Latest posts by Johnny2323

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Brighton Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 08:44

Hello everyone, nothing like an early start

I've entered. Will be my first marathon since Brighton 2011 when I had to walk most of the course. I'm going to train a lot more carefully this time with three months solid, low HR base training before I start pushing myself. In both marathons I've done so far I arrived at the start line injured so I feel as if I have unfinished business - ambition is to get round pain-free and under 4hr30.

Running with the Kenyans Kindle book

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 09:33

Just noticed this is 99p on amazon today. just sharing. 

Run Hackney Half Marathon

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 16:33

@2wheels Good argument.

I decided to go for it. 

Run Hackney Half Marathon

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 10:05

I'm tempted. Wish it was a bit cheaper.

10,000 seems quite major for a brand new event. I'm predicting complaints about lack of portaloos.

Mizuno Reading Half Marathon

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:15

Compared to the dog walkers I have to navigate when I'm training ipod wearers in races are a breeze.

I used to be a slave to the rhythm but I cured myself. Running without headphones is much much better.


New Forest Marathon &Half 2014 CANCELLED

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 14:16
robin_hood wrote (see)

Don't organise races for charity and you won't run into these problems. Just charge enough to cover your costs with a bit of contingency. Don't worry about T-shirts, medals, goody bags etc as real runners don't want all that nonsense and most of your problems go away.

Sorry, I realise this is an old thread, I'm falling into a trolling trap (Robin Hood indeed) and everyone has moved on with their lives but I didn't want to let this bit of mean-spirited snobbery to go unchallenged. If you like medals, T shirts and all that nonsense it does not mean you are any less of a "real runner" than someone who does. You can be a "real runner" and like big races, you can be a "real runner" and like small races. Who cares? I would venture that it is this very brand of snobbery that drives a lot of newer runners away from local events like this and towards bigger events where they know there's a stronger likelihood that the field will be made up of a greater mix of abilities and they're less likely to face this very brand of elitism. Running is for everyone.

Mizuno Reading Half Marathon

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:12
Gary Lindsay wrote (see)

Well, I finished in 1:52:20.  That's a PB by 22:30 on my last attempt 5 years ago.  Definitely something to aim for next year now.  I love this race but I do wish that entrants would submit realistic estimates of how long they expect to take. I finished right in the middle of where I stated I expected to yet I had to spend the first 2 miles trying to get past so many people with blue numbers going at a pace that would have put them in the pen behind me, not in front.

I wouldn't want to hold anyone up so I refuse to play that game myself but it's really tempting I have to say.

Well done Gary, I was about a minute behind you. With a big race I don't think they're ever going to solve this issue, unless they start yanking people out who are in wrong pens. Once you've done a few races you realise its not helping anyone to start ahead of where you should - especially yourself (being overtaken is demoralising). Sticking around the pacers really helps as everyone is going same pace. Certainly helped me. So my solution would be more pacers!

Mizuno Reading Half Marathon

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 19:08

Thanks to the 1:55 pacer I bagged a PB ducking just under 1:54. Really delighted as I didn't think I had it in me. For me worst bit now isn't the dual-carriageway or the Green park loop it's that 600 metres before you get into the stadium. It's uphill. I never noticed before!

Am I imagining it or was the route very slightly different in second half?


Mizuno Reading Half Marathon

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:09

Have a brilliant race tomorrow everyone.

Mizuno Reading Half Marathon

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 20:16

Ha! Love it. 

Of course the best bit of that loop is that you also get to see people you are 5 mins ahead of.

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