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SW - I can imagine the second castle looms like Reading FC's ground does in the half marathon...
entries incidentally still available for that one next weekend til Wed...£50 though! And probs £12 to park..
Oh there's nothing worse than a too early sprint in!
The Bus said:
Lol! Actually we know whihc one, as Ric has posted other photos - still think you are punching above your weight there Ric Talking of Man V Horse Jools reminded me that Huw Lobb was the first runner to beat the Horse in the same year he dropped in to little ol' High Wycombe to win the Half Marathon here (2004). He picked up 25 grand for beating the horse but wasn't even given free entry to the Wycombe Half
Stevie G said:
3rd one too Strong finish though.On another note, while I'm in a bit of a wanderlust mode (always easier to plot races then actually do them obvs!), I had another look at that Norwich Lord Mayor's 5khttps://conac.org.uk/lord-mayor-5k/Intriguing write up. From the being hauled out if you don't hit 10mins for half way, or 12mins for 3k. These sound chimpy limits, but they bill it as one of the "most challenging" courses in the country.Apparently, in excess of "50,000" people line the course. It's a 2 lapper, so 50,000+ are apparently watching over a mere 1.5(ish) mile route.1.5miles is around 2413 metres, call it 2500 for giggles to allow the "Ish"So 50,000 people are standing over 2500metres, meaning 20 people are crammed in per metre.To watch the Mayor of Norwich cruise past (plus the race)I'm ever so struggling to see it.
Stevie G said:
SW - I can imagine the second castle looms like Reading FC's ground does in the half marathon...entries incidentally still available for that one next weekend til Wed...£50 though! And probs £12 to park..
Some wild swings there Ric. At least no one can accuse you of doing the same all the time!
Simon - you're sat on the very pleasing round number of 500 turnouts on PO10 at the moment. Almost makes it a shame to move to 501!
There's a road up to Beaconsfield our way, that is basically like an arch of massive high trees.
That always has that risk look in high winds!
It was the Big Half today. Caught the end of the race by accident scrolling tv channels. Didn't even know it was televised. The Silverstone half, the last version of the "London" Half never was.
What struck me, was how amazing it is that Farah and two pals can be sprinting in, after doing what must be something like 4.45-4.50 pace for 13miles, finish, and just stand there looking fresh. If you'd turned the tv on then, you genuinely wouldn't know that they weren't just about to start.
I know it's all relative, this game, but I don't finish my 13milers at my "easy" pace, looking anywhere near as fresh at that!
ps Ric, these days I'm a lot more content with the whole "package" of a race. The choosing of it, the drive there, the pre and post chats, obvs the race report!
Something short, somewhere different, different people to race, and lots of turnouts. Rather than big build ups to one race over a few months.
The former approach just strikes me as a lot more enjoyable, lot less pressurised way of keeping it all going well. As I've seen this last 6months, in the latter approach you can find you come away after 2months with an underwhelming one, or no turnout at all!
Only around 3hrs average all in Jools. Sometimes more, usually less. 2hrs today. Tomorrow will be less. SG, I get the impression your easy runs aren't really easy. You mentioned the sound of your breathing once. I think threshold is closer. Put another way, 7 minute mile easy pace converts to 2:25 marathon race pace.
Stevie G said:
For a man of your stats hungry normal high level of know how Phil, I'm genuinely shocked at your question There's a tally at the bottom son!You go easy in these dodgy isolated routes you do. You could still be there now it you'd slipped a bit harder!