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The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: Yesterday at 08:45

As one who doesn't generally like switchbacks I find the couple at Yorkshire no bother at all.

As far as marathon courses go you really can't get much better than this one for minimal disruption to momentum.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 10:43

Yep, spilt blood literally - not mine but the OHs. We've just been to hospital to have it tidied up. As Wardi will confirm it was all a bit surreal, as if a glass just exploded causing a nasty wrist gash. Fortunately though escaped being too serious by millimetres.

Yep that is me in the line up with the Look North Team, the guy from Educating Whatever and Keith Senior - I'm pretty sure it was a case of mistaken identity, they must have been looking for some celebrity called Steve and instead they got me

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 09:49

There is a Ch.4 highlights programme.

Having spent time running with 4th, 3rd and 2nd ladies at various points during the race the tv camera bike was pretty much always in close proximity - I can see why elites would get annoyed with it's presence. The OH didn't manage to avoid the pre-race 'in the can' interview with Katherine Merry but it is unlikely to be used, they'll probably use those of the first three finishers.

Reiki - Even if it wasn't pretty you still got pretty much the pre-race expectation sort of time. When you do nail a 'pretty' one you can look firward to a chunk of that.

Stimpy - Likewise, I reckon only 1 in 10 marathons go perfectly smoothly, the other 9 are the buildung blocks towards that day when you're due a cracker.

Wardi - As said yesterday before blood was spilt in the pub, 3:35 is quite some result considering the prospects 2 weeks ago.


As a result of the cautious running in the closing stages yesterday and the clear inducation that fitness levels are in good shape it has been decided to bring the next marathon forward, so Leicester Marathon in 13 days is next up. Can't wait


The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:50

Little calf problem between 18-20 miles which involved mostly walking. Got going again cautiously and dipped under sub 3, quite chuffed with that in the circumstances

OH came 4th in 2:53 and Wardi will be on soon no doubt to reveal all.

Njord was exemplary again pacing sub 3 and must have had 20-25 in his group at halfway, many had successful conclusions.


Newcastle Town Moor Marathon

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 21:03

Ran it last year - it is a mixture of smooth tarmac, gravel paths and a short section if grass on each lap. Not flat but quite comfortable inclines. The main thing to watch for is exposure to the wind, Town Moor can be windy at the best of times.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 18:25

Bad news Malcs but there is always another day and we certainly have no shortage of races to pick from, so very sensible to not push it if unsure.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 07:54

So, it is now the day before the marathon. What better way to spend the day than creating youself an earworm by listening repeatedly to Tony's little ditty.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 17:41

It was only last night that Hannah was saying that she wished there was a way of opting out of the tracking.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:28

Reiki - 1261 in purple, sounds distinctive enough! Yes, that Antrim course is very recognisable isn't it? We must have met up with Greg a dozen times or more in the last 12 months, he's as bad as us for doing every race going

I'm 799 and will probably wear the same green vest as in last week's blog. The OH is no 22 but will just have 'OLDROYD' on the printed number. No idea what vest she'll be wearing but she might have to behave and wear a club vest for this one unlike the two marathons that she has won this year wearing cow paraphenalia


Malcs/Smig - Hope the various niggles are just that, there are very few people who don't mention niggles in the days before a marathon. It'll be alreet on the neet


Wardi - The only downside to your rejuvenation is that there won't be a familiar friendly face for on course support at 22 miles (or wherever it was) this year

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 07/10/2015 at 20:49

Wardi - Yes, we'd still run every day but the taper as such involves dropping to just one run a day instead of two. The mileage for the week, including the race, will be about 50 miles.


Reikirabbit - You must be the person that Greg was telling us about on Sunday, he was going to let us know your race number so that we could keep an eye out.

I bet that that gave you bit of a shock

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