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  1. I didn't hear it but then again our hotel was on a semi-island so that we couldn't leave. A huge hotel of about 48 storeys. I was on the 25th floor and you can open the windows!! Gorgeous view. The river and city look spectacular on a sunny morning. They do have patriotic music on the metro and on big screens in the squares. I'll aim to write a report and add some pics soon.
  2. The North Koreans only put their elite in for the 42km, 21km and 10km - so only westerners up the back! The stadium was full and walking in was like walking in to the Olympics (not that I'd actually know). It was fabulous. Apart from lack of aid stations post 25km and them dismantling the course, it was brilliantly organised and the course this year was an out and back unlike previous years where it was 4 x 10km loops - so, much better.
  3. Well I did it! An absolutely amazing experience. Unfortunately the Friday before I flew out they changed the cut off time from 4hr 30min back to 4hours. Having done an ankle ligament and generally being a turtle, I knew that was out of reach but I made it back to the stadium in 4hr 23-26...wasn't allowed to do the final 400m. So a DNF medal kind of...kind of not. Due to the time pressure, they stopped providing aid stations after the 25km mark for us slowies. They even started removing the road cones which provide directions. Harsh! Towards the end the yellow sweeper bus tried to make me get on and end my race. I refused. With 2km to go this guy goes "miss, you are the last, get on the bus". I rather boldy (stupidly? bravely?) replied "I'm not the last and I'm not getting on your bus. They probably don't get many interactions with tall, western, strong women! A few others had got on the bus and told me afterwards, they wish they hadn't. So I'm glad I stuck to my guns. I North Korea (or DPRK as they like to be referred to) is an incredible place. So normal and pretty in some respects but of course strange and sad in others. Luckily the complete lack of communications kept us in semi-ignorant bliss of what was going on on the grander scale. If/when things calm down I would not hesitate to recommend joining Koryo Tours (sponsors of the marathon and organizer of 6 marathon tour groups). It's certainly a marathon with a difference. My next marathon is Medoc in Bordeaux - a run and giggle around the chateaus in costume and drinking wine. I'm aiming for 8hrs!! ha ha. A bit different to Pyongyang I'm sure.
  4. I hate you too Roxii. I'd love to run a sub 4 marathon... I think I'd retire on a 3:29!!! Great thread though. I'm learning stuff.
  5. Hi, Has anyone used this belt? know where to get on in Australia? Cheers Turtle
  6. Oh Ayto - that's tough. Through and through. Unfortunately I have no advice but thoughts and hugs are with you at this really sh*t time. Hang in there.
  7. Just got back from the KI Imperial. CEM - It's exactly as your report reads. The best organised race and such value for money. Really worth doing. Next year is the 25th anniversary and they're hoping for some quality competitors. This year we had Olympic Walker Rhydian Cowley and his girlfriend Amelia Aslanides take part. Smokin' - Amelia broke the women's record. I think Steve Monaghetti still holds the men's record. Highly recommend putting it on your calendar for 2018. Being a handicap event there's no such thing as being a BOP'er...unless you're fast!!! Ha ha.
  8. Yes. Music whilst running is an aid. No - the person with the earphones doesn't hear other runners, TO calls etc. It's a safety factor.
  9. Music is an aid. It's also unsafe if someone is trying to pass.
  10. I don't wear Hokas because my podiatrist advised me against them. I doubt from an anti-Hoka point of view, rather probably my feet pov. I've pretty much worn Brookes or Mizunos the last few years. He suggested this time for me to go for Mizuno Enigmas. So far so good. I have incredibly flexible (aka unstable) ankles with only 1 ligament really working in one. Great work Willie on doing the research etc. I wish all shoe fitters were 1/2 as knowledgeable. Good luck with the shop.
  11. Great work Paul. It was a tough day out there. The 'weather' was great but the 'ocean conditions' were tough. Such a strong current and very lumpy for the first few km's. Freezing cold patches towards Rotto and sadly the water was dark most of the way despite the sunny weather. Usually you get a beautiful vista of the ocean floor most of the way over. Our team was 35mins slower than last year. We surprised ourselves by coming 2nd in our age group for teams. Hats off to all the solos who made it and commiserations to those who didn't - we saw a guy pulled out at 19km....so sad!
  12. Good luck to all those swimming tomorrow. A cracker of a day forecast. It's going to be great fun. I hope you found a boat and skipper MackaEvo2. The party at the pub is worth the effort.
  13. I went yesterday afternoon. The gates are still there but open and there was a sign saying that the opening hours are still under discussion. I'm doing the stairs whilst I'm injured and can't land run. Good strength (walking slowly, two at a time). Sure beats the water running I'm having to do. It's nice to see other people, all ages, sizes, walks of life, enjoying our city. They're not all die-hards. I agree - Kokoda is great too but I with my ankle, the evenness of the 242 stairs and handrail is a safer option.
  14. Well they installed the gates and originally it didn't open until 7am. I wasn't sure whether, after the uproar, it changed or not?
  15. Hi - would any Sandgropers know what the current opening times are for Jacob's Ladder? cheers Turtle