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#1 Andrew09

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 04:12 PM

Sunday 31 July 2016.

Entries open February 2016.

Put it in your calendar.

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 07:43 PM

Another marathon where I will be running it for the 10th time in 2016. Looking forward to it already.

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 08:07 PM

This years M7 marathon will be my third M7 and my eighth marathon overall. This year the plan is to do the M7 , Blackmores and the Melbourne marathon for the first time. That will give me 10 marathons all up - so far. That's assuming I stay fit and injury-free. I'm still doing about 40-50kms a week during these warmer mnths. I figure by doing the hard yards now then marathon season will be much easier. BTW , Happy New Year everyone.

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 09:57 AM

Hope the organisers don't let the half marathoners use up all the water cups like last year.  Drinking out of a jug wasn't ideal.

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 04:33 PM

Doesn't clash with Hunter this year as it has the past 2 years. Hunter will be back on the cards the week before for some of the addicts.

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Posted 07 January 2016 - 06:21 PM

View PostRoad, on 06 January 2016 - 04:33 PM, said:

Doesn't clash with Hunter this year as it has the past 2 years. Hunter will be back on the cards the week before for some of the addicts.

hmmm... not run the Hunter Valley marathon before. Might have to run this idea past my events co-ordinator :Thinking:

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 12:03 PM

Events co-ordinator Mark, is that the same as SWMBO> :Praying:

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:48 AM

View PosttheAuthor, on 06 January 2016 - 09:57 AM, said:

Hope the organisers don't let the half marathoners use up all the water cups like last year.  Drinking out of a jug wasn't ideal.
Ensure that the organisers are reminded of this error.

Half marathoners are entitled to consuming liquids.

Posting on Coolrunning isn't a reminder.

Email them with your concerns again, if you have already done so is my suggestion..

Added. The error is not the half marathoners drinking but the organisers either not having enough liquid / cups or the people manning the stations being disorganised

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 12:48 PM

View Postthomo, on 11 January 2016 - 10:48 AM, said:

View PosttheAuthor, on 06 January 2016 - 09:57 AM, said:

Hope the organisers don't let the half marathoners use up all the water cups like last year.  Drinking out of a jug wasn't ideal.
Ensure that the organisers are reminded of this error.

Half marathoners are entitled to consuming liquids.

Posting on Coolrunning isn't a reminder.

Email them with your concerns again, if you have already done so is my suggestion..

Added. The error is not the half marathoners drinking but the organisers either not having enough liquid / cups or the people manning the stations being disorganised

View PosttheAuthor, on 06 January 2016 - 09:57 AM, said:

Hope the organisers don't let the half marathoners use up all the water cups like last year.  Drinking out of a jug wasn't ideal.

Noted! Problem should be fixed this year.

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 08:16 PM

All good Gibbo mj ! :good:

Edited by Lotsahare, 11 January 2016 - 08:21 PM.


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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:12 AM

Entries now open. Marathon $75. Bargain!

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 01:17 PM

Great news it does not clash with the Hunter Valley. It will be nice to run both gain in the same year and indeed on following weekends.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 01:59 PM

Just received the following email from the organisers. Option 2 is definitely out. Maybe option 3 for my liking. This will be my third M7 marathon in three years - on three different course layouts by the look of things.


Dear Marathon Runner,

As you may be aware entries for the 2016 Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival are now open.

As you were an entrant in the Marathon last year, I am seeking some information from you in terms of a new Marathon route for 2016.

Last years Route had taken Marathon runners south to near Elizabeth Drive and then a turn point and follow back to Quakers Hill (turn point) and then head back south to exit at Eastern Road and finish at the Athletics Track, Rooty Hill. All race types started/finish on the track at Blacktown International Sports Park.

All races this year will now keep in the left hand lane.

OPTION 1;
Reverse direction from last years race. Therefore keeping left and travel north to Quakers Hill (Turn Point) and then head south to Elizabeth Drive (Turn Point) and head north to Eastern Road and exit off to finish at Blacktown International Sports Park. NOTE : half Marathon entrants will travel on similar route but start 30 or 45 minutes later.
OPTION 2;
Travel south for 20km (turn point) and head back north to exit at Eastern Road to finish at sports park. (The section north of Eastern Road, Rooty Hill to Quakers Hill is taken out). NOTE: Half Marathon Entrants will use northern part section only so not crossing over with Marathon runners.  
OPTION 3;
Travel north on pathway towards Kings Langley/Norwest then turn and head back south. The pathway north from Eastern Road to Norwest is not long enough for a marathon therefore marathon runners will need to head south past Eastern Road for a few KM to make up the distance.

