Charles Jans

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Sprinting at the end of a long run

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 21:28

Suspect it has limited benefits beyond mentally building for the kick for home, but would doubt it does much harm and if you enjoy it then why not.

If you're seeking a 'no pain no gain' approach, could try splitting the long run into a 4+1 or 5+1, and jack the pace up and hold it throughout the last 15-20% of the distance. 

Beetroot juice

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 14:46

Agree condition differences between the two make comparisons difficult but my takeaway was that beetroot could have added at most a few seconds and most probably nothing at all. 

Beetroot seems to have the attention of sports scientists and a few pro athletes. i wasn't convinced and wanted my own data. If you don't think this provides any relevant evidence then fine. Not sure it warrants the abuse above though tbh.


Beetroot juice

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 23:14

Amsterdam marathon oct 2013:

Pint of beetroot juice daily pre-race.  Decent training (90-105km pw). Flat course, laser focus, all-out effort, even pacing. Result: 2.43 pb

London marathon apr 2014:

no beetroot juice. No training at all for previous 6 months beyond a couple of 20k and some erging. Hot day, no attempt on pb, bad pacing (4min pos split). 30sec pee break at 20 miles. Result: 2.47.

now you can argue how much of that 4 mins the lack of training and focus contributed to, but my feeling is that with better prep I could have replicated the 2.43 pb and that beet root juice has no effect at all. 

My 2p-worth

London Marathon chip malfunction

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:35

Interesting that runners in the championships are given 2 chips... suggesting that the organizers have less than 100% confidence in them. Wonder what the annual failure rate is.

Sub 3 hour London Marathon 2014 VLM

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 09:59
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Lots of people around PP were telling him (or each other) that he was going too fast, but I think that was just wishful thinking on their parts - but he started right at the front and the other pacers may not have.

Btw, well done on your amazing time CD - just stalked you on the sub 3 thread. 


i believe PP finished in 2:58:46, which is pretty much exactly what you'd hope for from a 2:59 pacer. This is in contrast to the other 3 hr pacers, one of whom finished slightly outside 3hrs (not ideal) and another who seems to have vanished after 25k. Now i get why they need 3 pacers for every time cat.


Novelty races

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 22:01


You're focussing too much on the human angle. Try a buzzfeed style Top 5 Races You Simply Won't Believe and you'll have a better article. 

This link was in my inbox today. Don't get much more novelty than this:


Does David Hellard have time to run ?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 10:06

Racing London with Reading as a prep. I swore I was done with serious marathoning last year but keep getting the itch to do some more training. 

If you're pacing I may not see you in London, but hope we can race again at some point

Does David Hellard have time to run ?

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 11:18

Back in training David? Thought you were hanging up your trainers for a bit after your sixfold challenge last year.... 

Welcome back anyway!

Amsterdam 2013

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 16:14

Frankfurt is a great marathon but lord, that town is dull place to spend a weekend. As Frank Skinner said, 'you don't realise how long a weekend is, until you've spend a long weekend in Frankfurt'...

I ran Amsterdam this year, my second time. Overall I have to say that it's not the best, and probably not as good as it could be. I always run well here (2x PBs) but unlikley to be back I think.


It's flat as a pancake

Good city to visit generally, plenty of options for post-race pint


Course isn't great - not expecting to constantly run down packed city centre streets but this has too many featureless sections

Water in cups not bottles

Not much food/drink at the end

Field a bit thin at the top end - i was 104th overall and ran on my own for large sections of the 2nd half


Berlin definitely the best Autumn marathon in Europe for my money

Team GB

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 15:31

Yes I saw Kimutai - I actually did a double take, couldn't believe it as he was so fast. One to watch in the future no doubt. 

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