Manly To Palm Beach 200830k, 60k - 24th May
Posted 25 May 2008 - 11:30 AM
I really enjoyed the M2PB2M. A challenging course with plenty of steep bits and rewarding views over the scenic bays and cliff faces of the north shore.
Admittedly I was less than fresh on the morning having attended the Sydney Striders' awards ceremony the previous evening - carrying the Bunny's impressive haul of trophies to the car was hard word indeed!
Miss Z provided a lift to the start where there were many more starters than I had anticipated.
When I met the rest of the 60km field I suspected that I had stumbled into some sort of secret Ironman business with Tattiebinger (fresh from a sub ten hour debut at Port), John Mergler and Paul (how many IMs?) Every. Even our host Hamburglar knows how to look good in lycra!
We ran the first half as a group of six, but at the turnaround tattiebinger showed us what he had been itching to do all day by speeding ahead and leaving us to eat his dust (I hope you are going to enjoy the prize that Kevin is offering at PMC in three weeks mate!) The return leg was run with John (I guess that his eighth place at TNF100 must have slowed him a little) and Paul who has a superhuman ability to read course directions whilst accelerating up hills. Seeing the rest of the runners after the turnaround was a treat. Nobody looked like they weren’t enjoying themselves despite the hard running they were doing. Miss Z and Lakeside looked cool as ice on their way to a sub 3 hour finish.
Eventually we were staring down the relatively flat final 15km we knew that the sub 5:30 was in the bag and enjoyed fast hard run to the finish.
Thanks Hamburglar for putting this one together (and rescuing my belongings). Well done to all runners over all distances. And anyone looking for a great run next year should pencil this into their diaries!
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Posted 25 May 2008 - 08:09 PM
I hooked up with Lakeside right at the start and we ran the 30k together, finishing in about 2:47. She kept up the pace, I hung on. I predict she will have a fantastic marathon debut at Hunter Valley in July.
Thanks so much to Hamburglar for organising, and selflessly supporting the runners all day.
Posted 26 May 2008 - 08:37 AM
I figured I might be running much of this one on my own, so I lined up with my mp3 player and printed instructions. Turns out I didn't require either. Once I saw Miss Z's map at the begining, I knew I wanted to be around her, that thing was brilliant! Thanks so much, I surely would have gotten lost in the later parts of the run without your help.
So great company, great run, great weather, what more could you ask for?
Posted 26 May 2008 - 09:10 AM
Great finish times for the 60KM runners.
Hopefully will do it later this year maybe around October/November time would be nice.
Posted 26 May 2008 - 09:51 AM
There was a good turn out for the run and my mate and I decided to stick with the 60km group of 4 for the 30km section and they dragged us along at well under 5 min/k pace and I finished the 30kms in 2hours34min (35s). They evidently went on to finish the 60kms strongly.
There were a few more little hills than I was expecting at the end, but the views made it all worth while - especially Whale beach and running into Palm Beach.
Thanks Hamburglar for providing support and taking the start pic. Thanks also to Lakeside (and your Mum) for the lift back to Narrabeen - much appreciated.
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 12:48 PM
This would have to be one of the most picturesque coastal runs that I have ever done. Ran with Koala 1 who took some great photos along the way. Great to catch up with everyone at Palm Beach and have a nice breakfast there - I was starving!
Will definitely do this run again in future.
Posted 27 May 2008 - 11:07 PM
glad everyone had a great time
all the best David