Possum hopper

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Thames Meander Marathon

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 13:01

What a day !! I was one of the marshalls at Barnes train bridge and boy oh boy....did it RAIN !!  Never done a marathon marshal before and never marshalled at a water / aid station so it was pretty frantic at times......hard not to panic and tried to give you all you needed and pretty quick at that !!  Great fun tho and many thanks for all of you who thanked us on the day and since. I have always thanked marshals and been appreciative of them up until now anyway, but after that experience I will be even more so. 

Comrades 2014

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 13:15

I wanted to do Boddington in July - did it last year and got my PB at it and used that for Comrades. I was feeling pretty fit in July so just wanted to pile in on the back of the Comrades vibe I had. It is organized by the same outfit who do Gloucester but it was cancelled this year. Maybe people were voting with their feet and not entereing after Gloucester wents boobies up. Shame as it was a good event - Boddington - for a decent time.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 14/08/2013 at 09:59

Hi Muzza - yep - what Fido said re chips.

I flew SA this year and it was tight at J'berg as the flight from London was delayed by an hour and with only a 2 hours stop over initially at J'berg it was quite frantic with that being squeezed to an hour as you have to re-claim your bags as first port of call, go through immigration, and re-check them in. My bags didn't go through initially and I wasn't allowed to board the connecting flight...but it all came good and was sorted. I wasn't overly concerned tho as I would have been put on next flight and not had to pay....if you'd paid seperately then yep, you'd have to pay for that new flight.

I have looked at other cheaper options for next year but am going SA again as they were good, direct enough and don't fancy paying almost £200 quid less but travelling for up to 35 hours !!

I can't quite believe I am planning on going back next year but it is a unique opportunity to try for that B2B...it's great tho to have it to work towards and look forward to.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 13/08/2013 at 15:44

Just catching up on here - really because I have now booked my hotel in Durban...YIKES !  Will book flight ealy September. I know somer folk on here wait to do it all later but I have a feeling next year will be busy....like I know as this year was my first Comrades...but the downhill seemed to be the most favoured route.

Muzza - I stayed in Durban City Lodge as did quite a few others on here. It is very close to the Expo - within walking distance if you can walk with someone. The finish for the Down is also just across the road so that would be just brilliant.

This year I travelled out on the Weds before, arriving on Thurs and left Tues after. I am planning on flying out a day later this year to Durban but still leaving on the Tuesday. I don't think I need the extra day before but it was good for a first timer a syou can then do the Expo thing and chill.

I am doing New Forest and Beachy Head and am hoping NF will be my one to get a decent time at - well - decent for me - I want a sub 4 to get into Pen D again...that will be the best I can do. If I don't get it I will have to wait until Brighton next year as that will be my next marathon for reasons I won't bore you with...and I don't really want to leave it that long so pressure is on for NF which was just initially going to be a Day Out.

Anyone doing Thames Meander - I shall be marshalling somewhere en route. I see Ally is going who I did briefly meet in SA this year - he even let me hold his silver medal ! I may well put on my Comrades cap or at least the T shirt so anyone can shout at me.

My training next year will pretty much follow what I did this year, although I might drop the Crawley track and go for Halstead instead.

Not long to go now to registration. Very exciting.

Thames Meander Marathon

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 11:36

Hi there,

Just saw this thread and am glad so many of you are doing it. I took part last year and did experience the water situation. However, it would never put me off as the organizers are just brilliant and I have every confidence in them. The scenary is just lovely and a great route, even with the hill at the end...but hey, if running marathons was easy then everyone would be at it !

Hermes also do another event - Bewl Water marathon, which I also did this year. That was extremely well organised, loads of well stocked stations, crisps, flapjacks, gels, oh and water!! Another gorgeous medal as well.

I am not running the marathon this year as I offered my services to marshal by way of thanks as I was very kindly allowed to enter Bewl at the very last minute due to excessive fannying aroundon my part - so - am looking forward to cheering you all on and hopefully encouraging you on your way.


Comrades 2014

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 10:03

Oh thanks SD - don't THINK I'll use that time then !!  Better get a shift on and find a decent marathon to make sure I'm better seeded.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 13:53

Oh, I didn't know that this years time counted for next years seeding.

My qualifying for 2013 was 3.51 and was in D pen.

My finish time for Comrades was 11.12......was after a sub 10 but alas, missed out on the day.

Can anyone tell me what seeding I would be in with that time ?? I'm guessing not a great one. For a number of reasons the best marathon I will be able to get a decent time for will be Brighton next year.

At least I have a time if this years is taken into account......so please, if anyone knows what seeding that would be great.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 13:04

Minni - I did my first Comrades this year in 11hrs 12. My marathon PB is 3.51 and I am your bog standard 26.2 distance runner - non of those crazy 100 miles for me !! I had managed to get to 46 marathons - starting in 2008 so kind of have my pacing sorted - for the 26.2. I was after a bronze but knew I'd blown it with 15 k to go so kind of eased off just to get it finished as to DNF was just too awful to think about.

Comrades was just not something that you could pace yourself normally at.  Those hills and the distance is just so way out there as already mentioned above. I was a complete novice before Comrades at that distance (35 miles was the most I'd run in training and that was on a track) and on those hills. I do a lot of hill running but again, Comrade hills are just so different from anything I'd ever encountered.

I focussed more on having rough times to get to certain points. I was most stressed before I got to first check point as even though I'd written them all on my arm in pen - where they were (district) and and what distance....it had all smudged and worn off due to the heat and my general clammyness !

I got to first checkpoint with just over 2 hours to spare so knew then what pace to keep going at if I could. By that time I'd kind of settled down and also calmed down and started to enjoy it as much as I could and just used my watch as my guide....for the time...not the pace. I wore a bog standard Ironman watch as my Garmin would not have lasted. I believe SD also uses a watch and even called himself a Luddite for doing so. It has worked for him so that was enough for me.

Hope that helps.



Comrades 2014

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 19:34

Great video Bike It.

Comrades 2014

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 13:34

IF I enter next year....no idea why I pretend I won't......it will be a strange one to train for. I am currently at 47 marathons. Brighton marathon next year just so happens to fall on my 50th birthday so it would be mad to not do my 50th on my 50th as such a cool thing to do.

I ran 17 last year to get ahead of the game as have planned on Brighton being my 50th since they released the date. I did 17 as I thought I would be unable to walk let alone run after Comrades but am happy to report and running better than ever.

I can now only enter two marathons for this year and I want them to be good ones i.e. scenic, cross country. I have so far chosen and entered New Forest and am just about to enter Salisbury Was going to enter Portsmouth but it is the day after my Xmas work do....NOT a good idea.

So, getting a decent qualifying time for Comrades 2014 will have to wait until Brighton 2014.

Also won't be able to do any 'official' marathons as part of training for 2014 until after Brighton.

I could of course just say meh, don't hold out for the 50th on 50th but it just feels right to wait.

It's all very thinky this running malarky !! 

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