ASICS Target 26.2: Meet our Final Five!

After some furious campaigning in the forum, the final line up for our ASICS Target 26.2 project has been decided. Meet our final five and give them a virtual pat on the back in the forum!

Final Five
Left to right: Steve, Adrian, Sarah, Mel and Adrian

First Timer - Steve

Target: sub 4:00.

Marathon PB: This will be my first.

My strengths: I’m a very positive person – for me, the running drink is always half full. I’m also extremely determined and have a huge desire to succeed - I’ve just completed a first class honours degree in Law around my full-time job... so on to the next challenge! 

My weaknesses: I’ll admit to not being the most organised of people so I have never followed a structured plan when training. But my main weakness is nutrition – I have always believed lager and grease to be two of the major food groups.

Find out more about Steve here and follow his marathon journey at Steve loves bacon in the RW forum.

PB Hunter - Alex

Target: Sub 3 hours.

Marathon PB: 3.06.10 (London 2008).

My strengths: Dedication to my training and the determination to finally put all the pieces together to succeed this time!

My weaknesses: Giving myself a hard time when I don't do well and things don't go to plan.

Find out more about Alex here and follow his marathon journey at A.W in the RW forum.

Good for Age - Sarah

Target: Sub 3:35 ... a Boston Qualifier.

Marathon PB: 3:45:11.

My strengths: Hills (!) and my bloody-mindedness – I have an inability to give up!!

My weaknesses: 10ks for some reason. Although I do pick the hilly ones...

Find out more about Sarah here and follow her marathon journey at RunnyRunRun in the RW forum.

Busy Lifestyle - Melanie

Target: A sub 4.30, although to complete and enjoy the marathon would be my ultimate target.

Marathon PB: I haven’t completed a marathon yet. Although I did my first half marathon in November 2012 with a time of 2.06.

My Strengths: I’m stubborn and wont give up!

My weaknesses: I’m stubborn and wont give up!

Find out more about Mel here and follow her marathon journey at Melaniejayne in the RW forum.

On a Plateau - Adrian

Target: Under 3:30 would be a dream come true and a lifelong ambition.

Marathon PB: 3:44:29 (Boston Marathon, 2009).

My strengths: Focus, enthusiasm, will-power and the continuing desire to keep improving and succeed. Running gives me a feel good factor that I'm addicted to (imagine a dog with its head stuck out of a car window - that's me running!)

My weaknesses: Diet; namely real ale and a sweet tooth. I believe this is the root cause of my stagnant PB. Others may argue my lack of speed work in training could be the answer.

Find out more about Adrian here and follow his marathon journey at Shady_Ady in the RW forum.

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i am slightly gutted not to even make the long list, but these lot seem deserving adversaries! 


congratulations guys and RW for picking a great mix. will be following in earnest


Posted: 14/12/2012 at 13:18

seems like a really good bunch this year and I'm hoping the majority will stick around the forums..................

willbe interesting to see how it pans out

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 13:20

Congrats to you all have fun and stay fit.
Posted: 14/12/2012 at 13:50

Good luck guys I had sooooo much fun last year and yes I have stuck around on the forums!

My only advice is listen and have fun the rest will come

Posted: 14/12/2012 at 17:24

Yes anybody who has professional advice can only be a great thing. I wish them all the luck in achieving their goals. I will be blogging them and taking there advice. 
Posted: 28/12/2012 at 09:29

how did I miss this AGAIN! Where and when was it advertised. One of those also ran shirts belongs to me!
Posted: 31/12/2012 at 00:55

Very excited to see Mel got through. Very deserving and am sure she will be great.
Posted: 31/12/2012 at 10:13

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