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Have you ever been last in an event?

Posted: 03/11/2013 at 22:16

I actually dozed off during a race once..... which is also the race that I came last in (not surprisingly).

There's a bit about it here --


Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 13:05
Nathalie Rees wrote (see)

I have a sorry in my inbox too but will go with one of the 2 UK travel companies. 

Does anyone know if the Berlin route is very congested? Really want to get my 4hour or sub 4hour marathon there next year.



It's a big race with 35K+ runners so yes, it is pretty congested. Depends a lot on where you are in the field I guess. I plodded the race this year and never had any trouble with crowds, but I was right at the back. If you can be near the front of the mass start, then you have a good chance of a PB I reckon.

Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 13:02

Before committing to a charity place (unless you really want to, of course), remember that there's at least one more ballot (perhaps 2, I can't remember) to allocate places that are awarded to people in the first round who then decide not to take them up. I reckon there will be quite a few of those as people tend to sign up with enthusiasm but then get cold feet when asked to stump up the cash -- or perhaps they just decide on another race. It's fairly soon as I think the first round 'winners' only get a few days to confirm the place.

Calf strain

Posted: 29/10/2013 at 22:54

Why not get some professional help? People can offer sympathy here, as many of us have had similar issues but my calf problems are probably not the same as yours! Why not go and see a sports therapist and try to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment? 

Have you considered it might be something simple like wrong, or worn-out, shoes..?

Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 21:40

First time in Berlin. Great experience; great event. 

Yes, the medals ran out. I had an email saying they had ordered enough but that a "logistical error" had occurred. Make of that what you will. Not the end of the world. At least I'll end up with 2 medals .

I thought the course and crowd support were generally excellent. 

Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 15:59
Emmy H wrote (see)

Well done everyone. I had a hard day out. Was pushed over at 2km and was so angry that i ran hard to a new pb! 3.55 and my first sub 4. I, like Iain - wont be back. The crowds, baggage issues and the congestion made it a struggling day out for me.

What were the baggage issues? I thought it was all very well organised around that square. Easy to drop, easy to collect. Sorry to hear you had difficulties.

Chicago Marathon 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:10

I did it a few years ago, and loved it.

Yes, very early start, and it was blinkin' freezing when I did it. However, more recently it was abandoned dur to the heat -- so expect the unexpected!

Chicago is a fab city. Make sure you manage to spend a few days doing tourist stuff e.g. sampling th emany excellent beers, and visiting one or two of the famous blues and R'n'B clubs. Chicago is famous for its pizzas, though personally I'm not keen on the Chicago pizza-pie style  The Cheesecake Factory is unmissable (but post-race only).

Chicago is one of the world's great marathons. Be thankful you're taking part, and enjoy one of America's most under-estimated cities.

Reading vs Bath Half Marathon

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:00

Maybe the Bath course has changed since I last did it (about 9 years ago) but I made the mistake of thinking it would take the runners through Bath's (very nice) city centre. It didn't. It was more like two circuits of the industrial estate with the start and the finish on a one of Bath's nice bits. I don't think we saw anything else worth travelling to see, though it was interesting to compare petrol prices between the various gas stations we passed. Very disappointing. It was also the worst organisation of any race I've entered (but I'm presuming it must have improved since I did it).

Reading is an event I've always liked though it's hardly much more scenic. Good crowd support and a genuine 'big race feel'. 

Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 11:34

" I also just purchased tickets for the Hertha Berlin-Mainz game on saturday afternoon so it will be a nice weekend in Berlin."


I'm also planning on going to the game.

Not certain about the race yet though. I have an entry and am definitely going to Berlin (I have flights and hotel booked and paid for) but have done NO training at all. Initially had injury problem, then general lethargy took over. Done nothing but a few sporadic gym visits and a single 6km run about a week ago.

I'm still half tempted to try getting round with a run-walk, even if it takes 6 hours, which it is very likely to do.


Berlin Marathon 2013

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 20:32

Panic over. Finally got my email and code this morning. Registered OK -- though still haven't had confirmation email of registration! But anyway, now that they've taken my money, I don't think i need worry.

I got in at the 60 euro price though splashed out 50 euros on the 2 shirts. Still, glad I'm in and I don't mind. Looking forward to it, as long as injuries leave me alone. 

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