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Chicago Marathon 2017

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 10:36
ElliotWorth wrote (see)

Anyone heard re-guaranteed entry yet? My email reply said within 10 working days but it's been more than that since I entered. This will be my 5th major if I get in. Waiting for confirmation before looking into flights/accommodation - will probably do what I did for Boston, fly out 2 days prior and home the evening of the race.

Haven't heard anything back yet but I've a few pals who have so I'm sure we'll hear soon.

As for flying home on the night of the race, I'm avoiding that. Did it in Boston last year and it was horrible. It didn't help that I holed up in a bar all afternoon with pals knocking back the brews, so I was stiff as a board on the plane ... couldn't sleep at all having booked a night flight with the intention of avoiding jet lag by sleeping on the flight home.  

Already booked the time off work but like you Elliot don't want to pay out on anything until I have the confirmation of accepted entry.

Chicago Marathon 2017

Posted: 14/11/2016 at 21:25

aye you will Foxy ... maybe at the Reading half as well?

New York 2016

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 23:22

Yep ... congrats all, Really great getting sloshed with PC, Slinky, Nodster and Marco who ran a beautiful controlled 2.57 and my clubmate Mario who tried to run an ambitious 2.49 PB and managed an amazing 2.50 on that lumpy course. 

Me, I couldn't shake my injury properly, took some off and tried to get round in a 3.15 ... felt comfortable from the waist up for the whole race .... but from about 16 onwards it was tough on the right leg, especially the dodgy calf .... came close to cramping a few times, and was looking at a fast finish when I felt cramp up the leg  so slowed right down and jogged the last few hundred metres with the video camera phone ... pleased to take 3.22.53 in the circumstances, slowest time I've run since spring13 but if that had been a "normal" UK marathon would have probably DNS'd.

In for Chicago17 and Major Number 6! 'ave it!

P.s NYC Really know how to put on a great Marathon .... can't fault it. Just the course is tougher than the likes of London, Berlin etc other than that ... if I could afford to go back one day to run it again, i'll try to. Loved it ... love that City ...really enjoyed running through Brooklyn, I enjoyed coming off Queensborough Bridge to the wall of noise on 1st Ave ... I enjoyed The Bronx ... actually felt relieved to get to 20 miles. 5th Avenue was tough but the atmosphere was just sensational all the way round.

Well done everyone!

Chicago Marathon 2017

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 23:07

I've put in a GFA registration so waiting to hear back. Haven't booked any flight or accommodation and I doubt I will until next year as i'm just back from the Big Apple (NY Marathon) and my bank balance is hurting due to the terrible exchange rate, and USA (especially New York) is a really expensive place to visit. The marathon was fantastic despite running it injured and now I can't put weight on my leg without some twinging. Looking to get it seen to and having a bit of a break now. Foolish I know but it would have been a long way to go to not run my 5th Major. (15th Marathon)

So Chicago will (hopefully) be my Six-Star. I've got quite a few pals running next year as well and more in the ballot so it should be quite a jolly-up.

Meadower - great job with your GFA and love that you had to just gun it as the Garmin packed up towards the end and you didn't know you had bagged the time until you had a text alert!  London 2018 on the horizon as well ... well on your way to the six-star mate!

RTB - love the emblem! re the ShortMAR Manchester15 qualifying time you could email the organisers and ask in advance of placing the entry. If they do accept the race ask which results to put as your results link .... maybe this?

If they question it you could also direct them to the VLM page passage of text referring to the extra 2 mins here:

BB - yes the flights are too much at the moment just keep checking over the next 6-8 weeks. I want to fly from Heathrow as well and would rather not change but might have to if the Directs don't come down in price.

WMMs on your horizon too .... once you get 5 you can get on their website listed under 5 Star finishers .... bit of added motivation to finish the challenge. (let's face it ... it is a very expensive challenge but the races are superb for route, atmosphere and organisation as they should be)


New York 2016

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 09:15
Slinkyminky wrote (see)

Oh lordy, if it's even possible for me to get even MORE excited.  I've just noticed that NYCFC are in the play offs and the 2nd round match is Sunday evening (assume evening it's still TBC)  so if it's a late KO, I might be taking myself up there to watch.

We all know who I want to see


Fat Frank I presume?

Hey, how come Onetit is back? 

New York 2016

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 10:58

here's the pub for post race drinks

New York 2016

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 16:45

Friday Slinks .... lets try to meet at the expo with Nodster (and anyone else who is about at the same time???) at 2ish .... assuming my flight lands on time and I can navigate myself there in a reasonable timeframe.

Pasta at 6 on the Saturday and Sunday pub in the arvo / evening has food. I trying to co-ordinate things so I don't have to head back to my hotel after the race (wash/change etc at a pal's hotel who is based close to the finish)  


New York 2016

Posted: 17/10/2016 at 09:50

I'm tapering from now ..... it's been a long campaign for me. Final 20 miler (of 10) yesterday a real struggle. XC Met league on Saturday at "not very fast" pace which still took it's toll. I don't feel any fitter, I just feel like a slug, so I'm hoping the taper will help. It should do ..... i feel like i have done a lot of training since the beginning of June.

We're finalising a pub for post race (and post shower) drinks - will post the info on here later.

Some of us are going for a bite at an Italian restaurant in Little Italy for pre race carb load - it's supposed to be ok (according to NY friend) and it has gf options as well. You have to book we've booked for 6pm on the Saturday. let me know if you will be there and we can say hello.

Right, who's arriving JFK Friday lunchtime and wants to head to the expo from the airport? i want to be well clear of the expo and checked into my hotel by 5pm .... i don't fancy rush hour on a Friday in New York, or being at the Expo in the evening ... I'm sure it will be heavo.

New York 2016

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 10:12

The "Race Registration Document thingamabob" is now available to download at MyNYRR ..... it shows your bib number and corral assignment. you have to take it to the expo to get your number 

Boston 2017

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 13:40
Ha ha there's me trying to advise you and you're an Elite! (Amazing 6.40 btw) Should have figured that from the 2.30. We've a guy at my club who ran 6.50 this year he's a v50 but I'm not sure he was the quickest v50 on the day! Good luck.

As for the 50 dollar 5k yes its steep especially as one is unlikely to go all out if one is in the marathon. You'd be risking you chances of running your best marathon on the Monday. I plodded out just slower than marathon pace and soaked up the atmosphere which was very good and it was lovely weather (unlike 2 days later in the marathon).

I never run the day before a marathon but 2 days.... If you have the 50 spare then there's worst ways to spend your Saturday morning. Of course with Brexit and the pound collapse that 50 bucks feels more pricey these days.
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