Congratulations Martin. I got my rejection yesterday - 5th year in a row. My alternatives now are either 1) to go for a charity place, which I am not keen on as the marathon organisers collect such a large slice of the funds raised, or 2) go through Sports Travel International, who provide the full package of race entry, travel & accommodation, but charge almost £1000 now for it.
Martin - you speechless? Never!
You're getting perfect weather for the ultra tomorrow. Best of luck, but I know you and Mark will be fine. I can just see you making up your Veda sandwiches in the morning. I wish I could join you for the 1st 13 miles, but not so sure about the rest of it ????.
Mags, you embarrass me. I saw 3000 other people out there on Sunday pushing themselves to their limits.
Congratulations on your pb, One2escape. Your reports are always very interesting. Marathons can be overrated and I've got just as much fun out of doing shorter races, especially the trail races or ones in places I've never been to before such as Rathlin Island or the Dark Hedges.
I got a massive pw on Sunday with a finish time of 2.26, but didn't mind at all. I hadn't been able to train for it and only took part to soak in the atmosphere. The last few miles were hard going, but it was well worth it. One of the things I love about running as a sport is that you don't ever 'lose', as long as you finish and did your best. Like when people shout out that you're 'doing well', even though you know you're not, but you still really appreciate the support. It was superbly organised, as ever, and the support along the way was fantastic. Best of all was seeing friends again, especially Mags for one of her legendary hugs!
Great to hear from you again, one2escape. We missed you! All I've done myself recently too has been a couple of 10ks, and I also quite fancy the Belfast half marathon if I can get the mileage up enough over the next few weeks to allow me to potter around it. I know how you feel about the lack of a focus when a marathon is over, and I miss the long training runs for getting the 'head showered'. But there's so much more than the roads out there to spice things up again. For example,there will be quite a few trail races coming up from November over the Winter.
I couldn't do 'Storming the Castle' on Sunday but I had wondered about that start at the leisure centre. It's ok for the parkrun but the path is too narrow for the numbers in a race. Still, I hear Seapark put on a great event.