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Stevenage Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 21:13

Cool, seems weird to have a different route in the library advertising it but that's going to be fun. Run past the end of my road at around 16 miles... I need to way up the pros and cons of whether to run the route frequently in training as it would be around 14 miles and once the dark nights are here much of that is my normal training routes.

How is everyone elses training going? I'm roughly where I want to be and improving. 4 days away and on the piss seems to have rejuvenated me rather than broken me! 

Stevenage Marathon 2014

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 19:26

Where did you find that Tim? It's quite different to the one I saw in the Library promoting the event. That said, I think that's a better course, though the last few miles will be grim!

jobseekers allowance

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:26

While I don't necessarily agree with it I can follow the logic that someone in receipt of a pension is arguably not a job seeker. 

Race cancellations and consumer rights

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 10:10

That posts reads as if last minurte cancellations are far more common than they actually are

How much would you pay for a half marathon photo

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 14:09
Snap! wrote (see)

If you want a print I'd pay £10. By the time the photographer dicks about with printing and postage that sounds reasonable. 

I think a better model is to take a small retainer, allow everyone free downloads so they can print their own, but higher resolution/larger downloads cost. 

Then it's largely down to the quality of the shots. If they're good, people will pay for them.


AW3 wrote (see)

Yeah I did the Run Through Wimbledon Half Marathon a couple of weeks ago and was really pleased to see all of the official photographers photos were just posted up on Facebook without watermarks etc. I think it's a much better model for the organisers to add on a pound or so to the entry fee and hire a photographer at a flat rate. IMO race photos are a much better freebie than a medal or t-shirt that will probably end up in the bin when you get home.

I've never bought a photo at the usual rate of £10+ but I can see why a photographer would want to charge that much to try to make it worth their while.

I've done Run Through events and thought the same thing. Conversely I think it was Run Hackney where the pictures were shit and they wanted a small fortune.

I think the business model for race pictures is totally flawed. We go to clubnights like Torture Garden and Anti-Christ where outfits are a huge part of the night so pictures are alwatys popular. The club pay photographers the pictures end up on Facebook, they get shared, the clubnight gets promoted, the photographer gets promoted (just a small watermark rather than one that obscures the pic) and if you want a high resolution one you can ask for one. I think the same would work with running (and cycling for that matter). The quality of most pictures quite simply aren't worth paying for. I take better pictures than some so called professional photographers.

Sub 3:30 Stevenage Marathon 2 November

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 13:29

Still no word on our hero?

Anyway, I spent yesterday feeling like crap but a medicinal curry appears to have done the trick. Don't feel 100% but much nearer to normal. It's weird as I felt fine yesterday other than random aches and totally shattered.

I actually put my entry in at the weekend along with the Ealing Half in September and trying to deicde on whether to run Brixton and/or Hyde Park 10km at the end of the month.

On a plus point the festival I was supposed to be at next weekend is cancelled. And while I'm gutted I no longer have to consider the training impact of 5 nights of sex drugs and rock n roll!

Portsmouth Coastal 2014

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 13:15

I may live to regret this but I'm in...


Marrakech Marathon 2015

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 13:41

I've done the half and loved it. But then again I've been to Morrocco many times and love the place!

You need to learn that Morroccans are very relaxed about just about everything and that does give the impression of organised chaos! But it went fine on the day and it was a nice enough course and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. You need a medical certificate (it's effectively under french rules) to be able to start but noboddy ever asked to see mine! 

If you enter, you can get decent accomodation near the main square for around £25 a night for a double room bed and breakfast (and that's far from the cheapest) which are hard to fault and within walking distance of the start.

Sub 3:30 Stevenage Marathon 2 November

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 11:39

If you'd have asked me on Friday I'd have said great. Thursday I had a great run, 6 1/2 miles at 10 minute miles, felt very comfortable, cruised up the hills, pulse nice and low and was making a conscious effort to hold back pace and distance. Felt like I could have ran like that forever.

Saturday I'd planned a 10 miler, changed that plan to Sunday as I'd felt like crap on Friday with a bad head all day. Yesterday I struggled from the offset and ended up doing just 6, struggled on the slightest incline and I haven;t actually looked at the data but I was running slower and with a heart rate higher than I'd have expected whenever i glanced at my watch. Had pretty much lost my voice when i got back and feel tired today (sleapt through my alarm which never happens!) so I'm assuming that I've picked up a bug of sorts. With hindsight I should have abandoned the run within a mile or so as it was obvious I wasn't right but I'd hoped to run through it.


Posted: 04/08/2014 at 11:27

I'm estranged from my family and while I'm open about the fact the reasons are to a degree 'secret'. As a consequence of that several years ago I changed my name and moved from my hometown to London severing an awful lot of ties. I rarely discuss my 'old' life. My girlfriend doesn't pry, I open up occassionally and she knows some of the history - I don't see what's wrong with that?

That said I would never decieve her, I did once and have no desire to hurt her like that again.

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