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Berlin Marathon

Sun September 28 2008 Listed by Aquabear
67 Entrants Club PB SB Pred Time WAVA
Aaron K Unaffiliated 3:47:58 4:08:10 4:08:10 49.54
AlanO Here we go again, another do or die effort at breaking 3hrs.
This is your ultimate glorious failure. Here I am with 10 to 20 metres to go and the line in sight. I have 9secs to get across the line and what do I do, I COLLAPSE. Ran really well up to 20miles then gradually slowed down. Probably ran too quick between Halfway and 20miles. The last km was the most surreal experience in my life and was a total blur. I cannot even remember going thru the Brandenburg gate. When I passed out just before the finish a steward picked me up and I somehow staggered across the line at which point 4 first aiders carried me off. 
I should be gutted but to be honest I am extremely proud. I know in my head that I totally flogged myself to the point where I blacked out. 
From a racing point of view I would strongly recommend Berlin and I put it up there on par with London
Just have to start making plans for my next sub 3 attempt.  Sorry to all those who bet on me.
KM Splits - 4.12, 08, 15, 09, 12, 10, 11, 11, 09, 07, 04, 11, 19, 06, 01, 08, 08, 09, 07, 10, 11, 11, 12, 09, 13, 08, 16, 20, 20, 17, 19, 14, 22, 25, 29, 33, 33, 27, 34, 29, 29, 31, 5.29 (1.2km)
Greenock Glenpark Harriers 3:00:07 3:00:07 2:59:59 3:00:07 69.39
Ali Beech Ipswich JAFFA RC, Jaffa RC 5:02:28 5:02:28 4:55:00 5:02:28 50.90
Aquabear Great conditions and great atmosphere. The first marathon I really went for a time, as I wanted to get under 3:15 to get into the women's elite start for the FLM 2009. And - GOT THERE :o))) Unaffiliated 3:13:46 3:13:46 3:24:00 3:13:46 72.06
Barry K Unaffiliated 3:35:40 4:19:59 3:59:59 4:19:59 47.29
berlin boy Unaffiliated 3:51:00 3:51:00 3:51:00 53.68
controversial Great run for me after my training was ruined by injury in the 7 weeks before the race.
Split  	time
5 km 	00:22:10
10 km 	00:44:31
15 km 	01:06:32
20 km 	01:28:43
half 	01:33:28
25 km 	01:49:34
30 km 	02:10:00
35 km 	02:30:00
40 km 	02:50:04
total
place (M/W) 	1198
place (ag) 	240
place (total) 	1236
time total (brutto) 	02:59:20
time total (netto) 	02:58:34 Clapham Chasers 2:33:54 2:55:54 2:58:34 69.04
Dalya Dorking & Mole Valley AC 4:31:27 4:37:23 4:37:23 51.90
Daz Man Huntingdonshire AC 2:50:16 3:30:42 3:30:00 3:30:42 58.42
DeeDee1 Maidstone Harriers 4:45:27 4:45:27 4:45:27 47.49
deeg Centurion RC 4:02:41 4:44:44 4:44:44 48.19
Dickie York Fractured my elbow 2 weeks ago!
No training since, so I am just going walk the race, cost too much to bin it!!
I will be the one with his left arm in plaster & a sling, so say hi if you see me! Pocklington Runners 2:41:35 2:59:28 5:00:00 4:32:33 45.86
dizzi Dulwich Park Runners 4:01:05 4:03:46 4:03:46 56.37
faithfulred Not happy with the time as I wanted to break at least 3h40 to even be reasonably pleased. I suppose the on/off nature of my training recently due to work commitments and other things meant that I wasn't up for it on this occasion. Seemed to be a lot of traffic right the way through this one, much more than London (where there was a lot in the first few miles, then it was ok). Also the water in cups was a pain as I had to stop at the water stations to take on water. Another gripe was that there were fewer water stations than I would have liked. I shouldn't make excuses though, I just have to train better for the next one. FERC 3:34:59 3:40:13 3:25:00 3:41:50 56.09
Foxy Wow what a weekend in the German capital :) 

