The Running Arrse - Event reports

Arrse Running is .....

  • the way ahead. Lemme tell you about MY race...

    Votes: 10 47.6%
  • Usually controllable with medication...got any ?

    Votes: 4 19.0%
  • Ok, but be serious...tarmac is for WUSSES

    Votes: 4 19.0%
  • A good excuse for extended drinking....prost!

    Votes: 3 14.3%

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    21
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Goatman

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#1
For Arrsers who take part in the odd 10K, Half or prestigious running event ( The Nun Run, Santa Dash, Christmas Pudding Plod etc) whilst many will be familiar with the excellent Runners World website Events pages some will not.

Thought it might be handy for Arrse readers to reach for previous experience by fellow Arrse runners....or not....suit yourself.

To start off I just coughed, whinged and hobbled around the Gosport Half Marathon. My impressions :

( yes, as cribbed from Runners World but with some Arrse specific add-ons)

Scenery - she had a lovely bum but was too quick for me ...not too many gronks
PB potential - High, flat as you like.....but you need to have trained a bit
Atmosphere - Uplifting....sun shone, the bloke with the PA wasn't too annoying and the samba band made me smile
Organisation - slick.....not too far from seafront car parking and plenty of loos ....even the baggage pick up worked. Chip timing.
Value - It didn't make my eyes water......paid a tenner for the Race T-shirt tho
Beginner-friendliness - Averagely okay-ish ...I wouldn't have been put off for life, friendly and not too many speed snakes smelling of linament

Ease of Access: Gosport is a bugger if you don't know your way . the Start is next to Browndown Camp which is still red-signed. TomTom is your friend.
Service Accom nearby ? : Both HMS Daedalus and Browndown are now closed. You might get an overnight in Fort Blockhouse (33 Field hosp) or try HMS Sultan which is about 2 miles away .
Post-race crawl potential: - Fair to good...nearest pub is the Seahorse, Lee On Solent has The Ship and a few other backstreet locations. Wetherspoons in Gosport High Street (The Star) Alternatively take the ferry over to Gunwharf Quay and the world is your huitre.

Race report for the hard of hearing:
The sun shone and it was too warm for long sleeved top so I stopped to peel it - and I will happily blame that stop for scraping round in 2:00:30 something( My watch said !:57 when I crossed the line but hey ho !)

My first Gosport Half - despite working down here for the past five years.....and given that it is almost exclusively around the former HMS Daedalus airfield, maybe they should re-name it the Lee On Solent Half !

I felt sorry for the people trying to struggle in on the A32 - as I passed the new Tesco in Fareham at about 0845 it was already tailing back ....the people who own the Seahorse pub are missing a trick - they could have made money charging people a fiver a go to park in the pub car park instead of blocking it off !

The run itself was fine, and I have no comparisons with previous course - although truth to tell, I find laps more challenging than an 'out & back' route.

And it was just great to have the samba band crashing away - who were they ?

I LOVE to run with samba going on - it always makes me smile on the Great South Run.

Having done a reasonable (for me ) time on the GSR (1:32) I was rather hoping for a PB at Gosport which I knew would be flat as a flat thing...no excuses, just old and slow....more training , less cake !

( and on that point, the goody bag was indeed significantly better than both the GSR and Paris Marathon - only shaded in my experience by the one they give out for Bolt The Holt in Farnham )
Summary : worth the trip, if only for the goody bag !

Goats

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#2
Good idea. I did the Gosport race as well so wont go into any great lengths as you have already covered it. Well organised, fast course (even if the trip along the seafront starts to feel like someone has nicked the 12 mile marker) although a little boring... but that's road racing I guess :) Walked away with a PB and a lump of cake so can't complain.
 

Goatman

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#4
Sneak - very kind of you....I suspect you were changed and on your way home by the time I staggered bleating over the Finish line :)

Glad to hear the Running Arrse Events service is a not bad idea....I look fwd to hearing whether the Grim is any good and how to train for The Comrades in due course !


( and I have to say J-D, the lump of cake was colossal.....snarff!)

