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The Middle Ground

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:15

It was Yorkshire this morning DT, London next year is a long way off yet - next on the list is Dublin Marathon in 14 days from now

The Middle Ground

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 21:02

Thanks Mr V, Alehouse and Wardi.

It really was one of those days where everything just clicked into place - conditions, the course, pacing etc. 

Even though it is a big city marathon, once you get out on the country lanes you can pick out everyone you know supporting along the route, which can be a real boost. Seeing Wardi at 23 miles was one such occasion

Eventually, the PB from 1993 has now gone and 2:47:34 has replaced it, which is not something that I was expecting to be able to say even at the start of this year. It was somewhat surprising to finish 24th overall and have nobody older than my ancient self in front, despite Darren Bilton and several other fast vets in the mix.

I think I might even blog this one



The Middle Ground

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 17:13

Alehouse - We still need to get back to Cheadle to get that dog lead, we'll let you know when. Last Saturday was a very rare non parkrun Saturday, I was knocked for six by some dodgy virus. After the best part of two days in bed I found myself on the start line of the Burnley 10k on Sunday morning just a couple of hours after getting up - that was an interesting experience


That 50 years stretch is unlikely to ever be achieved again.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 17:06

Is that all it is, Dr Dan? That's come around quickly but then again there's a small matter of Yorkshire this Sunday to enjoy first

Which was actually the reason for looking in, is anyone else on here running at Yorkshire?


The Middle Ground

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 08:54

Alehouse - Very astute of you to spot the reason for me missing the finish, there's no fun if an inaugural team don't have one or two challenges to deal with

I think it works well as a parkrun course, the bridge was a bit slippy but apart from that it was good

Happy with yesterday at Rhyl, if you want a PB course then this is it as long as the wind stays away. We were with the half marathon runners for the first half, which worked well, but were well strung out in the second half. Hopefully numbers will increase for next year's event which will make it even better. This was the first year and there were 118 finishers in the marathon.

With nobody to chase the stall was set out to aim to extend the string of sub 3s to six in the last 9 months. Therefore pleased with 2:58:24 for 3rd place but I should have kept an eye on the rear view mirror as Hannah was closing rapidly in the closing stages to take the win (4th overall) in 3:00:11.

Really good event but very sunburnt now!


The Middle Ground

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 17:05

They did a bit Alehouse (running that is) but they didn't let it detract from their main focus.

The Norman boys were in good spirits after their 2:19 and 2:24 at Manchester.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 22/04/2014 at 16:38

Just survived The Isle of Man Easter Running Festival and lived to tell the tale

For those who have never heard of it you really should try it if you get chance - 3 races in different corners of the island, an 11 mile run across the middle of the island taking in every pub on the way and one or two hotly contested drinking contests.

Although it isn't taken very seriously there are still some very tasty performances as a result of the £4,700 prize money on offer across the weekend. 

The legs ache more now than they did after the two marathons though!

Alehouse - There was orange everywhere, you would have been proud


TR - You're clearly in good shape so it is just a case of staying healthy, starting slowly and not being overly concerned about the time on race day now. Looking good.

Mr V - Ahead of the game We'll be watching out for some big Summer performances then!

Oh, and despite the two marathons in the last couple of weeks it is a mere 12 days to the next one, although this time there will be a bit added on the end - 50k. I blame Steve Way

The Middle Ground

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 22:51

What a brilliant day yesterday

There seemed to be MGers coming out of the woodwork at The Red Lion as evidenced by the pic above. And a good job too, we had 30 pints of free beer to tackle. By the end of the evening we had polished off 25 so there's room for improvement next year

TR, your question about the heat is very pertinent. It was certainly warm at the start and kept getting warmer but it still felt comfortable to run in. It was deceptive though because at the end most of us were pretty pink and I'm sure that I had a bit of mild sun stroke as we got to the pub.

As for the run itself, bearing in mind that Manchester was just 7 days earlier, it was without question the most enjoyable run around VLM.

When I had a brief chat with Phil at 4 miles I was thinking that maybe a low 2:50s was likely but the only aim, if there was one, was to try to run two sub 3s in 7 days, a feat I would have scoffed at until very recently.

By the finish a 2:57:52 on the back of the 2:51:52 at Manchester had been very straightforward, a nice flowing run. Surprised but very pleased.

Hannah nearly got a sub 3 with 3:00:45, 5 minutes quicker than Manchester.

DT - There is plenty to be happy about with that as a first marathon. You might be quite surprised if you did a survey of first marathon times of people on here and on Sub 3, I'm pretty sure that the average will be a good bit slower than 3:18.


TR - Well done on surving the best man's speech, a tough task indeed. Are you starting to chomp at the bit yet thinking about Ediburgh?



The Middle Ground

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 22:56

32947 is the number to see how a marathon on the back of a marathon pans out. It could be messy

The Middle Ground

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 09:56

Thanks TR! You might be right in your assessment but I'm not waiting 4hrs 30mins for the first pint. In fact just for good measure the first Red Lion pint of Guinness will be consumed in advance just to make sure

I haven't looked at what the race number is yet, I'll post it up later just in case anyone wants to watch some carnage unfolding


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