Ha ha thanks for the big cheer, Mr P. It really helped roar me to the finish. I do love Chester. The organisation is amazing and I love the runners village. I just forgot how undulating the course is. It's great running out after watching the marathon start then running with them for the last section.
I probably went out a bit fast. As most of the fast lads were tied up with the marathon it allowed me the opportunity to run at the front. Was 5th at one point and managed to maintain a good pace until the end. Averaged 6:52 pace I think in all but the range was awful 6:25 up to 7:19 - need to sort that. Ran with a lady from Thames Valley and was trying to encourage her to catch the lady in front. I fell off her pace around 10 miles....
This is when the proper marathon runners were running past and I had to dig deep. So glad my name is on my top, it makes such a difference and the crowd in the final mile are so amazing. Really glad Mr P spotted me and the encouragement gave me a boost. Finished in 1:52:45 10th overall, 7th Man and 3rd in my category. Pretty pleased to be honest. Being top ten doesn't happen often and I realise it wasn't the strongest field but top 10 is top 10. Oh and the goody bag had two Kit Kat chunky bars. Amazing! I would recommend either for an autumn marathon. Just superb.
The lady from Thames Valley spoke to me at the end. She finished 3rd lady but she said I should have stayed with her. We were pushing each other round the course and it was great to have the chat at the end.
Only fly in the ointment is I now have a foot rather like Rachel's. So much pain! Thanks for the tip of scrunching the toes it does make it easier. Ibuprofen and icing seem to be doing the trick. Might open the wine in a moment to numb the pain.
If you pop down Mr P I am wearing a white top with Tristan written on in big letters. Just watched the proper marathon start and the race nerves have just kicked in! Perfect conditions for running in though! See you all at the finish!
Sarah good luck with your 10K. Do you ever stop? Best wishes to Angela too 75miles that is mental. Good luck everyone else running.
Well done on getting a place Sean. I think my mag will be a no as they usually get sent after. Secretly hoping it is a no too as I've already entered the Manchester Marathon....
Well done Malcs on your parkrun time. Pretty sure you've got one eye on meeting the GFA London time at York. Bet you surprise yourself!
Chester metric marathon this weekend for me. Not had the best prep... my birthday was on Saturday 20th and I think I've only just sobered up. It was Ramsbottom music festival so many pints were sunk, this was followed by a friends 40th and my partners pub being named the best food pub at the Manchester Food and Drink Awards. I did however manage to squeeze in a parkrun at Heaton Park. Second time there and time fell from 20:16 to 19:26 so pretty pleased with that. Have also damaged my foot. Same thing happened two years ago just before the full marathon. Just iced it and rubbed the ibuprofen in and it was just fine. Hoping it will be pain free by Sunday...
Hope everyone else is better at keeping to a training schedule than me!