Well Done, Jason ... successive PBs in 10k & HM, you should be very pleased with that achievement.
Great to see Paul B and Martin yesterday.
Having originally decided that a HM-paced effort 2 weeks before Berlin was unwise, I subsequently regretted my decision to side-step yesterday ... but was too late to enter. So I set off yesterday morning at 7.30 from the Kings Hall and ran the course as far as the Ormeau Bridge, then continued along the Embankment and up the Stranmillis Rd to meet the HM course at the top of the Malone Rd. Ran at my target MP and timed it - so I thought perfectly - to be in position to cheer the field through the 1.5m marker. Obviously the unfortunate delay to the race start meant hanging around for the guts of an hour but, once the field did pass by, it was great to see so many familiar faces and give them a shout out ... though Paul B was too fast for me to spot but he saw me!
I thought the course was good and will definitely pencil-in to my race schedule next year.
You forgot to list your physical attributes so your impersonator can pass the photo id check! Seriously, though, is the Berlin Marathon website not still offering last-minute entries - after return of tour operators' places - for the premium price of Eur 158 which includes a Eur 60 donation to a German Heart charity?
Your start-number can be picked up at the expo BERLIN VITAL at the former airport Tempelhof on September 25th till September 27th, 2014. (Please remember to print out and bring along your participant confirmation)
Presentation of a photo-id (ID-card, passport, driver‘s licence) is mandatory!
Presentation of the registration confirmation is mandatory!
Your participation documents have to be picked up personally!
I remember you posting about some impressive times/training when I first came on this forum. As DS says, hope you're over the worst of the injuries by now - how has your GNR training gone?
I will be sad not to toe the line on the Newcastle Western By-pass next weekend. The 2011 GNR was my focus for starting out on my journey as a runner and I then signed up to run 2012 - 2014. However, having got into Berlin Marathon (fly out 4 weeks today!!) and taking into account the expense of Berlin, I decided 2 Away trips inside 3 weeks would have been hard to justify. So, instead, I will be enviously tuning in to the BBC coverage before heading into Belfast for the Laganside 10k.
I've decided against running Dambusters HM tomorrow. Reckoned my Berlin training is better served by running back-to-back longer efforts this weekend.
Good Luck to anyone headed for Mourne country tomorrow ... maybe see some of you at Laganside?
Happy to have amused my fellow runners on here ...
There is another photo of me captured at another HM last year that trumps the Groomsport pic in terms of functional but fashion faux-pas ... but perhaps others might like to join in with their own contributions?! All in the spirit of not taking ourselves too seriously, of course!
(Not to mention my profile pic! But given that was taken during Race Over The Glens in freezing, driving rain ... function won out on the day!)