I missed Minni at the 22 mile mark, but think I saw Speedy out of the corner of my eye as I passed the Fetchpoint.
No problems with cramp in the last few miles and I was doing plenty of overtaking and fortunately still had enough for a semi-sprint battle with Rob (aka Marathon Man UK) although he was probably saving himself for his second marathon of the day somewhere in the States – the guy is both an inspiration and a lunatic.
So, ended up with 3:07:21 with a 2:43 positive split (1:32:19 / 1:35:02) so I know what to work on.
Overall I was just under half a minute slower than my PB from last year, but despite the fact that my training has been focused on Comrades, it was still my fastest ever second half of a marathon and my best WAVA score for a marathon so I’m taking plenty of positives out of it and will be giving a sub-3 a serious attempt either at Abingdon in the autumn or London next year.
Great to catch up with OO, Minni, MsE and Poacher in Chandos.
Wow – what a fantastic set of results. Huge congrats to Jools, MsE, Badbark and OO52, all of whom could easily defect to the sub-3 thread but we want you to stay on here!
Suffice to say Poacher and I had to have very stern words with MsE in the pub for not being absolutely ecstatic at a 13 minute PB combined with a sub-3 – super super stuff and you should be really chuffed.
Well done to GE for battling through at the end to smash the pre-race goal of 3:15, and hats off to Carmen Miranda for making it round despite the recent injuries and lack of training miles.
Also, fab stuff from Sandy Balls and a cracking PB from Death Punch.
Hopefully Race Jase will pop on here and explain just how he keeps making such massive improvements!
As for me, I got to the start nice and early (and before the toilet queues built up!) and then tried to work out what I was going to do for an hour before sticking my bag on the lorry. Read a bit of Charlie Speeding’s book and did a spot of celeb hunting (Jensen Button, James Cracknell and, er, Lee Hendrie) before I spotted GE and we had a good natter before slapping the Vaseline on (not on each other!) and heading to the pens.
I was running completely to feel with the aim of 3:10 give or take but went through the first few miles a bit quickly if my mental maths at the mile markers was correct, but was still a bit surprised when one of the 3:00 pacers came past.
Good to see RFJ after a few miles and kept my eyes open for other familiar faces but other than a few supporters from the Club, I had quite a quiet race without the chatting from previous years.