Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Final post before the 2012 Cork City Marathon

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Final post before the 2012 Cork City Marathon

So this is it, the last post before the 2012 Cork City Marathon. I will update this post and add to it if I have any additional info.

Just to recap...
Preview of Relay Leg 1 HERE
Preview of Relay Leg 2 HERE
Preview of Relay Leg 3 HERE
Preview of Relay Leg 4 HERE
Preview of Relay Leg 5 HERE
Preview of Half-Marathon HERE

Weather Forecast.......In the previous 6 years, the weather has really been hot or miss. In 2007, 2008 and 2009, it was  sunny and warm. 2010 was wet and dreary. In 2011, it was pretty reasonable in that it wasn't too warm and it was dry. It look as if 2012 might be pretty similar.

It seems as if a narrow ridge of high pressure in between the weather fronts will be over the country on Monday. The winds are likely to be very light. How warm it will feel on the day may well depend on how much cloud cover there is.

Met Eireann predict......(Updated Sun 3rd June @9am)
Tomorrow, Monday, will be generally dry, bright and fresh, with good sunny spells developing and any early mist or fog clearing quickly. There may be a few isolated showers in the east of the country. Afternoon temperatures will reach 13 to 17 degrees, and light easterly winds will veer southerly during the day.

(Updated...3pm Sun)......With less than 24 hours to go, the general consensus is that it will be dry and mild. There is likely to be a light easterly wind for the race but shouldn't be a factor. If you can feel it then it will have a cooling effect. The only question mark is really over the amount of cloud? If the sun comes out then it may feel pretty warm in sheltered spots. Otherwise, it sounds as if it's going to be pretty pleasant.

Also.....don't forget the free post race nibbles at L'Atitude 51 across from the City Hall! Enter the Facebook competition also to guess the winning time of the first woman. See earlier post.


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 2012 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 partner? 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 and Half-Marathon...The pacers for the Full Marathon will be wearing GREEN tops and will 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

The pacers for the Half-Marahton will have ORANGE tops and their pace times are...1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15 and 2:30.

At stages during the race, the Half-Marathon Pacers will pass some of the Full Marathon pacers. Make sure you follow the correct pacer!!

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?

You can also use the pacers to stop your self going too fast. This is the BIGGEST MISTAKE that new runners make. They run too fast early on. If for example your target is to break 4 hours then you should never be ahead of the 3:45 pacers. An even and reasonable consistent pace will produce the best times.

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, 1600 in the Half-Marathon and hundreds of relay teams, it really is one of the major races in the country.


Anonymous said...

Just collected my number and ready for road. Great t shirt fof womans marathon and the goody bag was fab.Thank you to you also for great up todate info. Good luck to all on monday and ENJOY

Anonymous said...

my and my mates goody bag for the half was dire. every year prices go up and less and less is given back

Anonymous said...

Hate to be negative, but marathon t-shirt is sub standard and just not an athletic fit.

Anonymous said...

Goody bag for the half was miserly alright. Apart from the top nothing at all to get excited about. Nothing.

Anonymous said...

I agree,the marathon tshirt for 2011 was a huge improvement on previous years....I was looking forward to seeing the 2012 version and didn't even mind the colour.when I went home and tried it on its more a design of a casual tshirt rather than an athletic has a very low neckline which is fine if your 20 or in a step forward for last year but one step back for this year I'm afraid :(

Anonymous said...

Very poor expo I'm afraid. Compare Cork to even the Limerick expo and you will see how bad and poor the Cork Expo is. We should have a much bigger and more exciting expo. Why not invite some more exciting exhibitions rather that the predictable Buckleys, Maher and Edge stands. Also surely there should have been some attempt to have some guest speakers.

Anonymous said...

have to agree re the comments in regard the expo and goody bags. what with this and the lack of water stations on miles 14 - 21 plus the escalating cost plus the dire website i think this event is on it's last legs. i wouldn't be surprised if the full marathon died completely and it turned into a fun relay, half marathon event

Anonymous said...

No offense lads, but have ye not more important things in Life to worry about. End of day we pay for the run, rest is a Bonus.

Great UPDATES Here with all blogs last 2 months, really helped motivate, and help for non pros.

CheckIn desk well ran as normal,
and I missed last Year but Tshrits much better the previous years.

Heres to great Day tomorrow, cant wait.

Anonymous said...

No offense lads, but have ye not more important things in Life to worry about. End of day we pay for the run, rest is a Bonus.
By all means ask for improvements but no need to be so negative.

Great UPDATES Here with all blogs last 2 months, really helped motivate, and help for non pros.

CheckIn desk well ran as normal,
and I missed last Year but Tshrits much better the previous years.

Heres to great Day tomorrow, cant wait.
Best of luck to all.

Anonymous said...

Agree with last post. Alot of people run marathon as a personal challenge. You question if its enjoyable but you are delighted when you finish. Most will not give out about goody bags or t shirts.Go out and enjoy and do your best. We are all winners in our own way.

Anonymous said...

i don't believe the negative talk about goody bags and shirts not being great is shared by the majority of runners. how many of these tops do we end up putting in a drawer and never taking out again anyway. The top is fine and can be used while running. It also doesn't have a large company crest covering the front of it, which is really annoying. Some marathons hand out cotton t-shirts or charge you extra if you want a shirt. There are also plenty water stops as well. Just because some of them are cups doesn't mean they won't be a help to you. A lot of the big marathons around the world use cups. If you really want a bottle then carry one of the bottles with you and fill it up if you reach the next station and there are only cups. I do agree that the cork marathon website is pretty poor. John, well done on all your work regarding the race, your detailed info is a godsend for us first time runners. As for it being on it's last legs, lets hope not & the race goes from strength to strength. Best of luck to everyone taking part tomorrow and remember, you entered to run 26.2 miles and do something extraordinary, regardless of the time you have set yourself as a target - not to get a goody bag or a t-shirt which you may only wear briefly. Hope everyone has a great day.

Anonymous said...

I'd be quite happy not getting a goody bag at all. The fact of doing* a marathon is reward enough.

*ok, technically haven't done as one yet, tomorrow is my first.
Can't wait too.

Ian said...

I love reading comments like the previous one and I totally agree with them.
Unless your a serious elite runner it really is about the taking part, setting a goal and hopefully reaching it...Brilliant if you make it and then you set a new goal for next year...If you dont reach that goal...then come back next year and have another go.

The up-take of new people running(myself included) is fantastic, but because more people are running marathon's, it doesn't make 26.2miles any easier.

It is a serious achievement to complete a marathon and hopefully tomorrow most of us will get the chance to experience the St.Patricks Finish-Line.

Best of Luck to all involved tomorrow especially if its your first one.