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Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 11:13
I'm so glad you didn't tell me that before the event Chick!

Angela - a lot of people arrived on the morning and some seemed to come on the Friday, set up then go home for the night - which was a good idea as it poured!

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 21:07
Definitely Freemers! I have a 10 mile race on the Sunday and a fell race on the Monday - don't ask... I'm chasing Grand Prix points! Would either of those appeal to you? Let's do dinner if nothing else?

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 21:03
Puffy - I'm also looking for a different approach to marathon training. I'm doing a marathon in Oct but it will definitely just be for the event and not an A race. I'm planning on getting to the start line with minimal training. If all goes well I'd like to target London again with with a reduced mileage schedule.

Sub 3.30 Tim: #asics262

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 13:01

Dropping in....

I know many of you on here take part in the Thunder Run but I wanted to tell you about the Spitfire Scramble I did at the weekend. 

Its a similar event to TR with everything from solo runners to teams of 8 taking part in the 24hr event.  The route is fantastic - better than TR in my opinion.  Its in Hornchurch Country Park, Essex and its a mixture of flat trails, packed gravel paths, bit of tarmac and some through woods.  Pretty flat with one stretch of zigzag uphill and you're rewarded with views across to Central London at the top and another short sharp hill that took a count of 8 to get up! 

The whole event is lower key that TR.  No showers on site (I don't know if this might change as the event grows) but there was a shuttle bus to a local school half a mile away.  However, this didn't open during the night.  Wet wipes did the job fine but if it had been wet and muddy it wouldn't have been so pleasant.  They could have done with more portaloos but the ones the had were kept clean and stocked.  They were a bit dodgy for a while on Sunday morning but after they'd been emptied and cleaned were perfect again. 

There were only two catering stands but we had a campervan and did our own cooking anyway (there was a tesco within a 5 minute walk). 

The timing was the same as TR with the big screens showing the times and positions of every team. 

Because there weren't as many runners as TR I was a bit worried about running alone at night.  The park was open 24 hours a day and although it was very big it was surrounded by houses.  I wasn't convinced that there wouldn't be a lot of drunk people hanging around in the early hours on their way back from a club.  This might have been why I clocked up my fastest lap of the event but it was actually fine once I got running.  The thought was worse than the actual!

All in all it was a fantastic weekend and definitely an event to rival TR.  Out of the two I preferred Spitfire and we will probably be back next year. 

Hope every one is running well! 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 12:15

We survived and we won!  Lol!  We won our category of mixed team of 3 - 5 by 29 miles.  That makes it sound as if it was easy but it was tough in places.  A brilliant event.  The course was very runnable and each lap was a smidgen under 6 miles.  Both Brolish and I ran 3 laps in one go and then did a further 3 x 1 laps.  My fastest was at 3am.  I think the fear factor played a part in this!

For me, it has given me loads of confidence in my running again, something I've definitely been lacking.  

Nice OW running Chick! 

Belated Happy Birthday Barry. 

2old - I have a sprint tri in a couple of weeks too.  With run races (3 in total) the weekends either side of it. 

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 01:26
We are just over halfway and 1.5 hrs ahead of our plan. Me and Brolish have both done a set of 3 laps (just under 18m) and onto singles now. I'm waiting to go off now. It's dark! At TR there were a lot more runners so always people around. I think this maybe a lonelier run. I'm going to think of O4S and all the lonely hours she's put in at night to get me through it.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:19
2old I was always quicker with a pull buoy and thought this meant I was destined to be a great swimmer but I google search told me that if your form isn't so good you'll be faster with it but if your form is good then slower. I'm about the same now - but still slow!

Sub 3h15

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 23:00
OO - well done to the young un.

I remember this day last year when my daughter and her friends realised their dreams where coming true. It was very emotional. They all sat yesterday reminiscing. Our virtually adopted son (daughter's bf) got his results today and did exceptionally well through sheer hard work. We all feel very proud of him. Love seeing the youngsters getting on.

RW Forum Six - Sub 3:30

Posted: 12/08/2015 at 22:43
Glad you're getting sorted Chick and how nice to have a valid excuse not to do those horrible reps!

2old yep autumn marathon - Marine Corps Marsthon, Washington DC. My plan is to renew my GFA (so sub 3:45). Sciatica - this has really helped mine - lie over your foam roller on your front with your hips resting on the roller. Just lie there for 5 mins or do and raise up onto your hands if you can. It opens up the whole area and loosens everything off. It works for me!

Last night I joined a couple of others doing a
MP 10 miles, around 8m/m. I joined and said I'd try and do around 8:20 for 6 miles. Ended up with 9 miles @ 7:54. God it felt good! I've been sea swimming a bit and last week tried the Lake. I didn't like it very much - I'm not ready. That's helped me make my decisions for the next year. I'll stick with the odd sprint tri as it will keep me swimming but that's it. The real focus will go back to running.

Looking forward to Spitfire at the weekend!

Run Northumberland Wallington 10K

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 23:40
It was! All that downhill could only mean one thing...
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