Long time out from posting as 2 years since last mara.
Read back and see congrats are in order to Padams. Commiserations to the injured. TR, shame about the streak (Fgfa will be missing a regular).
Good to see the old fredders from 2008. Recognise quite a few on that pic.
After pulling out last year a few weeks before with a hernia I ended up waiting until Oct to have a double op. I got back to running properly mid Jan and now with 11 solid weeks of 70mpw behind me (inc 77:08 at Fleet half) I was hopeful of another sub 2:45. I am still due to line up on Sunday from fgfa but been hit by some virus yesterday and now in bed. Not hopeful of shaking it by tomorrow and have been looking at local maras in the next few weeks to salvage the training efforts. Milton Keynes next week may be too soon. I will dose up on vit C and hope a recovery happens by the morning.
DOMS should just about be kicking in now if you're going to get them.
Well done RP
I was surpised at some of the pacers being so far apart in the groups, some by as much as about 3mins at 23m point. Some pacers will go out to get a cushion and others like PP trying to keep it metronimic.
PP - You may not have been able to move much as there were nearly 1900 sub 3's this year (and 500 sub 2.45's), but think your splits meant that a lot more people prob got under 3. That is more than any other year I can think of and the weather ended up pretty good for pb's. I saw Mrs PP's result, fantastic time.
To echo what Crab says. Not doing much running at mo but being a triferlete biking and swimming keeps you fit enough, although I think you gain weight easier.
I may forget a few names here but here goes. Also have a number of pics taken on the course of those I know who they are.
Padams, SL - Sterling efforts guys and pleased that you both got sub 2.28 with an all out sprint not prepared to let the other get in front.
Lev - I remember you doing a 2:5x in Rome which seems not that long ago. You've moved on a little since then. Great run for a 2:28 and well split.
Spidey - A nice WR which will take some beating. Must have been very hot in that suit.
Al-P - Shame about not feeling it on the day but you still had the nads to put some effort in late on to still crack out a great even time.
Coro - Nice London streak. Marigold - Good training run, although you might have to learn from Paula as she only takes 10s doing a Brad Pitt.
LS - Pb and sub 2:40, what more can you ask, was it a neg split?
CD, CL - You are some of the most consistent guys on here and an inspiration that sub 2:40 after 45 is possible. CW - Shame about those 14s but you are also one of the most consistent achievers on here.
Mr Boat - I remember we were all on that 2:45 train with Marders in 2011 when you fell off pace so to do this I can imagine your joy. Well stuck in at the end with your mates. Champs start next time fella.
Selbs - neg split and just reward for your efforts esp after your previous injury time outs.
Jools - Fab run and congrats on team prize
TR - 2:54, you predicted that so what else and keeping the sub 3 streak. Glad your legs feel good so you can smack the Swash. Ode - Nice one for keeping TR company and off low mileage has to be commended.
Dan - Nearly forgot you. Sub 3 London duck broken at last in an Elvis outfit. I shouted out a few times to Elvis just in front of Sub 3 pacers not knowing it was actually you. Sounds like you downed a few last night.
Crab - Good to see you yesterday and stellar effort for not walking. Not sure I could have talked myself from stopping.
Good to speak to Tick Tock and ES at Red Lion both who seemed pleased with their runs.
Not sure how to add these photos as might be too big. Will reduce size and post later.