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Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: Today at 08:16
Some cracking runs going on this weekend - PB's falling all over the place, by the sound of things.

Freddy - I find Shotbloks easier on the stomach than gels, but at the speed you're going at you might find them a bit tricky to chew.

List fairy - can you put me down for the Fowlmead Challenge on 25 April. Ta.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: Yesterday at 08:58

DJC77 - can't say I have, and looking at the map, none of them looks particularly convenient for the start/finish. Unless it's an especially good deal you'd be as well looking at others nearer the Arc d Triomphe.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 18:09


1. Suggest you shop around for a marathon plan you can commit to. Some will measure effort by heart rate, others, including my own personal favourite P&D (Pfitzinger & Douglas) use speed (eg '3 x 1,600m @ 5k race pace'). I've never used an HRM, but others here have had good results.

2. If Lucozade and jelly babies work for you, then stick with them. 

3. The GPS should pick up again once you're through the tunnels, but even then you could be up to half a mile short by the end of the race. Safer to use a pace band (get one from the Expo) and make sure you're hitting your times at each km marker.

4. You can forecast your times from the McMillan running website, or the McRun app. They suggest 4:10-4:15 off those 5-10k times. Although as you get into training your shorter distance times will come down so you may be able to adjust your target.

So, in summary - what Eggy said !

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 08:31

Good luck in Chelmsford, Freddy!

Yes, I fled south nearly 4 years ago - I don't think the police have caught up with me yet . The Meadows was the site of my first ever 'run' a thousand years ago - 20 steps walking, 20 running. I was so pleased to make it round I never looked back .

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 21:16

Meadower - just a wild guess from your name and location, but do you run round the Meadows by any chance? That used to be my local stamping ground .

Comrades 2015

Posted: 16/10/2014 at 10:58

Glasgow too Edinbugh is flat as a flat thing - it's along the canal. No navigation issues though.

Question - for the Up run, does the bus back stop at any other hotels (eg City Lodge), or does it just go to the Hilton?

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 08:27

Another big racing day today - good luck folks.

Rick - easiest is to find somewhere around the Arc de Triomphe which is the start/finish area, there are lots of hotels but they're not cheap. But the metro system is fine on race day, so anywhere within easy striking distance of a metro station is workable. Bear in mind that you will also have to collect your number from the Parc des Expositions which is in the south west of the city. if you PM TinkerBel she has a list of places people have used before, or try AirBnb for an apartment.

Paris Marathon 2015

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 13:16

Accommodation booked for Paris, now just need to sort out the 'putting one foot in front of the other' plan and the small matter of Thames Meander in three weeks time.

Recommend a good 45/50 mile Ultra for April / May 2015

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:36
Pounds, that is, not ??

Recommend a good 45/50 mile Ultra for April / May 2015

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 23:35
Dank-art - Comrades is amazing (there's a thread already for 2015 if you want to drop by) but you can do it for a lot less than ??1,500. Flights from the UK can be had for ??600-700 and because of the exchange rate with the Rand you can get a very nice hotel for ??100 a night, or a decent one for ??50.
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