Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Last post before the Cork City Marathon...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Last post before the Cork City Marathon...

So this is it, the last post before the 2011 Cork City Marathon. I will update this post and add to it if I have any additional info.

Half-Marathon........I think this post may push the one about the Half-Marathon start off the end of the main page and into the archive. So if you are doing the Half and you want info about that  start, click HERE

Weather Forecast.......In terms of weather suitable for a Marathon, it looks as if this will be best one in 5 years. 2007-2009 were sunny and warm. 2010 was wet and dreary. This time, it will probably be dry with light winds and reasonably mild. Good for runners, good for spectators.

Updated Sun 3pm.......Latest Weather Forecast...May be a bit sunnier than expected early on. More clouds as day goes on. Rain, if any will probably be in the late afternoon. Max temp 16 deg C. Wind 16kph from the west.

Just in case someone is looking for them........
Doneraile 5k........For anyone that did this race on Friday evening, the results are HERE

Marathon Pace Bands......One of the keys to a good Marathon time is to run at an even and steady pace for the distance. If you have a target in mind, then you'll need to know what your mile splits are.

Click on this LINK and you can create a pace band for your time. Ideally, you should cut out the strip and laminate it. Put it around you wrist and use a piece of tape to keep it in place. If you can't laminate it, then cover it in clear sellotape. Otherwise the paper will just absorb the sweat from your wrist and break.

Final Tips & Thoughts for the 2011 Cork City Marathon and Relay...
Some final thoughts...

1) What to wear...If you are doing the full Marathon, you should wear whatever gear you are used to and trained in. This is not the time to try out that new running top! For half and relay runners, it's not so important.

For men, nipple burn is a very real issue over the longer distances. Use good quality waterproof plasters to protest exposed areas and use loads of vaseline or bodyglide to protect any area that might rub...i.e. thighs, underarm, toes, etc.

Don't wear anything made from cotton. Wear as little as possible!!  Leave the sweatshirts, hoodies, tracksuit bottoms and so on at home. Consider wearing a hat/cap to stop the salt from your sweat going from your forehead into your eyes.

2) Drink...This year, they will be giving out Lucozade Sports as well as loads of water. If you haven't used this before in your long training runs then be careful. It may end up not agreeing with you or giving you cramps. Take on plenty of water especially if you are taking gels.

3) Using the racing line...Please note that the course is accurately measured by a Jones Counter over the shortest possible route. See the example below...

You should be running from corner to corner on the 'race line' taking the shortest possible route. The Marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 kms), there are no medals for running 27 miles! All of those long sweeping bends add up and will lose you time. Every year, runners are stuck to the right hand side going through the Jack Lynch tunnel even though the racing line is on the left! Why?!?! Use your head....follow the racing line.

4) Relay Changeover.......Every year there are problems here. Imagine the are running the 1st leg and you get to the Relay changeover. You are confronted with a mass of several hundred runners. Where is your running parter? He said 'he was wearing white'.....unfortunately, half the relay changeover are wearing white! Imagine the 2nd stage runner looking out for the 1st person coming in. The first batch of relay runners arrive in dribs and drabs and he's watching everyone. Now 20 minutes later, there is a wall of runners arriving....some relay runners, some Marathon runners. Trying to spot the 1st stage runner is not as easy as they first thought.
Every year, you hear stories of relay changeovers where minutes have been lost as people wander around looking for their team member. Plan ahead to make the changeover easier. Maybe wear a distinctive colour? Be at a certain position....back or front? Some people use balloons! Discuss it with your team members and plan ahead.

5) Relay Strategy ...Consider letting the slower people go first. Otherwise, once they start, everyone around them will be going faster than them and overtaking. It's an awful lot easier to run when you are passing people rather than to have everyone passing you. If you are a beginner, start slow. It will take about 2 miles before you get warmed up properly. It's so easy just to start too fast, for oxygen debt to kick in around the 1 mile mark and then you spend the rest of the time trying to recover. Start slow, find your pace and give it everything in the last mile.

6) Pacers for the full Marathon...The pacers should be wearing bright yellow tops and have an estimated finish times on their back. They will also have small helium balloons as well so that they can be easily spotted. There will be pacers for the following times...
3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:30 and 5:00
If you have a particular target in mind then pacers can be very useful. For example, if you are trying to break say 4 hours then you have a choice of going with the 4 hour pacer and trying to stay with them. Or maybe you would prefer to stay with the 3:45 pacer for a while and build up a cushion and try and hang in there at a slower pace for the last few miles? Whatever you do, don't run too fast for the first half or you'll get into trouble later on.

7) Acknowledgements...An event like this just doesn't happen overnight. Months of work have gone into organising the Cork City Marathon to make it the success that it is. Some might consider the event to be expensive but there is a huge expense in organising an event of this size in a city. An event like this causes a major disruption for a lot of non-running people in Cork so full credit to the Cork City Council who are the driving force behind the event.

.......and of course, we have to acknowledge the many volunteers who will turn up on Monday to steward the course, hand out water and do a variety of other jobs. When a lot of runners have finished and gone home, they will be there whatever the weather is like.

With roughly 1600 runners in the full Marathon, 1200 in the Half-Marathon and 850 relay teams, it really is one of the major races in the country.


Mike Neglia said...

Really looking forward to Monday! Thanks for the work that you have put into this blog!

francork said...

Every water station on the route has been provided with a big tub of vaseline. If it gets lost among the bottles and cups ask the water stewards. Prevention is way better than any kind of cure!!!

bobmoloney said...

Great updates John and u still have to run the marathon urself. Hope i can keep with ya in the 3.45 pacers group.
Bob cobh

Anonymous said...

Hi all just like to wish everyone taking part in what will be a great event GOOG LUCK.If it is your first half and full marathon enjoy the atmosphare.

Anonymous said...

Great work;good luck to all tomorrow..its a great achievement to be taking part no matter the distance.Collected my number yesterday and have to say was very disappointed with the sizing of shirts.I got small and you would fit two of me in it.Another shirt for charity bag.Its time organisers regonise there is a difference in small men and women. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Im doing the full marathon tomorrow, first time. Will be travelling into town from Bishopstown? I know there is the park and ride from kinsale roundabout but is there any public busses running tomor from CUH area?