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Paris 2009

Paris 2009


Paris 2009

Paris 2009

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Down in the tube station at midnight...

Down in the tube station at midnight...

5th April 2009. The day had dawned, breakfast had been eaten, tracksuits off and photos taken. Standing in a crowd of 40,000 other runners on the Champs Elysee while peeing into a discarded water bottle and listening to the theme from Chariots of Fire.

This was the culmination of four months of training throughout the previous winter. Three plucky Curry Club Runners and three hangers on were about to start out in the Paris Marathon:

It started with an amazing performance by Major Dunne who started to creep ahead of the 3.30 pacemakers from the start, hotly pursued by Gill and Radjen. Murray and Newsom meanwhile began by running a steady race further behind and well ahead of the bottle of London Pride but were hampered by the crowds at the 5km water stop…. But where was Hammond?

Radjen was running to a pre-determined plan of treating this as a training run before the big one in London and fading at the 5km point was all part of the grand strategy.

Gill and Dunne managed a crafty pee stop just after the Place de la Bastille and things were looking good for the entire team until Gill went over on a discarded bottle at the 25km water stop. After just managing to stop crying like a girl, he continued on but by this time Major Dunne ‘s steady pace, dedicated training regime and military discipline had pushed him ahead, never again to be seriously challenged. With only 5km to go Dunne could sense that a sub 3.30 was a possibility if he could only keep focussed. Gill held on well and managed to make up some time after his injury but after being overtaken for a second time by the pacemakers at the 38km marker and then by a pink fairy, faded and just wanted it to all to end. It eventually did before he laid down in the red cross tent, knowing from previous experience that it would get him extra attention and make his excuses sound more convincing.

Meanwhile 30km saw Murray taking off his bandana and break away from his running partner in a dog eat dog bid for the line in his first marathon appearance. Newsom however kept his cool, dug deep into those legendary energy reserves and answered this challenge by keeping the power on.

Hammond by this time was also running.

Murray’s bid began to fade post 35km however when his lack of experience began to tell and the energy began to visibly fade from his legs. Walking like a pansy enabled Newsom to catch up and beat Leeds’s great hope by a full three seconds on the finish line.

Hammond finished too.

Wadda day!

Paris Marathon performance graph

Paris Marathon performance graph

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OK, so I’m a little slow off the mark but here are the times for the valiant Curry Club Runners (and friends) who ran so well in Paris earlier this month

Great running.   Everyone home inside four hours very impressive!
Richard D:    03:28:15 (Gun time 03:31:26)
Rob:            03:34:22 (Gun time 03:37:33)
Steve:         03:48:15 (Gun time 03:51:26)
Mike:           03:49:52 (Gun time 03:58:40)
Richard N:    03:59:07 (Gun time 04:08:12)
John:           03:59:10 (Gun time 04:08:15)

More stories as the copy comes through from the participants.  Note non Brockenhurst landmark in the photo!

Curry Club runners in Paris

Curry Club runners in Paris

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Amazing what you pick up at a dinner party.  New “regular” runner Tim Huntingdon brought along a fellow guest from the previous night’s dinner party.  We knew that Simon was going to be good, because he was running in walking boots !  Here’s why –

Dear Tim, Jerry, Bob and all the Curry Club Runners,

Thanks for inviting me along (or allowing me to crash in..) on yesterday morning’s run, it was just what I needed after a night of excess, blowing away the cobwebs and saving my Sunday from being one lost to a ‘thick head’!
The route was also a good one though the chain gang on the beach was a new one on me and pretty tough!  I look forward to seeing the link to the route which we took on Sunday when it is on your blog site.
Jerry, you were asking about my company… to know more feel free to visit my website:  http://www.gazeburvill.com
Also for those of you interested in the Haute Route (the reason for my absurdly wearing the boots!) have a look at the 5 minute video on the sites that I have created for sponsorship:
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