24 hour race in belfast

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04/08/2010 at 21:01

Right guys. This is what you will be facing on the track !!
04/08/2010 at 21:58
Best remember your earplugs then
05/08/2010 at 14:37

I can imagine worse... the Proclaimers on repeat!

 Only one day to go!  Woohoo!

05/08/2010 at 17:36

Right guys and gal....early to bed for you all tonight and see you all bright eyed and bushey tailed for tomorrow.

 Best of luck to everyone  xx

05/08/2010 at 18:01
The Proclaimers?   .( sings in a scottish accent)...and I will walk 500 miles ...then I will walk 500 more
05/08/2010 at 19:45

Right.  To bed, the lot of you.  I don't want to see anyone using this forum after 9pm or there'll be trouble!

Good luck and have fun! 

05/08/2010 at 19:58
see you all at the start then folks... hoping tomorrow a stress free day in the office! now for some steak and spuds
06/08/2010 at 04:00

OH dear Manx Muppet  back of the class for me. I got to sleep about 10.30 and then my phone rang briefly me at 11.30 and I havent been able to get back to sleep since. By the time 3am arrived I thought it was a waste of time staying in bed so I decided to get up and get packed and put the washing machine on etc. Perhaps I might get some sleep in the afternoon . Maybe the screwed up timing might help during the night tonight. YIkes

Last night wasnt much more successful. I thought i was alone in the locked up house and I woke up at 1am with a person standing at the end of my bed. I nearly had a heart attack. It was my daughter calling in on her way to the airport to say a final goodbye. She let herself in with her own key. FFS DIdnt sleep much for the rest of last night either.

I am telling myself that this will be like childbirth. Manageable at the start , in all innocence, and then getting more challenging as it goes on . You cannot change your mind half way through and no matter how tough it gets that somehow  I will survive til the end. And the sense of achievement and relief will be worth it all.  Bet I will be looking for an epidural after 15 hours though.

06/08/2010 at 09:28

Today is the day folks - FF, hope you managed to get some sleep in the end

Spent last night doing some packing and whacking some tunes on the mp3 player, I never listen to music when running, but I'm thinking it'll be a good motivator. Looking forward to meeting everybody there.

Never give up!!!

06/08/2010 at 12:43

FF, staying up all night is good traing for...........staying up all night!

You are now officially ready - go get 'em tiger!!!!

06/08/2010 at 15:26
Good luck everybody, hope you enjoy it and it stays dry!!!
08/08/2010 at 13:10

Fantastic effort yesterday everyone. Was so so lovely to meet all of you, and hang out for 24hrs

This race trashed me up physically and mentally. Went through a lot of bad mental patches. Definately is a different kettle of fish for the old brain - a real challenge.

Anybody for a recovery run today???????????

08/08/2010 at 15:50

what a 24 hours that was,when we arrived for registration we looked and it was lashing with rain and thought oh S--T.and saw all the big fancy tents and mobile homes and again thought my wee pop up tent and 2 man tent looked so in adequate but few other small tents were pitched and didnt feel so bad.As it turned out didnt use the tent much anyway.

The race from the start to me was steady, having not do a 24 hour before and got through the nite quite easily, I think it was good to do the nite session first.As the race went on, for me <i just kept focusing on the milestones of 50 miles,100km,75 miles ,80 miles and set a final target of 85 miles which i managed just.My biggest problem at the end was blisters,i couldnt see to base of my foot for plasters and duct tape.My legs for about 10 hours felt like they do after last 3 miles of a marathon when feel cant go on.my saving grace was the massages i got from peter ferris and the male physio(cant remember his name ).they were brilliant

I thought the organisation was great nad cant wait to see photos

It was great to meet you all graham,marty

FF amazing race by you< your consistency and dedication was one of the things that spurred me one when feeling Knackered.Definetly if we do this again we will need bigger tents to look the part

Last  but definetly no means least big thanks to Die tryin,your dedication to your role as support crew was amazing,it must have been as toughstanding at the side constantly keeping us all going with your encouragement,Thanks for that

Had to marvel at thomas maguire,his achievement was somethng else

Wil I do another one Yes I would as I think I could get more miles but thats the mentality we live by

08/08/2010 at 17:21

Congratulations to all of you, went to watch on Fri night and also yesterday.....i'm in awe at the sheer guts and determination of you all.

have been trying to find results on line.....where are they?

i'd love to do it next time, is  year long enough to build up from a marathon?

