Hello Pref. Penners (JimBob, Steve Duffy 2 and UrbaneFox). A little tip from my experiences there.... on one occasion, they let the Elites go in front of us, then they released the Red penners behind us and only then did they let us off. I was almost crushed/ trampled over by the surge from behind. I'd like to think it was a one-off cock-up (it's only happened to me 1 in 3x in PP), but I mention it anyway as it was pretty scary.
Ali 38 - about 8 years or so ago, a persistent joke was made about the Bristol Stool chart and it's sometime implication for the running community and every year, someone would roll the chart out at some point. It's the sort of thing that can be pretty hard to wipe away (so to speak) and can leave stains for years.... erm, well. The joke warped a bit and someone thought that a picture of a three-legged stool would be a good symbol to wave about on a flag if people from the group wanted to identify themselves or be recognised.
This image has never been flushed away, even if the joke is a bit shit
I've run Paris Marathon 5x I think and been there every year since 2009. 2012 was my favourite year where I picked up a couple of good things - a PB (never bettered) and I made a new friend (never bettered too)... this was the very first photo taken with Marathon Maus/ TinkerBEL, freshly arrived on her trip from Canberra.
Can any other current forumites see themselves there? Hello RR & Eggy - you don't seem to be on the runner's list this year...
Hi Amandalou and welcome. We often get Aussies joining our thread. One liked it so much she stayed I missed last year's marathon with an injury and made the mistake of not going to support. It was horrible watching the thread get ready and going, knowing that I could have been there.
Please sir - I think I know who that is!
Wishing all Paris preparers happy and injury free training.
Too many kind words. I love to help people out and share what I've learned/ discover from others. It's just too frustrating to be a non-runner and hang out with running buddies. Running gives people an opportunity to discover strength and qualities of character they never imagined were possible. I wish you all tremendous success realising your goals.
Well, as one famous Scouser sang, "You say hello and I say goodbye".
I joined this thread in 2008 and have posted thousands of messages since. I've run Paris Marathon or been there spectating and supporting every year but one since then.
I set my best marathon time in Paris in 2012, after a 7 week taper period due to a mystery virus and was proud to notch up a 2h54 race. I had to have an operation on my left knee the following year and have been beset by meniscal problems. Today the doc at the Sports Lab I visit each year advised me to quit competitive running, saying I could become a jogger now and then if I wanted, nothing too far, nothing too fast.
So it's time to focus my competitive instincts somewhere else. I have very mixed emotions. I'm sad that I'll never run like I did before. I felt free and I felt strong. But I am happy that I can still use my body without much pain and I have choices. Many people don't have life or health choices at all. I'm probably going to be spending a lot more time on two wheels, chaffing at how much extra time it takes to get top fitness!
Perhaps I'll stick my head back in from time to time. I've made some great friends here and have enjoyed talking, sharing and helping. For those who have been around a few years, you'll know the truth of it when I say that this forum has been instrumental in changing my life. 'Au revoir' it is.