Andy D

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Posted: 27/05/2015 at 13:34

Cybistrider - I'll be at Chester too. Sub-2:45 is the target.

Well done on the PBs Selbs and DanA!

What time does the London Marathon Ballot open?

Posted: 04/05/2015 at 08:02
Meh, I won a Virgin Money branded Ferrari along with my guaranteed entry!

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Posted: 01/05/2015 at 18:27

Wardi - That's always been my strategy too, but the bargains appear to be drying up. I just picked up 2 pairs of old Bostons at £60 each but no old Adios around and the cheapest of the new version are £85 down from £110 RRP!

Sub 3

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:58

Congrats to the leading ladies!

I have a shoe question. Is anybody running in anything that they'd consider to be reasonably priced at the moment?

The last few years I've been running in Adidas Adios and Bostons. Since the Boost versions came in prices seem to have rocketed. Previously I could pick up pairs for £55 to £65, now it's £80 to £100.

There's one retailer that I can still get non-Boost Bostons from but I expect they'll run out soon. I'm wondering if it's time for a different brand.

MBNA Chester Marathon 2015

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 11:46

Thanks. It sounds good. I've run Helsby a number of times which isn't too far away and may look at Lake Vyrnwy Half as a build up race.

MBNA Chester Marathon 2015

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 22:33
Just signed up for this one as my 11th marathon. Thanks for the course descriptions so far. Is there any other 'need to know' info from those who have run it before?

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Posted: 29/04/2015 at 18:54
Working away this week in a hotel with decent facilities, so I decided to measure my minuscule todger.

3k easy on a treadmill followed by foam roller, stretching, swim and sauna. Feeling pretty good now but the next 2 weeks will be very easy. I have the Welsh Castles Relay and Freckleton Half to look forward to in June and I don't fancy losing any time through injury.

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Posted: 28/04/2015 at 15:20

Congrats Ballesteros. Good report and impressive final mile!

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Posted: 28/04/2015 at 14:29

Well done Lev, cracking result for a Tuesday lunchtime!

Congratulations to all, especially Electric Sheep and RockHopper Penguin for achieving sub-3's.

My own race was pretty uneventful, which is generally positive in marathon running since unforeseen events are rarely helpful.  

Going in to the race I was a bit unsure about my fitness having only got back to consistent training since December. I was aiming to run 6:40 min/miles off the championship start, so had runners streaming past me for the first 6 miles or so. Despite trying really hard to hold back my pace I went through halfway in 1:26:33 so was about a minute up on my schedule. There were a couple of niggles around 15m but generally it was pretty comfortable and I was pleased to get to 20m mostly so I could stop holding myself back. Once I did, I didn't actually speed up much but could focus on picking off groups along the embankment. Mile 25 was a bit tough, but I managed a strong finish for 2:53:17, passing 136 and getting passed by 13.  

I'll be looking for an autumn marathon next, probably Chester, to build on this performance to get back under 2:45. Then next year hopefully I'll be in shape for another 2:3x attempt.  

I mentioned briefly before, but one of the guys from a local club (Wesham) managed to get a supporting role in Paula's run and has since been enjoying local celebrity with TV and radio interviews. He caught up with her at 20m and said that once the men's race had finished the camera bikes came back to focus on Paula from about 21m. At which point he had to hang on in there rather than bomb out live on TV. He then cemented his 15mins of fame by holding hands with her down the Mall.

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 18:06
Well done Jools. 2.53.32 for me so pleased with that.

Highlight of the day has to be that the guy who held hands with Paula at the end is a good lad from a local club to me, and has now become an absolute legend.
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