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  1. 2 minutes ago, Bedford Roughyed said:

    According to Mr Fitbit, I used 9000 Kcals on Wednesday and 8000 yesterday.  I think it might be overestimating, but ate more just in case!


    I realise you're carrying a bit more mass around than I am, but running a marathon only comes in at around 3300 kcal for me. So I assume you've been doing something to get Mr. Fitbit excited even if he hasn't got his numbers exactly right?

  2. 4 hours ago, henage said:

    Son has lost over two stone training for the above race . Times for all the races he has entered  whilst training have come down by quite big margins . 

    Generally reckoned to be round about 2% per 3 pounds lost (assuming no muscle lost) so two stone is getting on for a 20% improvement in race times. I've always found training for a marathon brings down times across the board even without losing any weight. 

  3. On 29/04/2019 at 10:01, Shadow said:

    Good luck GJ. Remember there are other events around the same time, Paris, Rotterdam, and Bonn are all in April as well or closer to home Brighton and Southampton. 

    Chance of getting into London through the lottery is about 1 in 10 now. Brighton sells out pretty quickly IIRC.

    I did Boston (Lincs) at the start of April. £30 entry, including a very nice t-shirt. Flat, extremely well-organised and supported. You can enter within a few days of the race - none of this lottery nonsense. Admittedly, it's 26 miles round the turnip fields of England's dullest county and there's a wind off the north sea throughout.

    I did Barcelona marathon a few years back (also in April) having worked out that it was cheaper and nicer than doing Manchester marathon the same day.

  4. 1 hour ago, gingerjon said:

    So Eric Cantona has an Instagram account ...

    Probably told this story on here before.

    I was travelling in Indonesia 25+ years ago. The railway line got washed away by a landslide and I ended up having to kill most of a day at a bus station. This was a time and place where white people were still pretty unusual and kids would be touching my hand to make sure I was real.

    Anyway, got talking to some local youths. Their English was a few words, my bahasa indonesia also a few words. After a while, we established that I was from England. Turns out the only famous "Englishman" they knew was Eric Cantona.

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  5. The Gaumont-Pathe archives have a lot of news reel clips of French RL from the 1940s and 1950s, including internationals, world cup games and league finals (e.g Paris Celtic vs Lyon, Roanne winning at the Parc des Princes).

    "Great Britain" were billed as "Empire Brittanique" when they played in France at that time, rather than GB or England, which may explain the different colours.


  6. 1 hour ago, Farmduck said:

    Normally we hear about all the deadly animals in Oz and people think life here is nasty, brutish and short but, it's no more dangerous than any other place. Although, a man was gored to death by a deer down near Wangaratta yesterday:

    A pet deer too. I've spent the last couple of years trying to stop the things getting into my garden - they seem to have an unerring eye for what's a weed and what isn't.

    In a year living in Australia, I did not see any snakes or scary spiders. I did see some crocs in the Northern Territory and thousands of cane toads going under the wheels of my car in North Queensland.

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  7. 7 hours ago, Shadow said:

    Being an English traditionalist I don’t hold with this new age nakedness and exhibitionism.

    Relaxed mens wear should be a tweed three piece suit, a stout pair of brogues and a cap.

    There's a chap who sometimes runs Cambridge parkrun in tweeds. Sub-20 minutes too. He does have running shoes rather than brogues though.

    Boston (UK) Marathon for me on Sunday. 26 miles around the turnip fields of Britain's dullest county.

  8. 15 hours ago, Bob8 said:

    There is the difference between hurt and injured and it does take experience to tell the difference.

    If it aches the next day, that is fine. If it aches four days later, then ease up. If it aches a week later, it is an injury.

    My rule for running is if both legs hurt, it's tiredness. If one leg hurts, it's an injury.

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  9. 3 hours ago, Saint 1 said:

     Eccentric calf exercises also have some merit in dealing with achilles issues - https://www.runnersworld.com/health-injuries/a20833248/eccentric-calf-strengthening-for-achilles-tendinopathy-five-years-lat/

    I've found those to work a treat - and there's been several scientific studies backing it up too. Best to nip it in the bud before it turns into an injury. The achilles tendon is amazingly slow to heal if it does get a tear or something.

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  10. 4 minutes ago, Maximus Decimus said:

    e. A relatively unusual name can be a godsend as can be a lot of siblings. It allows you to make those little leaps you otherwise wouldn't be able to.

    I've been able to go back to 1580s on one particular line due to a very unusual surname, that only seems to exist in one village in the Yorkshire dales. One thing that's helped in the 1800s is that often people will use the mother's surname as a middle name - even if it's only one sibling. And their kids are often named after grandparents so you tend to see the same first names going down the generations for a while. My great aunt who died in the 1970s had the middle name wallace and her brother had the middle name hamilton and it turns out that these had been handed down as middle names with the original reason having been forgotten - it was the surnames of 2 women who'd been their ancestors who were born in Fife in the 1780s.

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