I paced 3:30 from the back of Green Pen 3 on Sunday. Again, have to agree with the points about congestion, but I found it much worse for the first 3 or 4 miles, we were about 40 seconds down but obviously you can't just speed up and pull those 40 secs back in the next mile. So it was a case of running 7.57/58s (instead of 8s) to slowly catch up.
Used the GPS but I know how unreliable they can be (and after losing the signal in the tunnels it throws the pace off for a few minutes afterwards) so had the stopwatch and pace band to guide me too. Came in at 3:29:22 so close enough for me!
With regards to one of the 3:15 pacers who dropped out, I know folk rely on the pacers but you need to remember that they're human too. I'm not sure if he was unwell or had done himself an injury, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the latter. I VERY nearly ended up on my backside on three separate occasions due to folk clipping heels etc. There were 43 of us so for just one to have difficulties is a pretty decent result I'd say.
Started with a huge group which whittled down to three hardy souls; Jill, Eileen and Romain. They all gradually dropped off the pace but I'd be keen to know how they finished up - so on the MASSIVE off-chance that they're reading this, please let me know!
I also picked up 'Colin' for a few miles towards the end who I've since heard from, which was nice...and he got a 7 minute PB too. I'd run the Milan Marathon the week before and managed to recover in time for pacing duties. I'd love to do it again (pace) but I've got a Boston Qualifier and their race is the Monday (20th) before London's Sunday (26th), so with the travelling, kids, cash etc I don't think I'd be able to stretch to both. Unless I was pacing the run/walk group.....!
I too am worryingly seemingly recovered, haven't ventured out yet though, the boozer is my prime concern right now, may ease back in with pacing duties at parkrun on Saturday.
I know the ballot is Tuesday but does anyone know when the FGFA entries window opens? I'm gonna use it as my 'Plan B' if the Boston plan falls through. Although the qualifying time is 3:05 they operate a 'fastest time served first' system. Due to the bombings last year (and this year therefore been more popular), the cut-off time for my age group was 3:03:23.
I ran 3:03:25 in Milan so would have missed it by 2 sodding seconds! Hoping that the events popularity this year is just a 'blip' and will return to normal after Mondays race. From what I can gather, all the previous races have accommodated everyone under 3:05, without the need for a cut-off time...
Was one of the 3:30 pacers myself, and loved it too! Had a similar experience in that none of those I started with finished with me, and that I almost hit the deck on several occasions..!
Started with a huge group which whittled down to three - Eileen, Romain and Jill. Unfortunately each of them quietly fell of the pace somewhere between 12 and 16 miles. I do wonder what happened to them! I also picked up a fellow called Colin for about six miles but lost him with a couple of miles ago too, although I've since had an email forwarded from Runners World which informs me he ran a 7 minute PB!
Bloody hell theres been some phenomenal racing going on, good work all, and sorry to those who fell short of their targets, as I was told last week, theres always next time!
Well, to keep it brief - what an ace day in London! After my 3:03 in Milan I must admit to been a bit apprehensive that I'd recover in time for pacing duties at VLM, but nailed the physio, ice baths, compression socks etc and had vaguely 'rebuilt' myself by Saturday morning. Went out for a very steady 5K around 5am and was still struggling with a tight quad and calf, just hoped to push through it.
Got the train down to Kings Cross, over to the hotel, dumped the bag, then over top the expo. I usually like those things but jesus it was busy, and seemingly rammed with utter fuckwits. I'd usually stay for over an hour but I was in and out in about 20mins, and it was only due to the sheer volume of folk that I was there that long.
Tubed it out to Maze Hill to meet the RW lot (and PP briefly), was surprised at how informal it all was, but that probably helped to calm any nerves. To be honest, by this point, I'd taken the view that I may as well just enjoy it and go with the flow. Got inundated with queries regards the pacing (to be expected), including one woman who followed me pretty much all the way to the urinal with 1001 questions. Must admit it was nice though, made me feel useful for a change!
Anyway, to cut a long story short, was pacing at 3:30 and came in at 3:29:22, close enough for me! Started with a group of about 50 which narrowed down to four, all of which looked comfortable but disappeared quietly one by one. Was never particularly uncomfortable, it was trying to concentrate for that long that was proving more difficult. Was about 30 seconds down on the first 3-4 miles but gradually picked it back up. Once we were at 22mile it was plain sailing and I really enjoyed the rest of it and tried to take it all in. Must admit to been a bit jealous of you guys, couldn't help but keep thinking how great it'd be to have a proper crack at it in a couple of years (or next year if Boston falls through).
A thoroughly rewarding experience, enhanced by the countless hugs, kisses and genuine words of gratitude from complete strangers after the race, many of which I had no idea were anywhere near but said "I followed you from Mile 3" etc, etc.
Apologies I didn't make the Red Lion, by the time I'd dropped off the flag at the RW hotel (and bloody hell, that place was LUSH, they must have a RIGHT budget!) and was gassing to various folk for that long, it was a bit of a dash back to the hotel then Kings Cross for the train back.
Certainly don't suffer with any post-marathon insomnia...but that may be down to the 14ish pints sunk and rolling in home at 1am...!