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Thames Meander Marathon

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 18:51

I ran this yesterday as a training run for Abingdon in a couple of months.

It's pancake flat and for most of the route it was nice scenery. I didn't find the crowds too annoying but I wasn't racing all out which made it easier to dodge and weave! The organisation was generally good and all who were involved were very friendly indeed with all marshalls being very encouraging.

My only minor gripe was the finish - it got pretty hot from Midday on and there was no water available at the finish line. There was a water station about 50yds from the finish but you had to cross back over the marathon route which resulted in a few very thirsty finishers narrowly avoiding very tired people still running. There was a lady trying to direct traffic but she was also trying to direct the people coming the other way at about mile 24 so had a lot on her plate. The station itself was struggling to keep up as their primary concern was giving water to the runners still going at mile 24. I think that an August marathon probably needs water available right at the finish.

It didn't detract from a good, well organised race but is maybe something to think about for next time

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Posted: 02/06/2014 at 21:23

Hello all,


Have been off the interweb in general recently so not posting at all. I intend to read back fully when I can.

I was at Kent with Jimbob on Saturday and had an ok day. Because London had gone so well, I was finding it difficult to get motivated but come race day I was definitely in the right frame of mind to try and win the thing. I'd planned to run 9:50  laps for the first half (giving a 1:23 split) and then accelerate at halfway. Given the heat and hills, I quickly adjusted that to 10:00 laps and play it by ear. I stuck to it for around 5 lap then a 9:30 lap happened by accident, but I felt good so went with it. All was well until lap 13 when my head started feeling very hot and prickly and nausea was setting in. Pace was ok (around 10mins/lap) but I was worried about properly overheating so stopped at the drinks station each lap to dunk 2/3 cups of water over my head but never really felt good again. Legs started wobbling around lap 15 and the last two laps were just survival. Finished 5th in 2:50 - I think 2:47 was probably the best I was capable of on the day if the pacing was right. I ended up running 1:23.xx and 1:26.xx

The event was flawlessly organised with a great atmosphere. It was awesome to meet Jimbob at the start and shout encouragement at each other during the race. I think that it could be a relatively quick course on a cool day, but the heat made fast times difficult(for me anyway!). I would guess that conditions and course were 2/3mins slower than that at London this year but difficult to compare due to my pacing discrepancies.

At least a week off now and then start thinking about Abingdon in October

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Posted: 04/05/2014 at 13:01

Simply awesome stuff Marigold

Kent Roadrunner Marathon 2014

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:21

Looking forward to this now  

For those who have run it before, how much of an issue is the 'hill' on each lap?


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Posted: 28/04/2014 at 09:31

Jimbob - Nice half time 

HR - Really pleased you're doing another and also think that you're still peaking. Your recovery has been very quick and suggests that there's at least 8 seconds in there, and hopefully a whole lot more. 


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Posted: 27/04/2014 at 11:48

HR - Impressive mileage and I really want to know what you're planning

I'm always a bit wary of Garmins but do long runs and races with a 610, mostly to look at data afterwards. At London, I switched off the autolap and was just pressing it myself each mile. When I uploaded the data afterwards, it turns out that it lost the GPS signal at 19 and never regained it! Wasn't the battery as it kept recording the laps so no idea what happened - just happy that I wasn't relying on the GPS.

Progressive 15 for me today which felt pretty good. Kent Roadrunner in 5 weeks and will definitely be racing it.

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Posted: 23/04/2014 at 19:57

Literatin - Your 'core' story made laugh

TR - Here is a very strange picture I found from Gosport last year where i appear to be precision stalking you....




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Posted: 23/04/2014 at 11:48

Interesting stuff regarding core work and cramp. I guess that everyone is different and you have to find what works for you.

I've had hamstring cramp in two marathons and avoided it in two. Both times I got cramp (25 and 23m) I had started way too fast.

Leading into both decent marathons I had very different approaches to core work - last year I did core stuff three time a week, particularly focused on glutes, along with daily stretching. This time I did no structured core work and pretty much no stretching. The only real difference I noticed between the two was the last year my glutes felt really tired all the time and this time they didn't. Got an equal amount of niggles but no serious injuries either time.


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Posted: 20/04/2014 at 22:38

I'm with Dids  on this. All the records say that slower is better in the 1st half. More importantly, I felt that I gave everything possible on Sunday and finished completely ruined, rather than shuffling dejectedly towards the finish, wishing that I'd done it differently

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Posted: 20/04/2014 at 18:27

Thanks bainspj


I remember the Sheffield guy - I overtook him shortly after halfway and he came flying back past me at about 20. His second half looks like 1:19:25 which is outrageous!

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