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Thanks Goldeagle. Hope you are on the mend.
2 mile jog completed. A few niggles from my troublesome calf, and a few sniffles this morning - hopefully just mind games. Heading off to Fort William now to find a big screen to watch the Dandy Dons thump Hibs in the Scottish Cup Semi Final. 'Come on Ye Reds!'. When they win, it's going to be really hard to resist a beer. But I will....
Anyone else think the course was long today ?
My Garmin watch recorded it as 26:44, friends recorded it at 26.41. When I loaded it to mapmyrun, it said 26.37 as it does some jiggery-pockery with the data. I normally find my watch is short if anything, not long.
They had a new start today as the shinty pitch was out of bounds as it had just been re-laid, so we started on a road at the side which I'm sure was longer ! Everyone's watches beeped well before the 1 mile sign ( about 30-45 secs ), thereafter it was fine ie always the same distance before the mile signs the wayches would beep, then at the end there was definitely more than 385 yards after the 26 mile sign.
I'm guessing they changed the start, but didn't re-measure and just kept all the mile markers at the "normal" positions - a bit disappointing if that is the case, as they advertise it as an accurately measured course ( which I believe it normally is )
I reckon that at my speed it was about 2 minutes long, which is annoying !
Any else have any views ?
Also just back to darkest South Lanarkshire - PB of 3.31 for me; conditions were excellent and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my first non-large city marathon. Excellent organisation and I did enjoy the tea and rolls in the hall afterwards.
For the benefit of anyone reading this next year, can I also put in a mention of The Stables for pre-marathon pasta loading. Having used a number of different search engines I had drawn a complete blank on Italian restuarants in Fort William. Thankfully my eagle-eyed wife noticed a large sign for the Stables (good pasta and pizza) 400 yards from the High Street, uphill directly from the Tesco Metro.
Are the results up anywhere?
Angus, yes the course was long, my Garmin also measured 26.44, after the 26 marker it did seem to go on very long and thats where the extra came from i think. Garmin was also beeping 0.1 mile before every marker, so i had a feeling it would end up 0.1 miles over but.......0.24 over???!!!! Bit annoyed at that as in my case added another 2.5 mins on to time! Grrrrr.
Still, i loved the event, very pretty course, fast, great marshalls thanks to all of them and also the lovely people handing jelly babies out on route.
Adidas et al - slightly more than that because it is also 0.1 further coming back as well and also 3/100ths of a mile further still round the hairpin into the car park finish. I have analysed the maps from the last four years and am sure that at my 7.29 pace it has added 1m 20 seconds.
An official time is however an official time and I also want to add that I really like this event and plan to return for a fifth year in succession. I say well done to Lochaber AC and many thanks. It is a great course with a great team managing it.
I think you might be right about course length.
Garmin readings 2009-2011, 26.2, 26.23, 26.23
This year 26.43 - but that doesn't really account for my extra 10 minutes, - I was going slow at the end, but not 50 minutes miles, so I guess it's down to my advanced age catching up on me!
Not withstanding GPS not being that accurate at times, the course was long due to the altered start (from one of the organisers the night before) .
Had an absolute mare but still a grand day out, congrats to everyone and thaks to all who asked if I was ok as I lazed by the roadside
Thanks too to the organisers.
I'm saying never again but I said that the last 2 times..........
Don't see the results on the Lochaber AC website yet, but found them at the following :-