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The Yorkshire Marathon 2016

Posted: Yesterday at 20:39

I don't even remember the rise in Tang Hall Lane (25m) so it can't have been that bad!

Malcs.. Mowhawk is pacing Chester (sub 3:15) but I don't think he is at York this year.

I had shin splints for 2 1/2 of the last 4 weeks last year so couldn't run at all until 10 days before.  Not my prettiest of runs but I got round in 3:35. Hoping for sub 3:30 this time.  I ran 64 miles last week as a last big effort, felt like a flat battery at the end of it!   Bramham Park trail race this Sunday as a sharpener - I'll be 59 on Sunday so cake afterwards.  

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 16:36

Good training Dan A, hope Valencia turns out to be another golden day for you.

TT.. best of luck with the new plans, now the house is done you should at least have a bit more 'me' time to train.

Charlie.. I've sent you my Garmin trace from last year at York on FB.  This is one of the 'Jane Tomlinson' events and they are very well organised so TBH no need to worry about going astray.  The 2nd out & back is up the A166 almost to the junction then back again to a left turn onto country lanes.  It is all pretty obvious really.

Sub 3

Posted: Yesterday at 10:40

GBRM.. lightweight snack that.  I once heard one of the local girls (muffin top on display) order a portion of cheesy chips with extra cheese at the local takeaway -that's more like it!  Great news re. Boston.

TR.. I miss the banter of yore about burning matches, NAD's out, B of the bang and putting one foot in front of the other.  Hope to see you putting together your trademark winter campaign in readiness for the orange singlet.

RB.. I usually have a couple of glasses of wine the night before a marathon though I can see why you might be led astray at Njord towers.

Sub 3

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 09:02

LMH.. I had a dicky knee a few years ago after a couple of bad trips/falls, I couldn't bend it fully.  My physio thought it was loose stuff floating around due to damage.  He injected cortisone into the knee and told me to rest for 4 days.  On the fifth day I was running pain free and my knee had full movement restored.  I don't blame you for being grumpy, hope you're back to it soon.

AlanB.. bravo on the treadmill effort, my record is 22m when it was icy and a blizzard outside.  There were a couple of consecutive live footie matches to keep the boredom away thankfully! 

Winding down in penultimate taper week, rest Monday & 8.1m last night.

SL.. cracking long run, what's your next marathon/ultra?

Well done on the PB GBRM, looks good for the sub 3 attempt.

The Middle Ground

Posted: 28/09/2016 at 00:45

WP.. well done on the 10 miler.  York Mara is 1 1/2 weeks so tapering now.  I crammed in 64 miles last week which is a lot for my old legs - topped off by 16m on Sunday which I was pleased to get done.  Winter.. I did find some merino wool gloves which do just enough to stop my hands turning blue in cold weather - Brass Monkey half in Jan was 1-2 degrees so I wore 2 pairs to be on the safe side!

Great half time DT & well done Alehouse, sub 22 is impressive on a lumpy course.

Best of luck with the taper Dr.Dan, no stubbing of toes now!

Sub 3

Posted: 26/09/2016 at 19:18

Nice racing ES, congrats on 3rd.  Well grafted long run too.

No probs Charlie, I was out running early Saturday and at work the rest of the day so out of town.  I only live 150-200m from the bridge/Sainsburys so you can always pop in for a jam buttie on your next visit

Sub 3

Posted: 25/09/2016 at 18:26

Sounds like a decent final weekend before the taper Jools.  It did occur to me that while you & ES are darting between the skyscrapers in Chicago, me & Charlie will be enjoying the rural pleasures of Gate Helmsley, Buttercrambe, Stamford Bridge & Osbaldwick.

16m for me today which brought up a 64m week.  When I was a bit younger I could churn out weeks like this routinely, nowadays my legs won't speak to me afterwards!

I see the Marathon WR was almost broken at Berlin (6 seconds adrift).  Awesome run from Marders, I think that was his 2nd best of all time.  Chapeau.

Sub 3

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 20:22

In that case enjoy the steins of beer TT.

Still a good time Jools, pity you couldn't find a tall/wide windbreak for the breezy section.

Welcome to GBRM.

Charlie.. local knowledge.. turns out one of our 'fellow athletes' has just opened a healthy food café/restaurant just up the road from your intended hotel in York.  May be useful for a pre/post marathon snack..


Can't see many diners risking 'doing a runner' from his eaterie!

Barcelona 2017

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 00:40

Good stuff Vic!  I did this one along with Joe this year.  I've done VLM loads of times, Dublin, Nottingham, Frankfurt, Berlin but Barca is my favourite too.  Half the size of London so less congestion, much easier to follow for supporters (VLM is a shocker for this!).

Also.. start & finish plus Expo are all in one place (near the Fira fountains) so if your hotel is in the vicinity you can walk to/from the start on race day - no need for a kit bag.  I stayed in the Hotel Lugano which is about 500m from the start/finish/expo, nice place & people.  The 2 years I've done it the weather has been sunny but cool, 8-10 degrees at the start and 12-16 by the finish - perfect really.

Start is 08:30 so you can be done & dusted by lunchtime and ready for a large Estrella

The Middle Ground

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 21:49

Hello again WP!  Older & slower here but still enjoying it and over a year since last niggle/injury so all is well.  York Marathon in 2 & a bit weeks which I can catch a bus to so a cheap day out for me

I suffer from Raynauds in my fingers/hands so it's gloves for me once the temp drops below 10 degrees.

4m + 8m today.

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