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how can i bring my 5k time down to regularly below 23 minutes

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 13:17

I found that doing 5 x 1k reps at faster than target pace was effective, so you'd need to aim for sub 4:30 for a k.

Also any sort of distance reps at a faster pace.

Oddly, your pb is exactly the same as mine!


Brighton Marathon 2016

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 12:25
Mr Worry wrote (see)
I actually like the power station section, you have a bit of quiet time which makes a pleasant change from the noise of the crowds.

I think I'll frame that! I've never heard of anyone else who like it! Particularly the bit by the sewage works!

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Posted: 22/04/2016 at 11:14

The power station section has been moaned about every year, the problem is where could the course go instead? Brighton has hills to the north and sea to the south, there's not too much leeway to fit 26.2 in.

The mud in the park worries me, it was much worse on Saturday, a cold night and dry day on Sunday improved it, if Sun had been as wet as Fri and Sat (I was setting up stuff in the park and seafront both days and it was horrible!) it would have been bad.

The route out from finish is limited by the sea and 'cliffs' - year 1 I don't think there was anything on the beach, the only way out was the pavement on the seaward side of finish like it is for the half so the trackway does give a wider exit. You have to go a long way east to get to a wide road out. What are the options?

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Posted: 16/04/2016 at 22:18

There has been some wood chip put down in the park and some trackway between the pens and start but unless it dries up overnight I'd suggest either old shoes you can bin when you get to the tarmac or take carrier bags to put over your shoes.


Good luck all 

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Posted: 16/04/2016 at 04:14
DonkDonk wrote (see)

Is anyone travelling down Sunday morning? I thought there was supposed to be extra trains on but it seems the 6.35 from Victoria is pretty much the only option. Slightly concerned at being unable to find a plan B should anything go wrong with that train so am quite interested to see what other people are planning.

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Posted: 16/04/2016 at 03:53

Includes interview with sub 3  walk/runner (no, that's not a typo!)

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Posted: 13/04/2016 at 09:46

A thought for anyone who’s driving home after the marathon and are parking near the seafront, the A23 (main road out of town) between the pier and the A27 (the bypass) will be horrifically slow on Sunday afternoon – it’s bad any day but much worse when loads of runners and spectators go home as well.

There isn’t really a good way to escape, but if you can, go anywhere that isn’t the A23.

Options are limited by road closures although these will gradually be coming off as the day progresses, but from Churchill Square if the seafront’s open I’d head west, then north.

If it’s still closed you don’t have much choice to start with but try to avoid the A23 until you’re north of Preston Park, you’ll always bump into the bypass at some stage and can go back to normal from there.

You'll need a map or good sense of direction - satnav will push you to the A23.

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Posted: 12/04/2016 at 15:59
RejuvenatedTortoise wrote (see)

I'm still not sure how im getting to Withdean, my mate said he would drive me there but I presume you cant really drive there on marathon morning!

Where is he driving you from? You can get there OK as long as you don't try to drive north up the A23 or go across it.

From north the A23 doesn't close til just before Withdean, from east go to the bottom of Carden Avenue, from west go near Withdean Stadium.

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Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:12
david wilcock2 wrote (see)

Thanks Stu. Does anyone know - With preston park closed, would London road be the preferred option to those travelling by train from London?

London Road station isn't in the line from London, you'd have to go into Brighton and catch a Lewes train to get there and it's hardly worth the effort, you'd be better off walking from Brighton....assuming there are trains to Brighton. Mostly PP being closed means buses replacing trains.

Edit - Ah! Closing PP for safety because too many people might want to use it.

There will be lots of people walking up to PP from Brighton, I'd walk with them. London Road is closer but unless you're coming in from the east it isn't worth trying to get there.

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Posted: 11/04/2016 at 13:08

Although the taxis should b well know how to get from A to B on marathon day seeing as it's their job, reports from previous years suggest that they don't, so check the road closure map, ask to be picked up from somewhere outside the closed area and make sure you know the route - print from google maps!

As M.ister W says, there's no problem going up Dyke Road and then you can go through Withdean to be dropped near Withdean Stadium. If you're staying east of the pier it is possible to drive there, but without local knowledge I wouldn't recommend it, you have to go a long way out (Bear Road) and it's quite convoluted.

Don't ask the taxi to pick you up from the pier, the roads there are closed from 6. West Street should be OK to be picked up, hopefully most of the Saturday night drunks will have left by that time!

People have also reported taxis wanting £30 for what should be a £8/10 trip, not sure what choice you have other than being sure you know that route and not accepting any bull from them about how difficult it is.

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