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  • Thinking of running this for 2019 and would be aiming for around the 3hr mark but slightly concerned about stories of faster marathon runners getting caught up amongst slower competitors for the other distances. Anyone know if the organisers have ma…
  • It's not on the prohibited list but I think you need to prove that you actually need it to get a medical exemption. Unlikely to be an issue though unless you are competing at the very top level!   Either way, it's not unsafe or performance enhan…
  • Thanks buddy. Can you tell me when/how you collected your numbers? Can't find info on the website. Planning to fly-in the day before and assuming that would be ok?
  • I've read some guidance that if you're going to foam roller only do the top 2/3s of the thigh/ITB complex as this is actually the origin of a lot of the tightness. If you go down to the bottom third (which is normally where the pain is) you'll just …
  • Agree. Sound very much like ITB syndrome to me. I speak from bitter experience!
  • I'm a GP so have a little knowledge. From my understanding we almost never recheck blood tests for about 6 weeks after starting or adjusting thyroxine because it takes that long for the body to adapt to them. It might be that you notice no differenc…
  • I've done an awful lot of reading about this ingy having been struck down with it for a very frustrating 2 months. You'll read a lot of conflicting advice online because essentially there is NO good evidence that any one approach is better than anot…
  • Just to say folks that Bournemouth is looking stunning in the sunshine and weather conditions look like they will hold out for Sunday. No gale-force headwinds or horizontal rain to worry about. Perfect weekend to spend by the seaside! Should be plen…
  • Gutted to hear about your injury Wardi. Sure it's happened to all of us at some point. Devastating when it happens but worth remembering at times like these that there are more important things in life than running (apparently). Last hard effort …
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  • Thanks guys. The advice is really valuable. Do a lot of reading around the subject but nothing like hearing the opinions of those that have gone and done it.
  • So only just managed to get on here following the Brizzle half. Well done to all those that competed and some fairly storming weekend runs in general. Think StuL has found the answer to all those in-race nutrition based questions probably isn't red …
  • Cant really advise re bus passes I'm afraid Sazzle as I've never needed them. The start area is busy but well organised and the half leaves a full 2 hours before the full marathon so not too chaotic. There's excellent support crew to deal with quest…
  • Some really impressive running out there guys and really enjoying reading about some spectacular efforts - particularly Matt3 and PP. I have no experience of winning a race but I've always thought it looks toughest taking the lead from the start and…
  • Thanks for the advice Ryan. Managed 21 miles @7:39 today and felt very comfortable. Perhaps I won't push the intensity too much and I'll just stretch the distance out for another few miles. Looks like your longer runs are about 15% slower than mp …
  • Newbie here so be nice! Might be a bit late to the party too as hoping and praying to get my first ever sub 3 at Bournemouth in only 4 weeks time. Got close in the Spring with a 3:01 at Manchester but feeling much better prepared this time around. B…
  • Honestly...don't worry about the hills. The one just before halfway takes me just over 200 strides (have counted lots of times)! I run approx 7 minute/miles and takes me just over a minute to get up. Really not that bad. The one at 18 is twice…
  • Well done LB. You're not really a proper marathon runner unless you chant 'never again' a few times a year.It's just your head trying to lead you heart and we all know better than that. Ian - my memory is that New Forest is quite hilly. Other than…
  • I've done Bournemouth both previous times Mr B and I live here so know the course very well. Happy to answer any other questions where I can. The slope has a few bars and ice cream joints at the bottom which your other half can enjoy whilst you're…
  • Can't get the whole of it in one jpeg but it's the one with the fence running alongside it indicated by the arrow. See....not that bad!!
  • Not sure how to show you on google maps but if you know Bournemouth it's the hill up from the foot of Bournemouth pier to the Marriott hotel Mr Bojangles.Counted it out the other day and I can scale it in exactly 440 strides!! Was meant to be foll…
  • It's my home-town marathon and I've run it both years. Know the course and area well. Think PB is perfectly possible and hoping to go sub-3 for the first time this year. Course is mostly flat and by the seaside...what's not to like? Well supported…
  • After a 3:01:52 in Manchester I'm going to join the team of those planning a full-blown assault on a sub-3 Autumn effort. Would be good to share plans, tips and motivational words with others planning the same. Does anyone know if there will be a …
  • Hi Andy, Had an almost identical experience in Manchester - went through half at a very comfortable 1:28 but savage hamstring cramps at mile 20-21 and finished 3:01:52. Had done 6 x 20+ long runs in preparation with no such issues. I'd wondered …
  • ha ha Gary W ...classic photo that I think embodies the 'bittersweet' marathon finish....pure agony etched on face but the finish time starts with a 2 !! I'd defintely take that Sunday. 
  • Has anyone got advice for the best pose to cross the finish line in for that memorable official photograph? Single fist-punch? Both arms aloft? Aeroplane style? Collapsing to the knees and praising the heavens? These are the sorts of details I'm…
  • I feel your pain Gary W...I work as a GP so everyone is coming to see me with their coughs and colds this week! Have convinced myself that I've got everything from TB to salmonella and have been washing my hands so intensely that they are raw!
  •  Don't think we need to worry about the suncream and sombreros just yet folks! Looks like near perfect conditions to me
  • Have followed your progress across your whole training Tom and still feel very inspired. Have learnt a lot and been massively impressed by your dedication and commitment.  You've motivated me and I'm sure plenty of others to go on there own 'sub-3…