Paul Allard

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Posted: 18/04/2005 at 21:57
Well .... my turn !

Firstly what a brilliant job you all did, even those of you who suffered. When I started this thread, I never thought how involved we would all get, how friendly and supportive - and basically wonderful !

My race did not go as planned. I finished in 5.20.08 which was slower than my previous attempt in 2001 despite more time training but it was obviously not the right kind of training - not enough long runs, no speed work or fartlek etc..

I had a wonderful day - great crowds, lovely weather and just happy to know I was out there doing it. I knew I was going to finish and that, in the end, the time wouldn't matter. My wife has made me promise faithfully not to do it again (especially as I said "never again" the last time !" and she's right because I shall never have the willpower or time to put the proper training in. So it's up to half-marathons from now on.

I only spotted one Smiley as paintedlady shot past me ! althoough I think I saw the Honey man in front of me at about the same point. Yet again I carried the gels around with me and the honey and couldn't face consuming them but I drank loads, probably too much at the time but I'm still rehydrating now.

I've recovered better than last time, less hobbling around and it's only getting up afrter sitting down when the muscles take a while to respond.

I really pitied the travellers from Waterloo when the trains arrived already chokka ! Hope that you managed all right in the end.

I think that we've all got a lot to be proud of and again Congratulations all round ( Now let's get the money in !)

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Posted: 16/04/2005 at 08:24
I'm taking both a short sleeve and a long-sleeve techincal shirt to wear under my vest - and make the call on the morning - but I'm sticking with shorts. I ran the FLM in running tights last time and found them too hot after such a long time

Just getting out contact lenses if it's raining and safety pins. I must have forgotten something else ... !

In case I don't post again before the race, the best to all of you.

Long may you run !

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Posted: 14/04/2005 at 16:04
My brother picked up my number today at the exhibition. Said that there were a lot of fit, skinny runners there ! Hopefully that means some of you.

I bet that he forgot to go to the Orange stand for me !

It seems that he wants us to start together so I may end up starting from the red start instead of the blue, so will see more of you there !

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Posted: 11/04/2005 at 12:15
Hang on in there, Claire. You'll make it !

It was going to be my 50th birthday present to myself last year and then I deferred my entry - so it's a belated 50th !

Ran 53 minutes this morning, lots of hills, and then swam 18 lengths (too bored and cold to do 20 !)

Maybe a short run on Thursday or Friday and that's it !

I'll be looking out for you'all with the 11 minute miler group at the blue start.

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Posted: 09/04/2005 at 22:19
I'm aiming to get to Greenwich for 9 am. 45 minutes ahead of the start should be enough for me. My brother thinks that even then we'll be too early - is he in for a shock !

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Posted: 09/04/2005 at 11:59
Ran an hour this morning - went very well. Would have done more but right hamstring was pulling a bit and I'm not taking any risks this close to M-day.

I did run/walk and felt strong all the way and, for the first time, I took on the runny honey at a couple of walk bits : it sdidn't repeat on me so I might keep that going on the day
(thanks MyWifecallsmeFatty !)

Received my Smiley badge today - it IS small so it'll be on the back of my vest or shorts as directed by you lot !

Was about to throw out a pair of jeans with holes in inappropriate places when I realised that I could discard them at the start, thus keeping my poor leggies warm until the Off

Keep on trucking !

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Posted: 07/04/2005 at 16:13
Thanks for the link, Claire. Ordered my badge. Now where shall I put it ?

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Posted: 06/04/2005 at 22:58
I'm getting PAUL put across my amnesty running vest by a local firm who are doing it for nothing (I hope) to support me in the run.

As for the Orange plate, I've asked for something like "Can I have some new knees please ?" in anticpation of the pain to come

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Posted: 06/04/2005 at 22:57
Dips : my brother who lives in London is picking up my number for me to save me having to come down too early.

Can someone explain to this ignoramus what the meerkat support group is all about ? I haven't quite twigged.


The wearing of something to distinguish us as a group is a nice idea. Any ideas ?

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Posted: 06/04/2005 at 12:23
Got my Amnesty International running vest this morning : it's really happening, isn't it ? Vest a bit tight ( show my belly and my muscles !) and bright yellow. I'm going to get my name put on it if I can because the crowd are always keen to call out folks' names.

I'm thinking of joining the 11 minute mile pacemaker and resorting to run/walk if I can't keep up at any stage.

I'm not coming down for the Exhibition but hope to see you all - or some of you anyway at the blue start. I'm taking the train to Blackheath and will plan to get there for about 45 minutes before the start.

Loos are a problem (long queues) but I actually stopped at a loo about half a mile into the race last time - made all the difference.
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