x post with Jugula! Great report there . Is it quite dark or are there street lights the whole way? Must seem very strange starting off when you're usually thinking of winding down! That ghost has certainly been laid to rest .
My planning diary for next year is still mostly in the pencil stage. I don't want to commit myself too early, as other must do events come up later. Just wish race/event directors would publish their dates really early - don't need all the details or the entry forms, just the dates.
Steve - I had a look at the SVP a couple of years ago when they first did it, but the tight cut offs put me off. Justified as I think that year that only the winners got inside the cut offs, and they have had to extend the time limits since then. Still quite speedy though and that does add extra pressure. Why not include a few LDWA events in your training? No time pressure and plenty of practice on off-road stuff.
.....was an easy drive home. About a 2 hour drive so it's do-able in a day. I definitely need more midweek miles and especially hill work, which I've neglected over the past 3 months . I quite like Leicester as a marathon, but I didn't like the crowds at the start nor the horrendous loo queue. It wouldn't be too good if it was tipping down with rain either as shelter is limited. Leicester next year? Not sure at the moment....
Jugula - well done on your pb . Looking forward to the report.
Shades - glad you're feeling much better now .
I did Leicester this year (have done it twice previously in 2010 and 2012). There was a designated signed car park in one of the university car parks which I managed to get in to, but it was just over a 10 mins walk to the race HQ. I immediately joined the loo queue where I stayed for the next 35 mins . Luckily they delayed the start by 5mins so I just made it to the edge of the line of runners waiting for the gun. I discarded my black bin bag but kept my thin (not waterproof, partly windproof) jacket on for the first 6 miles as I had got quite cold in the queue. Was running at a reasonable pace at this point and felt comfortable. W D' passed me and so did Leicester based JS who I had sometimes passed at mile 23 in other runs, but I didn't feel up to going any faster. First 6 miles are through the town, streets, shops etc until the half marathoners peel off (as did my jacket). It seemed a lot warmer now, although there was one short sharp shower and occasionally a bit of a headwind. The marathon loop meandered and undulated through villages and country roads for a while with just sporadic public support but plenty of marshals. My calves started hurting at mile 13 but quickly became ok again. I stopped at the water station about this time (can't manage to even walk and drink ) and ate half a flapjack as I continued to walk up a small hill. Got running again and felt reasonable. We soon returned to running alongside a very big, busy road - slightly uphill- to the 'split point' roundabout. Then we followed the long gone halfers through the park on well surfaced winding paths, past the lakes and space station. Calves started hurting again at mile 18 or so and also felt a lack of energy and ragged breathing, so I had to have short walk breaks for the next few miles Passed quite a few runners here who were also feeling rough. Ran with a young lady for a short while but when I stopped for water/ mintcake she continued ahead. Back into town, under the underpass and then right through the middle of the shopping centre (route was all taped off) where you had to run because shoppers were looking . Then a left turn onto the final straight which just went up and up for ever. I ran/walked up here and actually passed a guy who was running it all and almost caught up with the lady I had run with in the park, but she stayed just about 50 metres ahead to the end. At last the park came into view, a sharp right and into the finish (not like in 2010 when they made you run past the finish in a mini out and back!) and under the gantry at a gun time of 4:14. (As we'd had to shuffle for a few mins to the start line it meant my chip time was 4:10:47) Not the fastest time at Leicester, but pretty pleased with that . Had a chat with a couple of people and saw JS again who'd had a really good run. After lots of time off for injury, he did his fastest time for over the last 75 marathons and had stormed in at 3:55! I was glad I still had my jacket as I got chilled quite quickly but a great cup of coffee helped. A slow walk back to the car and then 15 mins to find my way out of Leicester. (Sat nav didn't help - first she wanted me to do a u turn on a dual carriageway with grass down the middle - then she got all confused because there were still road closures round the park). Eventually found my way onto the A47 and then it wa
Big well done to Ian 5, Cal, Big G and slowkoala on your races . Not sure I'd want a cabbage though . Non alcoholic beer at the end of a marathon is a good idea - water doesn't seem to quench the thirst, but real beer would have me staggering around (especially as I don't usual drink alcohol).
Steve Mac - well done on completing your half even though it wasn't going to plan. I read (somewhere) that faster runners often pull out of races if they're not going to make their target time. They would rather have a DNF than a slow time . I think sometimes you need guts just to get to the end.
Jugula - good luck with your night race.
I did Spires and Steeples marathon in Lincolnshire last Sunday. Another of my favourites - this was the 4th time I've done it. The usual multi-terrain with quiet roads/ lanes, footpaths, fields etc although no hills . You get a route description but it's not needed as the course is very well marked and there are plenty of marshals - even at some of the slippery stiles in the middle of fields! Started to rain just before the start and it hammered down for nearly 3 hours. The wettest I've ever seen the course with huge puddles and lots of mud. This event definitely goes in two halves (and they also have a half marathon starting from the 13 mile checkpoint) with the first half being relatively kind so you arrive at halfway thinking 'I could get a decent time for an off-roader here'. Then the 2nd half bites, with very uneven, rough ground, a muddy, slippery river bank with a camber down to a stream and at least 8 or 9 ploughed fields where you have to 'skate' across if you want to stay upright . It usually takes me about an hour longer to do the 2nd half and Sunday was no exception with me having to do a run/walk towards the end (10 metres run, 20 metres walk, repeat ...). Although the sun came out for the last couple of hours the headwind remained strong. Felt much more tired than on previous years but still enjoyed it . Finished in 5hrs 25mins. Went for a very hot shower in the Leisure Centre afterwards and the rain started again so the walkers got soaked for the 2nd time!
Shades - well done on your 6 hr race. It sounds like a lovely venue
Louey - a fantastic sub 4 time at York Very even pacing and sounds like you really enjoyed it.
Amesbury Amble was a marathon. But they also had 10k,20k,30k events as well - all both runners and walkers. Amesbury Walkers do other long events throughout the year but this was the only marathon distance one.
Eldest daughter got her London rejection text today. It started 'Unfortunately ...' Daughter said it should have said 'Fortunately...' as she's not even running at the moment.
I still have no plans to enter London. Think, instead, I might go for the most marathons without ever doing London .
It is sooooo cold here and a horrible chilling wind. Went out late this afternoon, still in (longish) shorts, but put on a long sleeve top and a very thin, almost windproof jacket. Within ten minutes I was roasting .... It's so hard to get it right!