For those who took part pics at Martin Lewis Photographer

- he was only at one point on the course it seems...
 

Goatman

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#5
So.....anyone doing an event this weekend ?

I'll make it easy for you:

Scenery
PB potential
Atmosphere
Organisation
Value
Beginner-friendliness
Ease of Access:
Service Accom nearby ?
Post-race crawl potential
 

Goatman

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Book Reviewer
#6
BUMP

...what event did you take part in weekend gone?

Give us the inside track !
 
#7
Last race of 2011 for me this morning, Issy-les-Moulineaux Corrida de Noël 10k Santa Run! Freezing cold and steep hills but a bottle of Bordeaux for every finisher then a cup of gluhwein! The baggy trousers kept falling down and the fluff from the beard was going up my nose but at least I was warmer than the 2 guys running naked with a sledge .... :rendeer:

Place 780/2553 Time 57:08 Category VetF2 14/91


:santa: :santa: :santa: :santa:
 

Goatman

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#8
Last race of 2011 for me this morning, Issy-les-Moulineaux Corrida de Noël 10k Santa Run!
hee good effort FMP !

I did the Southampton Santa Run last year...the damn beard does get in the way...will post pic if you will...cor what people will do for a pint of claret !

(ho ho ho !)

Frohlich Weinacht alles :santa:
 

Goatman

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#9
( I'm guessing the Christmas wind-up/down has started......<tumbleweed>......)

Spent a little while thinking about the events I fancy doing next year - what have YOU got planned?

Races I will probably look at in 2012, Deus Vult ...PROB POSS /FANCY ???......all contingent on my Zimmer frame holding out for ONE MORE SEASON .....

Jan - Romsey Five

Feb - Winchester 10K - Longleat 10K

March - Dorney Lake Duathlon Votwo - USN Triathlon Events - CONISTON 14 The Coniston 14 race registration page, join the race here! ??!!?? ( gwan, g'wan,go ON!!)

April - FULLER'S THAMES TOWPATH 10 - BUPA London 10K (for Combat Stress)

May - Sister Act - The Nun Run London- RW Forest of Dean Trail 10K -

June - D-Day 10K

July - Combat Stress London 10K

Aug - Milland Valley Trail Race

Sept - SSAFA RIDE OF BRITAIN - New Forest Half/Marathon???

Oct - Great South Run - Royal Parks Half - London

November - Cornish Marathon ????? / The Grim

December - Santa Run Portsmouth


Anyone done these ? Be interested to see your wish-list - which I'm sure is much more exotic ;-)
 
#10
( I'm guessing the Christmas wind-up/down has started......<tumbleweed>......)

Spent a little while thinking about the events I fancy doing next year - what have YOU got planned?

Races I will probably look at in 2012, Deus Vult ...PROB POSS /FANCY ???......all contingent on my Zimmer frame holding out for ONE MORE SEASON .....

Jan - Romsey Five

Feb - Winchester 10K - Longleat 10K

March - Dorney Lake Duathlon Votwo - USN Triathlon Events - CONISTON 14 The Coniston 14 race registration page, join the race here! ??!!?? ( gwan, g'wan,go ON!!)April - FULLER'S THAMES TOWPATH 10 - BUPA London 10K (for Combat Stress)

May - Sister Act - The Nun Run London- RW Forest of Dean Trail 10K -

June - D-Day 10K

July - Combat Stress London 10K

Aug - Milland Valley Trail Race

Sept - SSAFA RIDE OF BRITAIN - New Forest Half/Marathon???

Oct - Great South Run - Royal Parks Half - London

November - Cornish Marathon ????? / The Grim

December - Santa Run Portsmouth


Anyone done these ? Be interested to see your wish-list - which I'm sure is much more exotic ;-)
The start/finish is at John Ruskin School... A place I have never been so relieved to see after a full night and day of running. The Coniston 14 does look like a good race though, I can recommend the river next to The Bull pub for an ice bath (and a beer!) afterwards and could nip out onto the fells for a recovery run on the Sunday! Unfortunately it is a little close to another race for me.

