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Posted: Yesterday at 16:16

MsE - wonderful, wonderful report. You are a true star and an inspiration. Can't say any more than that. 

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Posted: 26/04/2015 at 22:03

I went through halfway in 1:32:19 but faded a tad in the last 10K as the following 5K splits will testify.

5K: 21:55
10K: 21:41
15K: 21:59
20K: 22:00
25K: 21:57
30K: 22:19
35K: 22:35
40K: 23:02
Last 2.2K: 9:53 (about 22:35 pace)

I missed Minni at the 22 mile mark, but think I saw Speedy out of the corner of my eye as I passed the Fetchpoint.

No problems with cramp in the last few miles and I was doing plenty of overtaking and fortunately still had enough for a semi-sprint battle with Rob (aka Marathon Man UK) although he was probably saving himself for his second marathon of the day somewhere in the States – the guy is both an inspiration and a lunatic. 

So, ended up with 3:07:21 with a 2:43 positive split (1:32:19 / 1:35:02) so I know what to work on.

Overall  I was just under half a minute slower than my PB from last year, but despite the fact that my training has been focused on Comrades, it was still my fastest ever second half of a marathon and my best WAVA score for a marathon so I’m taking plenty of positives out of it and will be giving a sub-3 a serious attempt either at Abingdon in the autumn or London next year.

Great to catch up with OO, Minni, MsE and Poacher in Chandos.

Roll on next year!  

Sub 3h15

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 21:58

Wow – what a fantastic set of results. Huge congrats to Jools, MsE, Badbark and OO52, all of whom could easily defect to the sub-3 thread but we want you to stay on here!

Suffice to say Poacher and I had to have very stern words with MsE in the pub for not being absolutely ecstatic at a 13 minute PB combined with a sub-3 – super super stuff and you should be really chuffed.

Well done to GE for battling through at the end to smash the pre-race goal of 3:15, and hats off to Carmen Miranda for making it round despite the recent injuries and lack of training miles.

Also, fab stuff from Sandy Balls and a cracking PB from Death Punch.

Hopefully Race Jase will pop on here and explain just how he keeps making such massive improvements! 

As for me, I got to the start nice and early (and before the toilet queues built up!) and then tried to work out what I was going to do for an hour before sticking my bag on the lorry. Read a bit of Charlie Speeding’s book and did a spot of celeb hunting (Jensen Button, James Cracknell and, er, Lee Hendrie) before I spotted GE and we had a good natter before slapping the Vaseline on (not on each other!) and heading to the pens.

I was running completely to feel with the aim of 3:10 give or take but went through the first few miles a bit quickly if my mental maths at the mile markers was correct, but was still a bit surprised when one of the 3:00 pacers came past.

Good to see RFJ after a few miles and kept my eyes open for other familiar faces but other than a few supporters from the Club, I had quite a quiet race without the chatting from previous years.

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Posted: 25/04/2015 at 22:04

You'll be missed in Chandos Ant - look forward to seeing you there next year.

Superfoods pasta (standard pre-race meal) consumed, bag packed and nearly time for bed now - look forward to seeing many you before, during or after the race tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Posted: 24/04/2015 at 19:03
GE - I'm not 100% sure but it only took me about 20 seconds to cross the line from Pen 2 last year. In Pen 2 again on Sunday.

Good luck to all for the big day. Looks as though the weather could be more favourable for runners than spectators.

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Posted: 23/04/2015 at 23:42

Resisted too many temptations at Expo yesterday although I did come away with a box of Beet It bars and some more Beet It shots. Tried on a pair of the Hoka One One Cliftons to see what they felt like and might be tempted to splash out on a pair post VMLM.

3.5 easy miles this morning - started carb loading this evening as well.

Green starters - where's a good place to try and meet up beforehand? How about to the right hand side (if you're looking at them) of the baggage lorries?

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Posted: 22/04/2015 at 11:40

My eyes are still watering. Have never had an accident with Deep Heat but I can testify that it's definitely worth washing your hands a couple of times after chopping chillies. Nuff said.

MsE - fear not. I'm sure it's just taper madness setting in although quite honestly how could you even think that yellow and green would go together darling. It would be absoloootely ghastly! 

Short fartlek session for me yesterday, 6 easy miles through the woods this morning - very pleasant. Off to Expo this evening. 


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Posted: 20/04/2015 at 23:19

Brilliant stuff from all the Manc crew. 

KR - as others have said, you're well on you're way to a sub-3. Have you got an autumn marathon planned?

Cracking performances from ssc and JF2 as well as Frazer and the previously congratulated SJ.

Minni - I'll try and remember to keep my eyes open for you. Presume that you'll be in Chandos afterwards.

Apart from Poacher who else'll be there? OO

For those who haven't been there before, it's cross Trafalgar Square and head up to the right of the National Gallery, then take the road opposite the National Portrait Gallery (William IV St) and you'll see it.

GM - I'm 26861

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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 14:23
Fab SJ. Sounds like it was the right decision!

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Posted: 19/04/2015 at 08:58

Go Manchester runners, go!!!!

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