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Title: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Ian Lockyer on March 10, 2012, 10:11:50 PM
I am a newbie to the London Marathon and have two things to ask:

Visiting the London Marathon Expo
I recently found out that I had to visit the London Marathon Expo to register and to receive my race pack.  I don’t' fancy dong this at the weekend so if anyone wants to share a car in the week, I would be more than happy to give them a lift.

Getting to the London Marathon on Race Day.
Bit perplexed by this...was going to train this or do part car/part train.  Ideally I would have loved my family to come, but I don’t think it is fair on them to put them through an early start.  Has anyone got any advice....I have this massive nightmare of sleeping through or even worse, the trains being delayed on race day.

Any feedback would be gratefully received.

Ian Lockyer
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: fosterm on March 11, 2012, 12:40:58 PM
Hi Ian, there is normally a convoy of cars that leave Thanet carrying runners and spectators which drive to Barnehurst where we all get the train to Blackheath - the runners get off here and make their way in plenty of time to their various starts and the spectators carry on to London for a McD breakfast before going to their cheering spot on the Embankment opposite the water station just after 25 miles.  I think we have a space in our car if you would like a lift?
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Helen Spain on March 11, 2012, 04:17:18 PM
HI

Mark's plan sounds good.  I must admit I go up the day before and stay in a hotel.  The charity that I am running for (WCRF) hosts a pasta party on Sat eve in Baker Street - so I carbo load here before also.  Good luck!
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Ian Lockyer on March 11, 2012, 08:34:54 PM
Thanks for the comments Mark/Helen.

If you could spare a space for little ol me Mark, I would be more than grateful.  If you could confirm the next time I see you, that would be cool.

Thanks

Ian
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Andy Stevens on March 11, 2012, 10:14:01 PM
I'm up the night before.  It's a charity scheme run by a school in Blackheath where the parents put up a runner for the night and a pasta party is thrown in the night before at the school hall and only costs £50 - all proceeds to the school who organise it.  Someone off one of the RW threads recommended it.  I'll be going to the Expo during the week but not sure which day yet.
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Ed Heardman on March 12, 2012, 08:32:39 AM
I'll probably go up on on race day itself.
As for the expo, I'll slope off work early on the Friday and pop over then. It'll be busier than the rest of the week, but I can use at an excuse for a short day!
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Debbie Hatt on March 12, 2012, 11:58:41 AM
Hi Ian - I will probably go up during the week before the marathon.  It's actually quite a fun trip, albeit a drag driving, but you get to look round lots of interesting stalls, there is generally a sports fashion show and a speaker (usually a pretty well known athlete).  At the same time they have a pasta party where you buy lunch for around £7 and can sit around and chat.  You can be as long or quick as you like there.  I got to see Will Young last year collecting his running no.!!!
I would love to accept a lift if at all possible.  I'm not sure what Sarah or Gen are doing as they are tied to work, but I'll chat with them tonight.  We could then all chip in with petrol money.  If you're running tonight we can chat then.
Thanks,
Debbie
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Ian Lockyer on March 12, 2012, 11:24:44 PM
Hi Debbie

I think I will be looking to go up on the Thursday...going to take a day off.  Think the first day and the weekend will be busy and Friday will be a nightmare getting back with the rushour.  If there are any more Traccies that want to join me, post your comment here.

Best wishes

ian
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Bill Wright on March 15, 2012, 04:22:54 PM
Ian

I am able to go up any day for the Expo. One thing you may not have considered is that an off peak one day travel card including tube and DLR might work out cheaper than driving when you have taken into account the cost of petrol and parking in London.

I am happy to join the Barnhurst convoy on race day and would be happy to provide a car for anybody needing a lift from the Herne Bay/Whitstable area, as long as I have somebody to follow or navigate as I get hopelessly lost when left to my own devices.

Bill
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Ian Lockyer on March 17, 2012, 11:43:22 PM
I will book the Thursday off and are happy to take you both up...having worked at the boatshow at Excel I know that getting there by car is quite easy.
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Bill Wright on April 04, 2012, 03:21:27 PM
Ian

I would like to take you up on your offer please. We could also liaise with Cliff who needs somebody to pick up his pack on his behalf. I will be attending the club meeting next Wednesday, but if you need to contact me in the meantime my email is williamawright@yahoo.com

Bill
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Rick Ryder on April 05, 2012, 12:35:17 AM
Have  a Great weekend marathon runners I shall be looking out for the club shirts on tv

inspiration video  (the lady at 4.00 mins)...http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=-8XSit8XyeM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=-8XSit8XyeM)

Good luck, enjoy....

Rick Ryder
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Helen Spain on April 15, 2012, 02:32:11 PM
Good luck to everyone running the London marathon next Sunday.  If anyone is on a red start - let me know and we can try to catch up at the beginning.  Helen
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Ed Heardman on April 17, 2012, 07:56:20 AM
I'm setting off from Blue, so won't see you at the start, but have a good day!
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Bill Wright on April 17, 2012, 09:42:58 AM
Likewise, I am in blue. Good luck to all the TRACcies for Sunday. I will probably need reminding on the day as last time I got turned away for trying to get into the wrong start area. Doh!
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Sharon Foster on April 17, 2012, 10:52:54 AM
I remember that Bill it was so funny and so sad at the same time as you had to toddle off and leave us!
Title: Re: London Marathon Expo and London Marathon
Post by: Debbie Hatt on April 17, 2012, 04:03:58 PM
Don't worry Bill - I'll steer you into the Blue section as I too start there.  Good luck everyone - the butterflies have set in and I'm counting down the days.  See you all bright and early on Sunday!!!
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