JadeUK: huge congratulations mate on your first mara, its a special time and was an emotional one for me, in a good way. Hope you soak it up and take in what a great achievement you've done. 26.2 miles is a bloody long way and 4:30 is a great time. I have mates still trying to crack the sub 4:30 so well done. BTW, valencia is definitely up there with the best marathon experiences i've done, you've officially been spoiled
Huw: you'll deffo get your sub 3, keep chipping away and you're time will come. The crisps are the answer
Simon: well done too, sub 4 is a tough one, good on yer for sticking it out. The bonk is a horrible place and i've jacked on more times than i care to mention in races, so you'll reflect on that rough phase in training and future races. It'll make you tougher.
Tpb: awesome time, good work fella, hope youre as chuffed as me with sub 3
James: well done and happy 184th birthday!!! hope you enjoyed the race. Whats next?
I've enjoyed this thread fellas, whats next for everyone? One bloke i spoke to said frankfurt was a great autumn mara. I may go back to race amsterdam again next year which has a similar feel to valancia. I'm back training next week for a 100mile non stop ultra which i DNF'ed this year at 80miles, so unfinished business!
Great work too Huw, I know you wanted to go faster, but 3:17 is still a bloody great time. Not sure about you, but did you think it was warm? I thought at first it wasn't but around half way I was thinking my plan may go tits up as I was getting pretty roasty! I took my salt and vinegar sports crisps as planned and thankfully managed to stave off the cramps. Nice towel and free beer at the end!