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I saw the same idiot at about the same stages as you. I know that he didn't overtake me at any stage as it would have been memorable if he had done so.
I've got a feeling he might've been running to advertise the Superheros race at the end of May but that's no excuse for cheating! The rest of us worked damned hard to finish the race and he belittles the whole thing by cheating...
Anybody hear how the guy that collapsed along the seafront was?
Only my 2nd half marathon and finished in 1:37:27 which I was amazed by - felt great the whole way around and actually enjoyed the climbs, was merrily springing up them! Am training for the Paris marathon and it's nice to see all the hours work producing results. Also wore new, expensive, trainers for the first time and am sure they helped a bit too.
Wolfgang - the official time is from when the clock starts at the start of the race to when you finish - chip time is when you actually cross the line..that's the one for your record books. Shame they don't show you your position by chip time on the results - had to hack the data into a spreadsheet to find out my 'real' position!
Distance was definitely out too I though - I measured 13:35 or so on the Garmin and also thought it was caused by the 1st first mile marker being further out.
Really well organised race.
My Garmin read 13.20
Did anyone run from the front of the pack - and then run in clear space for most of the race? It might be interesting to compare a front runner's reading with a pack runner's. I started from the middle of the field and did a lot of weaving to find clear space, I could have easily added on that extra .1 of a mile myself - especially as I ran very wide at points, up onto the pavement etc, to aviod the bottle-neck corners. As Garmins become more accurate I imagine they'll produce figures that vary to official lengths - and the more indiviudal runners will produce differing distances, perhaps?
Running at the front, in clear space, taking a 'true line' around the course may produce a Garmin reading closer to 13.1?
Although I will add that the early mile-markers were out by my Garmin and I doubt I could have added the extra distance that quickly. So perhaps a combination of the two - me not taking the shortest route and a slight over-measurment?
Either way - anyone run it all in clear space with a Garmin reading to share?
I had a great day despite the inconsiderate runners who start well forward of their expected time.
The edible contents of the goody bag were much appreciated at the finish along with the bananas
As for Garmins, if you compare the wide difference between Garmin users on the same course
the variance can be amazing.
I think due to the that fact that a reading is only taken every 100m there must be some clever
estimation going on to take into account running straight versus weaving through crowds!
i was so hungry that i even ate the muesli straight from the sachet, it was rather dry!
My Garmin was out from the first mile marker.
Was also confused by 'Big Head Pinstripe Man' we overtook him twice and he was walking! If you do cheat you are only kidding yourself!
No bananas for post 2hr runners (
Hope the guy on the seafront was ok, he didn't look great.
sleepy Jo - my husband said the same thing. Thou did finish in about 3 hours because we saw him walking the last mile at 12.28pm. He was 7mins in front of me at between 7 & 8 miles.
as always a great atmosphere, on an excellent flat course.
Unfortunately, the organisers, let down the runners this year.
Whoever decided, to sacrifice a medal, for a lousy, poor quality, t-shirt, that
won't survive 3 washes, should be ashamed of themselves.
And as for the 'goody bag' - what a p*ss poor joke, that was.
£22 for a sub standard t-shirt and a museli bar, is no where near good enough.
Bring back the medals for next year.... or start losing entries.
I remember passing pinstripe man twice... both times he was walking, and I do remember thinking the second time that I didn't remember him getting back past me - it didn't even occur to me that he might have cheated, I mean what is the point.... the only person you are cheating is yourself! Although there were times that it was an appealing thought - especially on all that evil zigzagging at the end
Seriously though - I'd rather give up than cheat - how can there be any sense of satisfaction in that!
I liked the bag part of the goody bag, and it was better than many others i've had before, but like others i'd prefer a medal to the t-shirt.
Was anyone else tempted to jump onto the ladder and let the nice firemen carry you to the finish
Anyone got any suggestions for a flattish HM March / April / May time?
Although I didn't wear my Garmin, I am interested in the comments about the course length, as I did the same time as 2 years ago and yet I felt I was running faster. Also the course map on the website indicates about 13.4 miles.
Anyway I have emailed the organisers to see whether they used a surveyors wheel to measure the route.
This was my first half marathon. I was anxious at the start, as my training had not gone well with a knee injury which meant I did very little training in recent months. The run itself was suprisingly enjoyable. I always enjoy running along the beach and there was a good atmosphere throughout. I will definately be doing this next year.
I also found the mile markers to be off. I took the first mile very slowly as I had no clue what my level of fitness was and was suprised at how fast it went. I would have like more drinks stations as well, I definately didn't get enough fluids and will be bringing a bottle with me next year.
This was my first Half Marathon and before Sunday, the longest I had run was 9 miles. Should I be disappointed with a time of 2hr 36mins?? I have since felt really deflated and my motivation for the London Marathon has completely gone. I honestly thought I would have done better. Does anyone have any tips for me as to how to run a little faster without burning myself out? I also found that I needed to stop for the toilet twice. There was me thinking, drinking 2 bottles of Lucozade Sport would keep me going for longer but I felt sick from it going around my stomach and constantly needing the toilet!!! I know I completed the course and I should be so proud of myself, but I cant help thinking that I didnt do very well!!
I was also very disappointed with no medal to show for my massive effort!!
keep at it Dawn - you did great........you learn by experience.......your first half marathon?
don't beat yourself up.......enter another Half, and next time, you'll be a little wiser, regarding
your fuel intake etc. It's a learning process.
Enter more pre-London races, and soak up the race day atmosphere, beofre the big one on 26th Apr.
and yes....the organisers of Brighton should be ashamed of themselves,
for the lack of finishers medals.....a big letdown.
The t-shirt is fit for wiping down my windows, and little else.
This is the third time I've done this race and the first time for a few years. I might be a bit biased because I got a 5 min PB but I thought it was a great race and well organised.
Thanks guys - all your responses have really helped.
I have been put off using the gels as I heard they can make you sick? Maybe I will give these a try on my next long run??
Thanks again xxx
I have just signed up for the Hastings Half Marathon in March - so lets see how I do in that! x