Kevin Payne

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Istanbul Marathon 2011

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 15:14

Very belated report, but I did indeed do it.  The bus system to the start works well and I found the course reasonably straightforward. There are a few stupid issues - if you are doing the 10k and you are fast you will catch up everyone running slower than about 4 hr pace, meaning some very fast guys need to thread their way through hundreds of marathon plodders - not really a problem for the marathon runners but probably very annoying if you are an elite 10k runner.

Minimal support except for the last half mile, which is quite a tough uphill finish which I really enjoyed - nice finish to a generally fairly flat race.  Same medal given to half marathoners which seemed a bit odd.

Next race in Turkey will be the Cappadoccia 110k in October.

Stour Valley Marathon

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 21:25

Many thanks for the kind words - glad you enjoyed it ! Lots of happy people on Facebook too so we must have got something right....

The Elsecar Skelter

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 13:52

Looks good - I may do it as a post birthday run   Terry, being on the 100MC site isn't a requirement for inclusion in their count. There are quite a few runs which aren't, either because they don't ask or don't want to be...


Stour Valley Marathon

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 18:22

Transfers are allowed, and deferrals may free a few places up - I would expect April to be the best bet as people often drop if a spring marathon didn't go according to plan.  The Facebook page will be the best way of grabbing one as quite a few people have asked so they won't hang around long.

Istanbul Marathon 2014

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:54

Its a good event - easy to get there using the huge numbers of buses they supply at Taksim Square, which has excellent connections. There is another bus pick up point too - its not worth trying to get to the start independently. Although lots of good hotels around Taksim so that would be a good spot for a stay anyway.   Not a great deal of crowd support, but that doesn't bother me - plenty of water, services, etc.  Pretty flat apart from the last half a mile but I really liked having to work hard at that point, esp as thats where most of the support was.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 13:16
I got in too, so pleased about that and have booked hotel a few miles away hoping wife can drop me near the start. I can't see the start time on the website but the countdown clock suggests it's 10.30, which seems late ?

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 09:41

I assume you organised people pre-registered.....  For the rest of us I believe it opens tomorrow and I'm guessing tomorrow starts at midnight ?  No idea how many places left but I'm guessing it won't take long to fill.

Thames Path 100

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 13:00

I wouldn't worry about pacers. The checkpoints are good and you will never be far from another runner if you really need the company. I never normally run with music but an iPod loaded with your preferred tracks will see you through the night - reggae works for me - relaxed, happy music.

Western States 100 Qualifier

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 13:40

Its not too late but it doesn't really appeal to me.... I'm on the NDW waitlist but the Polish one appeals, and if I screwed it up there might still be time for an emergency Winter 100 - or elsewhere - if needed

Western States 100 Qualifier

Posted: 09/12/2014 at 13:05

My 4 tickets stayed carefully hidden, so I now need to work on getting 8 next year.  Actually a good thing, as I need to get quicker anyway.  I had a SDW 100 place but have just had to withdraw due to a family wedding. All other UK qualifiers are full but there are some new ones in Europe.  The 100k options in Poland and Czech Rep look significantly easier to qualify than what look like similar options in Germany and Austria. The Spanish one looks interesting but there is nothing in English....   All are hillier than even the NDW so look like a good way of getting some climbing experience without pushing the distance at the same time - looks like I will be checking out cheap flights once they open......  I assume no one has run any of these ?  Obviously the UTMB series is full, so it needs to be one of the lesser known ones.

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