BMW Berlin Marathon

Date:
16/09/2018
Country:
Berlin
Distance:
Marathon

Kristina Schmidt
Ian Firla
Alice Doggrell
Tracy Ashley
Stuart Donaldson
Julian Moore
Jim Pincini
David Williams
David Lewis
Emma Tollefson
Andrew Carver
Scott Brady
Patrick Higgins
Mari Troeng
John Brogan

Emma Tollefson
03:25:50

In short:
Brilliantly organised, flat and fast marathon - thankfully not as ‘warm’ as London!

In full:
After 2 failed attempts in London to beat my marathon debut PB set in Manchester (2016) veey happy to have paced this one well and come away with an almost 8 minute PB. The only downside of this event being how long the stretch between the brandenburg gate and the actual finish line seems to exhausted marathon runners!



Alice Doggrell
3:32:03

In short:
Not quite to plan. Everything on target until 25km when nausea first hit and had to run/walk from 35km.

In full:
I had my sub 3:20 target in my legs but started feeling nauseous from 25km. I stopped at 35km to throw up and failed (twice), after which it was just a battle to run/walk at a speed where I felt least bad. I gave it what beans I had left in the last km to try and get under my PB (of 3:31:19 and didn’t), finally throwing up after I crossed the finish line and getting myself a souvenir sick bag to go with my delightful poncho and a corker of a blister on my little toe (from getting wet, the water stations were ridiculous). So not the time I wanted, but good enough for Boston 2020 (unless they change the qualifiers significantly) and my second fastest marathon ever. Bring on Chicago in 3 weeks!



Jim Pincini
02:59:83

In short:
Slower than planned in the second half, 6km too long. 4 marathons in 12 months though, time for a break.

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Ian Firla
2:51:57

In short:
Worked so hard for breaking 2:50 that I propagated the fake news that I missed my target and my PB until my friends pointed out that I'd beaten it by 9 seconds... took about 3 hours to convince me too. Major case of marathon brain.

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Andrew Carver
03:10:47

In short:
Great, well organised race. Enjoyed the music around the course but set off way too fast.

In full:
Was training through an injury and so was not in sub 3 form but tried the first half at that pace. Big mistake.. Great to be in an historic race though, with Kipchoge's incredible record



Scott Brady
02:58:40

In short:
A hot day in Berlin but managed to go sub 3 for the first time so absolutely chuffed. Great city and great support and getting that sub 3 made the post races beers even sweeter

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Patrick Higgins
02:36:40

In short:
Finally put the disappointment of London to bed and took 3 mins off my pb from Dublin last year. Result made even sweeter with my girlfriend and club mates Mari’s time of 2:59:18. Her first time in the sub 3 club!

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Mari Troeng
02:59:18

In short:
Finally joined the sub 3 club!

In full:
After a solid summer training block around the roads of County Down with the Newcastle boys, I travelled with my boyfriend to Berlin and my parents came over from Sweden to spectate. After pushing harder in the first 5k to catch the 3hr pacers I had a minute in the bag and held it to the finish. Over the moon to finally join the sub 3 club and finish as 4th Swedish girl.



David Williams
2:36:01

In short:
A 1m56s PB, really happy that I could register a second sub-2:40 before I get too old. 62s away from Fukuoka 'B' standard.

In full:
Ran this one off a slightly shorter buildup than normal, 10 weeks instead of 12 - so I could extend summer and try some track racing. Used some funny logic to convince myself (Friday/Saturday) that the 18:20-18:40 range for 5k splits was possible and went for it. Almost perfect run, though watch switched the timer display to min. HR during the second half (note: not wearing HRM), but that was OK as I was just running by feel/position on road and the clocks every 5k. Fastest split from 40k to the finish (again). Managed to discard the activity on my watch accidentally while chatting with someone 5 minutes after finishing (facepalm) - so happy the chip worked :-) Finished the day catching up with MT regulars Sue & Tim Mc for some beers and wurst.



John Brogan
02:31:29

In short:
3 minute PB! What an amazing event!

In full:
Not quite the sub-2:30 I was hoping for but another step on the way. A bit warm for a pale Scot but when Kipchoge smashes the World Record there are no excuses!