On the Saturday morning I decided to join a few other Brits doing the breakfast friendship run, it was a sea of patriotic pride, flags & football shirts & everyone showing where they hail from, so Union Jack shorts & England shirt it was, The Japanesse ladies were keen to have thieir photos taken with the crazy Brits & even kindly gifted the 2 ladies in our group with traditional Japanesse fans. I envisaged a leisurely 40 min run for the 6km but was never able to get up to that speed due to congestion everyone myself included took cameras & there were some good photo oppurtunities,We saw the Olympic stadium & then headed up 100 Marathon Club, MK Lakeside Runners, Milton Keynes Lakeside Runners 3:09:27 3:24:10 3:44:59 3:24:10 60.52
freak of nature Unaffiliated 3:44:05 3:46:20 3:50:00 3:46:20 59.58
Freeman Mornington Chasers 2:37:07 2:51:52 2:51:52 71.62
GEG Unaffiliated 3:39:08 3:52:22 3:52:22 0.00
Joe Hawk I will ammend my predicted time after Windsor Half. I think that three hours is just out of reach this time , but if I feel good who knows. Crashed and burned. Through half way in sub 1:30 and ok, pace started drifting at 16M held it below 7:30's till 22M then boom 8:14,9:42,9:28 and then a bit of a revival with 7:41 and 4:11 for the last 1/2M ?? .
Not particularly happy with the result but it had to be tried you can only PB by that much once , think I could probably of ran 3:05 if I had started of at 7's. Datchet Dashers 2:56:05 3:07:00 2:57:30 3:11:54 64.07
joey8493 had a bad day full of cold and pulled my leg, maybe i should have put more long runs into the programme Unaffiliated 4:45:58 4:45:58 4:00:00 4:45:58 43.00
Jogging Jon What a great event, loved it. Reasonably happy with my time with Berlin the my fourth marathon in Four weeks. Wrekin Road Runners 3:44:35 4:16:16 4:52:29 44.22
JoPamSam Runnymede Runners 4:06:00 4:06:00 4:03:00 4:06:00 50.03
Kevski On for sub 3 at 21 miles then hit the wall big time and collapsed unconcious at the finish line. One rush to hospital later I was discharge (fortunately just exhausion) and crossed the finish line again on 6:25 collect my medal and bag. Big tip for all  - do write details and contact number on the back of your race number1 Cambridge Harriers, Dulwich Park Runners 2:59:45 3:01:06 2:58:00 3:07:48 65.47
kstuart Training was interupted through a 6 week injury break but i'm still intending to finish, just not sure on hitting my target time. UPDATE: Lack of training told but i still PB'd by 11 mins Trail Running Association, FERC 3:58:03 4:26:23 4:29:59 4:26:23 46.16
Laudy York Knavesmire Harriers 4:13:12 3:59:59 0.00
lejog Norwich Road Runners 3:15:19 3:45:31 3:45:31 58.31
lennoxr Maidenhead AC 2:54:34 3:08:04 3:09:59 3:08:04 66.82
Lucian Unaffiliated 3:54:42 4:04:21 4:00:00 4:04:21 50.92
Malibu Northbrook AC 3:31:12 3:31:12 3:31:12 60.28
marathonman&blondy Unaffiliated 4:01:37 4:09:34 4:09:34 50.08
marders Great conditions, great race.  2.24.08 clock, 2.23.53 chip, 26th male, 28th overall.  Happy. Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC 2:23:19 2:24:08 2:24:59 2:24:08 85.30
martyb This was a race that up until the friday afternoon I was not going to run. After suffering from back spasms and sciatica in July I was signed off from work for two weeks. I was then told to refrain from strenuous exercise for 8 weeks. From the end of July until 27/9/08 all I had run was a leisurely 10km, but as I was representing Round table and a charity, I gave in to pressure from my fellow tablers and goty round in just over 5hours. Although I was incredibly pleased with my time ( I beat my London by a big margin) I would not recommend running a marathon on the hoof! Unaffiliated 4:14:29 5:03:53 5:03:53 40.46
matthewpont Reigate Priory AC 3:54:34 3:54:34 3:54:34 52.42
monkey toes Unaffiliated 4:27:52 4:27:52 4:27:52 50.55
MrsJJ Had a wonderful time,most comfortable marathon to date but due to the congestion a PB was never on the cards mainly due to starting near the back of H (toilet queue mostly to blame for that) Just a thought, why did some people throw their cups down in the middle of the road? It was wonderful to hear from another fetchie at approx 30k that Haile had broken the record again. Wrekin Road Runners 3:49:24 4:24:48 4:24:48 53.08
Mummy Runner Graet comfortable pregnant pace! Aldridge RC, Vics Power Runners 3:08:58 3:49:57 5:26:00 41.54
Naomi P Should be good for a PB here, did 3'57 two weeks ago on a far tougher course (hills and headwinds), plus this is a fast course. Isn't it??? *UPDATE* Just squeaked in with a PB, thanks for all the bets, they really spurred me on! Flat route, but crowded in my bit of the pack. Love the beers in the sunshine afterwards!! Unaffiliated 3:28:37 3:55:33 3:50:00 3:55:33 57.49
nickf got a pb which was great but gutted that the garmin gave me duff info, did anyone else have this problem?

