Really enjoyed the run but the wind into the final stretch back towards the Hilton was something to behold! I was very impressed with the race, nice and relaxed, no problems with organization people referred to above and I thoroughly enjoyed the route too.
Never been to Blackpool before the wife and kids played on the amusements and were around to join me at the finish which is a very nice change. Nowhere near my PB but this was an opportunity to qualify for Comrades and some proper training - could see my PB being broken here though as it's a good course - notwithstanding the wind, beer and karaoke!
Hi, thanks for all the great advice - very much appreciated.
I hadn't previously considered entering marathon events as an alternative to training (not carrying/stroring drinks is a massive plus) but I also really like the idea of trail racing to break up the monotony of road training.
I do note a definite concensus about treating Spring races as practice runs (especially for those new to the race like me) so I'm going to use your collective wisdom and aim to find a 'classification race' earlier in 2014 then spend last few months building up mileage and adding in strength training.
I'll make the Autumn my new target race date for BQ'16 - hopefully the additional distance training will put me in with a good shout.
I can see many of you run multiple marathons a year so interested in knowing how would you approach Spring marathons....do you treat them as races or as training runs?
I'm recovering from hamstring tendinopathy and expect it will be November before I can start any kind of training but registered for Edinburgh in May and in with a shout for the lottery for London. This will be my third race...would it be silly going all out for a PB knowing in June I'm going to be doing Comrades? I'm thinking specifically about having the suggested recovery time afterwards.
Hi All, registered for my first Comrades. I was born and grew up in Durban so watched this race many times through the 80's/90's and still recall the Fordyce era very fondly.
I just ran my first two marathon race(s) in April this year and after reading this thread it seemed like a good time to fulfil a goal I set a long time ago. Already picked up quite a few tips from the comments so far but looking forward to keeping in touch over the next 9 months or so.