Feel free for comments or other suggestions and Council will wait 1 week before a course is finalised and measured in the next 2 months.

Kind regards,

Mark Gibson.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 02:39 PM

Option 3 is my least favourite only because I don't want to have a small out-and-back loop right at te end of the race. I'd be good with the other two options but maybe a straight out and back (option 2) would be my preference.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 03:08 PM

I would tend to go with option 2. Out and back is simple.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:05 PM

Option 2 doesn't cross with the halfies, so they can't use all our cups.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:44 PM

I'd also agree that #2 seems the best of the 3 choices.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 05:47 PM

Option 2 probably brings into play the long gradual ascent out of Cecil Hills before Elizabeth Drive. I don't like that hill. I don't want to attempt it again as I don't have the inclination.

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 08:50 PM

Option 2 for me. Elizabeth Drive hill is not as bad as the Quakers Hill at the old turnaround..

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 11:37 PM

Yep, I emailed back last night that Option 2 is definitely the way to go!

The course is already a reasonably quick one but cutting out the nasty hills at the northern end, can only lend to an even quicker event and may bring some renewed confidence to the novice runner!

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Posted 27 February 2016 - 06:18 PM

This will be my first marathon. I'm looking forward to it !!!!!

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 01:11 PM

View Postnac078, on 27 February 2016 - 06:18 PM, said:

This will be my first marathon. I'm looking forward to it !!!!!

Congratulations on signing up for your first. Make sure you include a few hills into your long runs, to prepare for the M7.

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Posted 29 February 2016 - 07:17 PM

Thanks i will do my best to include some hills.Been back running for about 18months did 2 halfs last year. Training been going well just finished 12 weeks base avg between 40-50km. Last 4 weeks have been avg 50-60km. Planning on keeping it around that til the SMH 1/2 then increase to around 70km+ for the m7. I just really want to get to the start line in one piece and see how i go...

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 09:15 AM

nac078

I couldn't agree more. First aim of all of the training is to get to the start line ...... so often an injury prevents that so train hard but wisely

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 03:29 PM

Yay! Looks like they went with Option 2.

https://regonline.ac...EventID=1131106

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Posted 07 March 2016 - 06:24 PM

JXT: Cheers for the update. That's good news - A nice and simple out&back, without having to run past the stadium, which messes with your head ;)

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 01:10 PM

Gee! we have no excuses now, option 2 is what most of us ask for. :Praying:

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Posted 09 March 2016 - 02:47 PM

Yep, no excuses. I'll be heading out for a recce once my long runs get deep into the 30s. I ran two recces last year (including 35km at MP) to cover the whole course and it gave me great confidence on race day. Really looking forward to it.

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:32 PM

62 days to go.

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 03:46 PM

View PostAndrew09, on 29 May 2016 - 06:32 PM, said:

62 days to go.

really should get my entry in

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 05:38 PM

I should do the same

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Posted 31 May 2016 - 07:03 PM

Me too but I hate to tempt fate this far out. I haven't even put in my entry for the Festival of Feet this Sunday.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 06:34 AM

I haven't run a marathon since the M7 last year. i think I'll have to try and put in an appearance on the new course.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 03:47 PM

Dear Runners.

Just to let everyone know of some changes with the 2016 Westlink M7 Blacktown Running Festival. There are some new links for registrations and the website. The current website is down www.wm7citiesmarathon.com.au and will be eventually transferred to the following;

www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/runningfestival

The new registration link can be accessed by clicking on the register button of the website above which is Blacktown City Council or the new link below. Maps and specific information will be posted soon on the new website.

https://endurancecui...52&locale=en_AU

Social Media. The event does not have any specific social media pages but uses the following Twitter @blacktowncc   Facebook I Love Blacktown and Instagram I Love Blacktown.

The Event Photographers for event day is Geo Snapshot.

An email will be sent to all 2015 Entrants of these changes.

If you have any specific questions, you can email me at mark.gibson@blacktown.nsw.gov.au

Regards,
Mark.

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 04:12 PM

Anyone driving up from Canberra for the event that can do a small favour...por even for small payment for trouble?

