blimey, you would. I'd find a different running club if I were you, it sounds like that one will always be awkward in future.
24/03/2012 at 07:01
Well once we are properly separated I will be relocating across the country so I will certainly be joining a different club.  But until then I have lots of friends there who I would like to be able to run with, so I need to man up and get over it.
24/03/2012 at 12:15
I hope it goes well for you SuperCaz.

Some folks earlier were worried about being cold at the start. You do have to hang around for quite a long time so it's best to take something you can throw away to keep you warm. Raid your wardrobe for old clothes (I've used old pyjamas, jumpers, T-shirts, tracksuits...). You can cut slits in the legs of trackie bottoms to make them easier to get off over your trainers, and enlarge the neck of a T-shirt or jumper to make it easier to get over your head at speed. If you don't have any old clothes do your bit for charity and pick something up in your local charity shop. Foil blankets from previous races are also good, or you can buy them for about £1 in Tesco. If it's raining you could consider a rain poncho (also about £1 in Tesco) or just a bin bag with a hole cut out for your head. Charity runners will probably be given something similar by their charity. I'm contemplating getting a cheapo umbrella too, having been drowned in a downpour one year. Oh, and gloves. I get the 2 for a quid ones in Primark.
24/03/2012 at 13:01

Personally I think it is more important to keep the rain off than to worry about the cold.  You are going to be packed in like sardines so there will be plenty of body heat, but if you get wet early on then you can get chilled, so a bin bag is ideal.

If you chose to discard clothes or bin bags at the start then please do so responsibly so that you don't take out any other runners.  At the start there is literally standing room only and you will not be able to see the road in front of you as you are pushed along by those further back, so any obstruction left on the road could literally break someones leg.  There is plenty of room along the side of the pens where you can leave stuff out of the way.

Discarded clothes are collected afterwards and donated to charity so anything you leave won't go to waste.

24/03/2012 at 13:28
Some good advice about keeping warm/ dry - I am a fan of bin bags

24/03/2012 at 14:09
And fellas, please don't pee in the pen! It's vile. I got splashed at the GNR last year. *Shudders*
24/03/2012 at 14:25
  • Forum Name - Jordie
  • Real Name - Ian Jordan
  • Race Number - 18622
  • Mile 17 time - 4 hours
  • Wearing - Yellow Havens Vest or if cold maybe Red Benfleet Top
  • Special Needs - May drop off a bottle of Cherry Lucozade Sport at the Expo

24/03/2012 at 14:37
SG is so right!  One year I was marshalling at the entrance to Pen 1 at the blue start.  These were the runners who were not elite or good for age, but who thought that they should be.  The amount of dicks that I saw that day (and that is not a reference to their characters) was enough to last me a lifetime.  The ground was covered with a layer of wee and I honestly didn't know where to look.
24/03/2012 at 14:42
Tommygun2 wrote (see)

ok what are the red laces for ?

I think if you wear red laces Heart UK get a donation for each runner wearing them, I will have to look through the mag for more info

24/03/2012 at 14:50
Thank you Jordie.  Your details are on the spreadsheet.  Look forward to seeing you.
24/03/2012 at 16:00

Gulp!  Didn't even think about facilities whilst in the pens, and I'm the worst for holding anything in on race days!    I hear Pampers do some pretty large sizes.

So, 6769 is the number.  Blue start, which I understand is the hugest.  It does say in the magazine that there are zones allocated on the basis of predicted finishing time.  Does anyone know when or on what basis these zones are allocated?  Does this happen at registration or was it already pre-done on the basis of times we suggested when entering?

Caz, harsh.  I hope things will shortly be better.

24/03/2012 at 16:07
Pens are in order your predicted finishing time (based on what you put on your entry form). You don't have to be in them till the last minute. I was in the loo at 9.40am last year and did have to do a bit of a sprint to get into the pen for 9.45, but I made it. I was on Green though, and that's teensy.
24/03/2012 at 16:26

The red start is the busiest one.  Blue is quite nice as it is ballot places and club runners so very few people in costumes and a lot of them understand how races work.

You will find out your pen number when you get your race number at the expo.  It is the small number in the bottom corner, typically from 1-9.

You don't have to get into your pens until quite close to the start. You can start in the pen that is designated to you, or any pen behind that.  So if you are assigned pen 4 but your friend who you want to run with is in pen 7 then you can both start in pen 7 together, but he cannot move forward to pen 4.  There are marshals at the entrance to each pen who will help you if you are unsure, and they will only let you into the correct one.  However, having done that role I can tell you that a heck of a lot of people try to take the piss and the mashals sometimes have to physically create a barrier to prevent people doing what they like.  By the time the race starts they have lost all sense of humour so please be kind to them.

About 5 min before the start the tape seperating the pens is cut so that everyone is bunched up in one big long line.

And don't forget that it is chip timed, so if you do miss the start then you can join in at the back and not be penalised for a late start.

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