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Posted: 16/07/2014 at 23:18
Many thanks JT141 - my heavily discounted Garmin 620 arrived today.

Was on the verge of paying not much less for the 220 elsewhere until I saw this thread. Delighted with the money off!

Channel Islands mobile data question

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:48

I'm doing the Guernsey Marathon in August.

Battery life on my FR10 seems to be topping out at around 5 hours, but declining slowly all the time. As 5 hours is roughly where I am in terms of marathon time, I've upgraded to the FR620 (thanks to the Sportsshoes code posted elsewhere!).

Question on mobile data for Guernsey, as I like the idea of activating live tracking so my wife can keep an eye on my progress. I see that data is treated as Europe as far as O2 is concerned.

Question is, assuming I close every other application and have the bare minimum sending and receiving data, what sort of usage will I rack up during a 5 hour marathon where the tracking feature is active?

Anyone done a marathon in Vibrams or similar shoes?

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 19:29
Sturdy framed fella ran the MK marathon in flip flops. Flapping and slapping with every step. Bizarre sight.

FAO anyone that wears Nike that's near Gretna

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 15:35
Just swung by the outlet mall in Gretna, that has a Nike Factory store.
Picked up a pair of black Pegasus 29+ Shield - they were priced up as ??43, which I was happy enough with. They went through at ??20-something, and then there was an additional 30% discount to come off because they were from the back wall.

So: ??18.90.

If you fancy a punt, they had more 29s, also had lots of Pegasus 28, Pegasus 28 Trail, some Vomero 7, and various others. The guy at the counter said pretty much everything on the back wall was scanning at significantly lower than they were marked.

Brian Goodwin 10k, Glasgow

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 18:30
Have to give this one a mention from last Friday.

It's a race put on by Bellahouston Harriers, and although I couldn't find much info before the race, I was extremely impressed by what I got for my money.

Nice race, two laps of Pollok Park, mainly inside, with some on the streets round the perimeter (these bits admittedly a bit uninspiring). Very pretty park, enthusiastic marshalling, loads of parking etc. Just short of 400 finishers. Flattish course, and as it was an evening race the hot weather from earlier in the day wasn't an issue.

But the value for money here was something else entirely. I got early bird entry, which was a tenner down from ??14.

In that was chip timing, a nice quality medal, a plain Brooks podium tech T (ie not plastered with a grim design aiming to promote the race), plus a burger and beer after the race, and vouchers for 15% off instore at Achilles Heel. Puts into sharp relief some of the rip-offs elsewhere.

I've got no vested interest whatsoever in giving this a nod (I hadn't even been to Scotland until race day), but as it doesn't seem to be listed in the Events section I wanted to give it a mention - the club have put an absolute gem together there. Lopped a minute and a half off my PB as well. Played Bella!

racing flat with roomy toe-box, does it exist ?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 11:02
Roomy Toe Box would be a great name for a band.

Whipsnade Stampede 2014

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 22:55
I did the 10k at the weekend, and as we were leaving the zoo a while later, there was an announcement apologising for something to do with the 2k fun run, which was scheduled for 90 mins after the main event. Runners were still finishing at this point. Now I see a batch of pics on the official race photographers' site labelled "too early 2k". Anyone know what happened? Restart, ignored by some of the runners or something?

How do you dry yours?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:58
Heathen-like behaviour it might be, but I pretty much always put a towel on the radiator and put my shoes upside down on top of it.

Have been known to stuff them with newspaper as well.

They dry in no time, and have never suffered any adverse effects that I've noticed.

Liverpool Rock n Roll Marathon anyone?

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 11:35
Hearing some very worrying things from people in attendance. The leaders apparently went the wrong way at some point, blocking off of roads has been iffy, and there have been problems with traffic interfering with runners as well.

I'm not there, so I hope it's just rumours, but that would be a huge shame.

Karrimor Running Shoes

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 13:08

I butted in last night on a member of staff trying to ward a customer off a pair of Pegasus 29 because "they're a couple of years old now, and technology's moved on since then - these Karrimor are just out and they're state-of-the-art".

I talked the customer through the history of the Pegasus line, dropping in the fact that Mo Farah wears them, and recommended she tried both before taking the fella's word for it.

The way they're going, I wouldn't be surprised to see Sports Direct end up with just Karrimor and some of the other cheap brands they own. Nike, New Balance et al really need to pay some mystery shoppers to go round some of these stores. The staff seemingly do nothing but slag their products off.

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