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Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 18:12
The thing in the background is some sort of bell. The farmer seemed to be pulling on a string to make it ring.
5 recovery miles tonight not easy but made it in one piece.
Away with work for 2 days from tomorrow. Hopefully the hotel will have a jacuzzi or similar to relax in.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 11:50

Here is a picture of the farmer ringing his bell.

It has to be seen to be believed

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 29/06/2015 at 08:57
SK, it's actually the opposite. I always recover a lot faster after the more hilly and off road races. A few minor aches yesterday but feeling fine today. Road ones usually take a lot longer to get over.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 23:42
Glad people enjoyed the report. I always remember the details a lot clearer in off road runs. On the roads I get a bit obsessed with my pacing whereas on Saturday I was enjoying the course and also enjoying racing rather than pacing.
My best results usually come in the really hilly races. I think the secret is not to hammer the uphills and be brave on the downs.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 13:41
From about mile 23.5 came , what felt like, the steepest climb of the day. I could see the 3rd placed guy up ahead who looked like he was struggling so just tried to make sure I was going faster than him. I overtook him near the top of the hill and had a bit of a chat as he was one of the guys I had run a lot with earlier. No sooner had I passed him an older guy just went past us like we were stood still. I hadn't seen him previously on the course so he must have been pacing himself . I had a go at keeping up with him but didn't want to risk blowing up completely as my legs were really starting to hurt. With about 2 miles to go the Bournemouth guy caught back up and we had one last go to catch up with 3rd but realised we would never catch up so decided to cruise the last mile (it turned out to be 2) back down to the finish having a good old chat about life, running and how long the course would be. We came down the last hill and crossed the line together. The results showed joint 4th in 3.46 (I think) so very happy with the result.
It was my personal worst time but also my highest finish in a marathon.

Had a quick shower and spent the rest of the afternoon cheering everyone else across the line whilst drinking cider and having the worlds biggest ice cream.

It's a great race and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys off road and hills. The organisers and other runners don't take themselves too seriously which was a nice touch. Never had a race where I've chatted to so many people before, during and after. Really made me proof of the running community.
Not feeling too sore this morning so will take the dog for a walk and then off to TGI Fridays for dinner.

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:52
Between. 10-15 miles I settled in with a couple of runners, one called Paul, who has run 118 marathons and knew this course well. It really helped to pass the time when there a a few people to chat to. By 17 miles Paul had dropped back and the other guy went on as I had to tie a shoelace. I knew I was in the top 10 but not exactly. Mile 17 to 19 was a fast downhill on the road where I averaged just under 7 min pace but knew the 2nd biggest climb of the race was to come. Mile 19 to 20 was nearly all uphill and as I was focusing on chasing down the bloke on front another runner (from Bournemouth) came along alongside and had a chat about the 20 mile aid station which was famous for serving cider. There were a few other runners at the aid station so we quickly had a cup of cider and I just put my foot down for the downhill section to mile 23. Where I was told I was in 4th place.


Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:40
I'm back, looks like there have been loads of parkrun PBs going on. Well done to everyone.

Well, we arrived at the campsite (farmers field) on Friday afternoon evening to set the tent up. There was a bit of a Glastonbury feel to the whole event. The event had taken over the small village where it was based. Race HQ was the village hall where they also had a bar set up for Friday and Saturday night and the WI were serving hot food. The village green was where the finish was located and where everyone would congregate after the race.
We had a couple of pints of real ale outside race HQ and chatted to a few people who had done the race previously and the consensus was that it was very hilly and you would expect to put about an hour on your flat marathon PB. It was also noted that it may be slightly longer than the traditional 26.2. Last year it was nearer 28. Had one more pint in the local pub and went to bed with a time of 3.45 - 4hrs in mind.
The race was started by a lady on a horse in full hunting gear blowing on a horn and we set off along a half mile of flat road before the first hill. Feign good I settled into about 10th place but when the steep hills came I decided on a fast hike on the ups and after about 5 miles had dropped back to about 15th but was feeling good. After about 3 miles we encountered a naked farmer sat in a bath tub ringing a bell as you went past!!!.
Between miles 6 and 10 there were couple of large climbs and by the second) one I had caught up with a group of 5 runners so on a steep downhill I just went for it and let gravity do it's business and went past everyone that was being more conservative (less suicidal)

Pfitzinger Race Thread 2015

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 09:09
Of to deepest darkest Dorset this evening to set up camp for tomorrow's race.
According to the website there isn't any phone signal down there so I'll be giving my race report on Sunday evening. You guys may even see the results before I do.

Runners Nipple

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 15:55
VDOT50 wrote (see)
Do not try to rip th asda stuff off. You'll end up looking like a shop dummy.

I`ve just picked some of the ASDA stuff up. I will try and remember your advice after the race on Saturday.

Great North Run

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 15:50

300 quid for a half??  i`m out.

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