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  • Not my favourite, but Arlington Road had a big plot twist at the end. When I saw it, a couple turned up early for the next showing, so sat through the last 10 minutes then sat and waited to see the movie knowing how it ended. I always use that as an…
  • My problem in my first two marathons weren't a lack of quantity of miles, but injuries and niggles I picked up in training. I was doing my 20 mile runs in 2 hour 40 and aiming for 26 miles in 3 hours 45. I made that mistake twice.   My attitude …
  • People are right to be annoyed/frustrated that they thought they had a GFA time but now know they don’t, but I think starting petitions and badmouthing the system about it isn’t really going to maintain people’s sympathy. The 2014 entry criteria wer…
  • First advice would be to look under the training tab above as there is lots of information on this site about how to get started and how to build towards your first 5k race. Most of the advice you'll get off the forum will be on there, although of c…
  • Congratulations Kerry. Glad to see you were able to rescue what seemed like a poor training regime and got what you wanted. Well done.   I unwillingly ended up having to avoid most of the good advice regarding training, due to a knee injury and …
  • Having ran London this week without, for various reasons, training past 13 miles I think it's possible if you plan sensibly.   My approach was to break it up into a training session, doing 5 x 5 miles with a 2 minute walk inbetween each rep. I'd…
  • You can still claim the five rejections place if you had your first rejection before they ended the programme.   I think they stopped letting people start the five years after the 2009 Marathon, meaning people rejected every year from 2009 until…
  • Original poster - There are other good marathons on if you're desperate to run a marathon. Just because London is the most well-known doesn't mean it's a bigger achievement than any other.   On the Mo Farah point, I think VLM are aware of the pa…
  • Thanks for the advice guys. It's useful to know the best run/walk approaches (which I haven't researched yet). I've not considered skipping (not literally) the Alloa half, but will give it a good think as it is constraining me at the moment. I'd b…
  • That last comment was supposed to say that if you know your limitations and don't try to achieve something improbable given the lack of a decent build-up it is possible to do the VLM. If you're wanting to run at a speed comparable to having trained …
  • I'm glad to have come across this thread and seen some sensible comments within it. I'm too in the position of preparing, badly, for VLM and yesterday did my longest run to date - 10 miles. Normally, I wouldn't consider running. I have ran two mara…
  • That hill was certainly the undoing of me. I was glad it was flat at the top by the roundabout as if there was another climb shortly after I don't think I could have coped. I'd only done 3 miles in the previous 5 weeks due to a back problem so was …
  • I was glad to see my rejection (I want to try a few different marathons before I do London again so am hoping I get in at the 6th attempt) but was disappointed to see they sent me a Medium jacket which shouldn't get near me. It fits me perfectly th…
  • I saw quite a few people blown off the course. If you try looking in the top of the nearby trees, you'll find quite a few of the 205 missing runners. I'd been dreading this racegiven how poor my hayfever has been this summer, and expected to really…
  • Garmans are complete garbage at measuring distance. In fact, they are just as inaccurate as measuring the course using a map. Firstly, Garmans, and maps, use a bird's eye perspective. They don't take gradiants into account at all. If a road is 100 …
  • I think whether you are entitled to a refund depends entirely on how the store advertises itself. If its just a retailer of running shoes, they are perfectly within their right to refuse you a refund. You made the purchase, they are no longer in a …
  • The free train service has always worked well in previous years so I doubt there's any need to worry about. From Merseytravel's point of view, its an opportunity for a lot of people who never usually get the train to see the service they provide. Th…
  • Wouldn't a 180 degree hill mean the road is flat? The first half of the race is all about how you run the downhill section. Some people think as its a long, relatively steep road its best to sprint down it, unaware they've got a hill at the other e…
  • How would you be able to see the drivers who are stopped, since they would be behind you?
  • This sounds perfectly normal. The way your weight works is not a straight-forward thing of eating produces weight, exercising loses it. Burning off 500 calories on a road does not make you 1 pound lighter when you finish than when you started - fat-…
  • On a practical note, they can't give do the ballot until they know how many places are available. Given the GFA times are for 2007 or 2008, it would be unfair to only give people until April 2008 to get their time. So I'm guessing that's why they wo…
  • I take the opposite opinion to this thread, and think the question should be 'Why should GFA runners get guaranteed places?". If you remove the system of allowing the same 2,000 people an entry every year, that means that a wider range of club runne…
  • Easyjet would be the perfect sponsor, given their brand is about dropping people off 26 miles away from where they actually want to be.
  • I agree with RunningCommentary and think there is an incredible amount of smugness and arrogance amongst many people who got into the ballot. At the end of the day, the only comment I've had from the orgainsers is that the ballot is open from race d…
  • To be fair to Liverpool City Council if they don't charge race organisers excessive fees for closing roads in order to bring more people into the city, where are they going to get their £1.7 million from to pay Paul McCartney to put on a concert. h…
  • This concept of a limit on the number of applicants doesn't make any sense at all really. There is a real possibility now that I won't be able to apply if there is a mad rush on Monday morning. Since I bequest my donation, thats £23 local charities …
  • Well done everyone. 3:50 for me, inside my target of 4 hours so I was happy with that. I'm liking the free videos on the website as well, very nice touch.  I think this is the first time ever I've enjoyed hills in a rac. There weren't many at all,…
  • According to the BBC website, its going to be showers and 12C on Sunday. Sounds a little better for marathon running than last year's heatwave.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/5day.shtml?world=0162 I'm also in Rotterdam until Monday. If anyone want…
  • Last long run for me tonight. Well, 11 miles isn't long compared to recent standards but I won't be getting close to that until the big day. Reading Runners World today has scared me a lot though as I'm no worried if I can run at the pace I need to…
  • There's two things I'll add to what's been said, based on last year. 1. The hill at the start is a killer - the rest of the lap is flat/downhill so you can get over it. The good thing is you don't do the full hill on the 2nd and 3rd laps - that bit…