Kevin Payne

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The Clacton Half Marathon

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:18

I was quite disappointed by the organisation of this event for a number of reasons;

- the signposted parking was apparently due to be locked at 1pm, which was not great for slow half marathon runners or people hanging around for the kids race

- we were supposed to get carnival entry, which was a major reason for us making this a family event. The carnival wasn't even there as apparently it had been moved some miles away ages ago !

- toilet provision, as mentioned above, simply wasn't good enough

- on the 10k, which I did, a marshal actually directed a number of us down what turned out to be a shortcut - completely screwing up any thoughts of a PB. I only did 5.2 miles - and told the organisers so at the end - but despite that the results show me as first MV50, depriving the rightful owner of that spot.  A number of other people did the same thing and are also therefore distorting the results.

Very disappointing, and I definitely won't be doing this event again.

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

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