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Marathon - Value for Money

Posted: Yesterday at 15:13

Ooh, that's cheap PC.

Glen Moray Marathon is £14/£16, and I thought that was cheap.  Bit of a commute from Sussex though.

That annoying moment your chip fails in the London Marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 14:58
literatin wrote (see)
Jo PoweredbyChocolate wrote (see)

ooh loving reading all these, we were watching at just past the half way point and I was trying to see if I saw anyone cheat where we were, I saw a few running run to the loos at the Texaco garage which were on the opposite side of the road, which I'm guessing then if they came out instead of carrying on to the Isle of Dogs they have just stayed on the same side and headed for the finish which would explain why  they had missed the mats

Aha! I've always thought if you wanted to cheat the best way would be to pretend you needed a poo. Much better than just ducking straight under the barrier.

And then that Radcliffe woman comes along and just poos at the side of the road, spoiling it for everyone who doesn't want to run the whole way.  Spoilsport!

Negative split marathons

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 12:32
cougie wrote (see)
I think Kelly Holmes negatively split on Sunday ?

I heard tell that she had an excellent pacer..........................

That annoying moment your chip fails in the London Marathon

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 12:08
PhilipMJones wrote (see)

Yellow t-shirt, yellow number is the mini-marathon.

18:47 parkrun from a U15 girl. Am I am allowed to say tasty in this PC world?


Ah, that makes sense. 

Depends if the "tasty" refers to the photo or the time........

That annoying moment your chip fails in the London Marathon

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 17:11
Peter Collins wrote (see)
Real Mr I wrote (see)

See but this is an example where it all falls down for me when it comes to the organisers of the London Marathon finding cheats with their computer programs.

This lady here. Basically flagged as a cheat.

Yes she missed a timing mat, but have a  look at the times. If anything she was ridiculously slow for the bit she cheated on, and anyone with half a brain would come to the conclusion she likely didnt cheat. So considering London Marathon have only a handful of people to check, and it would take no more than a 2 minute look at her times to know there was probably nothing untoward going on, why is it that they take 48 hours to flag up the culprits and even then some of the times they say are dubious are a stretch at best in terms of the accusation?


cougie wrote (see)
Probably had the chip near a magnet or something ? All chips work when you are given them.

I see they were selling magnetic number holders at the expo. Small print says not for numbers with chips on - which is a LOT of races nowadays.

Your clubmate will still have pics of her along the way. If there's none then I'd be suspisious.

I really really really can't imagine this person cheating. And I can't imagine that every chip works perfectly every time. I'm not sure how she'd have ended up with a medal by crossing the finish line, but not been given a finishing time, if her chip was actually working.

Edit: a little bit more investigation shows she has 21 photos from various parts of the course, but no times of any nature on her profile. I suppose she might have just dipped into areas where photographers were, but she also definitely ran down the Mall and went over the finish line... You can draw your own conclusions I suppose.

I think her times look ok, given the fancy dress at the start.  Not metronomic, but close enough to just be a few rough patches.

What's really confusing me is that there are photos of two people with the same number in her gallery.  The lady in black has lots of photos, and looks to be the sae person as the "Queen" at the start, but there's a girl in a yellow t-shirt with a yellow number................

Supplements for weight loss and running

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 16:09

I find the MyFitnessPal app quite useful for tracking what I eat and exercise.  It's amazing how lots of little things add up over a day if you don't keep an eye on them.  It also has a new "nutrients" tool, which breaks down what you have eaten into carbs/fat/protien and some of the main vitamins, and compares them against recommended intakes/allowances.  It highlighted to me that I eat too much sugar (no surprise there) and not enough calcium (more of a surprise), so I'm working on those.

As the others have said, there's no substitute for a balanced diet and exercise for weight loss/control. 

Urgent - Friend missed VLM registration

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:50
M..o.use wrote (see)

I do have some sympathy for the athlete, we don't know their circumstances.  If there had been a fatal accident closing the M1 for several hours, for example, then that's very difficult to overcome.  On such rare occasions some events will keep registration open a bit longer for the affected athletes.

That happened when I ran in 2000.  We were driving down from Scotland, stopped on the Friday night at Rugby, leaving a shortish drive on the Saturday to get to the Expo and then to our hotel.  Coming down the motorway at abot 10am, we joined the back of a queue which we could see went ahead for quite a long way.  Fortunately my (now) husband sort of knew the area, and we got the map out, left once we had crept the mile or so to the next exit, and went cross country down some very small roads, and made it to the Expo at about 4pm. 

Apparently the motorway didn't reopen until 6:30pm, so we would have missed registration.  I don't know whether there were hundreds of runners stuck on the motorway, or if the organisers made any allowances.  We were lucky - certainly much luckier than the poor souls in the accident that closed the road anyway.

Things you want to say but can't

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 10:27

Could you not find anywhere nice to go on holiday Ric?  Shame.....

People Cheating to get into Boston Marathon

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 16:15

Will!!!  How the hell are you??

LOL at the inappropriate reading of witch hunt......

People Cheating to get into Boston Marathon

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 16:34

I thought that too, but they just took the people with the big time differences and then looked for other "evidence" - i.e. missing timing mats or photos, or huge negative splits in qualifying marathons.  From initially being rather sceptical, I'm now pretty convinced they are on to something in a lot of cases.

Still smells like a witch hunt, but at least there's some data to back it up.

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