What's the story wiith the starting pens? No idea what I put down as my estimate back last year, but I suspect slow.
I'm in Blue - Pen 7. Does it make much difference? Aiming for 4 hours.
Went to the Expo yesterday at 16:45. Very quiet, could have been in and out in a few mins. Had a bit of a walk around.
I can't remember what I put either. I do know you're not going to be able to move forward but can drop back pens if you feel you need to. Here how the pens are worked out (pinched from another website) You should be fine at the front of 7 if you run your own race Plenty of time and miles to find your pace. Good luck!
Pen 1 sub3
Pen 2 3 - 3:14:59
Pen 3 3:15 - 3:29:59
Pen 4 3:30 -3:44:59
Pen 5 3:45 – 3:59
Pen 6 4:00 – 4:14:59
Pen 7 4:15 – 4:29:59
Pen 8 4:30 - 4:59
Pen 9 5:00 and up.
Yeah, you should be fine in pen 7.
Pen 8 for me then ....
I'm in blue pen 7 too - any idea how long it'll take to cross the start line from there?
Someone who worked it out from last year reckoned it took up to 20 minuted for pen 6 to cross the line.
I was a bit mystified by the pen allocation too. Put down 4h30 originally but then phoned up and changed it to 4h - no problem. But when I got to Expo I was in pen 8! Managed to negotiate up to 6 but it was very hard work - they kept saying that as it was my first marathon I had no idea (fair up to a point I guess
hmm. I ran from pen 7 at the red start in 2012 and was across in 7 minutes... they did lift the ropes very early though so perhaps that made the difference?
There are many problems with the pens, this is no fault of the organisers as they are totally at the mercy of the estimated times people put down. If you are aiming for a 'popular' time (4 hours to 5 hours), there will literally be... quite a lot of you. So that will take up a few pens on the Blue start for sure.
What really pisses me off is the number of people that manage to get into pen 1 or 2 and then want to start off at 7.30 min mile pace. I start in the front of pen 2 normally and know that until the congestion clears, you shouldn't be there if you can't move in the 6 min mile range.
When I helped pace the race (as the 9 min mile pacer), there were people that were clearly not going to run 1 mile in 9 minutes never mind 26, but that's fine as many new people have no idea of their overall time when they enter. Just kick back and enjoy if you're in the wrong pen, but put yourself to the side and let others through if they are obviously faster than you.
I think what I'm saying with my comment about pen 1&2, starting out at overall average pace isn't realistic at the start of London because of the numbers. Prepare to start faster, or play it wise and put yourself back a bit. You will overtake quite a few of them within 17 miles anyway
For future reference, I was right at the back of pen 7 and crossed the line in 10 minutes
I think people are perfectly entitled to run their own race. The 3.15 pacer is in pen two so that's an average pace of 7.22. Why would someone looking for an overall average of that pace want to start a race, where they probably have not been able to warm up, any faster that 7.10. To go off at 6 mm for a 3.15 marathoner is like setting off at not much slower than 1 mile race pace.
I was pen 7 red start and got through in 7 minutes again.
V odd that when the tapes were lifted, everyone walked forward except the pacers. Pen 7 had held the 4h15 and 4h30 pacers, but I ended up alongside the 3h25 (?) pacer who must have stood still.....
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