Jason, Good Luck with the Berlin ballot! A brilliant city, superbly well-supported marathon and a great course. I will definitely be entering again sometime in the next few years. I believe just over 70k entrants in last year's ballot for 40k places and then you had a second chance when the ballot-winners didn't pay-up within the deadline. I see they've changed the rules this time so that you have to submit bank details at registration and if you're drawn, you're in - ie. they take your payment! Should mean less ballot entries and a higher chance of success for you hopefully!
The Skyline race in the Mournes seems to have "impressed" the top-notch overseas entrants with the combination of terrain and challenging weather! Reading the leading lady, Stevie Kremer, describe it as the "hardest race I have ever done!" speaks volumes!! Check out the amazing photo taken by TalkUltra's Ian Corless of her that accompanies the race report on nirunning ... brutally beautiful, I'd describe it as!
My Dublin prep continues to be frustrated by the lingering effects of my chest infection. Ran 2 x 5k yesterday (with 2 min recovery ) at slightly faster than my target MP ... chest still felt tight and I decided against a third and (optimistically beforehand) fourth 5k interval. Will try one more 5k at target MP this midweek and, if still not right, I'm thinking of revising my target time upwards and running with a couple of clubmates on the day.
Martin, you've been the star contributor to this forum for some time now - please keep up your high level of enthusiasm ... it's brilliant to read and inspires!
Thanks, folks, for your Get Well messages of support. My chest infection has stubbornly refused to clear my system this week. Really feel like I need to be running again over this weekend but if I thought another 3-4 days of inactivity would see me right, I would keep patient! It's a horrible feeling, ticking off the days to Dublin.
Jim, I would love to join you on a GFA hunt in Dublin but if my chest doesn't clear soon, the dilemma of whether to tag onto the 03:10 or 03:20 pace group will disappear off my horizon!
Martin, I know you've a hankering for the Tollymore challenge! There's an allure there alright but if I get through Dublin in one piece, next up I would love a tilt at lowering my 10k pb at the Seeley Cup.
John, Best Wishes for your X-Country campaign. I had promised myself I would toe the line at at least one this Winter. Fitting it all in and building in some recovery is a challenge - we are truly blessed with such a great programme of races in our wee part of the world!
Colin, you ran such a controlled race in Berlin, I can only see further improvement from you in Dublin. Hope to join you on Sunday for a longish effort ... or maybe part of it!!
Agree, Martin, enthusiasm for this forum does appear to be going through a mid-race lull at present ... fair play to trying to up the pace again!
Talking of pace, I haven't posted since Berlin, where I was disappointed to have to ease back on my target pace even before the 20k mark. It was warm and I've been in the grip of chest infection since, which was starting to work on me from the morning of the marathon. Nevertheless, I was gutted at how hard my target pace felt from early on. Big lesson is that only having an 'A' goal can be very demoralising once you realise it's an impossible dream!
Berlin is a wonderful marathon. The course, crowd support and running through layers & layers of history add up to a truly memorable experience. I will definitely be back for another tilt at it some year.
Anyway, having promised myself from the 25k marker, there was "no way I'm doing Dublin", I continued to steadfastly ignore the encouragement and jibes of my running mates (particularly 2 fellow Dromore-Berliners) and was considering a Spring '15 option until 20 minutes before Entry Deadline last Weds ... and then I grabbed the credit card and paid the premium entry fee for my third successive Dublin Marathon! Now I'm still trying to shake off this chest infection and get my head around building myself back up to another assault on a London GFA time - albeit with, at least, a 'B' goal this time around and maybe even stretch to a 'C' goal.
Well Done, Jason ... successive PBs in 10k & HM, you should be very pleased with that achievement.
Great to see Paul B and Martin yesterday.
Having originally decided that a HM-paced effort 2 weeks before Berlin was unwise, I subsequently regretted my decision to side-step yesterday ... but was too late to enter. So I set off yesterday morning at 7.30 from the Kings Hall and ran the course as far as the Ormeau Bridge, then continued along the Embankment and up the Stranmillis Rd to meet the HM course at the top of the Malone Rd. Ran at my target MP and timed it - so I thought perfectly - to be in position to cheer the field through the 1.5m marker. Obviously the unfortunate delay to the race start meant hanging around for the guts of an hour but, once the field did pass by, it was great to see so many familiar faces and give them a shout out ... though Paul B was too fast for me to spot but he saw me!
I thought the course was good and will definitely pencil-in to my race schedule next year.
You forgot to list your physical attributes so your impersonator can pass the photo id check! Seriously, though, is the Berlin Marathon website not still offering last-minute entries - after return of tour operators' places - for the premium price of Eur 158 which includes a Eur 60 donation to a German Heart charity?
Your start-number can be picked up at the expo BERLIN VITAL at the former airport Tempelhof on September 25th till September 27th, 2014. (Please remember to print out and bring along your participant confirmation)
Presentation of a photo-id (ID-card, passport, driver‘s licence) is mandatory!
Presentation of the registration confirmation is mandatory!
Your participation documents have to be picked up personally!