John Bach

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Barcelona Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 14:19

No certificate required this year. Great marathon though was a tad bit warm for me - race day temperatures higher than previous years

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: Yesterday at 09:24

Someone told me jasond pulled out of Abingdon after a couple of miles and won't be doing Snowdonia.

Bring Back races

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 11:36

I saw the piece in the latest RW issue - has there been one on the Anglesey marathon yet (if so, must have missed it - which issue, to save me trawling through my copies - assuming my wife hasn't thrown it away!!)

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 10:11

I've emailed some stuff through to you Greg


Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:29

Thank you GC & TLG. My Mum sent me the entry list and results from the 1993 race the other day GC, together with a piece in the local paper about the race - I could copy and send to you if you want.

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:12

Bore da pawb/Good morning everyone. Hope everyone is enjoying the taper. I think the tracking system this year is a great idea. I am also liking the t-shirt colour/design - another one to add to the collecting (hopefully I will be able to buy some previous years t-shirts a week on Friday! I am really pleased with how my training has gone - I think I just need to keep my emotions in check (wearing my late Dad's running vest and number he wore in the race in 1993) and, weather permitting, hopefully I'll beat my race PB (2h54m)

Yes chrissi, you are lucky to have the Coed y Brenin running shop on your doorstep - not just great products, but excellent advise from Matt - unfortunately I have not been able to get to the shop yet, but I have sought Matt's advice re trail shoes for cross country and have bought a pair of Salomns from him, which were delivered the next day - fantastic service!! Once Snowdonia is out of the way I will be hitting the Gwydir forest & Betws-y-Coed trails in them!!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 11:40

MTri - good idea re mirroring your long runs in training with race day. Unfortunately that is something I never do - I'm usually home from my 20milers by 9am! Yesterday was an exception - met a club mate, who is looking for a top finish at Snowdonia, at the Victoria Hotel (although he was slightly late as he was dropping off water bottles en route!) then drove to the Pen-y-Gwryd Hotel to run the last 20+ miles of the course. Very enjoyable run, although a few expletives were heard after about 15miles when he said that he'd left his car keys in my car!!! After finishing the run popped into Y Pantri café (well worth a visit when you are there - forget Pete's Eats!!) where Snowdonia Snail kindly lent us some money to get a bus!!

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 11:52

That's good to hear Greg - it is around my neck of the woods, which, as you indicate, don't tend to be run in/around as much as other parts of Snowdonia! I've known Henry's family for over 20 years and I knew he would put on a good event given his passion for the area and ultra running. Unfortunately I wasn't able to help out (other than spread the word) given I was organising my village race (down/up the Conwy Valley).

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 17/09/2014 at 09:19

Sorry to read that RJ - hope you recover quicker than expected. I am surprised you haven't had any other injuries which would stop you from running. 39 marathons, so far, in one year is amazing!!

Greg C - I know the organiser of the Snowdonia 50 quite well - hopefully the event will become a regular one - I may even have a go at it myself one day!?

Snowdonia Marathon 2014

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 09:42

Ali - I agree with Jason re the plan. I can't see the logic of running quicker than marathon pace in a long run and to do that in the 1st half just seems bonkers - no wonder you feel tired in the 2nd half. My 2p would be to throw some target marathon pace miles in the 2nd half of every other one of your long runs, although as Jason says may be a bit late now with it being just over 6 weeks to go. I've done quite a few Snowdonia's off 35miles pw and whilst the lack of miles has kicked in in the last 6 miles of a couple of them I wouldn't say to a marathoner that you can't run a marathon well off that kind of mileage - you've just got to make sure they are the right type of runs rather than running the same kind of pace for each of them. My 2p is that one of the 4 runs has to be a long one (with some quicker stuff thrown in) and 2 of the other 3 should have some quality in them - a mixture of fartlek, hills & intervals.

Massive - I have to disagree with the advice that you should not be running over 20miles, although it does depend on what pace you are running at - clearly if you are running it at target marathon pace then you are going to increase the risk of injury. In my opinion time on feet is as important as the miles - I always start my long runs at least 1 minute quicker than target marathon pace (quite often mara pace +1m15-1m30s) before picking up the pace after a few miles - as mentioned above I will throw in some miles at target marathon pace in the 2nd half of my long runs. Also, with Snowdonia I try and mimic the race profile by throwing in the hills, where I will put in a bit of extra effort on the climbs, then recover on the descents.

brer - good look with this weekends 2 marathons - if you do ever decide to put together details of your marathons, with your thoughts of the various events, courses, organisation, atmosphere, toughness etc perhaps best not mimic trex otherwise it will be like War & Peace!?

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