Lazy Chef

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Great North West Half-Marathon

Posted: 22/02/2010 at 16:01
Not really bothered about the contents of a goody bag, but must say a big THANKS to the runners world 8 mm pacer. He was spot on all the way, maybe 20/30 secs fast in places but made the the pace much easier to maintain than constantly checking the watch, I'll be looking out for him at London. I felt a bit of a prat sprinting off towards the end but needed 23 seconds under 1:45 to beat my PB. Did it in 1:43:14, Polar watch with distance pod showed last lap at 0.9 despite the rest being spot on (don't wont to open that can of worms up again!). Great race, many thanks to Ron and the organisation team as well as the marshalls.

Guy's 10

Posted: 17/11/2008 at 17:50

Last year the cheese was bloomin' lovely, worth the entrance fee on it's own. Must find out where they make it!

Well done marshallini, cracking time. I left my watch at home & had a pacing disaster at the Preston 10. Hope to do myself some justice at Guys.

Sound vs Silence

Posted: 05/06/2008 at 00:44

May 2001, Blackpool beaverbrooks 10 k fun run. I've spent the previous 10 weeks honing my 12 or so tracks that will see me across the line in less than an hour. No. 1 John Lee Hookers"Boom Boom Boom" No. 2 "Sweet home Alabama" Lynard Sknard, No 3 "Copperhead road" Steve Earle & so on, culminating in guns n roses, black sabbath & finally AC/DC to see me over the line. All is going to plan at the 5 K point, a nice bit of U2 "beautiful day" that will be followed by the clash "Londons burning" (the point where I pick the pace up!). The turnaround spells disaster, blazing sun, no air, legs turn to jelly. The Sony walkman feels like a lead weight attached to my shorts, sweat is pouring from me in torrents, my only thought is the work load of the night ahead. As Mc Donalds & the clash converge I realise that I've nothing left, all those hours of training, starting slowly then picking up the pace & finishing in heavy metal glory (easy!), it's all gone wrong. Walking now, I hand the Sony to the missus & stumble over the line in a dispirited 1:04. The last time that I have listened to music for running inspiration!

Since then I've progressed to sub 45 10 k's & I am generally a lot fitter than back in 2001. I do use an arm radio to listen to the football on an easy few miles on a Saturday afternoon, but I will never use the distraction of listening to music whilst I train. Even over 15 mile plus runs, I find that a varied & undulating route will keep me more focused than a run listening to my ipod.

Netcare Great North West Half Marathon

Posted: 26/02/2007 at 19:49
Brian Allen2 the official results list is for the 2006 race for some reason. Check out

for this years results.

Gels. When to use them?

Posted: 25/09/2006 at 11:29
Completed the race yesterday in 2hrs 5mins. Apsolute killer. Took a gel at the 1hr 30min mark & felt sick, plus felt no real benefit. Will start experimenting with SIS products in the future as these seem to be the products of choice. Thanks again to all on the forum will put the advice to good use in the future.

Gels. When to use them?

Posted: 17/09/2006 at 23:06
Bought 2 packets of Jelly babies on Friday, ready for Sundays run. Opened the cupboard Sunday morning, GONE! Wife & kids had found my secret stash. I'm a bit gutted, although ran a good time without any drinks or gels. I think I'll take a grip bottle with Lukozade sports drink & some jelly babies in a pocket for the race next week.


Posted: 12/09/2006 at 01:10
Just bought a pair of 2100's from sweat shop online for £48. Put them on out of the box with no problems. My last pair lasted approx 500 miles but just done a 15 mile hilly session, the new pair are much comfier & the medial post is less prominent.

Gels. When to use them?

Posted: 12/09/2006 at 01:00
Used my lucozade sport gel today at approx the 9 mile stage, hoping to gain benefit at the 11 mile point. The weather was so hot & humid that the comparision exercise was wasted. Acheived faster 1/2 & 15 mile times than last week, but could put that down to less fear. Much more tired this week even with the gel, but again the heat played it's part. Will try the jelly babies next week, over a 10 mile hilly course, hoping for milder weather. NB SIS products are a nighmare to source, mail order from specialist stores seems to be the only way.

Gels. When to use them?

Posted: 05/09/2006 at 12:08
WOW! What a response. All great advice. Might try the gel this weekend at about the hour mark & see if there's any improvement on last weeks time.
Everyone seems to be raving about jelly babies, which seem a great way to go, will give them a go the weekend after next & see which comes out on top.
Thanks to everyone who has helped especially OSD again for the in depth article.

Gels. When to use them?

Posted: 05/09/2006 at 10:29
I'm booked in for the Langdale 1/2 in about 3 weeks. It'll be the toughest race I've done, so I decided to get a boost from using carbo gel. I've used these in 1/2's before, without feeling any gains.
Could anybody please give me some advice as to what stage of a half marathon is the ideal time to ingest a gel and also how many.
I've got a long run this weekend & a shorter one the weekend after to put any tips into practice. Cheers.
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