VLM Support Group 7

Mudchute Live 17 April

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12/04/2011 at 08:48
Morning all,

Kate, registration is either very quick or very slow depending on when everyone decides to go! Unfortunately there isn't really a best time but earlier in the week is usually quieter.

I'll be there some time on Friday after the Press conference so probably around 1ish.

I've got a touch of DOMS today following Brighton so I've just been for a nice long walk to stretch out my leggies
Edited: 12/04/2011 at 08:49
12/04/2011 at 09:04
Thanks Redhead, I shall take my patience.
12/04/2011 at 09:20


 Let us know is there are any good freebies to be had!

Then again they will have ran out by the time I turn up

Depending how the OH gets on with the kids I may check out some of the oversea's marathons - may be able to convince missus of a weekend break

12/04/2011 at 10:06

Morning everybody.  Hope we are all well today. 

Gilly1709, nope not too late, we have plenty of room on this thread.  Just leave your details when you get a chance.  Hehe I remember the obsessing and constant checking of weather, and if someone so much as sneezed in the near vicinity!!

Mattoo, ooh another Brighton runner,  what was the third mara?  Will you be in a Phab vest on Sunday? I ran for Phab in 2007.

12/04/2011 at 10:18

Morning team 7!!!!!!!!

May admit to having bought another bottle of anti-bac gel today having left mine at home

Weather still 'partly cloudy' now saying 16 degress, was 14 (not that I am watching!)

12/04/2011 at 10:24
Lol all this weather obsession, I forgot about how much it takes over!!!

Balloons arrived this morning!!! Woo hoo, team 7 you are looking for a giant pink seven floating about
12/04/2011 at 10:50
I think I was seeing lots of pinl floating things by mile 17 last year!
12/04/2011 at 12:08

What time do you recommend to get to the start for?

Also is the course dead flat? Or is there any sneaky inclines along the way?

12/04/2011 at 13:14
Tony, the trains, tubes and DLR get quite busy so I would leave nice and early, you don't want a mad panic getting to the start.  You'll also want to settle down, use the loo's (the queues get quite big) and drop kit back off.  The route is mostly flat altho there is a copule of sneaky inclines, one at mile 3 where the blue and red starts merge and one right near the end, around mile 25 when you come out of the underpass at Blackfriars.  They are quite gentle tho and I wouldn't worry about them too much, 
12/04/2011 at 14:41
A belated "helloooo". Just seen that I've been allocated to your group. I think I have a fair bit of catching up to do....

Never had a problem at Expo on Sat afternoon. No more than 2-3 mins queueing any of the last 5 years.

Tony - inclines.

There's a short one at mile 3 or mile 4. Just enough to make you notice and shorten your step for a mo.
There's one on the underpass at mile 25 - a strange quiet experience before emerging to a wall of noise.
There's also another at around mile 19 if I recall. Not far really - they are all short 100m stretches. Just shorten the stride a little and keeep the cadence constant.

Getting to the start.

Aim to get there nice and early. I plan for 8am - 8:15 or so.
Transport will be packed.
Plenty of time to deal with the unexpected (DLR derailed a few years ago and later runners had a 3m walk to the start. You don't want this!).
Loo queue then queue again.
A little to drink.
Sit (take a carrier bag as a mat) and drink in the atmosphere.
Edited: 12/04/2011 at 15:00
12/04/2011 at 14:50
... reads back over the thread...

Forum name Ex Pat Scot

Name Kevin (in big white lettering across my vest)

Race number (32xxx)

Estimated time to mile 17 ETA 11:37-11:38

What you'll be wearing Red hair, red face, white arms, navy vest & 2 green hoops with large "Kevin" on the front

Any special needs* jelly babies, loud raucuous cheer, lots of lurve.

12/04/2011 at 15:06
Is it too forward to keep saying I'm looking forward to all the luuuurrrvvvving??!!!
12/04/2011 at 15:22
Hi Everyone.

Think this is the group people want me to join.
Forum name: Trev Bryan
Name (Trev)
Race number: 16908
Estimated time to mile 17 : 2hrs 33ish
What you'll be wearing : dark blue "Everyman" charity vest with TREV on it
Any special needs: I wearing a camelback amd taking jelly babies, so just shout.

Feeling more nervous about the travel arrangements (Staying at hotel at Heathrow) and finding missus afterwards than the actual race.

Good luck to you all.
12/04/2011 at 15:23
P.S. How do people know which starting area they are in? Did I miss something on my letter from VLM?
12/04/2011 at 15:31

<pops in to wave at the neighbours>

It's in the magazine you got with the registration cert thingy Trev.  It depens what your number is

12/04/2011 at 15:56
Red start = charity
Blue = elites sub 2:45(!), fast wimmin, club runners' places, deferred, ballot places.
Green = celebs & Good For Age
Front of Red = special area for "Fast Good For Age (sub 3:15)
12/04/2011 at 16:36

Afternoon all.

Been on a management course all day so been getting the shakes due to not having access to a computer and being able to check the weather for Sunday.  I know, I know, don't worry about what you can't change! but I still like to know what it's going to be like.

18 degrees now and sunny. Still ok I guess.

Gillmac - thanks will post my details tonight.

Off for a lovely gentle 5 miler this evening then probably back on the computer to harrass Michael Fish.

(I'm not that obsessed really just rather excited about my first London)

12/04/2011 at 19:35

Right back home now and have got my details.

Forum Name: Gilly1709 

Real name: Simon

Race number: 7854

Estimated time to mile 17: Plan A - 1hr 54  

What I'll be wearing


Hopefully I'll have my name somewhere on the front.  I'll also look like a bit of a twit as I'll have knee length white compression socks on (helps with the shin splints - honest)

Special needs:  I'd love to say beer but I think i'll have to save that for the finish so just a cheer and maybe an orange or gel.

Just seen Ex-Pat Scot's time. With a bit of luck i'll be hanging on for dear life to him


12/04/2011 at 20:03
Hang on all you like, as long as you don't hold me back!

I'll be on a 2:54 ish schedule...

(That's the plan anyway. I've not told the legs about it yet)
12/04/2011 at 20:17

SBH no muffin this year despite your sterling work in recognising me last year is just I am a proper runner now  and have a gel belt....

Looking forward to seeing you all though, loads like.

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