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Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 09:40
ex egg chaser wrote (see)

Morning all, I am in need of  accomodation for Brighton. looks like I have left it late and most hotels have been snapped up.

Any ideas that are close enough to travel in by pulic transport on the morning of the Marathon. Any help apprecaited!



I don't have any specific hotels to recommend, I'd search on, if nothing shows up in Brighton/Hove then Hassocks, Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, 3 Bridges (Crawley), Gatwick are on the train from the north, Shoreham, Lancing, Worthing, Littlehampton, Bognor going west. Lewes, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Hastings, various villages, eastwards. Check train timetables first though, to be sure they start early enough on Sundays. Preston Park and London Road stations are the closest, Brighton station isn't far.

Last year when someone asked the same question 3 days before the marathon (and you thought you'd left it late ) there were still lots of rooms available around Gatwick from about £30 a night .

Popular places, like the travelodges get booked up as soon as the date is announced 

Running buddy wanted-Cardiff

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 09:04

Someone above suggested parkrun, plenty of people start by walking parkruns or run/walking. Also you're likely too meet other people there who are doing your pace.

It's worth volunteering there as well because you'll get to know people and they'll know who, what, when to find someone. 

Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 09:00
Piggyback Rideplease wrote (see)

Love park run but wish they did a range of longer distances so I could keep going once I kick off the marathon training again.

parkrun's master plan isn't to take over the world runs, it just does one* thing, 5k, park, Saturday and it's become huge just doing that, it would be unmanageable to try and take on lots of distances

You could ask around at your parkrun and see if a few people wanted to carry on afterwards to a longer distance so that you have company?

*well, 2 including juniors


Running with an 8 year old

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 23:01

JW10 is the age group not the age grading. (It's set so that under 11s are identified - as mentioned above, under 11s have to be accompanied at parkrun (ie within sight of their adult). Minimum age you can register at is 4 or 5, can't remember which.)

The age grading changes for every year, whether you are 8 or 80 your age grade % (for the same time) changes every birthday - google for an age grade calculator and put some numbers in and you'll see.

Kids are welcome at parkruns and as long as they're enjoying it and the adult isn't pushing them to be fast. If they can't do the full distance (on a multi lap run) that's fine but they should not cross the finish line, it's a 5k event and if you don't do 5k you haven't finished. 

Parkrun timing glitches - twice in two runs

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 07:25

YIDDARMY - Tom is UK director of parkrun, not Tim

The response does sound a bit snotty. My response would have been so say that we'd look at the results and if I agreed there was something wrong either change the results or say that we agree there's an issue but TBH don't know what to do to fix it and put a post out to explain.  Results are fully editable at any time, so mistakes can be corrected afterwards.

If it was our results and it was obvious that something was wrong we would check the data and if necessary make an adjustment.

If there isn't an obvious error that can be corrected the solution would be to effectively annul them by adding, say, 30mins on to everyone so it's obvious that they aren't real, this would then set the PBs and course records to be the true ones.   

We try hard to get the results right and if people mail to question a time it's usually helpful because it puts a piece of the jigsaw in place, rather than being seen as criticism.

Parkrun timing glitches - twice in two runs

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 19:36

If you think there's a problem with the results (and I think there probably is!) I'd suggest you mail the event and query it.


5K progress!

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 14:40

Split some of the 20 mins up to do intervals eg 5 mins at your target 5k pace, 3 mins rest and repeat or 1min fast/1 min rest and repeat.

If you just run at the 5k pace you can currently do, you won't get  much faster, you need to get used to what it's like running faster.

As your target 5k pace gets higher you need to up the training pace in line.

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 22:06

Thanks Philomena, 10 mins before parkrun started Adam and I (parkrun event directors) looked at the vans on the course and general MiniMile set up chaos and wondered if we'd done the right thing! I then jogged down the hill so that I was ready to change the fences on the first corner and found someone had already changed them and our route was completely blocked - would have been parksteeplechase!

Luckily I had time to move them before the runners arrived.

Lots of good feedback on facebook so we were pleased to have done it.

Best complaint of the day - a runner came into the park and told a parkrun marshal (assuming she was BM) it was terrible that he couldn't do his normal route round the park because of all the runners/fences etc getting in his way. You can't please some people.

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:46
Cooks wrote (see)


Didn't like being corralled what felt like an extra mile out of my way (and up and down a load of stairs for the road crossing) after finishing to get to the nearest bus stop - probably logistics but would have thought that there is a better way & yes Power station stretch is as flagged many times by those who have run this race - not very good.  No, not very good at all.

I agree about the power station section, it depresses me and I only ever drive round it but I guess no one's been able to find anywhere else to add that mileage that wouldn't involve more hills or road closures that would cause more traffic problems/the council won't allow.

Getting out from finish would be easier without the beach and sea getting in the way ;). Coming through the beach village leaves you between the route and the sea, the bridge was added this year to give another crossing point to get out from the beach, a road level crossing point would break the flow of runners sprinting to finish. There is an underpass just east of the pier that is normally open, was that closed? There are still steps to get up to the roundabout though.

The only way they could get people out from finish to the north side would be up even more steps to the top level road which would cause queues back to finish or go even further east, up the road ramp and back a mile next to the route.

Brighton Marathon 2014

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 14:21

Re course length compared to Garmin;

- Garmins are not absolutely accurate, I think even on on their website they state a percentage.

- The course is measured as the shortest route, 300mm from the kerb/fence so if there's a left turn followed by a right the measure goes diagonaly from one corner to the next. This is so that the lead runners (who are able to take the shortest route) can never run less that 26.2.

So if you're back down the field and always run on one side you're taking the long way round some corners and this adds up over the distance. I can run about 12 metres less on our parkrun than people who don't carefully take the diagonals. I measured the route so know the shortest way!

-The measurering machine (attached to a bike wheel) is calibrated to add a bit (0.01% maybe) so that if there are errors in measuring the total distance is wrong the right way (ie never short so that there isn't a world record set on a short course)

I would be very surprised if the 11m mile mark was at 11.5 miles, I was checking the race referee's timing against my watch (I was driving him) and they were running very close to 5 min miling, I tihnk we'd have noticed if they suddenly did a 7.5 and then a 2.5    

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