I am aiming to meet as many of you as possible on the morning of the race at the Arc (alas can't make the pasta night). I will be in my club vest (White with purple and blue band), shaved head, stubble and a haunted look of fear.
Radar Sal - will the cheer groups shout for me if I scream at them and they have no idea who I am?
Preferentials - I'm happy to meet and start with you guys, but no worries if you want to do your own thing. Can be a bit lonely at the start of these things and i'm more than happy to say hi and chill before the start.
One more thing - this forum is highly unusual. I have never participated in such a nice forum in all my internet years. Over the last few months, there has been nothing but friendliness, kindness and encouragement. I have spotted no cutting remarks, no rudeness and no competition. This is what the marathon and long distance running is truly about. I thank everyone for making this forum work, particularly those with Paris experience for being so warm and welcoming.
Well said! I have mostly been a lurker on this forum, with just a couple of lame contributions, but it has been a font of knowledge and support. Having the support groups round the course is going to be a fantastic boost.
Getting really excited now (except for the queueing at the Expo on Saturday bit). so a HUGE good luck to everyone - especially those who are feeling a little under the weather or have had recent injuries.
JoGoSlow - thats the same flight as me I think that public transport will probably be a better idea than a taxi as I imagine the roads being pretty packed over the weekend!
Yeah, the only thing is that there are 3 changes on the metro to get there, not sure I can be bothered with that and bags. I think I'd rather be in a cab and the roads are the main peripherals so hopefully it won't be too bad. It was just that our Air BnB host said a cab would be the better option, but who knows, six of one half a dozen of the other!! Anyway, I hope we meet up at the airport, see you at Costa at 6am?!
On the subject of the medical certificate, I had no problem getting mine signed for free from my GP except that the doc refused to actually see me, called me up and gave me a lecture on how bad marathons are for you! So happy to sign to say I am well enough to run without actually checking me out. Great
Porridge and banana for brekkie for me - how on EARTH do you eat all that MoominRun before a run, I don't think I could get out the chair let alone run on it!
If anyone wants to come round to where we are staying in the morning I could knock up a massive batch of podge!
Hi all, mind if I pull up a chair? I've brought Jaffa cakes......
Have been keeping an eye on this thread for a while as this is my first overseas marathon. It's all getting rather exciting now
Very briefly this will be my 5th marathon - Brighton 2011, Brighton and London 2012 then Brighton again last year (none have gone strictly to plan!). I've struggled with a knee injury but with a lot of physio and massage I did my final 20 miler yesterday (Sunday). It is a bit niggly but as long as I get round I will be very happy. I put down 4:30 as my target time (that may be a bit ambitious now!) but they have stuck me in the Grey pen 4:15 - 4:30. I promise not to hold up the faster runners!
Loubella - Yes, we are on the 7am flight from Southampton! Our Air B&B host says you may as well get a cab to the Expo from there. Maybe we could meet up and share one?