helly d

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Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 19:39

Race acceptance card arrived today

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 21:19

It is undulating  Only  a problem if you were expecting a flat marathon or (more likely) if you have gone out too hard.

No race card yet but not worried, they've always shown up before.

Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 21:44

I actually registered for the 5K 4th Feb this year - didn't realise it was quite so late. Very definitely not cheap (makes the marathon look like a bargain) but I'll probably do it again next year. I don't know if it is the same every year but your partner might want to know that the tech shirts from the 5K seem to be men's sizes as opposed to the marathon where, if you are female and go for small you will get female small sizes.


Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 23:20

Buses start at 6AM but there will be a scheduled time for your wave. You will receive (detailed ) instructions with your race passport.

Security considerations means you can only leave a (limited) amount of baggage in a clear bag at Boston Common. Anything you take on the bus needs to be used / worn / eaten or thrown away.

Why I like this one? - As a race it is great as long as you can cope with a few undulations. From a running perspective it's less crowded than London, less street furniture etc. to trip you up on route. Water and Gatorade every couple of miles in paper cups rather than bottles.

What makes it different? Boston isn't a huge city like London but I've heard that Dublin is the most similar where the whole town is involved. Marathon Monday is their local public holiday. Families  with houses along the route sit out, offer food and drink, have barbeques. Bars open at 8AM for supporters. For the major part of the route there are no metal barriers, only a bit of rope.Fantastic atmosphere.

Last year we also entered the  5K  race on the Saturday. Very pricey but a nice experience, fast course with tech shirt and medal.



Boston Marathon 2016

Posted: 19/10/2015 at 22:05

I'm in with a GFA for the 4th time.

Can't give you any ideas on how to run the race but be prepared for any weather. In the past I've been sunburned,  last year the temperature remained in single figures and it didn't stop raining - I'm  very glad I went to a charity shop to buy throwaway extra layers.

My main recommendation is embrace it. Go to the events, wear the gear, drink the beer.

I'm not overly keen on road marathons but I love this one and there's definite PB potential.

Milton Keynes Marathon 2014

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 14:23

Hi All. Is anyone driving up from London with space for two small(ish) ones in their car.

I got there with no problems last year by train but this year the dreaded words rail replacement bus have reared their ugly heads  

Country to Capital 2014

Posted: 09/01/2014 at 20:16

C2C express for me too. Italian cafe opposite Marylebone station entrance should be open for coffee etc. even if nothing is open in the station itself.

Re. shoes - the canal bit can be wearing on wet feet / trail shoes but I wouldn't dream of wearing pure road shoes for the first half. Memories are starting to come back of precisely how wet this might be. On the plus side there is a pub right by the finish and they have yet to object to the fairly rank state I've been in after completing this race.




Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon

Posted: 20/12/2013 at 20:58

Hello All. I am also slightly  at the 1600 starters, this isn't going to be a fast one. On the other hand we might actually outnumber the pedestrians in the last two miles to the extent that they do get out of our way.

I've got a slightly dodgy heel and I haven't run for ages so will be trying to treat it as an end of year, pre-beer Christmas workout.

It's my fourth year at this and I believe possum hopper may have missed one toilet opportunity  - top end of the Hayling road bridge, outside the Ship(?) pub is a public toilet.

Beachy Head Marathon

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 11:38

Weather looking good though suspect it will be squishy underfoot. anytime you come down from the Downs .Hybrid / light trail shoes for me as ever.

6th year for me. Looking forward to my pre-race fish and chips.  and possibly a swift half...

Trionium Greensand Marathon

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 20:48

Huge thanks to all the marshalls out there in the rain.. This was one day when I think us runners got off lightly despite being soaked through and it must have been hard to keep spirits up (which you did admirably).

With food, drink and warmth I am now comfortably numb but suspect I may be paying the price tomorrow.

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