Paris Marathon 2014



  • Dec 26: Chevin Chase: Leeds Rob. Worden Park 10k: Kirsten Lancs Lass.
    Dec 27: Wiola's birthday.
    Dec 31: TD's birthday.
    Jan 1: Knacker Cracker 10k - Suzy M. Serpentine 10k - Brix, RR. Wymondham 10k - Keyser Suze.
    Jan 3: OO's birthday.
    Jan 4-5: Enigma Double - Emmy, Weedy.
    Jan 9-12: Disney Dopey - BRF, Danni.
    Jan 10: Tiberias Marathon - Stewart.
    Jan 11: Great Winter Run 5k - ATM, Defender Jo, Defender Ken, Eggy, HS, Scott.
    Jan 12: Orbutt's birthday.
    Jan 15: Yer Maj's birthday.
    Jan 19: DV's birthday. Inskip Half - Kirsten Lancs Lass. Naples Half - Lawyer Aaron.
    Jan 26-27: Paris-Mantes Overnight 54k - RR, TP.
    Jan 29: Kaz's ginormous dog's birthday.
    Feb 2: Foulees de Vincennes 10k - ATM. Watford Half - Arrows Lou, RS.
    Feb 3: TP's birthday.
    Feb 6-9: Quadzilla - Emmy.
    Feb 9: Longleat 10k - Benign Murmuring.
    Feb 10: Emmy's birthday.
    Feb 16: Brighton Half - Iain.
    Feb 23: Blackpool Half - Orbutt, Uisige Jo.
    Feb 28: Iain M's birthday.
    Mar 1: RS's birthday. Stanley Park 10k - Kirsten Lancs Lass.
    Mar 2: Bath Half -Benign Murmuring. Paris Half - PF. Silverstone Half - Arrows Lou, HS, Iain, Jimbob, Keyser Suze, Leeds Rob, Phillip Mansfield, Pottermoss, RS, Suzy M, Wohlf, Yer Maj. Steining Stinger - Emmy.
    Mar 8: Jus T's birthday.
    Mar 9: Finchley 20-miler - Jimbob, Leeds Rob. Grizzly 20-miler - TrevO.
    Mar 16: Barcelona Marathon - Emmy, 1T, Pottermoss, RR, RS. Sweatshop 10-miler - Kirsten Lancs Lass.
    Mar 23: Brentwood Half - NGUG. Garioch Half - Uisige Jo. Liverpool Half - James B, Orbutt. Richmond Half - Smelly Melly. Stanford Hall Half - Leggy Mountbatten.
    Mar 29: Eco Trail de Paris 30k - TP. Troi Rocs - 1T.
    Apr 6: Paris Marathon - Bert and Ernie.
    Apr 10: Kaz's birthday.
    Apr 11: Palestine Marathon - Pottermoss.
    Apr 13 London Marathon - Danni, OO, RaRa, RS, Wiola. Rotterdam Marathon - Emmy.
    Apr 21: Boston Marathon - RR.
    Apr 24: Audrey's birthday.
    Apr 27: Great Edinburgh Run - Eggy, HS, Iain. Marseilles Half - ATM. Plymouth Half - Keyser Suze, Jimbob.
    May 4: Sunderland 10k - Iain.
    May 11: Leeds Half - Andy W. Port Sunlight 10k - Orbutt.
    May 15: Scott W's birthday.
    May 17: Simon Mac's birthday.
    May 18: Brussels 20k - Iain.
    May 23: Suzy M's birthday.
    May 25: Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Orbutt.
    May 26: London 10K -Jimbob.
    Jun 1: Comrades - Danni, RR.
    Jun 8: Mersey Tunnel 10k - Orbutt.
    Jun 14-15 Tough Mudder - HS, Kaz, Scott, Weedy.
    Jun 21-22: Wales Trail Marathon - TP.
    Jun 22: Freckleton Half - Kirsten Lancs Lass.
    Jun 25: Keyser Suze's birthday.
    Jul 10: RR's birthday.
    Jul 20: Wohlf's birthday.
    Jul 28: ATM's birthday.
    Jul 30: Maus' birthday.
    Aug 2: Devil O' The Highlands - Kaz, Weedy.
    Aug 16: Coll Half - Eggy.
    Aug 23: Craggy Island Tri - Simon Mac.
    Sep 8: Elizabeth's birthday.
    Sep 14: Cologne Half - Iain.
    Sep 16: PC's birthday, Mrs O's birthday.
    Sep 21: Warrington Half - Orbutt.
    Sep 26: NGUG's birthday.
    Sep 28: Loch Ness Marathon/10k/5k - Audrey, Eggy, HS, Kaz, Keyser Suze, RR, Simon Mac, Suzy M, TP, Weedy.
    Oct 6: Onetit's birthday.
    Oct 8: Albuturkey trip: Eggy, Danni, DV, Iain, Maus, TD, Yer Maj.
    Oct 12: PF's birthday.
    Oct 19: Denver Marathon: Orbutt.
    Oct  28: Stort 30 - Emmy.
    Nov 2: Leeds Rob's birthday.
    Nov 6: Danni's birthday.
    Nov 25: Jimbob's birthday.
    Dec 1: James B's birthday.

