That's great, Heather! Amazing how quickly the pain of the previous marathon fades from the memory!
About to book flights from Dublin with Aer Lingus, out early Fri and back late Monday. Looking at apartments through waytostay.com - lots of choice & reasonable prices. Berlin's good U- & S-bahn network means you can be quite flexible on location. Ricky's only request after our Dublin experience is that I book one above a niteclub!!
Martin, well done on taking down your boys once again at Run In The Dark!
HMM, I will try to hang on to your tail at Seeley Cup - it's our club dinner the night before so not sure in what state I will turn up! Ricky has vowed he's celebrating that night his entry into next year's Berlin Marathon - that's 4 of us from Dromore all in Berlin now. Ricky had missed out on the original ballot but has been offered a place in the repechage draw - delighted for him ... and myself as I've training partner focussed on the same 'A' race next year!
I would add to HMM's encouragement to put ROTG in your diary. A brilliant event with the challenge of the night before and the seasonal weather adding to the sense of achievement on New Year's Day! And a Ballymena Runners' proper spread afterwards - what's not to love?!!
Anybody heard yet of anyone on the waiting list after the ballot getting another email to award them a place? My running partner is waiting!!
His 'Sorry' email talked about notification between 12th & 15th Nov. Seems a narrow window given that the process of working their way down the waiting list must surely uncover other original applicants who no longer wish to confirm (pay for!) participation?
Emmy H - what wave did you start in? Were you running much faster than your allocated pen's time range?
My Garmin distance for last week's Dublin Marathon was 26.31 miles - I made a conscious effort to avoid swerving and run the apex of bends as much as possible (without cutting up those behind me!). Worst over-distance I've experienced was the 2012 Great North Run when I found myself running at a faster pace than most of my starting pen - this year at the GNR, I was across the line within 45 secs of the gun, found myself amongst similar-paced runnerrs and swerving was minimal.
I've just paid up for Berlin 2014 after being successful in the ballot.