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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


The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 18:05

That's the one Dr D

Alehouse - Those crowds were pretty impressive all the way round so it was very easy not to spot people. As far as the course is concerned, I was surprised that it was billed as flatter than London but absolutely nothing wrong with it. The main plus point was there being no sharp corners anywhere so it was great for getting into a rhythm, switching off and letting a few miles tick by.

I'm sure it win't be too long before the next Manchester visit, probably Stretford I would imagine. Will let you know.


DT - Yep, running London as well. In fact Manchester was just a last minute addition but very glad we did do it now

We'll be in the Red Lion all afternoon, no rush


The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 17:00

DT - There were certainly free drinks last year on presentation of your medal. If I could possibly suggest that their 'system' is slightly open to abuse you can have abloody good   afternoon for next to nowt in a pub full of hyped up runner people.

It is on Whitehall opposite The Treasury/Downing Street. Just follow naturally through the finish area and then towards the end if the meet and greet area go up the stairs by the Cabinet War Rooms and the Red Lion is directly in front of you through the arch.


Look forward to seeing you there with a smile of achievement on your face.


The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 16:42

Excellent, Dr Dan, I'll read back then and see how your prep has been going. You do know that the Red Lion is compulsory for debriefing purposes, don't you?

The Middle Ground

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 16:34

A quick look in to see who is doing London on Sunday, I know TR is Edinburgh bound but who is doing the Blackheath-Red Lion run besides Phil as 3hr pacer?

Thanks for the comments re yesterday, I was hanging on a bit towards the end but since I was in territory that I haven't been in for 21 years a bit of hard graft to bring it home was fully expected.

After all that banging on the the sub 3 door without success for so long I will be over the moon if I could manage two in 7 days (making 5 sub 3s in 6 months). I think it's on but there is no way of really knowing until the later stages on Sunday.


WJH - Congratulations on the PB, didn't that last mile seem a long long way?


Bob - Great work. You'll probably smash that barrier on a regular basis now but there's nothing sweeter than going into new territory timewise.

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