Charles Jans

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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
literatin wrote (see)

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. 

Team GB

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 13:00

Hi Samir, that's awesome, very well done indeed. A little off GB standard just yet but who knows in a year or so if you keep the progress up.

Just a thought - did we speak on the course? I made a comment to someone about the course seeming to be all uphill and they replied saying it was their first race - was that you by any chance?

Team GB

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 10:52
Samir Haddad 2 wrote (see)

charles what time are you aiming for?

Hi Samir, not really sure tbh. I may start at around 1.25 pace and adjust after a few kms. Will be my first HM for over a year so could end up as anything!

Team GB

Posted: 25/09/2013 at 11:59

This is the best thread in ages... 

Best of luck on Sunday Samir. I'm also running Ealing and will be looking for a time around 1:20 - 1:30 so may be in the same starting pen as you. Probably wearing a red and white top with 'Amsterdam' written on the back. Say hi when you pass me on the road

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