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Rotary Shakespeare Marathon

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:23

Oh - from my experience the Greenway was absoulutely fine to run on - apart from the wind and rain. I ran through every single puddle (To let off some of the red mist that I still had) and apart from being wet it was firm and not at all rutted. If that section was too dangerous to run the full then it should be too dangerous to run the half and every single cross country / fell  race should be cancelled immmediately.

I'll say it again. We run and race at our own risk.... The organisers know that, they posted it enough times on their website - and don't get them started on the dangers of isotonic drinks....

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:18

I posted at length somewhere else on this race.... Still quietly fuming, but coming to terms.

If the race was cancelled on health and safety because of a hypothermia risk, then fine... I can just about accept that, but they should've let the marathon runners make their own choice at the twelve mile cut off and cut the time limit to something that made the last finishers be coming home around 3:45 - 4 hours.

I thought the conditions were grim but I prepared accordingly - wore three layers and had a change of gloves waiting for me at 12 1/2 miles - knowing that conditions between 12-20 or so miles would have been great with that massive tail wind blowing me along....  I'd have been done and dusted hopefully in about 2:50 or so which is about the time the last half marathon runners would be coming in. 

 If the race was cancelled because of puddles on the Greenway and fears about what was underfoot then I am afraid that is just crazy. It wasn't pleasant underfoot but it was no worse than your average cross country race - and apart from the puddles it wasn't that muddy. 

There was over a week of warning that the weather was going to be bad, they announced on the website the night before that the race was on - but we ran it at our own risk. To have a change of heart 5 minutes before the start of the race was not correct, in my opinion. 

how many of you got dq for wearing ipods at races

Posted: 24/03/2011 at 03:17

To those who've posted that elite athletes never wear garmins in races because they are as bad as IPods in providing technical assistance care to answer why Haile G wasn't disqualified in Dubai for having his very own giant pacing device...

Cheating Haille G

Lunarglide v Lunarglide 2

Posted: 08/03/2011 at 15:49

I'd give the Nike Free's some consideration (I have the Free Run). I love(d) the old Lunarglides (I'm still training in my third pair) but the Free's in comparison feel like they are just on a higher level in terms of comfort and the feel of speed.

 I've raced all distances in them from 5km to marathon - they also encourage mid/fore foot striking more than the lunarglides do.

Not everyone loves them but they shouldn't be dismissed.

Marathon and John o Groats Cycle training

Posted: 29/11/2010 at 12:46

Hi Charlie,

A few years ago at the end of April / beginning of May - ran the London Marathon (2:59) then 4 days later cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats in 10 days then the day after ran the Silverstone 10k in 37 minutes. So I'd say it's very much possible!

 I began training in February as I'd been off running a couple of months with injury. I'd cross trained in the meantime. Once I was able to start running I focused more on training for the marathon than the cycling, aiming to get out once a week or so for a minimum 60 mile bike ride. I was relying on the cycling fitness compensating for lack of saddle time.

The marathon went better than expected, the LEJOG was hard work - especially in the first few days as I hadn't fully recovered from the marathon, but after a few days I found my cycling legs and found that all the running helped loads on the hills in Scotland.

 To be honest, your two events are months apart, so you could concentrate on the cycling up till June then after a week or so rest prioritise on training for a marathon. Once you've shaken the fatigue out of your legs you'll hopefully feel fitter for all the cycling - and those two hour plus long runs will feel like nothing after 9 long days in the saddle!

 You could keep up with some running whilst training with cycling - I think that all but the most dedicated cyclists can benefit from some running incorporated around the bike rides.

 Good luck!

Birmingham Half Marathon 2010

Posted: 17/08/2010 at 13:33

It may just be that the official website is a bit rubbish, but I looked today for the Start time of the race (cannot believe it is 9am) and unless I am very blind there is no mention of what time the race actually starts.

IMO it is utterly nonsensical to have the race start at 9am - especially one that touts its green credentials. I used the train last year to get to the race and that was bad enough when the first train from Coventry arrived at New Street 54 minutes before the start of the race (And there were plenty of people from other places who simply couldn't get a train to the start in time). 

Now this year if I wanted to get the train to the start, I'd have to accept that, if the race is at 9am, as the train opened its doors at New Street to let me out, the race would already be 6 minutes old....



Caster Semenya

Posted: 07/07/2010 at 12:05
These guys have been the authority on the sorry story since it broke last year. They may answer some of your questions and likely raise some more. Top website.

STuck abroad

Posted: 18/04/2010 at 05:20
Stuck in Shanghai.....

Stuck in Las Vegas....

Posted: 18/04/2010 at 05:19
Don't know Richard, but I am in Shanghai and have same problem...

99 Red Ballons - Nena

Posted: 24/02/2010 at 12:13
Currently resides on my mp3 player as a mashup with Jay Z's '99 Problems'.
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