My main races for 2012 are :
Mar - Lightning 12 hour
Apr - London Marathon
Jun - Dartmoor Discovery
Jul - Lakeland 100
Aug - North Downs Way 50
Oct - Caesars Camp 50
 

Goatman

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#11
Blimey Sneak....that is one OTT campaign you have planned !

For the rest of us mortals - anyone doing a Boxing Day 10K this year ? :santa:
 

Pob02

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#12
Geneva Escalade

Scenery: Sadly different categories run at differnt times of the day, so the only talent to look at were in the crowd. But if you like looking at cobbled streets, and old buildings, as you run then it is quite pleasant.

PB potential: As you may guess from the name this ismainly uphill . .PBs not likely, and also quite crowded with a few twists and turns on the route.

Atmosphere: Considering the Swiss are not exactly well known for being the life of the party,the atmosphere is great,lots of cheering going on (despite the rain), and a couple of bands playing.

Organisation :Very good, but you would expect this in Switzerland.

Value: work paid . .excellent value!

Beginner-friendliness : Open to all levels and all ages. There is even a walking version, and a fancy-dress run (called the Marmite).

Ease of Access: 1-3 laps (depending on category) of Geneva old town. Anybody who knows geneva will know howeasy it is to get around.

Service Accom nearby ? No

Post-race crawl potential : Not great, really not the best place in the world for on the pop, but get a group of you, and there are food/drink tents there. If lucky (unlike this year) and some early snow,then geneva is an ideal base for popping off to do some skiing (lots of places within 1 - 2 hrs drive.
 

Goatman

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#13
Thanks for that PoB -nice one !

( I got sent an invite for the Geneva Marathon...looked fab, but I suspect you need a UN salary to go with the aspiration !)
 

Pob02

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#14
Thanks for that PoB -nice one !

( I got sent an invite for the Geneva Marathon...looked fab, but I suspect you need a UN salary to go with the aspiration !)
Actually only 90 CHF to enter, or 60 CHF for the half-marathon . .
 

Goatman

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#15
coo!...how spooky is that...this landed in my inbox this am.....
A great idea for Christmas and keep fit!

Stuck for ideas on what to get loved ones for Christmas this year… There’s still time to purchase an entry to the Geneva Marathon for Unicef as a Christmas gift for an enthusiastic runner in your family or a friend to help kick-start their New Year get-fit training programme. Geneva has excellent travel links and whether you feel they can take on the full Marathon, the Half Marathon or La Genevoise (6km for women), the event is sure to give them a fantastic weekend and a great feeling of achievement. We thought of the youngest one too, as four different races for kids aged 6 to 13 will be held on the Saturday on marked routes. Don’t forget, 5% of the entry fee of adult races and 100% of Junior races will go directly to Unicef, so your gift will also be supporting the installation of water pumps in countries that are in urgent need.

Since entries opened on 25th October, running enthusiasts have rushed to sign up for the 2012 edition of the Geneva Marathon for Unicef. Benjamin Chandelier, Event Director says: “We are really pleased with the number of participants who have registered so far. We managed to launch the entry process earlier than last year and have received a great response from hundreds of keen athletes. Runners aged 6 to 76 have already signed up and we are confident that we will exceed our 2011 record in terms of the number of people taking part.”

The event is attracting runners from all corners of the globe, with competitors already signed up from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, Kenya, Russia, and South Africa. With a conveniently located international airport, the organisers have teamed up with premium hotel chain Manotel to offer participants a special deal on accommodation packages purchased for the event to encourage those traveling from abroad. Further details can be found at FAQ » Geneva Marathon

The Marathon will be the highlight of a weekend-long running festival as participants enjoy the Marathon (26-mile / 42.195km) course set against the stunning backdrop of one of most beautiful cities in the world and the surrounding countryside of the Alps and Jura mountains. The Half Marathon (13-mile / 21,097km) will be run simultaneously, with the course laid out in the shadow of the Jet d’Eau fountain and have the same start and finish lines as the Marathon, just covering a shorter distance (both routes were met with high praise by competitors, scoring an average of 18 out of 20 for their beauty and accessibility). On Saturday 5th May, a variety of junior races between 500m and 3km (for 6 -13 year olds) and “La Genevoise”, a 6km race dedicated to women will also be held from the ‘new look’ race village on the shores of Lake Geneva.

