Final 20 miler for me two days ago. Really tough with headwind most of the way and finishing at coastline which was even windier. Same route as 20 miler a couple of weeks previous but nearly 10 minutes slower!
I was wondering if my 4:15 target was a bit conservative but after that last training run I'll be delighted with it. Been so focussed on getting to this point, I don't really have firm plans for last 2-3 weeks. How far is everyone thinking of going for remaining long runs?
Well I was hoping next year might be 5th time lucky for me but not looking promising now. Obviously no one knows for sure but I'm estimating you'd have about a 1 in 20 chance which is shocking odds.
I know there's the whole "hundreds of other marathons" but London is still one that runners want to do as well. I find the "GFA times are that difficult" responses very arrogant.
I agree with Dan that there should at least be some other criteria in place but proving having run a half marathon would be a nightmare for the organisers / admin. I think they should definitely at least bring back the so many years then guarenteed entry although maybe with the amount trying to sign up in past few years, that would instantly fill it?!
Thanks for the replies. Sounds promsing. Just found on the website that limit is 12,500 runners so assuming they would have announced if it getting close to selling out, then maybe around 10,000 at most signing up. Then you have at around a quarter to a third not turning up due to injury / not training / other so will probably end up being only marginally more than last year.
Also says on website that race packs will be sent out in March so looks like we should be getting them through very soon.
Any idea on entry limit / how many entries so far / expected? Just had a look at last years results which suggests 5911 finishers and apart from a few people who must have turned up late, it only took 6 minutes for everyone to start. My previous 2 marathons couldn't be more different as there were 200 runners in my first, and my second was London Marathon. Just wondering what sort of numbers to try and assess how crowded it will be on the run. Appriciate the 03:59:00 to 04:30:00 mark is probably very popular but looking at my target time of 4:15 there were over 50 runners came in during that minute which seems quite a lot to still have around at the end.
Yes Triggerfish - I think actually we did our first marathons at Llanelli in 2011. It took me 3 years before I did another (London last year), and I'm signed up for Manchester marathon in 3 weeks time and Snowdon marathon in October!
Did Merthyr HM last weekend with new PB and Llanelli HM a couple of weeks before that. I'm now on 20 Half Marathons and around 150 races or parkruns since one started near me 2 years ago! Other HM's on the list for this year are Swansea, Wyre Forest, Bristol, Cardiff and possibly one or two others.
Agree that hill training definitely helps for this particular HM. I live in a valley so no problems there - in fact, trying to find flat routes for marathon training is a bit of a problem.