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View Poll Results: Rate this race based on, Scenery, PB potential, Atmosphere, Value, Organisation
5 stars (excellent) 108 76.06%
4 stars (good) 31 21.83%
3 stars (average) 2 1.41%
2 stars (poor) 0 0%
1 star (terrible) 1 0.70%
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25-10-2010, 22:58   #1036
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Observations from a steward

I was a steward today for the first time. Time to pay my dues and glad I did it. I didn't mind the six hours standing at a junction. Well done to all runners. Commiserations to those who prepared well but blew it due to pace misjudgements and inexperience. The next one will be better.

My heart went out to Donothoponpop who went past in poor shape. I only knew him because his name was on his back. Hope he has recovered ok.

I found it hard to believe the number of poorly prepared participants. Baggy shorts, long baggy tracksuit bottoms, big bellies, big backsides. Looked to me that quite a few people decided to participate (note that I don't say "run") just before the entries closed and then started to prepare. They may have taken more than six hours but they suffered for longer and would surely benefit for a few months of training. It you are thinking about doing it next year: start training now - you will enjoy it so much more if you are not struggling before ten miles.

Things that happened near me: three different cars came to our junction with very sick people who needed a Garda escort to get through to St Luke's hospital. Another car with a woman in labour needed to get through to Holles Street. I hope all of them are doing ok tonight - I know they would feel better if they could feel the positive vibes going around.

And the guy who came to ask who he could complain to about the noise from the people who were putting down the traffic cones at 6.30am? Sounded as if they had a bit of a concert outside his house. Apparently they were shouting and roaring. As you do when the temperature is zero degrees and you have a short time to get the job done. Watch out DCM organisers. I hope these guys were quieter this evening and didn't disturb the guy's afternoon nap.

You wouldn't believe the number of taxis who came to closed junctions - big surprise to them that the roads were blocked due to a marathon. Apparently it was the 31st consecutive time this event has been held on the October Bank holiday.

So now I am the proud owner of a marathon jacket and cap. The crisps, Lilt and Twix are gone. But I enjoyed my day too. Must run it again some year.
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25-10-2010, 23:09   #1037
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Hi All. Congrats to all the participants and organisers! I was a mere spectator so I hope I cheered some of ye up around the 20 mile mark...

Congratulations to all who took part. Hope ye all got your targets, and if not... well there's always the next one (Barcelona? )
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26-10-2010, 00:25   #1038
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Well as some of ye are aware, i got creamed by a van on Saturday morning (my fault) so didn't know what to expect this morning. Planned to go with the 3.30 group for as long as possible and lasted until mile 20 when the right leg started to cramp.

Couldn't move my right arm and this probably caused the cramp as had to do all my running with my legs as not much forward motion in my arms. Had to stop and do a stretch and a big thanks to the three young ladies who helped me onto the kerb to stretch.

Lady 1: Its a shame you have to drop out
Me: What, ah no just having a stretch and i'll set off again in a minute. If this was any other occasion, i'ld ask you to massage my legs
Lady 1, 2 and 3: laughter

Ran on at 9 minutes mile and Meno passed me at 22 pulling a train and kindly gave me some sweets which helped a good bit. Thanks boss. Finished in 3.38 and change and considering i am lucky not to be in a hositpal or worse, i'll take that and hope that one day i'll make 3.30. Both feets cut to pieces with blisters and nails hanging off which is the first time that i got a blister for months so i'm on the easy list for a while until the feet heal.

To the girl who tried to take the drink that a friend was handing to me at 16.5 mile, i have to say that i doubt that you have the same first name as me so shame on you for trying it.

Have to say that i thought the water stops were badly set up (couldn't see if there was water on both sides of the road and they weren't spread out far enough. The crush across the road at each stop was dangerous) and the mile signs were too low to be seen. Also think that they would need to start doing wave starts as the Dawson Street/O'Connell Street parts, amongst others, are way too tight for the crowd that are now doing the marathon. Saw a number of people lucky to remain unpright in the first few miles due to the crowd.

Fine job on the t-shirt though and great day for it. Thanks to all who handed out jellies, water, oranges, etc along the way.

Anyone else see John Treacy at Fosters Avenue? Managed to get a wave off him and 'keep it up' which was a nice boost when i was in a bad way.

