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New Forest Marathon

Sun September 16 2007 Listed by CeeGee
30 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
Aaron K Unaffiliated 3:47:58 4:14:41 4:14:41 48.28
Alan Started off too fast unfortunately and paid the price later on.  Between 8:30 and 9:00 min miles to start and 11:00 min miles from 20 on (although this was also linked with my body not having a good reaction to the water that tasted a bit of disinfectant!) Unaffiliated 3:18:25 4:25:00 4:20:00 4:25:00 46.40
alanevery Ran nicely up until 18 miles where a combination of sun, wind and hills killed me off.  Maybe I spent far too long sat on Bournemouth beach the day before looking at fit ladies in swimming costumes.  Short of enjoyed it, but felt ill at end.  Gonna lay some demons to rest at Amsterdam..... Unaffiliated 2:58:44 3:32:05 3:24:00 3:34:10 59.03
alfazenna1 RAF AC 2:58:07 3:14:57 3:18:47 62.88
Anna Finn VEGAN RUNNERS UK 3:40:54 4:14:54 4:53:27 46.15
Bunny Chow Unaffiliated 3:43:17 3:58:32 4:09:01 54.64
Crossy81 Southampton AC 3:01:13 3:05:11 3:05:11 66.39
Dalya Dorking & Mole Valley AC 4:31:27 4:31:27 4:31:27 52.57
Deadbeat 100 Marathon Club, Wimborne AC 3:05:30 3:28:40 3:40:45 57.67
Hils Unaffiliated 3:39:00 3:39:00 3:39:00 63.35
Hollywoof! The weekend's dilemma was whether to use the New Forest marathon place or to turn up to my gym's aquathlon for a chance at silverware (I've come second two years in a row)... Saturday morning I eventually decided to go for the mara - then changed my mind - then changed back again - then... 9:40 Sunday morning found myself in New Milton heading out into the slight unknown - I'd not run any hills since January, and have only managed around 20 miles a week in the 2 months since IMA... To cut a long story semi-short... 
 
I got stung by a wasp 30 minutes before the start... after the initial swearing I tried to persuade myself this would help get the adrenaline flowing... 



it was my first marathon since 1997 where I haven't started in the toilet... and as a result I desparately needed a very long loo break in the first hour... 
my Garmin was useless - all over the place - but the official mile signs were clear and seemed to be in the right place.
took it steady but quietly for the first half - through in about 1:48... 
miles 14 through 20 I was flying... looking at my time I was actually only maintaining the same 8 minute mile pace but I was overtaking heaps of familiar people from the first half... 
miles 18 onwards were unexpectedly hilly and the wind was in our faces... I managed to keep around 8 minute miling, until mile 25 which was my one really slow mile - I think was maybe as slow as 10 minutes...
then back to 8 minute miling and the finish was quickly in sight.... 1:46->7 ish for the second half so I'm claiming negative splits.
I'm very happy to have done 3:34:48 given the odd preparation - that's only 3 minutes slower than Abingdon last year and this course was definitely tougher and I wasn't really pushing this yesterday. Also my right foot seems to survived the race - so the toe injury is still on the mend (phew)
I liked the race set up - friendly, loads of marshalls, a nice course (although I was surprised how much of it was on the road and on how much supporter traffic there was) and a good number of racers to chase. Also the hog roast served as superb recovery food.
Despite the result, I don't think I'll try the wasp thing again...

 
Meanwhile back in Knightley-land Shiraz won the gym's aquathlon outright... if I'd been there it would have been interesting to see if I'd have managed to beat her...
Unaffiliated 3:21:40 3:21:40 3:34:47 57.53
Julius8 Littledown Harriers RC 4:29:34 4:45:08 4:45:08 47.49
Love Swimrun 🏊‍♂️ 🚴‍ Shit debut - cramp at 19 (walked to 22). Ended up in paramedic van for a check-up but finished. Unaffiliated 3:38:46 4:33:31 4:30:00 4:33:31 48.89
MacDaz That was hard. All was well and was looking at a 3:40 until mile 19. From then on it seemed like I was constantly running up hill. For a few miles I really didn't think I was going to make it. Made London feel like a 10k. Well maybe not but I really underestimated the hills...Still not far off my prediction! Unaffiliated 3:42:40 3:49:59 3:50:00 3:49:59 54.10
malcolm Newbury AC 3:46:35 3:46:35 3:58:17 63.65
Mary3 Unaffiliated 4:19:39 4:19:39 4:19:39 47.59
nabox Have to agree with MacDaz, I was on for a good time however from mile 20 onwards it did feel like it was uphill alll the way to the end. I also underestimated this and my legs are certainly paying for it now.Bit disappointed I did not do a sub 350,however it was a personal best ! Unaffiliated 3:26:38 3:44:08 3:50:00 3:51:40 54.95
ogee 100 Marathon Club, South London Harriers 3:10:24 3:30:00 3:52:00 54.17
Paddy... Bournemouth AC, Zoom Tri Club 2:54:16 3:25:58 3:25:58 59.99
RM Lordshill Road Runners 3:37:39 3:51:31 3:51:31 64.29
Roofus Collingwood AC 3:57:55 4:13:11 4:13:11 55.92
saintjason Sale Harriers Manchester 2:57:15 3:40:40 3:40:40 55.78
Shades Maverick Runners 4:24:02 4:49:25 5:03:34 51.36
Shadow Walker Just as hard as i remember had to run harder than i would have liked but got required result. HR Ave 158=87% mhr so pleased, Even managed a bit of a spurt towards the end. Great day much better with the earlier start. City of Salisbury A & RC 2:57:51 3:03:25 3:15:00 3:13:22 65.84
SilverFox Collingwood AC 3:21:24 4:08:00 4:30:00 4:08:00 50.98
Sodahead Entered this for the British Masters Championship. I've heard its a bit up and down :( Loftus & Whitby AC 2:41:46 0 2:50:00 0.00
SteveT Number 30, nice and low, almost makes me feel like an elite athlete ;)
Come down with a cold on Tuesday night, so not looking good, everything's crossed that I can make a quick recovery

A little disappointed with the time, I had definitely forgotten just how energy sapping those constant Hart Road Runners 2:49:53 2:59:56 2:59:30 3:08:19 68.12
straitjacket Redway Runners 3:16:19 3:26:57 3:26:57 65.73
TingTong Exmouth Harriers AAC 2:56:32 3:02:51 3:15:00 3:14:11 64.07
UltraCas Never EVER wil I run another marathon with jet lag - I survived this one :0( Unaffiliated 4:59:00 5:12:00 5:19:00 42.50

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