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Snowdonia Marathon 2015

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 17:22

Howdy doody everyone ,  hope all the running is going well? i thought it was time i said hello. Boy this race is coming up very quickly. After a few years pb chasing i thought it was about time i came back to my all time fav mara.

How can the Edinburgh Marathon be the fastest?

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 17:07

It's  been a few years since I've  ran it but as i recall. I personally felt that while the course is potentially fast, and i did do a significant pb. I felt i could do better on others, the course suited a small number of the field. The sub 3: 15-30 group as their wasn't enough runners faster than that to protect you from the coastal winds and above that the route was a bit crowded. You also as well  as the wind have to factor heat into the equation that can be an issue some years.

Wrexham village bakery half marathon

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 08:52
Thanks pink, with all the events I'd forgot about him taking photo's

With regards to the Marshall/lead car driver, I don't blame him, he/her are also victim of the ongoing problems with this event. Which is the reapted reoccurring problems with the organisation of the race.

Wrexham village bakery half marathon

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 08:49

this use to be a cracking race and a highlight  in the racing year.

sadly their has been questionable decisions / actions the last 4yrs. I complained to them last year about their being no water until 7m. which is in breech of uka rules that states it has to be every 5k! I've had problems in the past with my kidneys so take hydration very seriously. I thought they had sorted this as I did glimpse water but no one drinking (I carried/ drank my own water at 3m) but clearly not.  this makes me think they aren't listening or taking their responsibilities seriously!

this year its communication, I new from the website the route had changed and looked for maps in registration, I couldn't find one (the first of many mistakes). they failed to communicate on all levels.  I personally find it in these modern times it hard to believe they didn't know the route was long beforehand and it gives the impression that they kept it quite so runners didn't ask for their money back!

when this race didn't use to fill up it ran like clockwork, however these days their seems to be an arrogance that has set in. they are not listening to runners, or learning from their mistakes! they are giving club races a bad name! 

while I always like to try and support local club races these have run out of chances and I'm gonna look for something else next year.

Liverpool Rock n' roll marathon

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 08:07

Think im gonna have to do this one as I never did the last lots race as they have a habit off messing up.  But this lot have a very good reputation. Might take it easy though  and just enjoy the event 

Liverpool or Chester or somewhere else entirely

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 19:19

its 2 mountains and 1 hill in the middle (which i find the real killer that softens you up for waunfawer). i did the same thing, wouldn't do it until id broke the sub 3 mark. and haven't done it for a year or two because old farther time is catching up with me and best performances will soon be a thing of the past  (hence why targeting pb courses)

I'm jealous that your doing silver-stone, so wish to do that one as I'm a fan of f1.  but it clashes with 20m races that i only get a crack at once a year. 

all the best which ever you decide to do and don't take race predictors too seriously for your first one. when you put other distances in they are notorious for predicting way too fast a times.mara's are not very forgiving beasts, and can make your first not the enjoyable experience it should be.  

p.s. every welsh/eng mara runner should have snod on their cv, absolute gem of a race

Paris Marathon 2013

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 12:40

how'd do'd folks, thought it was about time i said Bonjour.  been a while since i did this one, so decided to have another go at it. (hopefully without the shin splints this time )

good to see some familiar faces.

Liverpool or Chester or somewhere else entirely

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 12:16

ive done chester and rate it extremly highly, lots of clubmates have done l'pool and seem content enougth.

however, personally i like my mara to either be;-

good pb target races (something i don't consider either to be). don't get me wrong, you can pb them, but can do better elsewhere.


ridiculously hilly ie snowdon. which is the local race id without hesitation recommend. (boy is that one fun)


(personally I'm doing Amsterdam autum 13 )

marathon in autumn?

Posted: 19/06/2011 at 19:16

in the smaller mara's i have the same problem being a sub 3 runner, although in the big city mara's i have trouble with runners getting in the way at the start. so its swings and roundabouts 

i agree totally about the two races clashing and am disappointed that it has happened and hopefully this can be avoided in the future.  personally i wish they had both gone for earlier or slightly late dates, instead of slap bag in the middle of the mara calendar, that time is very congested with excellent proven races.  i'd like to support both my local mara races, but i'm not willing to invest 18wks training for a race without a proven track record of excellence (something neither has yet). i've only manged to fit chester in due to my decision to do a very late main race (27th nov), and its not gonna be flat out, more of a very hard & long, long run.

all the best for liverpool, quite a few club mates are doing it and i'm keeping an eye on it for the futer, and one i want on my CV. although when i can fit it in though is another mater.  (but that in some ways is a nice problem to have)

marathon in autumn?

Posted: 19/06/2011 at 12:22

BS - ROFLOL, chester won't have the numbers that liverpool will have, granted.  but if you gonna critise a race, perhaps compare like for like? i.e. how many are doing chester this year? think you'll find its a few more than last year! just an idea?

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