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Boston Marathon 2016 Registration

Posted: Yesterday 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?

deferred GFA

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 20:39

I was wondering the same thing Pi Man, and have a similar question for anyone in the know;

I ran 3:03 in Milan last Spring which got me the GFA place for the this years (2015) VLM. That time later also got me accepted into Boston so I deferred this years VLM place until 2016 (in favour of this years Boston) .I believe they email all deffered entrants by June 1st with a link to enter next years race?

However, I've since bettered my GFA time by running 2:55 at Boston last week. Do I need to declare this quicker time to VLM? E.G. is there any benefit to posting a quicker time in relation to your starting pen in the race? Obviously I've not knocked enough off to get onto the Championship start but I've not been in the GFA area before and therefore don't know if it has 'pens' of it's own based on time? Or is it just a more civilized version of the masses, only based further forward?


I hope that all makes sense, it's a bit of a nightmare to explain! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 14:09

Weather's still looking a bit grim over there, the snow obviously actually have any effect on the race itself (unless it continues into April!)  but I hope its long gone by the time we arrive, purely from a tourist point of view! 

Looks like the Celtics are making a late play-off push too which could be encouraging...

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 18/02/2015 at 13:25

Ooh I might pop into the pre-race party for a mooch when it opens then, think it's about 4.30pm on the Sunday.

Likewise, has anyone been to the 'Mile 27' post-race party? Says it was an 'open ball-park' at Fenway Park last year, surely they don't actually let you out onto the turf? Looking to make a big night of it after the race, I assume everywhere in the centre is rammed with people celebrating.....?

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 17:21

Steve - did you go to the 'Pre Race Pasta Party' on the sunday evening? Any good?

Also, how was the bus-ride from Boston out to Hopkinton? Good natured or is everyone all nervous? And am I right in thinking it's about an hour, getting you to the Athletes Village a couple of hour prior to the start?

Whats actually in the 'village'? Any freebies coffee-wise?! 

Boston Marathon 2015

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 19:17

That's the kind of info I like to hear Steve! I'll be directing all my questions your way from now on!

Jimbob - was thinking of doing the 5K at MARATHON race-pace, should (in theory) feel right easy. Wouldnt dare risk going all-out at 5K pace just a couple of days before! 

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