Ping Pong Boy

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Brighton Marathon 2016

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 14:18

It's been forever since I posted on runners world forums. I'm back for my first marathon attempt in Brighton after a 11 year break from marathons due to constant injuries of one or another.  I'm behind a lot of you as my longest run is only up to 15.5 miles but I have to be super careful with avoiding injury.

Most likely my marathon will be a run-walk targeting about 4:30 to 5 hours.  An hour slower than I used to be but 11 years is quite a gap.

Hope everyone's training goes well through the tough month of February.


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Posted: 27/04/2011 at 16:16

Hi All

 SB - Gave up the Wiff-Waff a long time ago just get the nickname as to change it would ruin this thread and I still like the little PPB picture.

Weight is 2 stone up and my injuries still niggle but i've decided to try and run a marathon again so while I entered the London ballot I thought what the hell and popped an entry in for Loch Ness this year as well.  Sub 3:45 will be more like sub 5 at my current pace but hey ho it is still a marathon.

 With changed names and new folk I don't know who is on here from the past so come on reveal yourself and your old nicknames so I know who is who.

 Keep on running


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Posted: 26/04/2011 at 16:14
Ballot entered.  PPB starting off again

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Posted: 15/10/2009 at 21:11

Hi Posse.

Popping my old head in to say hello to all once again.  Many congratulations JBSS on the birth of your baby, wonderful news.  I see the old heads are still online along with a many others that are too young to remember who I am.I ran for the first time in a over a year last week and who knows all being well I may manage a sub-10 minute mile before the year is out.  Over 4 years since I hurt myself running Edinburgh 2005 and every recovery has failed but fingers crossed a very slow return may work this time.  I'd love to break 3.45 one day but then I'd love to run for 3.45 miles again so best to start slowly. No chance of VLM (doesn't feel right not writing FLM) and I didn't even remember to enter for next year which is a bit of a bugger as I think I was at 3 or 4 rejections in a row.Good running to one and all and if you get injured for goodness sake rest.All the best

Ping Pong Boy

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Posted: 24/04/2009 at 20:17

Hey Posse. 

Just sticking my head in to see what is happening ahead of race day.  Have a great race and regardless of whatever time you get enjoy the experience.  Sub 3:45 would be nice though as after all that was why the thread was started.  I'll be watching out on TV.

All the best

Ping Pong Boy

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Posted: 25/08/2008 at 12:33

Hey All

Thanks for the comments.  I have a chronic case of achilles tendonitis which is very difficult to treat.  I've tried a lot of things including doing nothing but stretching for 6 months but as soon as I return to training the pain returns and sees me hobbling within minutes.  I have seen a few doctors and many physios but nothing seems to make the injury go away.

It is great to see the same people on the thread that have been on here for years now.  Incredoble really how this little thread has stood the test of time.  Admittedly half of messages are by Beders claiming TOTP

Martin  - I think folk say "Don't pop the blister" but I always used to particularly if it is a blood blister.  The onceyoupop the blister I would pop some healing ointment on it then cover with a plaster.  But I'm sure others will disagree with my advice.  I used to suffer with blisters terribly in training.  Compeed plasters are really good for covering blisters.

Simon - What are you training for is it a Half or Full Ironman?

Enjoy your bank holiday,


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Posted: 20/08/2008 at 16:46

Just popping in to say hello   Tasha Danvers has not had more injuries than me.  Just the 3 years since my injury problems commenced.

Usain Bolt, just stunning.  Good to see what he can do when he really tried hard.

PPB (still limping)

PS.  Hi Beds & Jellybabe

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Posted: 21/11/2007 at 20:25

I'm thinking of becoming Croatian ......Should be an exciting next 70 minutes.

I don't know what the weather is doing elsewheer but it has been torrential all day in Aberdeen.  I've always enjoyed running in the rain as atleast you don't overheat.  I once ran past a massive puddle (more like a pond on the road) and a bus floored it through the puddle and soaked me as if someone had just thrown 10 buckets of dirty water at me.  I can't really say I enjoyed the rain at that very moment but I could see the funny side once I had dried out later on.

DFD - I'd love to get Mrs PPB into running.  She has a great build for running but so far I've only ever managed to get her out for a 150 run-walk.  But I'm working on her and I'm sure she will give in and do some more running when the weather gets better (long wait for that though).

Enjoy your running


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Posted: 18/11/2007 at 18:08

I was absolutely gutted with the Scotland game last night.  Shocking decision  that led to the Italians second goal but we did ride our luck a bit with 2 offside decisions going our way.  I was chatting to a friend last night and the problem sometimes is Scotland pull out fantastic results and performances when we least expect it.  In a way it would be better for the team to be in a tough World Cup Qualifying Group as I don't think I would like their to be a sense of expectation if we were in an easy group.  I'm pwoud (as Alex Ferguson would say) of how the team played throughout the campaign.

Nick M - I couldn't fathom Donnie Darko at all.  I think it is just not my cup of tea at all.

So what happened in the various forumites Half M's today?

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Posted: 15/11/2007 at 12:20

I was looking a the Spring Training Week and it does look good.  I would love to escape for a week and join the thread but I think Mrs PPB may go "mental" as we are likely to be just starting building work on our house about the same time.  I'm not too sure though if the picture of Beders and his ridiculously short shorts on the 2.09 website will attract the masses!

Training is going not too badly.  I'm just about to head out for my first lunchtime 6 miler in a couple of years.  It is a bit cold but there is blue sky so it should make for a very pleasant run.

I'm sure Scotland on Saturday will give us Scots lots of  a bit of  and hopefully by the end it will be  rather than .

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