Thoroughly enjoyed the 10k. Very well organised, well supported and a decent goody bag. Great to have chip timing and a free massage at the end made it a super event. Well done to everyone involved in the organising......may try the half next year!
Wow!!!!!! What about the quality of the stats. So good to have such breakdowns tho last year I felt the opposite after a nightmare run. To find that I overtook 1313 runners in last 7k and was only overtaken by 17 is something I'm proud of. Would love to find out if anyone can beat that for a strong finish.
Best moment: running sub 4hr for the first time and shaking the hand of Richard Branson at the finish!
Worst moment: nearly went apex over base when someone was so desperate to get to a drinks station they cut across everyone as if they were on lone training run
Most memorable: has to be the crowd- fantastic support
T-shirt- yuk, who chose that colour
Goal - sub 4 hrs
Highlight: catching up on my stats and realising that over the last 7k I passed 1313 runners and was only overtaken by 17 - be interested to know if anyone can beat this!
What a fantastic experience, made even better by my first ever sub 4 hr marathon and a PB by 20 minutes at the age of 58. I have to put much of it down to a Strength & Conditioning coach who took me under his wing and prepared me in a way that a number of RW forum sceptics questioned when I posted about it a few months ago. He basically got me to cut back on my midweek interval & speed work, replacing it with gym work - essentially plyometrics and power work such as squats, lunges, glute work etc. The idea was to build strength and power which would benefit me at VLM without compromising my endurance mileage at weekends. In fact during the 4 'key' months of training my mileage never got above 90 with the lowest at 68. It worked perfectly. My 10k splits were 58min/57/56/55 and my quickest 5k splits were between 30-40k! I got stronger as I went, hit no wall and will forever more argue that 1. You don't necessarily become a stronger runner by just running and 2. Less is very often more!