No sorry but I used to work for an IT company that was right next door to the Bournville site in Birmingham. Some mornings I'd park up and could smell hot chocolate in the air. It was actually quite sickly.
Biscuit tin... did someone mention a biscuit tin... now I have a story abouts biscuits...
I was on a course with a broad bunch of people from my company and I happened to mention I need to stay away from the biscuits at break time. One guy piped up and said that he used to work in biscuit factory and hasn't eaten biscuits since. I asked why, apparently floor sweepings, spit and nasal waste went into the vats. Quite flippantly I said urrgghhh I'll stick to the digestives then (I hope I don't get libelled for this) but he said that he worked for McVities. After a bit more of a chat apparently the practise is quite common even amongst the higher quality designer biscuit manufcaturers.
Now tell me you've just gone off the 3 bourbons you were planning to dunk with your next cup of tea!
I am considering running my first marathon in 6 months time. I've done 2 halfs, the latest being the Forest of Dean in 02:04:27. I've read a couple of zero to marathon schedules and there's some conflicting view about the max and total mileage.
I was thinking or hoping that a weekly fast paced 3.25 mile run, a good 5.00 mile run and a 10 ish mile run one week replaced by a fortnightly long run (that increments it's mileage) might be OK.
Any thoughts? I do a lot of cycling so my time is divided between the two disciplines. Another thought was to do more cross country and be concerned with incrementing the length of time I run for rather than be too concerned about the mileage.
I can plod a 10 mile in 1hr40mins, faster if I feel like it. I recently ran home from work with a rucksack. The 10.5 mile run took me 2hrs 17mins! I weighed the rucksack when I got home and found it to be 11lb.
I'd say that if the weight was dead (not muscle) then it would slow you down.
If I was only attending because it was chipped timing then I'd be disappointed. To be honest as I was competing against myself then my trusty stopwatch sufficed. My time was 02:04:27 but the published time was 02:05:37. I must admit though that if these things are used to pubish peoples times then they should have a low failure rate.
I think I read further back in the thread that the times should have been between the start and finish mat but there were problems with some runners chips registering on the start so they used the gun time and the chipped finish. I am not sure what the stats for these things are like but I've only done one other event that used chips on the front forks of bicycles and a few people failed to get registered as they passed over the start mat.
I don't think it should detract from what I think was an A1 event though especially as random hardware faults are very often beyond the users/suppliers control.