The Geneva Marathon for Unicef has grown considerably in recent years and the organizers are investing heavily to position the event to become one of the Top 15 Marathons in Europe by 2015. For the first time in its history, the Geneva Marathon for Unicef will leave the lake’s right bank and the famous Palais Wilson square and then head to the left bank where the space is better suited to the organisation of an internationally renowned marathon. “It is really important for us to provide the best possible experience for our participants and their supporters. “The new Marathon Village set up will allow us to welcome more runners and spectators in an area that will be bigger and better equipped than ever. Within the dedicated arrival area will a full selection of services for the runners including a massage area and food stations, and close by plenty of partner stands and exhibitions will provide entertainment for the whole family.”

This will be the 8th edition of the Marathon, and around 70 people have competed in ALL the editions so far. As a special reward to those dedicated participants who have run every year, the organizers have given a 50% discount on their entry fee for 2012.

Geneva Marathon for Unicef 2012 programme
Friday 4th May (during the afternoon): Marathon Village opens
Saturday 5th May:
• 14:00: ‘La Genevoise’, a 6km run exclusively for female competitors (14 years and over), CHF 35
• 15:30 onwards: Junior Races of 500m up to 3km (for 6 to 13 year olds), CHF 15
Sunday 6th May:
• 08:30: Marathon – 42km 195m, CHF 90
• 10:30: Half Marathon – 21km 097m, CHF 60
hee - buy your sprogs and Erin Dawes a running weekend in Geneva for Christmas ! Makes all kinds of sense to me :thumright:

Frohliche Weinacht Als !
 

terroratthepicnic

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#16
So Far next year it looks like this.

Feb 4th - GRIM Night Terror
Mar 11th - Silverstone Half? SSAFA
April 22nd - VLM for Combat Stress
May 27th - London 10K? SSAFA
Dec - GRIM original

If I find any others I may give them a go, but not sure at the moment.
 

terroratthepicnic

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#18
TATP - Still debating the Grim Night Terror race. Already have a race entered for Feb 5th.
It looks to be a good laugh. Along with the party afterwards.
I have told my wife to expect me to run it at a slow 2 hr pace, as I will be looking quite carefully where I tread.
 
#19
So Far next year it looks like this.Feb 4th - GRIM Night TerrorMar 11th - Silverstone Half? SSAFAApril 22nd - VLM for Combat StressMay 27th - London 10K? SSAFADec - GRIM originalIf I find any others I may give them a go, but not sure at the moment.
Good luck with Silverstone. I did it this year and last year. Parking is a nightmare so get there early. The course itself is mundane and seems to drag. Twice is enough but thats my tuppenceworth. I am doing Milton Keynes in April for SSAFA..
 
#20
New Forest 10

Scenery - 7/10. You're running through the Forest, and especially the ornamental drive. However, it does have the occasional period of plantation wood-block monotony about it.
PB potential - 6/10. A true forest run, with some vicious little 'hills' and more gently sloping rises run on gravelly tracks. That said, the winner did do it in about an hour.
Atmosphere - 7/10. Lots of people cheering, some in rather random places to keep your spirits up.
Organisation - 8/10. Encountered no problems whatsoever. As ever, not enough toilets to cope with the pre-race piss-stop, but a helpful woodblock sheltered us all!
Value - 8/10. Cheap as chips for what it is.
Beginner-friendliness - 6/10. Running this without training would be very hard work. Rewarding to complete though.
Ease of Access - 7/10. Traffic in the Forest is a perennial problem. Get there early and just enjoy the area.
Service Accom nearby - Marchwood, and after that probably Winchester and Portsmouth.
Post-race crawl potential - no idea. I was knackered afterwards, so my wife escorted me to the car and I ate copious amounts of cake!
 

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