Sunday, 9 April 2006

Brief Marathon Report

Posted by speedygeoff on Sunday, April 09, 2006 with 3 comments
More tomorrow but..
We enjoyed perfect race conditions. Cool early, no wind or just a little to cool us down later in the run. I paced the 4 hour group and ran around 3:58:30 or so. Almost every runner in the four hour group - and the group was as expected quite large - took advantage of the perfect pacing to about the 34km mark then drew ahead of me and finished faster. So it was a great success for the runners who were trying to break 4 hours. (But I cannot say the same for some of the other paced groups).

Of the Team Moore runners elsewhere in the race, it was a most brilliant effort by Roger Pilkington who ran a big pb, Cathy Newman who ran an enormous pb, Ruth Baussmann who finished strongly and well under five hours for the 50km.

There were many more success stories. In fact well done to every finisher.

For me this was a test to see if it was worth training hard to try and break 3 hours in 2 or 3 years time. My immediate verdict: yes!

Thank you to all the organisers, officials, and supporters. Thanks too to the cheer squads. Every bit of support was appreciated by all.

The results will be posted shortly & I will make a further report after that.


  1. I noticed that the 3.45 pacer had no runners at all. I passed the 3.30 pacer who was walking and looking very uncomfortable. It was interesting.

    i am glad i only saw you going the opposite way Geoff :)

  2. The Roving Cheer Squad had a great time cheering all you guys on today.

    It was very interesting running in reverse and seeing how everyone was going in the late stages of the race. We got to see you all twice which was even better.

    Roger was completely in the 'zone' when we saw him - he looked really strong, can't wait to see his time.

    CJ looked fantastic, really relaxed. Gary looked good the first time we saw him but he was cramping up on our 2nd pass - he ran way too fast yesterday in that 5km, I hope he finished okay. Ruth was looking happy and comfortable -well done on going the extra yards and doing the 50km Ruth, what an achievement.

    Excellent pacing Coach - you had ants in your pants when we saw you 2nd time around, I'm glad you had such a good time and you paced your group so well.

    Still devastated about the balloon!!

    Congratulations to all of you on finishing :0)

    Oh yes, Vurt, we noticed the 3:30 pacer was struggling, we should have sung out to Geoff to take over huh!

  3. Griffin finished but apparently during the marathon he had ten minutes down-time while someone gave him a massage to get him going again!