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2016 Brentwood Half Marathon

Posted: 14/02/2016 at 15:25

I'm also looking for an entry for this. If anyone has a place they can no longer use and would like to transfer please let me know.


MBNA Chester Marathon 2014

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 08:46

Thanks for the advice all. Good luck for Sunday and enjoy the next couple of days of excitement (it's totally fine to feel nervous at this point  - it just means you're getting mentally ready for a great run. Just try to relax a little as well).

Liz - your taper sounds perfect to me. Don't stress. All the hard work is done.

Thanks for the course info and all your other tips Wrexhambob. Hope you enjoy steering a very successful bus

MBNA Chester Marathon 2014

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 20:18

Hi All

Apologies for jumping in at the last minute. I'm also running on Sunday: 10th marathon but first time at Chester. Really looking forward to it (although of course I'm also nervous!). Looks like it's an event with great organisation and a great course. Relieved to read Wrexhambob's description of the last hill at Sandy Lane not being too long or dramatic. Was just wondering if you (or anyone else who knows the course) could share any more info about what the last 6 miles are like (this is the bit I really want to prepare myself for as aiming for a big pb if all goes to plan).

Agree with what has already been said about expecting to run significantly faster on race day than during training runs but certainly think you need to have a planned pace and stick to it for the first 18 - 20 miles (I have crashed and burned way too many times due to feeling great during the first half and suddenly deciding I can run a marathon much quicker than any of my preparation suggested I could!).

Good luck to all with surviving the rest of the taper madness.

Ask the coaches

Posted: 12/03/2014 at 19:18

Hi Steve

I'll be running London this year as my 9th marathon, aiming for sub-3. In previous years, my training has gone well but then, off a 3 week gradual taper, I often get ill in the final week or two before the race. I'm wondering whether I should trial a steeper 2 week taper this year in order to reduce the time I have to get ill in?


Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 20:37

Don't worry about all the niggles, heavy legs etc. Taper madness affects me every time and I've never had once had an issue with any of my suspected injuries on the day. I'm travelling tomorrow so just wanted to say Good Luck to everyone. Relax and enjoy it (well the first half anyway!). I'm aiming for 2:59 so will look out for Leebe, Millsy and Jamie Farmer and hope we can help each other out with the pacing for a while. Sooooo looking forward to that walk to the tea urn (swiftly followed by a few galsses of wine!) on Sunday afternoon!

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 20:47

Jamie - I think the lucozade has been in smaller 300mls bottles the last couple of years.

For carbo-loading, I normally just stick to my usual diet (it's probably pretty high carb anyway if you've been doing a lot of miles in training) and add in a couple of extra carb snacks. I'll have extra snacks on Friday so I don't feel the need to overdo it on Saturday (and risk feeling too bloated come Sunday). A bowl of cereal before bed on Saturday (with water as milk doesn't always agree with me) is enough for me to feel "topped up" but not too bloated to sleep.

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 19:34

no gels given out I'm afraid. Defintiely worth carrying some (or getting soemone to hand you them) if you're used to using them in training.

Leebe - I'll look out for you in your black Nike kit and maybe we can chug along comfortably at 6:50 - 6:45 together for a few miles.

Abingdon Marathon 2013

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 14:24

Hi All

Enjoy some good rest and lots of sleeping this week. I'll be aiming for 2:59 (6:50 per mile first half, 6:45 per mile second). Happy to share some pacing with anyone aiming for soemthing similar. I'll be wearing a cherry and white "Beckenham Running Club" vest.

Re: carrying gels: I've never had too much trouble carrying them in my shorts pockets (Ronhill Aspiration Flexlite), but will alos be asking my supporters to hand me some too (easily done Abingdon as it's not too crowded).

Good luck all.

Marathon webchat with coach Sam Murphy

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 08:37

Thanks for all the great advice Sam - very much appreciated.

Marathon webchat with coach Sam Murphy

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:28

Hi Sam

London will be my eigth marathon and I'm aiming to run sub 3 hours (although I've missed a bit of training through illness, I think I've got enough long runs and quality sessions in). I always do a 3 week taper and don't usually race any later than 5 weeks to go, but this time I'm wondering about racing either a half 2 weeks prior to the marathon or a 10k 1 week before. I'm not sure whether I'd take too much out of myself (I would definitely race them at full effort), or whether, being shorter distances, they'd work as nice "sharpeners" to keep a little speed in the legs. Do you have any advice?

Many thanks.

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