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Posted: 27/12/2010 at 13:48
Hello all! Been lurking on here for a bit, but I figured I should wave and say hello to everyone. I don't remember entering the ballot for London 2011, but I seem to have got a place, so now the training's begun! After a year off running altogether, I have quite a lot of catching up to do, but I hope to have a lovely day in the city on the 17th of April! The snow hasn't been great for training has it? I've had some hilarious cross country plods over the last week, but at least falling over in a snowdrift guarantees a soft landing! Not done many miles yet though, so hoping for an improvement in weather and mileage in January.

Mick n Phil's daily blog

Posted: 09/05/2009 at 21:29
Glad i'm not the only one who's nervous about Tewkesbury tomorrow! I feel a complete fool, but I am in a bit of a tizz about it. Hope you and Phil have a good one and that the nerves spur you on to have a really good race. I live locally, and have just seen the weather forecast - it looks like it should be decent running weather, maybe even a bit of a breeze and some cloud. Fingers crossed! I'll wave hullo if I spot you both!

PUMA Garburn Trail 24K

Posted: 06/05/2009 at 08:08
Oooh, good luck in Exmoor. One of my mates is doing it - he goes every year as it's such fun. Hope you have a good day. I'm doing the Tewkesbury Half on Sunday... all road, but at least it'll make me get some distance into my legs. I've been far too lazy this spring... suspect i'll be doing a lot of walking (er... enjoying the view!) at Garburn!

New York Marathon 2009

Posted: 05/05/2009 at 22:45

In case it helps... I ran this last year.  It was my 5th marathon, but my first race in North America. I sorted my entry with 2:09 events (very slick and well organised) using their flight-and-entry option. It was an expensive way to do it, but did mean a guraranteed entry. I travelled out with three friends, and we had a brilliant week!

We arranged our own accommodation - at the Novotel on Broadway. It was good - staff were friendly and helpful, hotel clean and comfy, and good venue for exploring Manhattan. Plenty of good eateries int the area, including lots of Italian restaurants (woo... pasta!). One of our cohort stayed in the Sheraton... their foyer was much nicer than ours, but his actual room was tiny and more expensive.

I loved the actual race. It was the bit before that was a nightmare! You get allocated a bus to take you to the start - for all the Brits travelling with 2:09, the bus was at 4.00am... yes... four in the morning! We had to get up at 3am, and queue in the cold for the bus. The journey to the start was a breeze... but then we had to wait for *hours* in the freezing cold. There were a few tents, but they didn't have proper sides to them, so the draught was icy. Whilst tea and coffee was provided, there was no way to get yourself warm. I'm not a wuss, but I almost cried at one point... it was so cold. I talked to others later, who had travelled on the Staten Island Ferry. They'd had a much easier time - didn't have to get up so early, nor spend so long sat around in cold, damp field. I know there is the uncertainty of using public transport, but in retrospect I wish we'd done this as we were absolutely miserable before the race.

Once the actual race began it was *wonderful* and I had a great time. The crowds were fab... the route interesting and challenging (I found the long straights mentally.... interesting!).  However the organisation before left so much to be desired that I wouldn't do it again.

Hope that helps you plan your trip a bit!

PUMA Garburn Trail 24K

Posted: 05/05/2009 at 22:34

Glad Hawkshead went well. I had *so* much fun there last year, it was brilliant!

Still unsure what shoes to wear. I've got several different pairs of trail and fell shoes, but all drill enormous holes in my odd-shaped-heels. I may end up sacrificing an old pair of road shoes and just lacing them really tight. All depends on the weather for the next few weeks.

Anyhoo, i'm really looking forward to it and can't wait to see the course. The pics fron last year look fab. Not long now!

PUMA Garburn Trail 24K

Posted: 28/03/2009 at 18:05
I'd love to do more of the races, but I live down south and it's just not possible for me to do more than one each year. I'm hoping to work my way through all of the races over the next few weeks. Have a lovely time at Hawkshead!

PUMA Garburn Trail 24K

Posted: 22/03/2009 at 13:33

I'm sure i'm not the only one who's going to run Garburn in June. Who else is up for some fabulous Lake District running? I've not done this one before, but I did do the Hawkshead race last year and *loved* it - everything from the super course to the lovely marshalls and great atmosphere made it a gem of a race. I'm hoping Garburn will be more of the same.

15km Hawkshead Challenge

Posted: 22/03/2009 at 13:29
I ran this one last year and it was completely blinking marvellous! One of the loveliest races i've ever done. I'm doing the Garburn race this summer and can't wait! PC426, you'll have a brilliant time. ABAB's right - take your time, relax and enjoy the scenery. It's one of those runs where you are sorry when it's over,so don't rush it!

Tewkesbury Half-Marathon

Posted: 22/03/2009 at 13:20
Just entered online. This will be my first Tewkesbury Half. Hoping for cooler weather than last year. Not been training much the last few months, but hoping this will get me to get my act together before I do the Garburn Lakeland Trail race on 6th June.


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