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    Fraser Franks

    Posted by The Outsider on 4/10/2022, 11:03:53

    I see that he completed the (Virtual) London Marathon on Sunday in 4-42-55 as an ambassador for Alcohol Change UK, the charity that organises Alcohol Awareness Week and Dry January. He struggled with alcohol problems after having to give up playing due to a heart problem.

      Re: Fraser Franks

      Posted by Roggie on 4/10/2022, 11:44:40, in reply to "Fraser Franks"

      What pray is a 'virtual' marathon?

        Re: Fraser Franks

        Posted by The Outsider on 4/10/2022, 11:56:53, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

        You run 26.2 miles anywhere - it is measured by using an app that uses GPS. They became more popular during Covid. When the 2020 London was cancelled in April it was rescheduled for October but it became clear that it would still not be possible to run the actual event so they changed it to a virtual race.

        The distance on a virtual marathon is more accurate than on an actual marathon (unless you can follow the blue line for the whole of the course). My Garmin shows that I ran 27.53 miles on Sunday.

          Re: Fraser Franks

          Posted by Maybe on 4/10/2022, 12:16:54, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

          'You run 26.2 miles anywhere'.

          Has this got to be done in one 'hit' or can it be spread over a period of time? (Or is that cheating)

            Re: Fraser Franks

            Posted by The Outsider on 4/10/2022, 12:28:46, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

            On the London one, you can do it any time as long as you start and finish within the 24 hours of the day of the event. The app is only "active" from midnight to midnight. If you have a break the clock keeps going so it is the total time from when you start to when you finish including breaks.

            One of the good things about that is that it allows people who wouldn't normally consider doing an actual marathon to do it and raise money for charities.

            I have done the virtual London in 2020 and 2021. In 2020, I tripped at just after 22 miles (it was the wettest weekend on record and I think that I must have slipped on something). I broke my glasses and cut my nose and eye. Someone saw it and called an ambulance. They couldn't stop the bleeding so took me to A&E. I had a CT scan, tetanus injection and various other tests. There was so much blood that I went through three gowns and five masks while I was there. When I was discharged after more than four hours, I went and did the last four miles to complete the marathon. It more than trebled my sponsorship when people heard what had happened but I wouldn't recommend it as a fundraising strategy

              Re: Fraser Franks

              Posted by Maybe on 4/10/2022, 12:49:26, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"



              Congratulations BTW 👏

                Re: Fraser Franks

                Posted by The Outsider on 4/10/2022, 12:58:44, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

                Thanks

            Re: Fraser Franks

            Posted by The Outsider on 4/10/2022, 11:58:30, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

            It is difficult running 26.2 miles with a crowd but it is a lot more difficult doing it on your own with no support whatsoever and having to arrange your own drinks stations.

              Re: Fraser Franks

              Posted by Roggie on 4/10/2022, 12:19:53, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

              Arranging the drinks 🍸 station would be the easy bit for me.
              Not sure about the 26 miles tho!
              Well done to you

                Re: Fraser Franks

                Posted by The Outsider on 4/10/2022, 12:38:22, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

                Thanks.

                When I have done them (and in my training) I do a circuit of about three miles which means that I keep getting back to the car where I have bottles of water and Xplosade (the Aldi equivalent to Lucozade Sport). The problem is that it is easy to stop for too long and the stops soon add a lot to your time.

                The circuit that I use is almost completely flat. On a recent 20 mile run the total ascent on the whole course was only 114 feet and a total descent of 113 feet. On Sunday, in London, which is considered to be a flat course, the total ascent was 2090 feet and the total descent was 2161 feet.

                  Re: Fraser Franks

                  Posted by Roggie on 4/10/2022, 13:22:11, in reply to "Re: Fraser Franks"

                  I could probably do itin the car

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