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No Marathon this weekend ..!!

But just a gentle run over the Heath on lovely but chilly spring morning.

And its been confirmed that last weekend’s Brighton Marathon was 21 degrees !

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Brighton Marathon – Phew what a Scorcher !!

Apologies for pinching The Sun’s headline ….

Never could this be called ideal marathon running conditions : Although only 15-16 degrees the sun was full-on and St Johns were fully stretched with quite a number of runners in trouble needing their help. Unfortunately stomach cramps enforced a couple of pit stops adding something like 6-7 minutes to my time of 3h 51m which would otherwise have been around 3h 45m, my target for the day.

Manchester Marathon … ‘Tick’

So a lovely sunny day and not too warm for this run & distinctly chilly at the start; a new one for me. Sadly the course which was fairly flat, didn’t go through the heart of Manchester to show off its history as part of the engine room of Victorian commercial might. Nevertheless its a race that I might do again.

Given the lack of long runs in recent months, I had set a target time of 3h 45m which I was able to better with around 3h 40m, and as a result achieved a position of 8th in my category. Happy with that and on to Brighton next weekend …. train strike permitting.

The Race

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Brighton nearly a Half Marathon

Yet again The Sussex Beacon, the Brighton Half Marathon organisers, fail to get the course distance right. Too long in 2012 by ~400m and too short by 146m for the last 3 years.

The story even made news headlines on BBC Broadcasts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/athletics/39454135

 

Lovely Day for my last longish slow run before Manchester Marathon

Beautiful day to be running through London as the flora & fauna begins to wake up into spring. Here’s a view from Regents Canal.

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Longish Run

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2 Half Marathons … Done

A very persistent and resilient cough following a January cold substantially inhibited running for most of Jan & Feb.. So it was good to take part in 2 Half Marathons recently.

Brighton Half was a windy affair having to cope with the remains of Storm Doris.

Before the start of the Brighton Half Marathon, just after Storm Doris had passed through

 

Bath was more straightforward although it took forever to get into the start area as for some reason, there was only one modestly sized entrance through which everyone had to pass. It was good to meet up with a few of the other MS Trust Runners before hand.

Neither times were particularly good as might have been expected given the lack of running prior to the races. But hopefully they will stand me in good stead for the 3 upcoming Marathons in April (Manchester, Brighton and London). I have also decided that I will run the London Marathon to fund raise for the MS Trust as I have done in previous years. Click here or on the MS Trust Logo to be directed to my Fundraising page.

 

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Florence Marathon 2016

As in previous years, the running conditions were as good as you could wish for. Cool yet reasonably sunny with little wind and no rain. Content with my time of 3 hours 39 minutes – not as a fast as last year but OK given the reduced training : Fairly even splits too.

Florence 2016

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1462719920

Its back … !!

House move and other stuff is the excuse.

So the last races were the Edinburgh Marathon – a day that was too warm for my liking so happy with 3h 45m – and then the next day the London Vitality 10k with a time of just over 46m. Apparently you are not supposed to race such distances on consecutive days.

Since then (end of May) I have done every little running and only tried to start training properly this last month. To be honest I’ve suffered with that feeling a lack of speed and endurance : Running 10 miles at a slow pace has been terribly difficult.  I was due to run the Victoria Park 10k which was also the Club & Middlesex County Championship but thanks to the Overground not starting at the published time I was unable to get to the Race.

I was worried about running the Great North Run (Half Marathon) last weekend but had a good training session on the Thursday prior. The day of the race was warm & sunny – not my preferred conditions – so under the circumstances I am not unpleased with my time of 1h 44m. I ran in my MS Trust vest and called in on the MS Trust tent to grab a bourbon biscuit, while having a photo taken, which so far hasn’t as was threatened appeared on Facebook.

Next race is the London Parks Half Marathon in early October … lets how close I can get to my ‘PB’ of 1h 35m.

 

Edinburgh Marathon coming up ….

Let see if I can get under 3h 40m.

Edinburgh Marathon

Regents Park 10k

My first 10k of 2016 : A week after London Marathon and it felt good to run. Time (unofficially) 45m 54s.