garmin said i ran 26.22 miles in 3.27.04, problem was it took me another 4.41 running to finish! i pretty much stuck to the race line and my pace was in line all the way. was the satelitte dodgy?

anyway, great weekend but expo was well below par and distance left markers at the end non existent. Unaffiliated 3:30:13 3:31:05 3:30:00 3:31:05 61.27
northern soul Bellahouston Road Runners 2:41:41 2:50:20 0.00
Not built for speed 2 Unaffiliated 4:26:34 4:26:34 4:30:00 4:26:34 48.52
NotFarNow Eton Manor AC 3:07:26 3:07:26 3:07:26 72.25
Odineaters Unaffiliated 2:52:39 2:54:24 3:30:00 3:22:35 60.69
Orlando84 Holmfirth Harriers 2:57:17 3:19:53 3:19:53 61.51
Pain Train Happy with my fisrt marathon completion - and a sub 4!  people defo don't lie about Unaffiliated 3:52:48 3:52:48 4:00:00 3:52:48 52.81
paulhiles Plumstead Runners 3:24:35 3:37:00 3:56:00 3:37:00 61.62
pipslack Unaffiliated 3:57:38 4:07:10 3:59:00 4:22:00 51.69
poppysox Provided training over the summer goes well and I stay injury free for a change(!)  I am hoping to run sub 3:40 to get qualifying time for Boston 2009.  Will update target nearer the time if anything changes! UPDATE: Just been told by Physio I have Adductor Tendonitis.  Can still run on Sunday, but not sure that i will make sub 3.40 now.  Sorry to everybody who has bet so far. :-( UPDATE.  Made it round in a PB, but not quite the 3.40 I was hoping for.  Pleased as gave it my all and ran a consistent race. Watford Joggers 3:46:37 3:46:37 3:40:00 3:46:37 59.77
PostmanPlod Northbrook AC 3:28:20 3:38:33 3:38:33 64.46
Pudjus Unaffiliated 3:04:14 3:13:22 3:13:22 63.58
rainman Unaffiliated 3:45:13 4:03:10 3:50:00 4:03:10 52.35
redpanda Unaffiliated 3:17:17 3:22:00 3:22:00 67.54
Redrunner Wigan Phoenix, Costa Blanca Striders 2:59:54 3:47:24 3:47:24 66.70
Runny Seapark AC Carrickfergus 3:21:43 3:24:28 3:24:28 64.85
ruthb Unaffiliated 4:59:16 0.00
scotchegg Unaffiliated 3:20:00 0.00
Scott S Slowest time ever!  Found it even more congested than London and water stations were chaotic what with people stopping and/or darting across you at the first sign of a table.  Legs were tired although didn't cramp this time as I took gels on board.  Did it though! Unaffiliated 3:35:25 4:09:25 4:25:54 46.61
Smartypants Great race!  Tis measured in kilometres - a bit of a bugger! ...and I should have known if I had thought about it.  Spent a load of energy converting familiar mile routes to kms and then checking how I was doing... not a great way to expend energy.  ...and I didn't even know that the total ks was 42 something or other!  Other than that.. a really good run.  17 mins off my last time... and I could have gone faster. ...Keen to do it next year! Unaffiliated 3:24:51 3:42:37 3:45:00 3:42:37 57.19
