Just had a quick look on the VLM site to see if it is open yet - it is not. Then I thought I would pop in here to see if anyone knows when it does open and I see we're all over it and checking regularly!
Not been on here since VLM so a belated congratulations to Bike It, Poacher and Lorenzo for their Comrades exploits. I'm sure much else has happened too but I specifically read back to see how they got on. Staggering - as no doubt they all were for a few days after.
Despite my best intentions I have let it go Ricky Hatton style since VLM, doing maybe 3 short runs per week but eating and drinking too much. Hopefully submitting my GFA entry will help get things back on track.
I have Royal Parks HM in the diary for October but I find it is only really the prospect of a marathon that keeps my nose properly to the grindstone so I am considering entering Dartmoor Vale a couple of weeks later. From a bit of lurking I did a few weeks back I recall there was some discussion of this event and how hilly it might be or not. I think Gul was considering entering but maybe went for another option in the end?
Another is the Bristol to Bath which looks an interesting new event but the logistics don't work so well for me.
Lots more results and reports in since I last posted:
MsE – fantastic race and report. You showed real inner steel to run through your injury and still nail the sub 3. Hope you are recovering OK. Incidentally, now that I have seen that pic of you and Lorenzo a few pages back I realise I did see you at Chandos. I was nearby when 2 girls in Wimbledon Hercules hoodies came up to you and asked how you got on. You said “2:59” and then sort of scrunched your face up as if this was only a so-so result. I wondered whether it might be you but wasn’t sure so decided against introducing myself to a random stranger as “Golden Eagle”! Anyway - be in no doubt. It is a fantastic result, particularly given what happened.
Lorenzo – you got pretty close to a PB in the end. Did you think it was on at any point or were you not keeping that much of an eye on the time? Good job I didn’t try to keep up with you anyway! Good to see you again and luck with the rest of your Comrades training.
Race Jase – Amazing. On another planet these days.
Poacher – pleased to hear you made it round OK and made an enjoyable day of it. Hope the recovery continues smoothly.
Brixtonrunner – great performance. A sub 3:15 and a 16 minute PB. Clearly plenty more improvement still to come.
Birch – a fine return to form and an inspiration to us all.
RFJ – you did what you set out to do and it sounds like you enjoyed it - a job well done.
TAR – thanks for posting that report. It might not have been one of your better performances but the reporting was certainly up to your usual standards. Keep running and keep posting.
Lit – great result. I tend to agree on pacing, especially at London when there is effectively a free minute or so to be had in the 1st 5m. Whilst even splits might be the ideal, you can certainly afford to get this slightly wrong (by say 2-3 mins) without it completely screwing up your race (as you have proved).
Gul - good luck on Sunday.
Legs seem OK now. I’m in Devon this weekend so I think I may even venture out for a run on the coastal path in the morning.
Fortunately this was not necessary and I got there as the clock turned 3:14. Official chip time of 3:13:40. GFA bagged and I would have happily taken that at 10am this morning. My 3rd fastest marathon, quickest since 2010 and 5th sub 3:15. So not too shabby in the scheme of things.
Nevertheless, upto 20m I was running really well and even after that I was happy with how I responded to the slight slowing over the next 3-4 miles. I think the cramp cost me about 3 minutes, which is disappointing, but the main aim was GFA and that was achieved.
I have had issues with cramp several times in marathons and it has tended to be at pretty much exactly the same point in the race. Something to look into for next time...
So - a great day. ultimately successful, but not without drama and some feelings of what could have been. Looking forward to a beer this evening and watching more reports roll in.