Greater Manchester Marathon 2013

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Feb 2013
9:51pm, 19 Feb 2013
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Manchester will be a brilliant first Mara, the support was excellent last year. Just enjoy.

Run less run faster??

Did a bit of PMP at the Stamford 30k on Sunday, put in some good effort on a very hilly course so things are looking ok at the moment. :)
Feb 2013
10:10pm, 19 Feb 2013
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Have just looked at my last post in the middle of January when I was hopeful training was back on track.

Unfortunately, my back didn't agree with me and I have done very few miles and my longest run in the past three weeks has been five miles. I have therefore come to the conclusion that in the next 10 weeks I am unlikely to be able to undertake enough training to give the marathon a good go.

I have already done two marathons and my goal for this one, aside from a 4:15 time was to run it from start to finish. That no longer seems a realistic goal and as such I have decided that this time round I won't be taking part.

I can still swim and cycle without any significant issues with my back so can keep some form of training going, just not for a marathon.

So good luck to everyone taking part and hope the training is going to plan. No doubt I will be on the sidelines cheering you all on :-)
Feb 2013
10:14pm, 19 Feb 2013
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Oh no, that's a shame, but sounds to me like you've done the sensible thing. It's good that you can still do other training though.

If you are going to spectate tell us where you will be and tie some red/yellow balloons to yourself so we can give you a wave :)
Feb 2013
10:24pm, 19 Feb 2013
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tough call Aileen , plenty of lovely runs you can do as back recovers without doing a marathon Best wishes Dave
Feb 2013
10:26pm, 19 Feb 2013
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Sorry to hear that aileen but like ndellar says, it sounds like you've taken the sensible option. Presuming you'd already entered, are you going to defer your place until next year? I believe you have until the 17th March to do so.

I think I've pretty much made up my mind to defer as family life has not allowed me to get the long runs in I would need for a PB, and so I've decided to concentrate on shorter stuff this year.
Feb 2013
10:37pm, 19 Feb 2013
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Nelly - I'll check out about deferring, thought it was a big no no with Xtra Mile Events, but you never know...

Ndellar - can't guarantee the red & yellow balloons - will likely be in my triathlon club colours which are grey/red/black - it might confuse them!! But I will be cheering for one and all, I know how much it helps, especially in the latter miles. Will most likely be near the start/finish as not too far from where I live, but maybe depend on where other club supporters are going to be ;-)
Feb 2013
10:40pm, 19 Feb 2013
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aileen - check out for a £10 "admin fee" you get a place next year
Feb 2013
4:42am, 20 Feb 2013
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£10 this year?! was 5 last year to defer. Ridiculous. But seems the sensible option for you. at least you can do some form of training.
Feb 2013
10:51am, 20 Feb 2013
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Could be worse - don't some races make you pay in full again, the deferment is only to guarantee a place the year after?
Feb 2013
11:11am, 20 Feb 2013
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Sprouty - it depends when you do the deferment/transfer... from the FAQs on the website

"...If you cannot take part in this year's event don't dispair, because you can TRANSFER your entry to next year's marathon... There is a £10 admin fee for transferring your place, and we must receive your request ... and your admin fee at least 6 weeks prior to the event (by Sunday 17 March 2013)
After the 6-week cut off date, we cannot TRANSFER your place but we can DEFER your place for free up to 1 week before the race. This gives you a guaranteed entry into the 2014 race but you will still have to pay the entry fee.
NB - the TRANSFER prior to 6 weeks before the race means that you do not have to pay a 2014 entry fee just the £10 admin fee. A DEFERRED entry is only a guaranteed place and you will have to pay your 2014 entry fee"

So the way that I look at it is, if you've already paid for the race (the money is therefore spent and unrecoverable) but if you can no longer do it, then as long as you let them know far enough in advance, then the cost of entry into 2014 race is £10.

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A place to talk about the Manchester Marathon - 28th April 2013

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