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Putney & Fulham Riverside Half Marathon

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:16

I see it says that the course crosses over Putney Bridge. Isn't Putney Bridge closed until October? 

Thames Meander Marathon

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 17:26


I have entered the Summer (August) version of this and may also do the Winter version too (November). I wouldn't worry too much about trail shoes. It's mainly along the Thames Towpath, which is predominantly hard gravel. There are a few spots where it can get wet, but I would just expect it would mean running around puddles and not through them.

I ran this race in 2012 and even with a small field and a slow time, you don't really feel by yourself. There were both slow and quick people running so I doubt anyone will be left completely alone. Plus because it's an out and back course, you have even more people around running back pass you for the first half at least.

As it's flat, it's a fast course as well.

South Downs Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 09:58

Hi all. I've received my race pack too now. I was just wondering what trainers people were wearing? Normal road trainers or trail trainers? Good luck to all running this. I'm getting quite excited. It'll make a change to the normal road races I run!

Sponsorship thread

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 12:49

Hi all,

In September I'll be running the Thames Path 100k for Evelina Children's Heart Organisation (ECHO). This is a charity that supports familes who have children with congenital heart disease.

My son suffered heart failure 12 days after being born and was later diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. With no current cure to this heart disease, only 50% of children survive 2 years with their own heart.

ECHO have been brilliant to us over the past 8 months with us and my son who has spent many weeks in and out of hospital and suffered further heart failures. They have helped give us hope, support and kept us the right side of insanity.

I use to be a regular on the forums, but sadly this has had to take more of a back seat with my first foray in to parenthood.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the charity or donating, I have set up a justgiving page at:

Thanks for reading,



Stopping to Vomit During Marathon

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 20:17

Thanks bobdidmadrid. I think I was definitely lacking salts as well. I suppose it is a lesson learnt. It's interesting to hear though that this can happen on one run and then another in similar conditions you can be fine.

In hindsight, I think I was attempting to run taking on a similar amount of water as during a much colder race, thinking that because I'd hydrated before the race and the day before, this would have been enough. With running at a quicker tempo to my normal LSRs, this could have added to my downfall.

Xyloid.....I'll reply to your PM now! Well done on your marathon, we were close to crossing the finish line hand in hand! was liquids that I was food at all....mainly water with a bit of gel that looked like a broken yoke! 

Milton Keynes 2014

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 20:09

Well done to everyone who finished yesterday. I think I suffered a similar fate as some of the others with the temperature and insufficient hydration early on. I was hoping for a time around 3:20 and passed halfway feeling okay and bang on in 1:40. By mile 16 though I was feeling a little sick, so stopped, vomited. After this every time I tried to get going again, I needed to be sick. Managed to finish in 3:51 with a fair bit of walking in the last 10 miles. After running the course I don't think I would have managed to run 1:40 for the 2nd half with the underpasses and hills at the end. I'll now have to find an Autumn marathon to try again! I think it was a combination of the heat and not drinking enough early on that was my downfall.

As for the pacing, I paced London last month and tried as hard as possible to keep the splits as equal as possible and keep to a 30 second buffer under my target time, just in case of any issues.

Stopping to Vomit During Marathon

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 11:45
Thanks cougie & FF. It was warmer than previous long runs but probably only 18-20 degrees at warmest. I think I was starting to over compensate with the water later on plus I'd had 4 gels by this point.

The pace wasn't too much higher than some of my LSRs which were between 8-9mm over the 20 plus miles. Interval and temp work was much quicker than my intended marathon pace. So I thought 7:40 would be fine. Also did a half earlier this year averaging 7:10m/m.

Sounds like it could be a combination of factors.

Stopping to Vomit During Marathon

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 09:12

I was just wondering if anyone else had experienced the need to vomit during running a marathon at all and how they rectified this the next time?

I was doing fine for the first 16 miles yesterday and on for a time around 3:20, but then started to feel nauseous and needed to stop to be sick. My stomach was sloshing around and felt as though it wasn't digesting at all. Training had gone well, as had the carb-loading and the gels I was using I've used many times before. 

Up until this point I'd felt comfortable and was running within myself. The only thing I can think of is that I hadn't taken enough fluid on during the early stages of the race and with it being warm. Just a mouthful or two at each water stop (every 2.5 miles or so)?

Once I'd stopped to be sick, every time I tried to pick up the speed again, I felt I needed to heave and be sick again. I also started to feel light headed as well and towards the end of the race I started to get cramps. I haven't experienced this in about 10 years or so. 

My #asics262 journey to Paris: Sub-3:30 Malcolm

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 09:02

Well done Malcs, Feral Bob, Runbikecat, Sarah A on your races (and anyone I may have missed).

Unfortunately I wasn't able to join the crowd of PB setters at the Milton Keynes Marathon to sign off my Spring marathon campaign. I still feel a little disappointed. 

Went through halfway in 1:40 feeling comfortable and confident for a time around 3:20 but by mile 16, I was feeling nauseous and needed to stop to vomit. I could feel the contents of my stomach was sloshing around and wasn't digesting at all. I think I hadn't taken on enough water during the first half of the race and for the first time in 10 years, my legs started to cramp towards the end and I felt quite light headed. 

I ran/ walked the last 10 miles. Any time I tried to pick up the pace, I started to heave again or my legs started to cramp. Really disappointing as I thought training had gone well and carb loading passed without any problems too. Managed to finish in 3:51. Even if this hadn't of happened, I would still have lost a good 5 mins or so in the last 10 miles as there were constant underpasses and a couple of nasty little hills, which stopped any rhythm.

Not to worry though. Summer will be spent on getting leaner and hopefully improving my speed.

How long would it take to walk around the entire outside of England?

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 17:31

Good luck PF. There's a guy who's just finished it, walking for Help for Heroes - Christian Around Britain. I've followed his journey on Facebook and found it really inspiring. He did a lap of all islands attached by bridges as well. He also slept rough every night as well raising awareness of the homeless.

Not sure if any info on his Facebook page would be of use to you?

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