Fri Comrades bus tour - SD (bus 4), Muzza, RR, Dannirr (bus 3), AONEH, Becca7 (bus 6), PiersW (4 or 6) Expo 2pm gathering - Douglas, Possom (hopefully), SD Bruce Fordyce bus tour (PM) - Emily Runner's World pasta party - Muzza, Stephen Weston, PiersW, AlanP Modern Athlete pasta party – jar (doh!)
Sat 8am North Beach parkrun - SD, Becca7, Muzza, Dannirr, Emily, Possom, Peter B, PiersW, jar Gary Dixon Post-parkrun breakfast at Mugg & Bean - SD, Possom,Peter B, Becca, Emily Sharks v Stomers - AONEH, Peter B, jar (must not drink beer); Gary Dixon
Sun Evening drinks at the Hilton – SD (if capable...), Emily (ditto), Viggy, RunningRodent, PiersW, Gary Dixon
Mon Breakfast at Mugg & Bean at the Suncoast Casino - Peter B, Douglas, Possom, SD, Emily (maybe as my hotel does include breakfast), RunningRodent, jar Joe Kool's - Possom, Peter R, SD, Emily, PiersW Bruce's party – Dave Ross’ party - Douglas
Accomodation: Hilton - Dannirr, Jacquie, CamillaScarlett, Matthew Hearne, jwheezy (James), PiersW; Gary Dixon Belaire Suites - Stephen Weston 3, Emily, Muzza, AONEH City Lodge - becca7, Running Rodent, Possom BlueWaters - SD, Peter B Hillcrest - Douglas Umhlanga - Peter R, Viggy Morningside - jar
I have read with interest the comments regarding Pacing.
I paced the 'fun bus' (the sub 5 hour group) and told everybody at the start that we would be looking to do 2h 25(ish) for the first half to allow for some walking / easing down in the 2nd half. This is the same strategy that I adopted when pacing both Manchester and London.
Looking at my split times on my Garmin and on the website we did 2h 26m at halfway and came in at 4h 58m 32s - so more or less spot on with the strategy discussed with many runners at the start.
The reason for the slight positive split is that the runners looking to achieve around 5 hours are likely to tire so having some time in the bank to me - 'makes sense'.
I even caught up with some half marathon runners who had been in the group and succesfully achieved their sub 2h 30m target by sticking with us until the split point.
At the end of the day all Pacers are amateur runners like everybody else taking part - so the strategies we adopt will not always fit in with every runner trying to achieve a set time. We all simply try to do our best to get the bus home on time and with as many 'satisfied passengers' as possible.
I paced the sub 5 hour (4h 58m) group from the red start and can only agree with the difficulties throughout the day with congestion and keeping the level pace stated on our flags.
The other 'issue' is that unless you keep to the Blue Racing Line the course measures longer and this has to be factored in to your pacing plan. My GPS showed a finishing distance of just under 26.5 miles - so an additional 1/4 mile to factor in.
Some tremendous achievements from the runners who stayed on the sub 5 bus including one lady (Donna) who 'bagged' a £350 hand bag from her husband for a sub 5 finish.
Finally I have to agree with Bedders in terms of Pacers being human. At the end of the day a lot can happen over 26.2 miles so whilst we will always aim to deliver our time; injuries / illnesses can put paid to that. Hopefully, those runners that ran with the RW Pacing Team had a positive experience and felt that it helped them achieve their goals.
I for one had a great time on Sunday and hope to be back in 2015 to share London Marathon experiences with next years sub 5 runners.
RR - you will not need to carry anything other than any preferred gels / energy blocks. 48 'TABLES' providing more drink; food etc. than you could possibly ever want. Plus given the frequency of them - you are never that far away from the next one. You will struggle to experience anything like it in any race anywher in the world!!