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Posted: 24/10/2015 at 18:27

All the best Jools.  I hope you have a storming run.

CW  - I hope you had fun in Snowdon marathon. I saw the course record was broken so hope the conditions were favourable to at least enjoy the views.

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Posted: 18/10/2015 at 14:46

Congratulations CJeff - excellent pacing and it points to you being able to go quicker next time.

I have just got back from Abingdon. It was nice to see Dan before and even more briefly after as he raced to get ready for the rugby. In previous years Abo has been a sub 3 fest for the thread . This year it may have just been Dan and myself out and both of us were using it as training run rather than race. I managed to drag my untrained aching body round in 3:12 so happy with that. Time to rest, drink beer and then prepare for London.


Abingdon Marathon 2015

Posted: 16/10/2015 at 20:26

Just popping in to wish all the runners good luck for Sunday. I will be there for my 8th time at Abingdon - which is testament for it being a great event. Always have fond memories of the Stadium finish as it the place I did my first sub 3 (albeit with 8 seconds to spare). I think I have set a PB at Abingdon four times, so I think it is a good course - just don't get carried away in the first half!

No target for me this time so just a chance to use it as a training run and enjoy the day.


Sub 3

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 20:28

Wardi - Well done on grinding out a training run marathon. I know what you mean about them being harder work even as a training run.

DanA - Madness, My mate managed to get round UTMB this year in 43 hours, he is a broken man now though after three 100 miles races in 4 months. Hopefully see you in Abingdon though I will be finishing long after you have showered and ordered your first beer.

PP - massive congrats on the national vest.

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Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:29

Nice  long run with a good half Selbs.

CW  - I will be interested to hear your reflections on Snowdonia. I have seen footage of the race and it does look good. 

ES - you are coming into some fine form ready for NYC. Now you have got the sub 3 sorted I expected you will be making some big holes in your PB but suspect NY might be a tough course.

Not much to report from me. After the 50 mile race in July and I didn't run much for various reasons (eg food poisoning, niggles and drinking too much!). Got to a couple of weeks ago and realised I had entries for Bournemouth and Abingdon marathons. Decided with only 2 runs over 10 miles in the last 2 months, these would be training runs. So last week managed 3:21 for Bournemouth. Expecting something similar next Sunday in Abingdon. Any other thredders doing Abo?

Sub 3

Posted: 29/09/2015 at 20:27

Amazing running from the Berliners - the performances and improvements from this thread are outstanding. Love the race report PP and look forward to reading others once they are filed!


Sub 3

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 11:00

Popping in to wish the Berliners all the best and looking forward to reading the race report. 


Have fun!

Sub 3

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 19:58

Jools -unlucky on not bagging a PB but it is nice to know you are in good shape.

TT - glad the move went ok and you are coming into some great form

Always interesting to see CW's training though not tempted to replicate.

CJ2  -what marathon you training for?

DanA - serious amount of training from you. What is your next race? Love the alps but only seen them from saddle of my bike (or an armchair with a beer), tempted to do some runs one day soon.

Off to see Diamond League tomorrow night. It will be interesting to see what shape Bolt is in (poor I think). And see if Mo has a good 3000m.


Sub 3

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 15:40

Hello all - I have been lurking rather posting recently. Nice to see PP knocking out PBs less so to see those shorts again. Looks like DrD has got himself in great shape with some fine results.  I have spent the last couple of months running slower but further as I prepared for my first Ultra. Then been inspired/horrified by accounts from DanA and SL about their exploits.

I ran the 50 mile Endure 12/50 yesterday. The race starts at 7pm and there is options to run 50k, 50 miles or for 12 hours. With the 12 hour race it can be solo or teams of 2, 4 or 6. I managed to finish in 7:22 for 2nd place. I was 10 minutes behind first place (who was someone I told about the race only on Wednesday - so I could have been first, drat!).

One of mates was supporting and gave me splits. I couldn't believe it when he told me I was in 2nd place at half way. Later with one lap to go he told me 3rd place was 30s behind and 4th place 45s behind. Not the news I wanted as it was nearly impossible to tell who was running as a team or solo. With 4 miles to go, a runner passed me, who I (correctly) assumed was in my race. I decided I couldn't wait it out for a sprint finish - it would have been a sprint in slo-mo at 9 min miling! So I put in a burst and dropped him. Alas when I got to the finish it became clear the 3rd place runner was a lap behind and 4th two laps behind - so was I had a buffer of 1 hour!


I did find the running at night tough and if I was to do another I would invest in a much better head torch as I did manage to run into the odd bush. The ground was pretty uneven in places so think with better conditions I could go faster. The effort felt easier than racing a marathon and my legs feel less damaged than after a road marathon. On the fuel front I didn't really take that much, I had practised eating honey sandwiches and boiled potatoes - so had a bit of both and also had 2 gels and some lucosade. The last 20 miles was just water which felt ok. The real challenge, as everyone had told me, was the mental one and fighting the relentless desire to just give up and go to bed

Once I have recovered it will be back to the more sensible pursuit of marathon training accompanied with  more regular posting here. But first there is fridge load of beer to be drunk.

Sub 3

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:02

Sorry to hear of your loss Selbs.

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