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New York 2016

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 20:16

The Mrs is in for New York now! She came to London at the weekend for my race and generally just got wound up that she wasn't doing it herself!

As it's our honeymoon we figured it was worth it to shell out for a place for her through Sport Tours International, we'll probably not get the chance to do it again for about 25 years! As we've already got our flights and hotel booked, she took the cheapest option of three nights accommodation (in a shared-room with a stranger?!) and race entry. We'll simply just not use the hotel they include, incase it's got a bathtub then I'll be straight in there for a bath afterwards

We ran the Frankfurt Marathon together in October so I've no worries about her doing the distance, however I'm planning on 'having a go' in NY so we'll be around 1.5hrs apart in terms of finishing times. Therefore the logistics and practicalities of how we'll meet up etc may be sometime of a challenge.....

New York 2016

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 20:47

Eileen - I do indeed remember you, was a pleasure to help you round London that year, had a look at the results afterwards and saw how you'd got on, great work! I'm 'racing' London this year but am going to ask to pace again next year, so may well see you again!

Jimbob - I gathered the same with regards to not being at the start too early. I may well see you at the GFA area, will you be wearing your famed Team GB vest?

NYC is 200 days today!

New York 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:13

Talking of Regents Park, was planning on heading there for a little 5K loosener next Saturday morning before VLM, we're staying right near Euston so seemed the most logical option nearby?

New York 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 07:11

Like Jimbob I've gone for the 6.15am ferry and a poncho, seemed to be the best option for me after reading through thread on the USA Runners World, looking at getting the Mrs a Grandstand ticket so she'll have some warm clothes with her. With regards to freezing at the start, I'll go for the full-on hobo look as I did last year in Boston, million layers of charity-shop fodder, worked a treat

New York 2016

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 19:33

Bloody hell Jimbob, after Paris, London and Boston it seems we'll be running the same race on the same day again as I too am in for New York...!

We're booked just in a hotel just off Times Square, £800 for 8 nights and it looks just the job. As they'll be asking regards transport options soon, which option am I better off going with?

Also, is it spectator friendly? My fiancée (or should I say Wife by then) will be coming to watch, will she be best to park in one place relatively close to the finish or will she be able to get the subway around to see various points along the route? Also, in relation to that, I see they're selling 'Grandstand Tickets' for spectators for the last 200m, would it be worth the $75 they're asking?


Boston Marathon 2016 Registration

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 21:08

Along with Jimbob, I too ran Boston last year (and saw him on the way round). It is a MAGNIFICENT occasion, imagine the World Cup or Olympics for amateurs and you've an idea of the sheer magnitude of the event. I've never seen anything like it! 

Milan marathon

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 20:03

I ran Milan last year, lovely break and a decent race, in short;

* Other than to pick up your bib there's nothing whatsoever at the expo.

* The start is RIGHT out on an industrial estate-type place, easy enough to get to on the metro but a miles way from the station to the start.

* Route is'nt the most exciting but is VERY flat. Starts out of the city and goes through some little shanty towns, then does a big loop of the city centre, nice once you get into town.

* Support is alright on the way round and the finish is pretty busy and very smart, finishing infront of the beautiful Parco Sempione.

* Weather seems to vary quite dramatically. In 2013 it absolutely poured down but last year, when we ran, it was BAKING hot! They were well on the ball with water, fresh fruit etc on the way round.

* Milan is a beautiful city, we were there Friday to Tuesday and loved it.

In conclusion; a nice, flat and fast race in a beautiful city. Not the most exciting on the calendar but deffo worth it for a 'destination marathon'...

Adequate gloves for very VERY COLD weather..

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 19:47

May be a bit bizarre looking at gloves at this time of year but I figured I might be able to pick some up reduced as it's well out of season.

I'm after some SUPER cold weather running gloves, capable of keeping my mitts warm during even the coldest of winters. I was doubling up with some cheapo Karrimor and plain woolly ones last winter but the cold was still getting in, and once it was in it was there to stay. I was getting up at 4.30am to get long runs in before work but it was taking 15 minutes to get the key in the door (!) then another 20 to fully defrost before my hand were capable of functioning correctly, and even then they were in agony as the warmth came back into them!

So can anyone suggest / recommend a pair that they've found to keep out even the coldest of conditions? I don't mind shelling out a fair bit (prob up to £40) for a pair as I know I'll get my moneys worth out of them.....

Thanks guys 

deferred GFA

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 21:16

Ace, cheers mate

deferred GFA

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 21:08

I'd imagine I'll have stuck 3:00 or thereabouts down but it was that long ago that I haven't got a clue...! Certainly wouldn't have put any slower. Any idea if they'll be the chance to amend this prediction as I wouldn't mind a bash at 2:50 on a flatter London course, and the weather would be going some to be worse than Boston last Monday too!

So there's more than one pen for the GFA start?

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