It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!
Gul Darr said:
Sorry to even think about lowering the tone of the thread with Snetterton.
Apart from New York in November I've already entered Seville in Feb. then hoping to do both Boston & VLM in the Spring.
I've been roped into a track 5k for the club this Saturday followed by Keswick Half on Sunday. Not sure I'll do well in either.
I see VLM are recommending the ballot for anyone without a 5 min cushion on their GFA target. Wasn't the idea to free up more ballot places for non GFA? Seems ironic that they then encourage GFA wanabes to then apply for the ballot. Still, good to get this indication of how tough GFA qualification will be.
Ive entered Abingdon as well, so we have me, Lorenzo & Nicko so far. Anyone else?
DT - Draycote water was my original choice for a half but my mate is doing Stratford so I switched to that. I'm hoping to run a couple of the 10ks at Draycote over the summer.
Planning for Abingdon I'm thinking of entering Cheltenham half as its the only one I can fit in in September. 3 weeks out so plenty of time to recover. Has anyone done it before?
5 minutes cushion!!!!! I think that is them covering arses. Just as a guide if you were to apply gfa minus5 minutes to last years mara times as listed on rb (removing all those with a champs time) you get the following numbers-
That's 1435 runners who would make that cut and assuming every one of them applies.
OO- They appear to have a system now whereby every runner granted a gfa place will be taken out of the ballot.
As much as I love the occasion of London, if I don't get in it may well be a blessing as my interests could be better served in Manchester.
Stevie- i've not done Cheltenham but know a lot that have and generally heard good feedback.
Gul - It's looking likely that I'll be doing a low key mara too. I don't think I could do one with laps though.
Poacher - That's a great medal collection.
Badbark - Very nice tune up 10k for your mara. Another sub 3 would be great.
Jools - A few of my friends are doing Valencia this year. I was seriously tempted but have to reign myself in. It looks fab especially the finishing stretch. I love the idea of finishing a race and enjoying a beer or two in the sunshine afterwards.
OO - You'll have loads of time to train for all those marathons.
DT - Nice timing re your half entry. I'll be moving up to V45 for my next b-day so 75 plus should be achievable. Not quite in the class of some on here though who have surpassed the 80% which is very good!
Stevie - Looks like Abo could be a good one to do and a day out for some of the gang on here. I've heard it's a good event.
Of all the marathons I've done London is the one that appeals the least to do again. I'd love to do it just to have a day out with the threadsters but the travel hassle and that being boxed in feeling puts me off. I'd defo do Manc again and Amsterdam too. I think a warm Spanish one will be the next one off Island for me.
I've got 10 mile memorial race for me on Sunday. I've done it twice and ran it last year in horrendous conditions with a bad headwind for about 6 miles and freezing cold rain, I'm hoping for much better weather this year. It's a nice mix of cliff path, trail and road but it's very short, measured about 9.8 miles last year which is a pity as I'd like a stand alone 10 mile time.
Can understand your logic DT but this was rather exceptional.
Good luck Gerard hope the weather gods are listening...
Thanks poacher, it was bloody tough but good fun .It's on my list to do again someday. When I eventually get a place through the stupid Ride London ballot (it's weighted) I'll get back into my cycling.
6.8 miles tonight to fetch the other halfs car from the station. 1m WU, 2m HMP, 1m easy, 2m HMP, 0.8 cool down. HMP came out at 6.32, 6.42, 6.44, 6.43 so around where I want to be.
Feeling a bit lost post marathon without a plan in mind. May do a 6 week block of 5k specific training after the half
Happy Birthday Poacher! Never worry about how many marathons I've completed, it's not a race to 100.
As I’m not one to taper my intensity before a marathon, I
ran my fastest intervals of the year yesterday. I managed 5 x 1mi at 6:08 m/m
average, which is as good as can usually run of moderate weekly mileage.
Happy Birthday Poacher and The Thread.
Why wait for the ROG65 opportunity Poacher - the EOG60 record doesn't look too difficult!
10 miles easy today and Silverstone 10K entered for next Wednesday evening. Looking forward to a short distance race - just need to remind the legs what 10K pace should feel like.