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The problem I have with this is firstly the majority of clips are lifted from a 1990 rte production with a better sound track. Secondly the clips incude parish games that aren't international so we have nothing to compare them against (no matter how good they may be) and finally horse racing is definitely not a sport and I have my reservations about golf (it's a game of skill homologous to darts). Auld fart rant over
Sincere best wishes to everyone in the marathon on Monday.
May the pace balloons be with you and let the spirit of the marathon flow through you!
Most importantly though, enjoy the beers afterwards
Just wanted to wish you all well for Monday and to smile as you run up the hill in Milltown, as I'll be there with the camera.
Enjoy and don't forget to make friends with the runners beside you.
Is there free parking on bank hol Mondays in Dublin? Finding it hard to come up with a plan. Considering parking outside my friend's house beside Croke Park and walking over to the start line or catching a bus...
You'll be doing well to get a bus. Parking is free on bank holidays, so you could drive into the city. If you get over southside and find parking along the canal, or down towards Lansdowne Road, that's probably the handiest for walking to start/from finish.
You can find parking easy enough on some of the roads off of Leeson Street (e.g. Hatch Street). A 5 minute walk to the start/finish.
It looks like it will be a chilli for the first hour or so. NRA website is currently reading about 2C...
Time to rethink the wardrobe options! Anyone else considering along sleeve top? Not sure as I'll probably wear my jacket for the first hour also!
Just about to pin my entry number to my short sleeved top and was thinking the same! First marathon so not sure... advice welcome!
Thanks Peckham, I used to work down that area so will try and find a spot there tomorrow. Thanks also Krusty!
You'll definitely be chilly standing around on the start line, so ideally have a long sleeve tshirt over your gear that you're prepared to chuck away before the gun goes (or even wear for the first mile or so). Cheap Penneys hat and gloves can be useful too.*
You'll be surprised how quickly you warm up once you start running. Remember you'll be running at a faster pace than your normal long runs, so you won't get cold!
* Or you can do what I did in 2008. I went searching through a pile of clothes I had intended for the charity shop, found an old overcoat and wore this on the startline. Much to the amusement of fellow runners.....but I was snug!
I don't think this was posted here this year... I like it..
When you stand on the Start Line, you join the club.
When you stand at the Starting Line, you earn your membership.
Millions dream of being where you are. You are no longer a dreamer.
You are a doer.
Thousands more started a training programme but never finished.
They started with the same enthusiasm (or more than) you.
They started with more or less the same physical gifts or disadvantages as you did.
They had no more and no less reason to be successful than you.
But somewhere along the way, they lost that enthusiasm.
Somewhere on the road or on the track or treadmill, they decided that the rewards just weren't worth the effort.
They decided that they could live without finding their limits, without challenging their expectations of themselves and without taking a hard look at their image of themselves.
You didn't. If you're standing at the Start Line, you've not only accepted the challenge, but you've also beaten back the demons.
You've conquered your imagination and self-imposed limitations.
You've gone further, got stronger and become tougher than you ever imagined.
Last year I parked on the streets around the IFSC. It's a fairly quick walk across the pedestrian bridge from there, and it's not near the course so easy to get away from after, but I'm not sure how much free parking there is. You'd probably need to be early.
Is anyone else laying out their stuff for tomorrow??
Just been looking through old Christmas presents that i've never worn for something disposable to wear to the start ( sorry mum! )
Just got off a plane full of slightly nervous looking people coming over for the marathon. People were a lot chattier than you usually find as well.
Have a hat with me I'm prepared to throw away, but other than a bin bag I don't have anything other than the Boards AC vest to keep my top half warm. Think I may have to go shopping later to find a tatty tshirt to throw away part way round, and maybe some gloves too.
I love this article so much. It gives an 'ordinary' runner like me so much encouragement to know that someone of Annette's ability goes through pretty much the same pain and doubts as the rest of us!! I'm hoping to get my first 4 hour marathon under my belt.
Good luck to everyone Monday, ye can do it!!