Edit: Went to give the race a 4 out of 5 but hit 3 by mistake, so apologises about that

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26-10-2010, 07:30   #1039
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Aren't you supposed to be able to sleep like a baby the night after a marathon? I've been wide awake since 5:20!

But my race report pace report is up if anyone's interested in the usual long ramblings of an idiot.

http://rubbishrunner.blogspot.com/20...-like-pro.html
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26-10-2010, 07:42   #1040
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Aren't you supposed to be able to sleep like a baby the night after a marathon? I've been wide awake since 5:20!

But my race report pace report is up if anyone's interested in the usual long ramblings of an idiot.

http://rubbishrunner.blogspot.com/20...-like-pro.html
I didn't sleep a wink. Wrecked now, sitting in a classroom for my work course is going to be great fun today.
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26-10-2010, 08:51   #1041
 
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Edit: Went to give the race a 4 out of 5 but hit 3 by mistake, so apologises about that
Hi Matt, I changed that for you and well done.
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26-10-2010, 08:55   #1042
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Spartans! So thats it, I was wondering WTF the Romans were doing hanging around street corners.
Yeah, the first bunch of them I saw, I thought "oh look, people cheering in costume. That's kind of funny".
The third or fourth time I saw them (not very quick on the uptake yesterday) I copped on.
But they were in ROMAN costume, not SPARTAN.
I'll have to write a letter of complaint.
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26-10-2010, 09:00   #1043
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Someone in Spar wasn't paying attention in history lessons. I suspect that the Spartan outfits would have been a bit drafty for them to wear.

Regardless of them getting their historical knowledge of armies wrong, they were appreciated.
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26-10-2010, 09:06   #1044
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hi there. Did my 1st marathon yesterday and loved it bar the obvious pain that goes along with it. Thanks to the pacers although my heart did sink when the balloon drifted away at 12 miles. have to agree about water stops, bypassed 1st one and had to fight to get water at others. Also couldn't beleive how packed the field was from start to finish. But on the positive side the supporters were great and a real pick me up at several points.. Came in at 4.01 gun time, 3.58.59 chip time so do i get say that i ran a sub 4 marathon??
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26-10-2010, 09:12   #1045
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Came in at 4.01 gun time, 3.58.59 chip time so do i get say that i ran a sub 4 marathon??
Yes you can. It took you less than 4 hours to run the 26.2 miles between the start and the finish line. Congratulations!
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26-10-2010, 09:33   #1046
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Everybody is listed in todays Independant, and they show finish position and chip time.

So take the sub 4 time, your entitled to it.
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26-10-2010, 09:34   #1047
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Come home in 3:57:17 so delighted. Stayed with the sub 3:45 for 16 miles but hit the wall. Had some fruit and gels and was able to maintain a sub 10 minute pace for the last 10 miles.

It was my first marathon so delighted i have done it. Last night i was never doing one again but coming around to the idea this morning.

Well done to everyone who finished
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26-10-2010, 09:42   #1048
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cheers lads, going to dine out on that sub 4 for a while so!!
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26-10-2010, 09:49   #1049
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A few of my photos from around mile 25 yesterday. There's about 3,200 from various people on RacePix that are slowly but surely all getting tagged by bib numbers!

Dublin Marathon Photos 2010 on RacePix
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26-10-2010, 09:50   #1050
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I was a steward today for the first time. Time to pay my dues and glad I did it. I didn't mind the six hours standing at a junction. Well done to all runners. Commiserations to those who prepared well but blew it due to pace misjudgements and inexperience. The next one will be better.
Quite simply, these volunteers who unselfishly gave up their bank holiday monday to make our day possible could not be thanked enough. Well done to all those stewards, first aiders, the people at the water stations for making it so enjoyable.
The spectators (and spartans!) as usual, were great. Their friendliness, generosity and encouragement made the hard miles a lot more bearable.
As for the pacers, they gave up their whole weekend between the Expo and the marathon. They must be fed up answering the same questions over and over again during those few days, but they smiled through it all! Even those who didn't run with a group would benefit from them knowing that some minute they were ready to pounce and pass you by, if you slackened.
So a huge thank you to all of the above, for what was a well organised day.

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