So, what's next

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23/08/2012 at 10:34
Tim Bateson wrote (see)

 But Boston is such an iconic race I want to give it a try above even London.


tim, id choose Boston over London too anyday if i had to pick a 'big' marathon .

WiB
23/08/2012 at 11:11

I would choose just about any race over London again!

WiB
23/08/2012 at 11:35

Yes I asked a few people about the Boston or London option. (But was going to go Boston anyway ) Most people picked Boston, but a few said that London had a great atmosphere.

Also makes it a mini holiday for me and Mrs B. Which gives me more allowance for training time

Edited: 23/08/2012 at 11:35
23/08/2012 at 11:49

I'm hoping that Lou, me and Franny can drag ourselves round in a decent time at Abingdon, then I never have to do another one First and last road mara - would be ideal

23/08/2012 at 11:51
Wetter is Better! wrote (see)

I would choose just about any race over London again!

i have no desire whatsoever to do London-never have. too many people , too much faff,.....nooo thank you

23/08/2012 at 11:58

Rocker...my thoughts exactly....although it will be my 4rth road marathon and if i don't get a decent time then I will want to do a 5th before hanging up my road mara shoes....

23/08/2012 at 12:34

LLB, agreed, it seems a bit of an overreaction.  Hope it doesn't cause issues for next year.

No aches, pains, niggles or other problems, but I am finding the tiredness a little difficult to shake.  How are you getting on?  How's the back? 

To the Abingdon crew, what prompted you all to do it? I quite like the odd road marathon, running on trails makes a huge difference to the strength in your legs and the road feels much easier afterwards (to me at least). 

Debra - I wouldn't worry too much about getting speed back for Beachy, it isn't a very fast course, to say the least.  I always think the winning times are a good indication and the first man home is usually around 3.00 hours.

So many good races coming up, if only there was more time.

 

23/08/2012 at 13:05

I've entered for London next year, because lots of people in my running club (and my father-in-law, who ran it three times) have said it "should be experienced once" and to have a nice easy answer to the people who ask whether  I've "run The Marathon" (and because I have a GFA place). Apart from that I don't really want to do any road runs except Comrades (and whatever mara or 50K I'll need to do to get a reasonable start pen for that).

23/08/2012 at 13:44

Rosemary: I'm not expecting to be fast at Beachy Head, but I don't want to disgrace myself, so I do want to remind my legs that they can run at a better pace than 9 mins/mile, and that uphills can be run not always walked! Did seven miles with the club last night averaging 8.36/mile and it felt good, but back in April I averaged nearly that pace for a whole marathon.

cragchick: thanks for the reminder that if I need a road marathon for a decent time I can do one like New Forest and have nice surroundings, at least.

 

23/08/2012 at 13:57

Cragchick, what a wonderful sounding run, certainly better than my 8 mile slog on the treadie this morning. 

It's odd how that happened at both ends of the thread, isn't it?  I thought the event was excellent value and I really hope Centurion start more - I'd love an SDW50! 

So that's why Abingdon is popular.  Someone's offering to transfer a place for it on the events forum.  I'd do it to run with the rest of the crew from here, but I already have an event that day, unfortunately.

 

WiB
23/08/2012 at 14:22

It is incredibly expensive to put the races on...

WiB
23/08/2012 at 14:23

New Forest was my first marathon some years ago.  It's certainly not as hilly as Beachy, but still contains some 'interest', shall we say.  I have to say, I didn't enjoy it, there were an awful lot of very inconsiderate drivers (most of them following 'their' runners) on the road. There were one or two confrontations between drivers and runners.  Shame, because the scenery is beautiful.

Debra, last year everyone attempted to run the first hill out of Eastbourne, after that pretty much only the elites ran all the rest of the hills.  It makes for a very bizarre sight to see masses of runners come to a sudden stop, walk for a hill and then resume running at the top.  You can tell when the top of a hill is coming, as the running wave passes through the crowd. 

23/08/2012 at 14:33

For me it was 2003, but I may also have a slightly jaundiced view of it, as I was having one of those days when your feet feel like lead and you really have to grind out every mile.  Maybe I'll try it again next year.

WiB
23/08/2012 at 14:36

cragchick - Just amke sure you eat your money's worth at checkpoints as well

I have never done Beachy marathon even though it is so close. I will put it on the to do list along with 3 Forts.

WiB
23/08/2012 at 15:01

Rosemary i love Newforest , we went there in May and i ran everyday in the week before the ultra i did at northants-i couldnt help myself! agree totally on running trail a lot and offroad makes running a flat tarac race a lot easier. ive noticed in the last 4 months since ive been off road how much stronger i am ON road.

sdw50???? yes id LOVE that to be an event. i think centurion did a brilliant job of NDW and i think rule of thumb is £1 per mile? so i didnt think £50 for that was much really  when you think some 10k or HM events can easily be £20-£25 and you dont get half the support/food or first aid.

we are doing Abingdon as Eckytump over on littlebitfurther thread has a charity dedicated to a disease her son sadly passed away with . its called Histio disease and is a rare blood disorder. we will all be meeting there and wearing tops with 'camerons smile' to raise funds.

with regards to London marathon i dont really agree with the idea of 'it should be exerienced once'...why? someone could tell you that dangling upside down over the Grand Canyon should be expereinced once...but would you do it?????erm.no.

23/08/2012 at 20:09

That's very sad, I hope you all do really well and good luck with the fund-raising.  Have you all got a sponsorship page?

24/08/2012 at 08:57

VLM - no thanks - never ever....not even if I get GFA...

The more I run in the wilds, the less I want to run in crowds... I'm doing Abingdon with the group for a reason...and it's that reason that will keep me going, not a bunch of cheering people saying "not far now" when we've only covered 5 miles!

There's only 50 odd entries at UTPD - perfect... solitude, me against the course....if I run with somebody for a while - great, if I don't - also great.

My happiest runs have been me and one other, through fields, away from "life" - that's why I run...

24/08/2012 at 09:03

Rosemary here is the sponsoship page.. the group running are made up of myself, Rocker, and the others are from littlebitfurther page...Ecky is such a lovely wonderful  lady and does tireless work for her sons charity that she is patron of now...Cameron was born 2006 and in 2007 they discovered he had HLH a rare life threatning blood disorder, he was admitted the next day and began treatment. his older brother (only 5years old then) donated bone marrow to help save him but after  only 6 months he lost his fight...we wat to raise as much as we can from Abingdons run for them

...virginmoneygiving.com/team/cakerunnersathleticsclub

 

Edited: 24/08/2012 at 09:15
WiB
24/08/2012 at 10:14
loulabell wrote (see)

Rosemary here is the sponsoship page.. the group running are made up of myself, Rocker, and the others are from littlebitfurther page...Ecky is such a lovely wonderful  lady and does tireless work for her sons charity that she is patron of now...Cameron was born 2006 and in 2007 they discovered he had HLH a rare life threatning blood disorder, he was admitted the next day and began treatment. his older brother (only 5years old then) donated bone marrow to help save him but after  only 6 months he lost his fight...we wat to raise as much as we can from Abingdons run for them

...virginmoneygiving.com/team/cakerunnersathleticsclub

 

Wow. I can't imagine having that discussion with a 5 year old child, or being the child.

WiB
WiB
24/08/2012 at 10:15

Lou - The link doesn't seem to work for me?

WiB
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