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Northern Ireland Running

Posted: 31/12/2013 at 21:52

Hi Kyle,

1 - Not sure about recommending a running club as I am not a member of one but there are lots in Belfast. 

2 - Plenty of decent long run's close by, I am on the Donegal Road and either do my long runs past your's and up through Belvoir and down then Ormeau Road. There also a nice loop past Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon park and back along the A1. The Lagan tow path is also very popular for long runs and is nice and flat.

If you need hill work I would suggest heading from shaws bridge up through Belvoir its only about a mile away from you are or if you want real hurt like hell hills you can run up Divis/Black Mountain.

Also you are close to 3 parkruns, Queen's Parkrun, Falls Parkrun or Ormeau Parkrun. They are definitely worth checking out.

3 - I am starting training for the Belfast marathon soon and will be doing my long runs Sunday morning if you ever fancy a few miles.

There's definitely some great runs in Belfast.

Garmin screens misting up

Posted: 10/11/2013 at 22:22

My FR210 did exactly the same within a couple of months of purchase and caused problems with the back light.

I got it replaced under waranty thankfully but it does seem to be an issue across the whole range of Garmin watches, it would missed up after most runs even if it was adry day.

Shoes - cushioning

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 14:21

Hi Jamie,

I just realised I missed the most obvious make that has great forefoot cushioning! Newton,they have special lugs under the forefoot to aid running, they are expensive but people really rate them.

Let us know what you end up getting.

Shoes - cushioning

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 19:03

As recovery runner said Mizuno do 2 shoes designed with forefoot strike in mind (they have the wave cushioning just at the forefoot). They are the Levitas and Cursoris with the Levitas being the more minimal shoe.

I have the Levitas and really like them, if you shop around they can be had online for £50, also if you like Saucony and want something more minimal then the Kinvara 3 can be found at the same price, they don't have specific forefoot cushioning but they are a great shoe for mid/forefoot strikers.



Realistic pace predictions for realistically shaped people

Posted: 25/08/2013 at 09:13

I am not the typical shape for a runner either, I have only recently stated doing parkruns so my pb is 21:01.

I was in a simillar position to yourself last year before my first half marathon, aimed for around 1:37 and actually finished in 1:34:04. I am not sure about the GNR course but would guess its fairly flat, if you are doing hilly 11 mile trail runs then 13.1 miles on the road will be grand.

As Seth says body shape isn't always an indicator, my GF's brother is 6''3 and well built but can easly put me to shame over any distance.

Northern Ireland Running

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 16:26

Mark - Someone asked them a cpl of days ago,here's the answer;

There will be free transport from the finish area at the Mary Peters Track back into the City Centre for all participants.

Hopefully they will have plenty of transport and not too much waiting around.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:36

They just replied to my original email advising me to update the software, not sure how this is going to cure a hardware fault and also I already have already update the software months ago.

Guess I will have to call Monday too!


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 21:35

Good luck getting through to Garmin customer service at the moment, they seem to be swamped. Had a problem with my forerunner 210, emailed them and after a week with no reply I decided to ring them. 30 minutes on hold and I got to speak to someone!

They proceeded to tell me that my 10 month old Garmin was purchased in 2011 and out of warranty, after disputing this they said they will repair it under warranty but I had to email them proof of purchase which I did. God only knows how long it will take for them to actually respond to my second email. 

Not a good experience so far, could well be an exception rather than the rule with Garmin.

Quality, supportive road racing shoes for over pronators

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 20:50

The Saucony Fastwich are racing flats with a bit of support, I have run in a few different Saucony shoes but never tried the Fastwich so can't comment on them.

They do get very good reviews and I have always found Saucony to make really good shoes.

Halifax marathon 2014

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:34

Sounds great, will give me an excuse to come back home! not run any proper hills in a while so better make sure I include a lot in my training.

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