  • Hi all, 

    i just signed up to run and also just found this forum.  I'm in Darwin, Australia and am a little nervous image.   i have started a 15 week program today and my biggest hurdle is going to be my 4 week Europe vacation just before the marathon.   I am hoping to get all my runs in so will be planning our itinerary with military precision.  We fly from Paris to Malaysia the day after the run so I hope Im able to walk. At present I run 4 x 5km runs a week and one longer run (up to 15km) on Sundays. I'm looking forward to the training and challenge.    I did read it was only 2 degrees in Paris last year so will find the weather interesting after the heat here. 

    Any Aussies on here?  

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    Rach - Welcome to the forum and well done for signing up! We have a few aussies on the thread. JusT and Charlie and we have an adopted our own Australian with Maus!

    What's your backgroudn like? Is this your first marathon? What training plan are you following? Where are you planning to go for your holiday?

    The weather last year was lovely. The issue with April in Europe is that it can be very cold but also blindingly hot!

  • Shrewsbury Half and Full Marathon 22 June 2013. Details just out.

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭
    Rudolphs Red Balls wrote (see)

    Shrewsbury Half and Full Marathon 22 June 2013. Details just out.

    Same day as South Downs Marathon image

  • Emmy -  it is my first marathon. image. I did a 1/2 back in 2004 pre-babies and loved it.  I am following a training plan that a friend who has done a few ironmans gave me.   I do park run each Saturday which i love too.  I did a few 10km runs  this year and going to also do 2 x 1/2 marathons next year on top of Paris.  

    We are doing london, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and France.  image



  • Hi sorry for butting in but I've had an email from Fizziofinn  asking for money to settle a hotel bill I'm guessing she has been hacked. I know many of you know her and wondered if any of you can shed any light on it?

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    Woody - not a problem. ATM may be able to contact Finn to ask her.

    Rach - What sort of time are you hoping for? Do you have a half lined up during your training? It sounds like you'll have a great holiday whilst you're over!

  • Cheers Emmy I've just messaged ATM

    I'd love to help you out Phillip but I'm skint image

  • Rudolphs Red Balls wrote (see)

    Shrewsbury Half and Full Marathon 22 June 2013. Details just out.

    the hills are alive, in the race of Shrewsbury ......


    Apartment paid for, eurostar booked, medical certificate signed and stamped!

    So......, just the small matter of marathon training (gulp). I need to go long-ish this week, 32 miles last week but no double figures which is kind of bad for me.

  • OrbuttOrbutt ✭✭✭

    Emmy - I'm in for Jantastic image

    One question - what is it? image

  • Philip - You'll find plenty of folk arriving both days. The only real caution with arriving on the Saturday is to ensure you arrive in plenty of time to get to the Expo to collect your race number.