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 04:50 PM

Entered ready for #10 M7 but another 5 before that when she started outside Sydney Town Hall and ran on the main road out to Blacktown. In fact it was this old marathon that I ran my first after getting out off rehab and detox 6 months earlier.

It was 1997. A wet windy day in fact one of the most unpleasant marathons I have ever run weather wise. Only my 5th marathon after a 13 year traumatic romance with booze that thankfully ended.

A nice 3.35 comeback that I am sure had an ever slowing second half. No split, no GPS in the days at best a 'sports watch' that was not much more that a stop watch  on your wrist. Maybe a lap counter if it was the high end. Timex from memory was the brand.

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 11:11 AM

Anyone from Canberra coming to event, please inbox me, if you can help with small delivery.

The race will for the first time have absolutely 'live' timing and tracking with a 10km split in HM and 21.1km (turn) split in marathon...what are thoughts on where the HM split should be...at the 10km to give a pure 10km split or do runners prefer a halfway (10.55) split?

There will also hopefully be a finish line video snippet link attached to your result after the race...

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 10:24 PM

View PostColin, on 02 June 2016 - 11:11 AM, said:

Anyone from Canberra coming to event, please inbox me, if you can help with small delivery.

The race will for the first time have absolutely 'live' timing and tracking with a 10km split in HM and 21.1km (turn) split in marathon...what are thoughts on where the HM split should be...at the 10km to give a pure 10km split or do runners prefer a halfway (10.55) split?

There will also hopefully be a finish line video snippet link attached to your result after the race...

Good news Colin.

I would suggest 10km timing split and the organisers have a 10.55 marker.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 09:32 AM

For what it is worth I agree 10k for the split. Not that it really concerns me except to tell me how slow I am wherever the split is.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 03:13 PM

That's my view too...the 10.55 mat primarily would have been there for checking that runners have gone that far...however as a published split it has less meaning than the 10km, so at least they will be passing it twice, the delta giving us a means of checking on short course running, without publishing that 11.1km split though.

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Posted 04 June 2016 - 09:52 PM

This will be my first and starting to get pumped for it.
Been putting in the training since Dec.Not looking forward to the hills but hoping to put in a solid effort around 3:30ish. Lets see what the last few weeks of training bring..GLTA

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 04:33 PM

Signed up for the half. Reading the comments, I should be prepared for some hills. For those who have run both, how does it compare the SMH half hills?

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Posted 20 June 2016 - 11:08 AM

The 'hills' are tiny, the course goes between 20m and about 45m asl, not pancake flat but not hilly at all...no big ones at least

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 02:55 PM

I’ve bitten the bullet and entered – in every other aspect of my life I’ve not got a single superstition but I hate entering a race this far out. But it’s done.

I am thinking of doing a run on the course this weekend (the Hoxton Park section as this wasn’t in the race last year) but wanted to know about lighting on the path. My only chance to do the run is very early in the morning (4:30am start at the latest) and I really don’t want to get out there at that time and find I can’t do it. I know I could go buy a light but I’d prefer not to.
Any info will be much appreciated.

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Posted 04 July 2016 - 03:15 PM

Hey JXT you will have no issue with lighting as the path has lights the whole way along.  Pack yor gloves it will be quite fresh that time of the morning.

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 03:56 PM

I can't believe we're just a couple of weeks away from this one now. I've run the M7 marathon twice, and surprised myself both times. The variation in the course seems to suit me. Hopefully we'll get a crisp start, followed by a blue sky morning like last year :)

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 04:27 PM

I have just entered my 10th M7 Marathon. In all the years I have run it, the morning starts off cold and clear with the weather warming slightly as it goes longer. I have fond memories of this marathon as it is where I ran my first sub 3:30 in the first year it was run in 2006.

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 05:24 PM

Will you two please stop cursing the weather? I was out there for a 38km recce last Sunday and it was perfect. Mind you I started at 4:30am so it didn't really warm up.

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 05:37 PM

View PostJXT, on 14 July 2016 - 05:24 PM, said:

Will you two please stop cursing the weather? I was out there for a 38km recce last Sunday and it was perfect. Mind you I started at 4:30am so it didn't really warm up.

Apologies, JXT. No more talk of cold, crisp, winters-day running

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 07:20 AM

Boo I will miss this one. Such a great marathon. Will be good to hear how the new course is. Sorry JXT but I remember in 2009, the car dash reading 0.
I will be in the outback for a once off, finishing a 12 month sweep that began in Brisbane last August.
Looking forward to returning next year