Smiling Pete Ilford AC, Orion Harriers 3:25:17 3:25:24 3:30:00 3:25:24 70.46
Smurfhunter Unaffiliated 3:21:41 4:13:51 4:15:00 4:13:51 48.57
Snapstinget Best forgotten. FERC 4:13:24 4:13:24 4:15:00 4:39:57 50.77
surreystriderâ„¢ Unaffiliated 3:53:42 3:59:20 4:04:37 51.10
swalsh234 Dodgy knee meant I had to walk about 10km Unaffiliated 4:41:42 5:15:12 4:00:00 5:15:12 39.34
tangledfeet Started too fast and crashed over last 10K - great weekend though Ivanhoe Runners 2:46:59 2:53:52 2:52:00 2:58:43 74.19
The Croc Missed opportunity. Great race, perfect conditions - sunny and cool. Aiming for neg split with over 8 mins for the first 10 or so and sub eight for the second half to bring it in in sub 3.28. First part of the plan went well 10 in 1.23, 20 in exactly 2.40 - all I needed was sub eights for the last 6.2 and I was home and dry. Did manage it for quite a few of those miles but cramping in the calves and quads slowed me up. I don't think I could have pushed much harder over the last mile but it was not to be. (HM in 1.47.47 so knocked at least 4 mins in the second half, perhaps it was asking too much to find 6 mins plus? Even though my knee was way better than last week, perhaps the constant dull pain was trying to tell me something?)
Beautiful city, great crowds, full of historical resonance - all round superb weekend. Unaffiliated 3:28:44 3:30:08 3:30:08 61.55
tick follows tock WHAT A WEEKEND MY FAMILY MEET Gebrselassie ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE RACE AS THEY WERE VISITING PART OF THE BERLIN WALL MANAGED TO GET A PICTURE AND HAVE A LITTLE CHAT WITH HIM (SEE MY PICTURES SOON TIO BE ADDED) LOVED THE RACE AND MANAGED TO KNOCK OFF OVER 4 MINUTES OFF MY P.B GETTING ROUND IN 2:54:52 AND RAN MY FIRST EVER NEGATIVE SPLIT (JUST) I WILL BE BACK HERE IN THE FUTURE TO RUN THIS CLASSIC AGAIN City Of York Athletics 2:35:04 2:54:52 2:55:00 2:54:52 70.31
tom_craggs Loved the race, but learn't a valuable lesson, judge your distance off markers, not GPS watches. Thought I was on for 02:58:00, until I went through 26.2 miles and still had nealy 3/4 a kilometre to run! - Obvious looking back. Nevermind, I'll go under 3 next time!

1) 6.35 2) 6.24 3) 6.24 4) 6.22 5) 6.09 6) 6.14 7) 6.24 8) 6.22 9) 6.19 10) 6.22 11) 6.31 12) 6.32 13) 6.32

14) 6.25 15) 6.39 16) 6.33 17) 6.37 18) 6.49 19) 6.54 20) 7.11 21) 7.09 22) 7.35 23) 7.36 24) 7.54 25) 8.05 26) 7.53 27) 4.30 - 0.58 mile - Gutted but this extra bit when I was knackered - next time I need to run in a straighter line and take my time readings from the marker boards not my Garmin!
Mornington Chasers, Winchester & District AC 2:45:28 3:01:02 3:08:00 3:01:02 67.92
Vixx Unaffiliated 5:15:22 5:33:28 5:33:28 0.00

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