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    Phillip - I think it depends on what you prefer. The expo is normally quieter on Friday. I arrive on Saturday because of my work and i can only travel on weekends but I know a lot of people arrive on Thursday/Friday.

  • RachMinAus wrote (see)

    Any Aussies on here?  

    *raises hand*

    Although I live in Scotland now, so if it's 1C again at the start next year I should be a bit better acclimated for it...  Couldn't get much more different than Darwin!  Hat and gloves that you can chuck during the race might be on the shopping list before April 6 then?

  • Jingle Jo wrote (see)

    No worries Emmy, I'm likely to be back out in the new year, so we can maybe sort something out then! Enjoy your Christmas party!!

    only question would be any areas not to run in Brussels... is Schuman area reasonable for after dark (early evening not late night)?


    Hi Jo - I think your best bet is to do laps of Parc Cinquentenaire (in Dutch, Jubelpark). From Schuman area you head East, back up Avenue des Arts (I think) and you are really right by the park in a few hundred metres. There are lots of internal paths or you can run on pavements all the way round the outside fence. I'd reckon it's about 3kms round the perimeter and there's usually quite a few jogging types about.

    I live about 20 mins drive out of the city (but horrible traffic jams when it's rush hours) so tend to do all my running in forests. And as I'm only likely to start running tmrw for the first time in 6 weeks, I'm not a good bet for going with someone else. Just don't know what I can do.


  • Thanks TD always good to have the insider tips for new locations! as mentioned I'm due back in Brussels in January, so maybe catch-up with you guys then (avoiding rush-hour times)

    Enjoy your first run, I hope the knees behave themselvesimage

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    Jo - when are you around in Jan? We can already try to put something in the calendar for a run and dinner?

  • Sounds like everyone is doing really well with their early training!

    Danirr-- Sorry, you had to spend a waste a perfectly good evening by spending it with lawyers.  I need quite a bit of alcohol to get through those parties!

  • Hey Em - sadly, back on Isle of Maus this morning. But. This was hopefully my second last commute between here and Brussels. Plans are afoot for permanent relocation at the end of January.

    Hi Rach! Welcome! Plenty of distant travellers lurking here. As well as the freshly-outed HomeBrew, we have me living for the moment on the Isle of Maus (but the locals insist on calling it the Isle of Man image), an Australian who lives in NZ, a New Zealander who lives in London and a UK-er who lives in Australia. Confused? Go with it! Wait until you start to figure out how the Caledonian Massive works!

    You're going to have a blast. Ask any questions you may have - I travelled over from Australia for Paris 2012 and JusT did it for Paris 2013, but there is a wealth of information here for the travelling marathoner from the many members who travel from far and wide to get to this marathon. Or would you prefer to be a marathoning traveller?

    Day 1 of 16-week training program. My legs haven't got the memo about that yet...

  • Feels good to be back into a training programme image, we're on our way.

  • ATMATM ✭✭✭

    Quick  hello...

    The mail from Finn is a scam.Her account's been hacked.She's not penniless in Amsterdam! * you cam , however, send ME loadsamoney anytime you like...*

    Hi, Rachel...and anyone else I've missed.

    Just registering for Jantastic image   Everyone in?

  • I think FizzioFinn's PC has had viruses on it for at least 4 years now. image

    OR, she's had another virus incident after she had one 4 years ago and I have had no contact with her in between times. Shame on me. This is Day 1 of my 16 week training programme for Paris too. I might do some cycling.

  • Emmy I'm in Brussels from 13-15th Jan, I have a works dinner on the 13th, so far 14th is free (and not sure if I'm traveling back on the 15th or 16th, depends on timings) - are you about then?

  • Jingle Jo - in my experience the main hazard of running in Brussels is the cars that shoot out from underground car parks and straight across the pavement. Other than that, as safe as any other big city.

    Day 1 of my 24 week spring training plan has involved more Quality Street than strictly necessary.

  • Exactly how many Quality Street constitute Strictly Necessary?

  • Double figures = bad image

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