Britrisky- I took the 8.40 train home, which wasn't the last one and that got me in at 10pm. The later train train is half hour after. I managed a couple of hours in Corcorans and then grabbed a cab with a few threaders to GDN. if I'd been on my own could have paid 1.30 for a few stops on the metro.
BUT, I advise you to stay in Paris on the Sunday night as well and get blaggered with us (actually not me cause I'm skipping Paris this year for Boston, I will be back in 2016). When I left I was not ready to leave, was having too much fun. The race is great and we have a big get together at Corcorans ........
Ahh the UFD Hackney Half marathon at the marshes.....6 laps I believe. Did that 3 years ago finished 10th from last. Nice event. I got lapped by the winner on lap 2! And when I finished lap 5, most people were finishing the race which was pretty grim. Have fun Team Swag
Hello Sub3-ers super speedy fast peeps. I'm still around, been on a bit of holidaying, been a bit grumbly as having had many little niggles that have made my training a bit stop start. On the whole can't complain too much, am managing to put together some sort of prolonged training together for Abingdon. Nothing like you lot mileagewise, but 45-50 per week is something. Barbeque belly is dissappearing.
Had a burn in the Thames Meander Half at the weekend - 11th overall / 1st Old Codger in 1:27 odd. Was nice to get a decent run in to keep the confidence alive. There was a nice fella called Gav who kept me company for most of the second half of the race nagging/pulling me along for the difficult miles and i managed to turn in ok consistent pace. We knew we were outside sub1.27 pace so i conceeded that i didn't fancy racing all the way to the finish as i was pretty shattered so he started dropping me with about half a mile to go but still shouted out encouragement as he gradually pulled away. If i hadn't had that company - i'm sure i wouldn't have worked as hard. I reckon - i'm in more like 1.26.30 shape - that course was good, but there were some hairy moments dodging walkers, dogs, kids on bikes, other runners, single filing along a tight bit with marathon runners coming toward you. That definitely forced me to drop down a gear or two when i didn't want to. One the whole happy with the race and progress considering i'm not in as good as form as 6 months ago and don't have as many miles in the legs.
BTW i saw Ryan having a photo finish moment in the full marathon.They were pushing each other right over the line! They have the same chip time but Ryan nicked the second on the gun time! I didn't get a chance to say hello but it was good to see him turn in another good performance. I think it warmed up a bit for the marathoners.
i'll read back in the next couple of days and see what you lovelies have been up to..
ahh TD you must be referring to my showdown with the big guns last Autumn ....
Of course, the great man finished so quickly he didn't get a chance to have a smooch with the lovely Melanie Chisolm ....
TD - you are a monster on the bike these days, some crazy stats come from you. If only you could safely run another marathon soon. I hope that knee problem abates at some point.
KS - yes it's loaded with pure iron! Actually, just a few light work clothes, gels, money, keys, work keys, some work paperwork. In the grand scheme not much in terms of weight compared to all the bags of sugar i used to carry around in the old days but enough for it to slow you down just a smidge i think, and i'm using the water feeder on the long run, which contains a litre of liquid. I certainly felt like i had a bit more spring on Saturday in the race.