Saturday, 13 October 2012

Planning

After yet another mammoth sleep of 10 hours I awoke this morning still feeling rough and under strict instructions not to do anything silly this weekend (read as no running or over-exertion) as apparently I look very rough! So whilst feeling unwell my little brain has been spinning 15 to the dozen and I needed a distraction so I decided to look at planning the logistics of the Hanover Marathon next May and boy, what a conundrum. 

I often think about other runners who attend big events and wonder how they go about planning it or do they just go to a travel agents and book it. I however am on a budget and want to go the cheapest, most efficient route.

To me this is the fun part of a race/event, the planning which includes:
  1. Travel (to and from)
  2. Kit
  3. Food/water (in event)
  4. Lodging/Boarding (if necessary)
 The Hanover race is no different but what makes it worse is there is only one flight on the Saturday leaving at 07:50 hrs from Stansted! So there is no easy way of getting there because the first train from my local station leaves at 05:59 hrs and I would miss the flight. So innovation was needed and I have therefore worked out that I need to get a night bus which is 2kms from my house and leaves at 4:20 hrs and gets to London at 5:13 hrs perfect. What with using German Wings , walking and a bus I have reduced this event by some considerable amount.

So a mixture of walking, bus, train and airplane will get me to Hanover with no doubt a walk to the Youth Hostel....yes you heard it, the Youth Hostel!

So the "Hanover Marathon Planner" Excel worksheet has been created soon to be transferred to the Cloud... I love planning for races :-)

3 comments:

  1. A good plan is useful to avoid bad surprises. You are a very good runner because you don't mind about the early hours and the difficulties to get the airport.
    When I went abroad for some race, I preferred to plan the more convenient and comfortable situations not to arrive at the race day tired or stressed.
    Good luck in Hanover.

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  2. So sorry to hear you're still feeling rough!! :( Hope you're better soon (and able to make the Stort!) x

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    1. Ironically Naomi, that is what I am doing at the moment...planning my route and options for Sunday :-D

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