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manchester marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 19:51

Running mojo is back!  A really strong 5xmile repeats at 7:10mm pace on Friday, an easy 8k jog on Saturday including a 24:41 Parkrun then a nice leisurely 14miler today at 8:45mm pace keeping my HR below 140 which is excellent for me as normally my long run I'm up between 145-150 bpm.  Back on it and feeling motivated again!  Got a tough week ahead though running wise, lactate Tuesday, mara pace run wednesday and hill intervals on Thursday (kill me now!! ) and a 15 mile mara pace run on Sunday.  Hope everyone else has had a good week of running

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 17:48

Robin - As i said just email Arley Hall themselves. They will tell you straight if they have an event planned or not.  I'm sure someone on another forum said that both Arley and Capesthorne had cut ties with MyTriathlon but i cant confirm that for definite.


manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 12:35

Yeah i'm doing Lancaster, it was my replacement for Capesthorne.  It annoyed me they were still advertising it on the site and still taking entries through sportssoft but when i spoke to Capesthorne hall themselves they told me the event had been cancelled some time ago.  I got in touch with sportssoft and they refunded all my cash and took the entry link off their site so nobody can enter any longer.  it was a minor victory but still annoying they are messing people around with Arley.  I looked into their companies house trading records and they are now on the 3rd iteration of MyTriathlon (2+3) Ltd with the first closing down due to unpaid revenue IIRC.  Complete bunch of crooks and need to be avoided.  They have cancelled quite a few events at the last minute including some triathlon ones last year.

I agree capesthorne was good last year but even then they advertised chip timing then after i queried them on that when it didnt arrive in the post they removed the line for their website saying it was chip timed and alas on the day it was manual, which isn't great for £26 (+£5 parking!)

I would contact Arley if i were you, but i would very much expect you will be told there is no event happening that day.


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Posted: 17/09/2014 at 12:17

Robin - Agreed there is normally a 10% off voucher in the messenger which would negate the price increase.  I think the numbers will go up from last year, they are pushing the "marathon of the year" award they won and hoping that will drive up numbers.  Its a few years now since the baggage debacle and i think more runners will give it a chance and we will see it grow.  not sure the relay numbers will be up though, most of the complaints from last year were from the relay guys and girls, it sounded like a complete shambles with runners not knowing where the cross-over points were and numerous reports of runners running way too long or not long enough by quite some distance.

Arley half.... you could be waiting a long time for that to ever happen.  I had a good running battle with those buggers!

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 11:47

I'm debating entering before the prices go up on the expectation that i get knocked back from London.

Running has become a chore this week, my legs just really aren't in the mood at all.

What's the general level of fitness

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 14:26

Complete mix at my place (around 140 staff).  One pretty decent triathlete, one 35min 10k lad (who's left now), a couple of us between 40-45min 10ks, an ex semi pro footballer and a load of gym bunnies who go to spin and circuit etc then a whole load of couch potatoes.  So im probably in the top 2 or 3 most active and probably top 10- fittest although that would hugely depend on how that is measured.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 21:22

Good work with the 10k Bigeater!  Your current training sounds similar to mine, half way through training for Lancaster half on 2nd November although the other half is pressuring me to swap it for Conwy on 23rd Nov so that i can go to a halloween party on the 1st Nov   i really want to get a sub 1:40 under my belt which should be quite comfortable but Conwy has a huge hill/small mountain around mile 8 which could just finish me off.

My plan had a 21k long run today but im still feeling the effects of the Salford 10k race last weekend which i put all out effort into collecting a 56 second PB (43:13) but its meant i havent done any of the scheduled runs this week at pace although ive still managed 45k in total.  Back on with the plan proper tomorrow.


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Posted: 11/09/2014 at 10:51

Robin - Quickly back off topic there is a section in the P&D book on streches/workouts which is really good.  There are 5 different workouts all for different gains, flexibility, strength, core etc.  All are circuit based workouts taking around 20-30 mins (of course you can shorten/extend that as you please).  Well worth a look and dont require any special equipment or a gym pass (although a couple of them use a gym ball which you may or may not have).


manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 09:49

I have read/continue to read and watch a lot of things about running technique, increasing cadence, reducing stride legnth, landing foot placement etc but i find the hardest thing is actually putting any of it into practice and actually changing something.  As my times have dropped my running style seems to have improved but i think that's more just from my body adapting naturally rather than anything i'm forcing.  When i tried to up my cadance i just ended up with really stupid choppy strides which just felt unnatural.

Has anyone successfully changed their style and can describe how you actually went about it?  or is it just a case of letting the body find its most efficient style (after all that's what the human body has adapted over billions of years) and concentrate on cross training to strengthen the core and muscles needed for running.  The latter is my current method of improving running style, just go with the flow!

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 11:51

will hqve to catch up for a couple of long runs in winter Pete if youre Chorlton based.   Your times are pretty identical to mine and your only round the corner

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