Thank you Paul, quite hilly after all then, got this from the runners world website, Chester is the hilliest of them all !
Greater Manchester Marathon 2013 - 55m of gain Edinburgh Marathon - 67m of gain Brighton - 105m London - 85m Liverpool - 151m Milton Keynes - 102m Sunderland - 125m
Berlin - 76m Amsterdam - 44m Chicago - 151m New York - 176m Boston - 107m Paris - 114m
It's the positioning of the hills at Chester rather than the height gain itself that makes them so hard. If they were in the first 13 miles then they would have hardly registered with me. The one at mile 16 gives you a kick just at that point in the race where things are starting to get a little tough (I was on 7.10 pace up to there, and dropped out to 7.20 afterwards) and the double hill on Sandy Lane is blue murder at a point where most people are hurting like hell anyway. I managed the first hill on Sandy Lane OK but completely popped half-way up the second and went to something like 8 min/mile from there on.
Well, I guess this is sayonara. Tempting to cash what should be a GFA time to enter a big city race next year, but it was very hard training in the tropics for a marathon, and I don't see myself doing it again so long as I'm based out in West Africa. Maybe focus on getting my hm time down a bit. Good luck to all with your marathon or other running ambitions; it's been a fantastic forum and may the road rise up to meet you wherever you go.
Gaz, you just ran nearly 30 mins faster than you did last time out on that course. That's got to count as progress.
Just looking at the results, a lot of people - including in the first 200, who really ought to know better - ran very big positive splits. So it seems those hills dished out a good amount of punishment today.
3.12 for me. Didn't quite get the 3.10 I wanted but still a PB by 2 mins and change so can't be unhappy. What a great event, though. Impeccable organisation, friendlly people, beautiful town Loved the support through some of the villages. Shame about the double hill around mile 24, though - just killed me. I think I lost about 90 seconds in the last 2 miles.
I enjoyed meeting:
- Jason D. He looks like he is literally made out of steel. He also warms up faster than I can run.
- GazOC. The RW pace minibus came together at about mile 8 and had a good chinwag until about mile 15, when it sadly had to split back into its constituent parts. Gaz, I hope you heard me shouting for you at the finish!
- HeOw. As advertised, minus the curlers and coke, plus added hotness. One of te few scousers who is actually as funny as scousers think they are. Well done on year sub 4, mate. I knew you would.
Well done to all those who got PBs and broke marks. Chuffed for you all 15W, tremendous stuff to break 3, so pleased for you.
Now with added race number! Turned up this morning...
I am starting to get a little nervous. All my training and the right side of my brain tells me I'm well capable of that 3.10, but the reality of banging out 7.10 to 7.15 pace for 26.2 miles is starting to sink in.
Just about to scoff a large bowl of pasta and then to the airport ... I hope to see many of you Sunday for el momento de verdad, as we non-Spanish speakers like to say. Say hello if you see me, I'll be on me tod, no family for this one (but hopefully in a pace bus of two with GazOC). I will certainly be looking out for the hilarious fox-shit-eating Ms Owens, and many others.
sub 2.48 jason d (1157- blue and white TROTs vest and lucky green shorts- same as my avatar)
sub 2:55 parkrunfan (1575)
sub 3:10 15 West - 1470, GazOC - 1345, Genghis Khan - 1296
sub 3:20 Gazelle, luverlylegs 3103
sub 3:30Compo 1, WFMATE, Dr.Dan (1587, FETCH vest), Luke Ellis 2 (376)
sub 3.45 Xe (Union flag vest), Naked HeOw - 2723
sub 3:50 Scott Dutton 2 - 360, Jez Maytum - 658, Happy HeOw - 2723
sub 4.00 Sir John alot - 813 Bruce C - 1548
4:01 Fox sh!t eating HeOw - 2723
sub 4:15 Up The Boro - 1400 GraemeK, Adrian Scott 2, PeteC1979 - 240