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Posted: Yesterday at 17:52

On the way to Manc marathon last year i was stood behind where Tom + Martin from Marathon Talk were sat on the tram and even though i had listened to every podcast throughout my whole training schedule I didnt say a word to them.  Kicked myself for it afterwards.  Their podcasts got me through quite a few of the long runs.


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Posted: Yesterday at 12:07

299 ran (or at least finished), the race had an entry limit of 300 according to RunBritain.  Likely its been massaged to make the event seem better organised.  Well done on the PB, well under your 1:50 target

I agree with you though Robin, the event was actually ran pretty well on the day.  basic but well organised.  The chip timing was a nice bonus, as was the free parking.  The medal was actually alright as well and the tech t-shirts also seem ok.

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Posted: Yesterday at 10:58

Robin - Results have been released   I came 38th - woop!

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Posted: 19/10/2014 at 13:37
Wythenshawe has one really muddy stretch which from Oct to may is ankle deep in mud, then around 3k of running in grass which saps the legs. Its flat tho.

Smashed it round Arley today. Felt really strong and managed a fairly even pace despite the strong headwind on the way back in to the finish. ran a 1:35:20 for a 5:11min PB so im so happy with that. Training had gone so well and I thought with the rivington run and this bloody cold I had blown my chance at a decent run.

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 20:43

Great work - must try that out some time, a few regs at Wythenshawe say south manc is quicker.

Robin - Good luck at Arley tomorrow.  I'm #175, if you see me give me a shout.  Weather forecast looks ok, just hoping the wind isnt as strong as it sounds it might be.  I'm still full of a cold and still have a sore ankle so not sure what to expect out of tomorrow

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Posted: 18/10/2014 at 14:59

Well done on the PB Pete!  Was that at South Manchester?

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Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:30

I also noted in the Wilmslow entry that £20 of the fee goes towards a Wilmslow half marathon charity fund which sounds interesting.  They use the funds for projects in the local area which is good to see.  Its also a decent way of them generating more money than the actual race entry as they can claim gift aid on top.

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Posted: 17/10/2014 at 12:28

I think it was 30 last year.  it seems the going rate this days but yeah it feels a little steep.  Chester is 32, both are excellently organised, good medal, tech t shirt.  Rivington (i know its trail and they generally are much better priced) was only £20 with an excellent tech t, decent medal and a decent goody bag (decent food bits, not just flyers).  At the other end of the scale Conwy half is £27 and thats without a tech t, thats an extra £9 if you want one of those!

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Posted: 17/10/2014 at 10:56

Yeah forecast is looking good Robin, i'm hoping i can shift this cold and also my ankle clears up a bit (its been giving me jip since Rivington).  Did a steady 10k in 48 mins yesterday and didnt feel too bad, although my breathing was a bit restricted and my ankle hurt for the last 2-3k.  Will just go off for a PB on Sunday and if my body says no ill scale back and will have to rely on a race effort at Conwy which isnt ideal.

Pete - I like to have an event once a month or so.  I don't race them all (i probably wont race any of those half marathons before Manc), i just like the social side of loads of other being around me on a long run.  I also get quite nervous on race day so the more i do the more i get used to doing them

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Posted: 16/10/2014 at 20:56

Ok thats Wilsmlow entered.  So my new year will be looking like 4 villages half in Jan, Barcelona half in Feb, Wilmslow half in March and then Manchester in April.  Happy days

Kirsty - Congrats on the house situation!  My advise would just see how it goes with trianing.  Dont decide now what you may or may not do as you cant foresee any issues you might have or it could be straight forward and you have loads of time for training

Ian - rest up and get back out there soon fella!

Coop - The P&D book is excellent and taught me loads.  Even if you only read the first 2 chapters they are invaluable.  Teach you all about why you do each run at the pace you do, the benefits of each run, how and why training works and all that jazz.  As a newbie runner the information in that book was incredible.

Robin - You definitely have a sub 4 in you, i'm confident you will do it next year!  They have even laid a perfectly flat canal path for all your winter training

Pete - Hows the taper terrors coming along?  You feeling good?


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