08/08/2010 at 18:51
liz not sure if any results up yet but prob on NI athletics web site monday.also looking for photos/video at some stage as well
08/08/2010 at 21:27

LIz the furthest I had run before was 31 miles two weeks before the event and Irena had never run more than a marathon , so I would say to you. GO GIRL. You never know what you are capable of til you try. Isnt that right lads? I was hoping to get to 50 miles and then walk to 62 miles if I could. Tuh! still cant believe I made it to 84.50miles. GO ME!!  What incredible distances people clocked up. I was so proud of us all. Every time that someone hit a milestone I felt as much pleasure as if I had reached it myself.

I have just spent the last while reading back on all the posts on this thread from the very start. What a journey we have all made. I am still overwhelmed by it all. I really felt today that I had achieved something special for the first time in my life that I was so proud of. Even childbirth. When you now know the faces and personalities that go with the posts it is even nicer to read them back.

What an amazing bunch you all are. Awesome. What a quality bunch of people starting from the instant I arrived and put up,my even smaller tent than Robins. ( Next year the 7 person tented village is coming.) Everyone had their stories and were full of surprises.

I couldnt name anyone in particular as I would want to single each of you out for special mention.But I do have to mention my fello girlies.  What about Lynne.... looked like she could go on for another 24. What an awesome athlete. Not only did she make the top of Everest she was a worthy winner of the top of the womens distance log as well. How brave for Kellie too. Bravely fought on even though she had a bad spot. She was still there at the end. Irena...I thought we would have to shoot her to get her off the track. She must have got her batteries changed at the last hour. She was running like there was a posse after her but such a steady gutsy woman.

There was no end to the courage and bravery shown by the lads either ,When I though some of them looked about to die on their feet..hours later they were still plugging away. I think it is a testament to the calibre of the people doing it, the support and the camaraderie that at the finish line, there were 18 our of 19 starters stil there.

I think the ignorance of what we were to face suited us. As every extra lap or mile was a pb and a thrill. Will next year be tougher and with lots of new people? WIll have to wait and see. Die trying will be first on the list.

THANK YOU ALL FOR MAKING THIS SO SPECIAL

Edited: 08/08/2010 at 21:28
09/08/2010 at 00:51
Hi everyone, just wanted to add my congratulations to you all for your outstanding achievement in completing this race.  You are all an awesome bunch of runners and it was brillant to witness all your different personal pb's.   Hopefully see you all next year xx 
09/08/2010 at 09:50

Well done everyone!!

Fantastic that you all kept going.  Incredible efforts all round

Hope the recoveries are going well.

09/08/2010 at 10:10

dietryin - if I'm not running this next year, I'll definately be there to cheer you on. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. "Go Marty"

Fin - you were inspirational. You just kept going and going and going......................and going. All I could do was watch with admiration as you gave it your all for 24hrs

Marty - loved that sprint at the end. Splendid

Really couldn't have asked to be lapped by a nicer bunch of runners Jim, Robin, Jonny et al - thank you for pushing on. Watching everybody fly by from the comfort of my wee chair gave me the will to get up and go for a few more laps countless times when I was mentally struggling.

I had signed up for the Tooting Bec 24hr next month (Doh!) but with limited places, I'm kinda hoping I don't get in....ok, I'm REALLY hoping that I don't

09/08/2010 at 10:22

GO Marty. I love it . Was it about 15 hours before I told her your name was Graeme?

I didnt think I was on the track any longer for anyone else. Ye all seemed to be on as long I was.

How are you all doing today? MY feet are a bit swollen still and I have to do more blister drainage but my muscles all feel fine. I must not have tried hard enough!

Edited: 09/08/2010 at 10:24
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