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Gold Coast Marathon - 2011 - Report

It is always a delight to come to the Gold Coast during the winter time, especially if you live in cold Melbourne. The weather is great around this time of the year with temperatures hovering around the 21 degrees. This year was no different, in fact during the days leading into the race the skies were blue, were as during race day, the weather gods decided to tread us on plenty of cloud cover. Cloud cover makes all the difference here, as when the sun is out it has a decimate impact on your performance.

We normally arrive a couple of days in advance, technically to get used to the weather, but in reality it is a great little holiday, and a few days away from work. There is also an excellent Expo in the Convention Centre, which is the place to go to pick up your BIB and have a browse around in the many stalls, looking for the latest apparel and gadgets. In fact I have never been able to walk across the Expo and not pick something up.

As we stayed in Surfers Paradise we decided to drive to the start this year. The organization puts up an excellent bus service which starts as early as 4:00 in the morning, allowing plenty of time getting to the start. However, unless you take the bus at the beginning of the line (first stop), you might get a bit stressed watching the number of runners waiting for the same bus you wish to take, and most busses arriving being rather full. But it works, and it is included in the ticket, so take advantage. Read more

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What to bring for marathon race day

Today is the rest day before the Gold Coast marathon. Looking at te waves roll in from our hotel, waiting for the race to get under way, I went once more through my checklist to see if I have everything I needed for tomorrow. I am sure you have your checklist too, so I thought why not get mine out there so I have don’t have to worry about forgetting anything next time around.

So here is my list of things I consider to take with me:

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