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London marathon mags

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 11:49

Rejection email for me this year, to go with the collection of rejection magazines. As I believe I posted on these forums last year, they can shove their marathon where the sun don't shine - until the ballot opens next year and I enter again.

Off to do the Euromillions, pretty much the same odds it feels!

London marathon mags

Posted: 30/09/2015 at 16:56

"For the first time this year, we are trialling an e-zine version of the Commiserations magazine. A random selection of approximately 50 per cent of unsuccessful applicants are sent the Commiserations magazine and the remainder are sent the e-zine version. Overseas applicants will be contacted via email."




Safe to run a marathon with high blood pressure?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:50

Speaking from experience Rick! Had the odd one or two, then drank a ridiculous amount of coffee one day, went for a run on a stressful day the next and had palpitation for a week, fixed eventually by beta blockers. While I had it they put me on aspirin with the plan being to go to blood thinners to reduce stroke risk. Once it went away docs were happy to stop the meds and not seen it since - I drink less coffee too (but still some).

Glad to hear you stopped. You'd have probably struggled anyway as you have less puff during palpitations.

They are surprisingly common, once I mentioned I'd had one lots of others said they had too.

Safe to run a marathon with high blood pressure?

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 08:57

If chest flutter is the same as heart palpitation (e.g. atrial fibrillation), it's a bad idea to run though it. Whilst your heart is beating irregularly you're at a much higher risk of stroke, so making it work harder is likely to be bad. Most likely it will recover of its own accord if you stop for a few minutes and you can then carry on running. If not, GP/cardiologist is needed to sort it out.



Kids running shoes - new, 2nd hand, not at all?

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 16:59

Thanks for that, yes they''re what he uses to play football. A lot. The only reason Parkrun is getting a look in is because the season's finished!


Kids running shoes - new, 2nd hand, not at all?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 23:02

My 8 year old has done several mini runs and other events and is keen to start Parkrun. Currently he's running in his normal trainers. I would welcome views on whether he should:

  1. Stick with his usual trainers, fine for an occasional run
  2. Get 2nd hand kids running shoes (on the basis that the previous owner would likely have outgrown them before they got serious use)
  3. Get a brand new pair


London 2016

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 17:43

Well spotted, here's the link:

Doesn't correlate with the reference numbers here, but have to assume they know how many people entered their ballot  - and are telling the truth!


Glasgow Half

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 14:52

I signed up for it. Did the Rock and Roll Edinburgh half in 2012 and GNR in 2013 but not done more than 10k since then. Decided to start upping the miles again in case I either get into the VLM or decide to do Edinburgh (my local).

It's been fun upping the miles and re-learning the names of all the muscles and tendons that bother me after more than an hour's running. Attempting to do more cross-training and stretching this time round, and also build the miles up more slowly.


What time does the London Marathon Ballot open?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 15:33

True that. Good to know it's possible with sufficient effort.

What time does the London Marathon Ballot open?

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 14:06

How did bingo help?

Sorry, couldn't resist that! Great story, gives me hope for a future GFA place, knees permitting.

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