24 hour race in belfast

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02/08/2010 at 16:56

Graeme that is fantastic. I hope some day that I will be able to do mileage like that. I will make a donation to your fund and to Jonathons on the day too. Dont let me away without handing it over , before the mental capacity goes.

I am way out of my league here.

 I know I will do a pb for me, humble and all as it will be , but I hope that I wont be a thorn in the sides of you guys , having to step over me all the time. IM sure I am driving you all mad even at this stage and you havent even had to listen to me yet! or am I having a collective mental meltdown on behalf of us all?

You can blame yourselves for encouraging me to try it out for next year .

4 more sleeps

02/08/2010 at 22:52

just e-mailed organisers to see if there is room for me on the track!

I havent ran in the last 2 weeks after completing an ironman in roth but hope the body and mind are still fuelled for this..... only trouble is having to work on friday so my race will begin after work in the rush to get to the start on time...

if i dont do the race i will be about be about to help as crew / food shopper for a few hours if anyone needs to avail of it....

good luck in advance

03/08/2010 at 08:09

I would be surprised if they don't let you run Marty...

 I presume you're the same Marty who tried the "Cavehill Challenge" at one point... We managed to get it completed last Monday. Took a while, nearly 4h30min, but I reckon it can be done in 3h30 and closer to 3h if really going for it.

03/08/2010 at 09:12

Thanks FF - Unfortunately they (Marie Curie) had a close date of 30th June when they needed the monies in by Really really appreciate the offer though. I think you'll be surprised of the mileage you're capable of over 24hrs - and we'll be running with you all the way - start to finish, so the encouragement will be top drawer;)

Marty - good man for getting your name in for it. Can't see it selling out, so you should be grand. And if you're not there for the exact start, I can't see that mattering too much either.

Edited: 03/08/2010 at 09:13
03/08/2010 at 09:44

All the best to all of you.  Enjoy it (as much as you can).  Go steady and go long!

I can't wait to hear how you all get on.  Go for it you nutters!!!!!

(Just posted my entry to 24hr in France in Nov so got something to look forward to now )

03/08/2010 at 10:57

good to see on board marty, as been said cant see a problem getting entered

FF just go steady and long, it is the unknown for me as havent ran over 40 miles but feel could walk a good steady pace for a long time so unsure what distance I can achieve,theres only one way to find out. As grahame said we are all in it together so all encouraging everyone all the time

03/08/2010 at 11:05

Got a wee 'justgiving' page setup if anyone would like to sponsor me (although it's a wee bit silly asking fellow participants!) . The charity is The Prostate Cancer Charity.


03/08/2010 at 11:19

Could be a silly question but i will ask it are we going to know how far we have run as the hours go by.I will have my garmin on but how long do they last 8-10 hrs i think. Will we be able to see updates from the computer doing the chips.

03/08/2010 at 11:29

Jim, I sent Ed an email asking for some details, but that wasn't one of them, hopefully he'll be contacting us all soon though...

I have seen on other races pages that events have had a wee score board to track everyones progress, but I don't know if that is gonna happen here. Presumably the computer will have some live feedback.

Interesting little point... I have GPS tracker on my phone which appears to be just as good as a garmin. I did 4km round the track with it in my right hand (Outside) and it registered an extra 30m per km. I then did the last km with it in my left hand and it registered no extra distance.... full of useful information me!

 Cheers Graeme!

03/08/2010 at 11:31

Edited: 03/08/2010 at 11:33
03/08/2010 at 13:57

My garmin only lastsa bout 5-6 hours but it takes less than an hour to charge. Going to get my helper to charge it for me and use it as much as I can. she has one too , so perhaps can combine the two. I used it on my first venture onto a gravelly track on sunday and it registered the distance perfectly.

I emailed Ed today too. So hopefully he will get back with an update soon.

Anyone got any advanced weather information?

03/08/2010 at 14:18

FF safe to say be prepared for all weather types(except snow)

03/08/2010 at 14:40

No worries Jonathan - for a great cause mate.

I have a garmin 310xt and the battery life is around 19hrs - so I'll just run it dry and then charge it for the final few hours.

I'd imagine the info would be displayed on a screen at the start/finish line. I'm guessin it'll probs be in km as it's a 400m track.

Looks like we might have some rain. Oh joy

03/08/2010 at 15:25

Manx Muppet , you mean you arent joining us?? 

Better dig out the rain cape I got before the Paris marathon. Might come in handy.

Apart from Jonathon sneaking around the corner back to his bed and dinner... has anyone any plans to have a drink or meal after( or after a nap?)? I am trying to decide whether to travel to dublin and get some of the journey over or just to find a BnB locally and hope the legs will make it on the sunday morning?

03/08/2010 at 16:16
I've been toying with the idea of going to the steakhouse on Lisburn Road. It's called The Porterhouse. they do a 22oz porterhouse steak.
03/08/2010 at 17:44

steakhouse sounds great but ask me if iam going at 6.40pm saturday and i will give you an honest answer then

jim and me have garmin 305 and hope betwee the 2 of them can record the 24 hours.How could we get them recharged there ?

03/08/2010 at 17:49

Hi All

Good Luck with Belfast.

Manx are you doing the Srichinmoy one in Marseille ? I am thinking about it.

03/08/2010 at 20:07

IM sure the clubhouse has power. I am taking my little laptop and it charges a garmin in one hour. YOu can all use it for charging and the laptop can be topped up in the car or the  mains. Same for ipods etc

If we are fit to eat and drink im sure we will go somwhere. see how it feels at the time.

03/08/2010 at 21:58

FF, I'll be with you in spirit but alas not in person.  I might have a serious think about this one next year.  I've got 2 marathons in April to crack and I'd like a pb in one of them.

 Joe, yes it is the Sri Chinmoy one and I'm just hoping that the entry form is filled in right and the only address that I found on the website gets it there! (Got a good deal on BA flying from Gatwick to Marseille - less than £100).

I seriously wouldn't worry about Garmins, other than to try and control your pace at the start.  You should have lap counters who will tell you where you're at and you need to go off into a nice happy place in your mind for as much of the 24 hrs as you can so don't be over analysing data en route.  If my experience is anything to go by I'd lost all interest in where I was after about 9 hours!

 Good luck all!

04/08/2010 at 16:16

I was reading this guys blog before (some-one posted it on the Up and Running forum) it's a good read.


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