Tracy Ashley
04:00:56

In short:
After problems with my calf and an enforced inverted taper I was happy with my time. Splits were pretty much even. Fantastic event, great route, loads of support, lots of great bands around the course. Also lovely to be with my eldest son completing his first marathon in 3:10.

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Laura Hooke
03:55:46

In short:

In full:
Great race and a 26 minute PB!



Brady Threlfall
02:19:53

In short:
PB & finally under 2:20! 25th overall and second Aussie, got rolled by my Inside Running Podcast co-host, Julian Spence who dropped a huge 2:16! Was right on 2:20 pace through 40km and had to dig deep in the final 2.2km to sneak under. What an amazing event to be a part of.

In full:
Thanks for all you guys do for the running community Tom and Martin. I've been listening for years and you inspired us to launch our own running podcast down under last year. Keep up the great work. If there's ever an opportunity to do some cross collaboration let us know.



Martin Middlemiss
3:35:27

In short:
Wanted sub 3:30, but happy with a 9 minute pb... 3:40:22 chip time, but managed to run 26.81, so I'm claiming my Strava marathon pb.

In full:
Took it easy early on, felt great until I saw the 17k marker, when I thought I'd been running much longer! Couldn't keep a consistent pace as the course kept bottlenecking, left myself too much to do.



Janicke Brathe
03:11:07

In short:
Some things are worth the wait/fight. Five years and 33 marathons after setting 3:15 as my goal, I not only made it - I crushed it!

In full:
Having just run Berlin in 3:28 back in 2013, 3:15 was considered a tough goal, but I did not expect it to take five years and a long line of failed attempts to get there. I almost didn't start in Berlin this year, and I almost quit after five kilometers. The pace didn't feel right and I just wasn't up for another failed attempt. Then I saw the 3:15 pacer and decided to follow him to the half marathon mark. Then I could quit if it still didn't feel right. The pacer went a bit to fast, and at 21K I was two minutes ahead of schedule according to my pace wristband. The weird thing was that I felt really good, and suddenly I felt hopeful: could the day finally be here? At 28 K I told myself that I could run by the 3:15-guy at 30 K IF I felt I had the strength. I almost laughed at my own idiotic optimism, but at 30 I was suddenly ahead of him. Expecting the wheels to fall off at any time, I held back, but with three minutes ahead of pace I finally dared to dream. Goosebumps all over! The wheels stayed on, and getting closer to the final stretch on Unter den Linden speed was euphoricly increased. Getting to run my favorite marathon finish again, chasing through the monumental Brandenburger Gate toward the finish line knowing that the long fight for 3:15 finally was over, in Berlin where it all started... Negative split by one minute, an absolutely beautiful day, a fantastic race as usual in Berlin and topping it all with a fantastic new World Record! WOW!! But what now?



Kristina Schmidt
03:35:42

In short:
Post injury PB. Yay!!

In full:
2.5 years of misery coming to an end. Last marathon was a big fat DNF as I stupidly thought my injury (which I'd been ignoring for months) would miraculously disappear in the race. If only I 'd listened to my body earlier... Enough of that. Berlin was spectacular. Berlin and its phenomenal crowds helped me to put those DNF ghosts to rest. My first marathon as an officially old bird (aka W50) and my best WAVA score to date. Thank you, Berlin.



Mark Walker
02:47:19

In short:
I'm delighted with a shiny new PB by 1:17 mins. Freakily enough my highest mileage weekly was 117 miles.. I also manage a negative split by one second! Who's the Daddy!

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Julian Moore
03:24:49

In short:
Better than I deserved after only 8 weeks of training!

In full:
Having come from the Boston marathon with a hip injury which required a lot of rest and physio, I approached Berlin with trepidation. I decided to be sensible (yes, it is possible) and moved back a pen to find a 3:30 pacer. He got me through the very busy first 12k at goal pace and then a combination of corners and a water station separated us, so I trotted on through the well supported streets (or should that be strasses) and finished with a 3 minute negative split. Even managed to spot my wife twice and good friend Jenny McBain (another friend of the show) en route. Great race but with some oddities- why do they charge 25 euros for the chips? And can't there be more toilets at the start to avoid the sight of hundereds of runners pee-ing (and the other!) in the Tiergarten?



Peter Akrill
02:52:58

In short:
Happy with a 2 minute PB.

In full:
Pacing went well, just couldn't quite hang on for the last 3K


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