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manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 10:20
Final 20 miler for me two days ago. Really tough with headwind most of the way and finishing at coastline which was even windier. Same route as 20 miler a couple of weeks previous but nearly 10 minutes slower!

I was wondering if my 4:15 target was a bit conservative but after that last training run I'll be delighted with it. Been so focussed on getting to this point, I don't really have firm plans for last 2-3 weeks. How far is everyone thinking of going for remaining long runs?

Changes to VLM Ballot 2016

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 14:24

Well I was hoping next year might be 5th time lucky for me but not looking promising now. Obviously no one knows for sure but I'm estimating you'd have about a 1 in 20 chance which is shocking odds.

I know there's the whole "hundreds of other marathons" but London is still one that runners want to do as well. I find the "GFA times are that difficult" responses very arrogant.

I agree with Dan that there should at least be some other criteria in place but proving having run a half marathon would be a nightmare for the organisers / admin. I think they should definitely at least bring back the so many years then guarenteed entry although maybe with the amount trying to sign up in past few years, that would instantly fill it?!

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 14:09

Thanks for the replies. Sounds promsing. Just found on the website that limit is 12,500 runners so assuming they would have announced if it getting close to selling out, then maybe around 10,000 at most signing up. Then you have at around a quarter to a third not turning up due to injury / not training / other so will probably end up being only marginally more than last year.

Also says on website that race packs will be sent out in March so looks like we should be getting them through very soon.  

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 12:20

Any idea on entry limit / how many entries so far / expected? Just had a look at last years results which suggests 5911 finishers and apart from a few people who must have turned up late, it only took 6 minutes for everyone to start. My previous 2 marathons couldn't be more different as there were 200 runners in my first, and my second was London Marathon. Just wondering what sort of numbers to try and assess how crowded it will be on the run. Appriciate the 03:59:00 to 04:30:00 mark is probably very popular but looking at my target time of 4:15 there were over 50 runners came in during that minute which seems quite a lot to still have around at the end.

Severn Bridge Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 09:21

Yes Triggerfish - I think actually we did our first marathons at Llanelli in 2011. It took me 3 years before I did another (London last year), and I'm signed up for Manchester marathon in 3 weeks time and Snowdon marathon in October!

Did Merthyr HM last weekend with new PB and Llanelli HM a couple of weeks before that. I'm now on 20 Half Marathons and around 150 races or parkruns since one started near me 2 years ago! Other HM's on the list for this year are Swansea, Wyre Forest, Bristol, Cardiff and possibly one or two others.

Agree that hill training definitely helps for this particular HM. I live in a valley so no problems there - in fact, trying to find flat routes for marathon training is a bit of a problem.

manchester marathon 2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:52

Hello. Another late addition to the thread. Skimmed through first few and last few pages so please forgive me if these questions have been asked / answered already somewhere in between.

On the website it says "MyProtein will supply a specially packaged isotonic drink at three drink stations on course" - I searched for MyProtein drinks products but couldn't find an obvious isotonic drink that's readily available. Given the advice is normally not to try something new on the day, is it best to avoid or by 'specially packaged' do they actually mean they are using another more popular brand?

What's everyones advice on when to do the final long(est) run? I've seen lots of programs that suggest 4 weeks before and other that say 3. Personally, I'm going for 3 weeks before so have a 20-21 miler planned for this weekend.

This is my 3rd marathon although the first two didn't really go to plan so trying again with a much better hydration / nutrition / training plan than previously used (the hydration / nutrition being almost non existent before). I'll probably be a regular on here now until the marathon so if you want to add me to the list then PB is 4:31:54. Target 4:14:59.

Severn Bridge Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 13:34

Did this one last year. Quite tough and I would call hilly rather than undulating. That hill in the middle was a killer and the only time I've walked a section in any of the 19 'road' half marathons I've done. Hill at the end is a nightmare if you're close to a PB. I paced a club mate round last year and finished in 1:51 but don't think I'd have been significantly quicker anyway even though my PB is 13 minutes faster than that.

Is there a 43km ultra event I can enter?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 12:03


Someone from my running club is doing this. It's in Telford and it's something like a 0.84 mile lap that you either do until you've completed a marathon or do an extra one and call it an ultra! On the website they are counting someone from the 2013 who ran 33 laps (27.72 miles) as an ultra runner so a tiny bit over the 43K. Should imagine theres a few other events like this. I ran 27.0 miles in the London Marathon this year (43.47K) but can't count that. I think the race above is far enough though if you do the extra lap or two.

If I was going to do an ultra though, I'd probably chose a 50K race as that's more official then and there's a few of those.

NHS Choices Couch to 5K

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:39

Starting a Couch to 5K program with our running club and used the NHS program. I think it works really well. We had over 20 doing it at one point in the first 9 week program although this did start in January so due to new years resolutions not working out, weather, hangovers from Six Nations weekends (as we do it on a Sunday morning) we had about 6 or 7 complete the program. Pleased to say that 5 of them ended up joining the club as full affiliated members and all gone on to do 10k runs and considering going up to HM distance by the autumn. They also brought along a couple of friends so we've had 7 new members as a result. It looks like we'll have a similar number finishing the second program with a few doing Race for Life last weekend, and others registered with parkrun and looking to go next weekend. Hoping a couple will be interested in going further and also becoming full members.

We were going to have a break from doing couch to 5K, but due to word of mouth about the sucess of the first two programs we now have another load wanting to join! This is all in a small South Wales valley and we've now got a dozen people running regularly, about 40-50 different people turn up to at least one session, and several new members for the running club. Well worth doing if a couple of club members can spare half hour a week.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:23

All gone quiet on here again. Done a silly amount of running events recently with 12 races / parkruns in 33 days between April 29 - May 31. Was also supposed to Beast of Bryn last Saturday but after being way off my best in the Treforest 10K and Merthyr Mawr lane 5K, I decided I'd probably overdone it (a lot rather than a bit) and need to rest a bit. Still doing parkrun tomorrow as I'm determined to get that 50 t-shirt. I'm on 40 now. Hoping to get back to regularly dipping under sub 22 runs and then work on finally beating the 6 month old 21:21 PB. Only race planned for this month is Caerphilly 10K.

Good luck to those doing the Castles Relay this weekend. We've had a bit of an influx of new members at my running club (which I've recently become chairman of) so hoping next year we'll have enough for a team.

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