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Anybody else see the chap who stopped to help someone over the line about 50 metres from the finish? Must have been around 3:54 on the clock. I was so focused on my own finish it barely registered at the time, but the following day, on the train back to London, the memory came flooding back and I started sobbing uncontrollably, much to the bemusement of my fellow passengers. What a wonderful act of human kindness to throw his own race to help a fellow runner. I felt a complete sh*t; it never crossed my mind to stop and help. The crowd erupted into a wave of cheering and clapping. A true hero!
Definitely a long shot, but on the off chance they ever see this.....
HUGE HUGE thanks to the lady running behind me at about 2 miles, who shouted at me that I was dropping my gels as the elastic pocket on my waist pouch gave way without me noticing....
Had dropped four, got three back, had to carry them in bra (some quite nice chaffing now!), but oh boy I really appreciated having them, so thank you, thank you, thank you whoever you are!
I even scraped a 2 min PB, which definitely wouldn't have happened without you.
3 mile jog today just to stretch the legs
Morning all, just a reminder that Channel 4 on Saturday at 8.00 is the BRIGHTON MARATHON!!
Fuityloops - very well done indeed - I suspect this won't really be your one and only marathon! Although it did take me 20 years to do my second one, I'm now going to do my third in October this year - you'll be back one day
I agree, the death of the young runner followed by Boston is very tragic and helps put things in perspective (like why I didn't run as quick as I should have!).
Futiyloops well done for getting around despite your knee as jellybaby said very additive theses marathons
jellybaby keep in touch theres a 2014 thread going so do drop in from time to time and let us know how the trainings going
Thanks for the reminder Jelleybaby - I'd completely forgotten about the tv highlights! I've juts looked it up though and it's actually on at 7.05am, so set those alarms early...
Of course you could tune in at 8.05 to Channel 4 +1 instead!
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I'm in 2014 too, that'll be 4 in a row. The sub 3:15 will be mine! Actually just occured to me a sub 3:10 would get me in London, never get in through the ballot. If I get in next year I think I'd do both. According to RNIB website it's on 20th April so there'd be a 2-week gap next year?
VLM is 13th April 2014 not 20th - source media pack - http://static.london-marathon.co.uk/downloads/pdf/Media_Guide_2013.pdf
I ran Chester last year. Much smaller than Brighton(about 2000 I think) but still very slickly organised. Beautiful course that gets out of Chester pretty quickly and is run through country lanes. The downside of this is that you only get support when you go thru a village and there is a stretch between 20 and 24 when you barely see a soul!! The support is ok in the city, but nothing like the noise and enthusiasm of the Brighton crowd
I bonked really badly at 21 so don't have fond memories of the last 5 but there is definitelyan evil hill at 24! It finishes down the home straight of the racecourse which would probably have been thrilling if I hadn't collapsed over the line sobbing and then been dragged off to the medical tent
Overall I'd recommend it but just be prepared to feel a bit lonely at times
Passed on from a Brighton runners group...for anyone who's local. A run would seem to be the best way of commemorating what has happened.
Well going home today due to catch the train at 10 so another year at Brighton comes to a close no time for resting though Bristol 10k on May 5th and then the Bradley stoke 10k on June the 9th which happens to be my 50th birthday
Wow, you guys still going on this thread!!
Anyone who is interested there is a 2014 Brighton forum.
(also a Amsterdam 2013 forum if anyone is running that one!)
chutney locker - what page is the 2014 date in the media pack? thanks
page 5 of media pack
As starter of this thread I suppose it is fitting that I am the last to report on it! Was really really tired when I arrived home after the race and was going to post the next day, then the next........
But what a great day and great experience. I thoroughly recommend running in some sort of fancy dress as the support is humungous.
Met Tracey G and Slowly Steadily before the start and soon came across Poohbear and Snowmaiden. The guy who wore the Brighton marathon t-shirt at the Eastbourne Half found me after about a mile (apparently I was easy to spot! ) and we ran the first 6 miles or so together. He was keeping to 12 min mile pace and if it wasn't for him I would have gone off too fast as my legs felt full of running. Did a lot of chatting with fellow runners, especially those in Brighton FC shirts.
The loop through Portslade was more interesting than I thought it would be and the support from the residents fantastic. Saw the ambulance coming the other way and having problems with ipod users not getting out of the way quick enough..........All those seconds mount up.
By 15 miles my hip was painful and by 19 I felt my calves were going to explode. Luckily they didn't. Starting the last 3 miles along the seafront I remembered all the ups and downs of the training, the 3 hour sessions on the treadmill (yuk!), the sacrifices made so that I was able to run.
After crossing the finishing line I sat down and couldn't move but then I didn't have to. Mission had been accomplished.
Thanks to toby3 and others who had shouted out 'hello' during the race.
My time was 5:52:55. I probably 'lost' about 30 minutes by chatting with spectators and marshalls and walking and chatting with runners when I could have been running. But I wanted to have a good time rather than do a good time.
For me that is what life is all about.