I know what you mean Barca, but as I was helping someone else get round their first half it was just as satisfying seeing them finish. It was interesting being back there though, speaking to a lot of the people they had literally done no training, and was a completely different mindset to the usual folks I'm in amongst. To be fair though, the majority were all focused on the Charity aspect rather than the running so fair play to them!
I did laugh when it was pointed out to me that the further back you went, the larger the people became - it was so true! No nice wee bums to follow back there!
Wow, what a day! Glad (almost) everyone had a great time and well done Ali!!
Got to say I couldn't fault the organisation form start to finish, especially for a race of that size, it went like absolute clockwork so big well done for that! I had a great time, just enjoyed the whole experience, met some great people, missed a PB by 37 minutes but was really good to be able to jog round with no pressure of a time, helping and encouraging others, high fiving everyone, cheering the bands etc, which I never normally do!
I also had to haul a woman out of the road otherwise she was going in the ambulance too, can;t believe how many people were wearing headphones on a race like that with an atmosphere like that!
I also wont do it again, now that I've experienced it, I started in the very last pen - took me 45 minutes to cross the start line and must have overtaken around 15000 folk, which I probably wont ever do again either!
Got Glasgow half in October, then a holiday, hopefully get in to London and can start the serious training again! Good luck for LN Ali, I'm sure you'll do great!
Thanks for the advice VB, I'll do some more checking and hopefully be okay, looks like it's an earlyish rise though! Looking forward to it now!
Feeling slightly rough today after deciding to sink a bottle of red last night so just a wee leg refresher run for me tonight! Hope everyone else staying injury free, sorry to those with late withdrawals, been there / bought the t-shirt (literally!) and it's not nice.....
Ali, I looked at that but am away that weekend, going to try and do the Linlithgow one on the 28th if OH allows but got the Glasgow half the week after too!
Never mind Ali, your legs will be thanking you for that run - even if your head and body are not! Good luck to you!
Sorecalf, I would say it depends on what other cross training you've been doing, if you're fit then you'll manage but even if not, you've got a bit of running experience so you will finish it - it just won't be pretty!! I'm a wee bit in the same boat in that I was injured but I've managed to build it up over the last month and feeling in decent shape to get round comfortably but gave up the racing idea a long time ago and just going to enjoy it. You can still defer, just depends on how much you're looking forward to it - or not! However, if it was me I probably wouldn;t go over 10K, do runs alternate days with cross training, finishing Thursday and then hope for the best!
I need a bit of advice on the transport too if anyone can help. I'm planning on driving to the car parks at South Shields (so I can just drive straight back up to Scotland after) and then metro / bus to the start. I just really need to know how much time I should allow myself, ie do the car parks fill up really quickly or can I get a long lie and get there around 9am with no hassles? Any info appreciated!