Just dropping in from t'other side (I don't visit here very often these days) so say well done to team RW for winning the July challenge - I guess that makes it one all with everything to play for.
Obviously some great running from everybody - on both sides - near the top of the leaderboard but congratulations due also to anybody who has managed to stretch themselves just a little further than they otherwise might.
Now - to make it fair during August - if you lot could just re-recruit all the lower mileage people who disappeared from your team sheet at the end of June, then we'd all appreciate it over on Fetch. The alternative is that we start looking at the top end of our training league and actively recruit some more of the proper high mileage types. Ta
Not mad at all - it's a wonderful event and I know several folk who have chosen it as their first/only marathon. It's hillier than many city based races but if you live in the area and train over the same sort of terrain then that shouldn't be an issue for you.
Congratulations to everybody who completed yesterday and to Alan and his team for achieving what some doubted was possible. Sorry to hear about the couple of DNFs - hope you all feel well again soon.
Shame, but no surprise, to hear that there were a few teething problems. Such things are inevitable with a brand new event on this scale and we already have the assurances we need that the lessons will be learned. All that remains is for those who participated to bombard the local media with suffcient praise to overwhelm the whingeing and whining (mostly about notification of road closures) which I see, from the Daily Post website, has already started.
Thanks for all the sympathetic posts/messages over the past couple of days folks. Still disappointed I won't be there but feel much better having made a decision than I did while I was still agonising over it. I'll be thinking of you all while I'm sat in the Lake District on Sunday - might dust off the bike if the weather holds up. Three final comments, if I may, before I back out of the thread until Monday
1. I find running marathons much more enjoyable if I don't overthink things beforehand. Trust in your training - you've all done long runs and come through unscathed, whatever worked for those will be fine for the race. And afterwards, eat and drink whatever you can keep down - unless you're an elite athlete on a finely tuned nutrition programme, the first few hours after the event are not actually going to make a huge difference to your recovery. 2. Be prepared to change/adapt your target if things don't go as planned on the day. Completing a marathon is a big deal for anybody, especially if its your first, so don't beat yourself up if the weather, the route, the crowds or any of a million other factors beyond your control mean you can't hit a time target. 3. You can never go to the toilet too many times on the morning of the race.
Have a great day everybody - Alan and his team can create the physical environment/infrastructure but its all the other people involved who will create the atmosphere on the day. If you do nothing else, enjoy being there.
OK - time for me to stop letting my heart rule my head and admit that the chances of me making the start line for this are close to zero. Despite all the positivity last week, Saturday's trail run was an eye-opener and reality check of the first order. I got to the finish but that's about the only positive I have - I was struggling with the achilles from about two miles in and spent the remainder of the event expecting the calf above it to 'go' too. I felt virtually crippled on Sunday and even a 400yd jog down to the Village Hall to collect my daughter from Guides last night caused some discomfort. I don't have the mental resiliance to go through over four hours of what I felt on Saturday or any desire to spend days afterwards unable to walk - I know that a degree of suffering during and after is all part of completing a marathon but I don't have enough of myself invested in this particular race to accept what would happen. The best thing for me to do is suck up the disappointment and get on with the rehab so that I can run other events in the future.
So all that remains is for me to wish everybody who is there well for the day. I sincerely hope that everybody gets what they deserve from the event:
That all runners achieve the times they hope for without injury That Alan and all his team get the satisfaction of seeing their event delivered as the success they deserve followed by a decent night's sleep That all marshalls, helpers, volunteers and supporters stay warm, receive suitably grateful acknowledgement from runners and understanding from inconvenienced residents That all whingers and naysayers choke on their servings of humble pie before being thrown into the Mersey
I look forward to reading the tales of achievement early next week. Stay safe and have a great day everybody