I don't think conditions could have been any better yesterday for Larne (speaking as a non-runner of course). What a fantastic event. Believe it or not, I wasn't actually down to volunteer at it as I didn't know what time I could get there for after parkrun, but I ended up getting a couple of jobs. Well to be honest, I was asked to do one (video the finishers) and I assumed the other (helping those who were struggling coming over the line). Suffice to say that my trainers are now in the wash!
It was great to see so many of our forumites there - and all appearing to record fantastic times. I only managed to run Larne twice during my brief running career but both occasions were fabulous, and I have to admit that I felt a pang of envy as I watched everyone finishing yesterday. Whenever I shout out 'well done' to anyone - I really mean it, and I totally understand that many of you aren't in a position to have a chat
One2escape - well done, great to meet you at last. Yes, everyone. He did it!. Good to see you Paul B, Paul OH, Jason, Martin, and the fabulous Kenny B. Oh, and I managed to spot Jim Moore coming across the line.
Yesterday's event seemed to go off very well and there's been lots of positive feedback. I understand what you mean one2escape about walkers etc. I spent quite a bit of time at the start trying to persuade two enthusiastic fun runners to move back from the front line, but they weren't having it. In the end I had to ask some of the faster runners to move forward in front of them but our two friends still moved forward too. It was a very narrow start and I could just see them getting trampled on 20 seconds into the run. The two guys eventually made it to the finish about an hour after Eddie McGinley.
It been a busy (but throroughly enjoyable) few days for me. From the Waterworks I headed up to Antrim to help at the International Cross Country, and then on Sunday was at the fabulous Jimmy's 10k in Downpatrick. I managed to get promoted to doing the commentary for the event. It was an advantage that I knew a lot of the runners crossing the finish line, but I wish I had practised pronouncing the names of the Kenyan athletes beforehand. I don't think that Dave McKibbin or Peter Jack have got anything to worry about.
Great to see so many out at the Craic yesterday - and sorry that I didn't get to meet you again One2escape. I never mind being interrupted to chat to fellow forumites - do I Martin?
Who's for Larne on Saturday? I won't be there for the start but I hope to get there in time to see everyone finishing.
One2escape - you should have come and said hello this morning. If you're who I think you are, I have been wanting to meet you anyway. Congratulations on your PB.
It was touch and go as to whether the Waterworks run would be able to go ahead this morning. It wasn't looking likely at 8.30, however 20 minutes later it was a possibility. The appearance of the sun was helping to thaw any icy bits that were left and by 9.30 it was deemed safe to run with a 10 minute delayed start. I have to say that the only bit of my parkrun role that I don't enjoy is having to make that final call on a Saturday morning.
Welcome to the forum onetoescape. If it's any help I ran my first marathon 5 years ago without any idea about training, pace, nutrition etc and not knowing anyone else who was doing a marathon. I started my 'training' in January and did the London marathon in April, completing it in a time of 4.74 (sounds so much better than 5.14). Soon after that I came onto this forum and got loads of support and advice from other forumites - DS and Kenny to name two that are still posting on here - and then did Dublin 6 months later in 4.13.
At the Waterworks there are quite a few people who are training for Belfast marathon so if you want to come along I could introduce you to them and you could see about joining up with some of them. At the least you'll get lots of support and practical advice.
Don't let the thought that you might come in towards the end of any race (or parkrun) ever put you off entering. I'm usually at the finish line of most races and I can assure you that those coming in at the end get the biggest cheers.