Steve B 74


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LECIESTER Marathon Oct 2014-needing reassurance!!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:20
Snap. 4:15. I can now walk down stairs again, which is good.

Well done!!!

Leicester Marathon 2014

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:56
Thank you whole heartedly for marshalling. It's hugely appreciated. I did try to say "thank you Marshall for giving up your Sunday" or "thank you Marshall for your time today" to every single one of you, but towards the end it came out at "thank you time" or "thanks Sunday".

I wish that was a joke my brain was scrambled towards the end.

Earphones in races

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 17:06

Seems to be 5 pages full of different opinions on this one - I think I'll add my own....

From the comments here, it's clearly not a black and white matter.  

The problem in my opinion is race organisers that allow the grey!

At the Leicester mara this Sunday headphones were expressly banned.  It was made clear on the website, there was a warning that took up 1/3rd of the printed instruction leaflet that came with the race number and it was reinforced multiple times on the day; You'll be banned, no time etc etc.  I saw quite a bit of moaning on twitter, facebook and at the start line, but didn't see a single person wearing them.  Bloody good job too as at various stages of the course you're running on the road, in a coned-off mini-lane and passing people was a real challenge at times.

At other races it's "strongly discouraged".  What?  That's a nonsense.  Just say it's accepted and let people decide if that's a race they want to be a part of or not.  If you decide that you do, then accept that people are going to be in front of you and unable to hear you clearly.

Personally I like to run with headphones.  I'm not into music, I listen to comedy podcasts and I'll argue with anyone that I can hear what's going on around me clearly.  But if the race bans them then they stay home. 

Whilst I'm ranting, I'll also say that it's not only headphones that stop people hearing you.  At Sunday's race where no-one was wearing any I don't think a single person heard any of my "on the right" calls before overtaking them.  The were all in their own world, apologising as I nudged by.

It's not black and white

What do you like to find in a race?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:47

Impressed to be asked this question!

-Toilets

-Technical t-shirts with the event name printed large and proud (much better than a medal in my opinion)

- at the aid station, water in bottles or those water bag thingies

- bottle of water at the end

Leicester Marathon

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:41

I missed off the most important bit!!!

Overall I think this is a good event. Good organisation. Nice buzz at the start and finish.  It does get a bit lonely but that's just another challenge to deal with.   It's my first mara so I don't have anything to compare it to, but I'd recommend it.

Leicester Marathon

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:39

Unfortunately I couldn't find it listed. Possibly user error????

Leicester Marathon

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:36

Some more:

Water Stations

Little plastic cups only I'm afraid.

Goody Bags

Pretty good bag.

Bottle of water.

Nice t-shirt.  If unsure of size I'd say go down, not up

Medal

Bag of crisps

Granola bar

Leicester Marathon

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:31

When I signed up to this race, I struggled to find some of the information I wanted in order to prepare, so in anticipation of others being in the same situation next year, I thought I would set up this thread.

Gels 

In 2014 they used Hi-5 gels.  They were plentiful at each aid station from 9kms onwards.

There was water AND liquid Hi-5 at the aid stations also.

Parking

Although only 400 or so are running the marathon, there's another 3,500 running the half.

I arrived at 7:45 and there was plenty of street parking all around the area. On a Sunday it was free too.  I walked up to the start line from about 8 mins walk away and past lots of empty spots.  30 minutes later whilst heading back to the car there were none, though no doubt a little further out it was fine.  

I was parked in the street of the official event car park.  Looked pretty easy to get into, though by 8:30 the queues were quite long.

Toilets

Not enough.  Do yourself a favour and get there early like I did.  You can park nearby, use the toilet with a minimum of delay and relax.  By 45 mins before the start the queues for the toilet were over 100 metres long - no joke.

 

Contacting the Organisers

Very responsive on Twitter.

Unresponsive to emails via their website "contact" page

Course

My garmin trace is here:

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/621755828

Downhill on the way out of the city.  Not the prettiest of locations but from 10kms onwards you are out in nice countryside and pretty villages, looping back through a country park.

Once the half mara splits away at the 9(ish) km mark it becomes a quiet, lonely affair.  You go from being surrounded on all sides by hundreds of people to being only able to see 6-12 people strung out ahead of you.  Sometimes you can't see anyone else.

Those final few kms are uphill and to me they felt mountainous.  Grit your teeth and remind yourself you are nearly there.

As you enter into town there are a few vicious switchbacks coming out of an underpass or going around a corner.  Would be fine if you weren't practically dead on your feet, but if you are, it's a challenge.

Overall it's pretty flat.  Undulating I would say.  Experienced runners are probably capable of a PB at this event

Garmin

My XT310 under mapped the course by 300m.  Not a large error really, but worth being aware of.

Support

Not much. It's quiet and lonely.

A friend of mine was considering riding alongside me, it's a good job he didn't as there really isn't the space on many of the roads.  It's often single path or a coned off bit of the road for the runners.  In the early part, before the half mara peeled off there were too many people for this to be feasible.

Headphones

Nope.  They mean it too!  Don't bother.  

Marshalls

plentiful and enthusiastic.  There aren't many spectators to cheer you on so you really welcome this.  Be sure and thank them for giving up their Sunday.  The ones I thanked seemed grateful for that. 

 

Leicester Marathon 2014

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 09:15
Good points on the chip time. From where I started it took over 5 minutes to cross the start line! I'd like my results to reflect that really (albeit it won't change me being in the bottom half of my age group, despite being one of the youngest in that group )

Regarding start positioning - I spoke to a lot of people and most were first timers. They probably didn't have a clue where to start or what their time might be. I'm sure they weren't out of position intentionally.

Leicester Marathon 2014

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 21:12
Agreed. Awesome work from the marshals and the cadets. I thanked every one, although towards the end it was an incoherent stammer. How cruel was that final few uphill kms?
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