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......... but it'll be worth the wait!
Ran this in 2007, and scraped under two hours. Been injured for ages, but getting back into running now. This'll be my target half for the Autumn.
Anyone want to join me on the training journey to this race?
Just been taking a look - is it a welcoming race for beginners? I've not raced a half before but should be able to drag myself round in 2.15 or so with some training as long as I'm not going to look to silly.
Is anyone planning on heading down from London for this?! Already looking to grab a lift!!
Alas still recovering from injury so will have to miss this now.
DEFINITELY a welcoming race for beginners. Just be prepared for the couple of climbs! Not sure if the map of mine that they published on the website includes a profile, but there is a couple of nasty hills that may take you by surprise. Despite those, I'd reccomend this race to anybody, experiended or not.
Sorry to hear you won't be doing it RW - you were obviously looking forward to it.
I looked at the map - thanks for putting it on the website! The profile link still works and it looks a bit more hilly than anything I've done in the past. All my runs are along the river so nice and flat.
Going up to the lakes in a few weeks and might give the running route from the Helvelyn tri a bash - if I can manage that then I should be ok with anything!
i love this race. i was my first ever half a couple of years ago and do it every year... a great local event, I see lots of people I know there.
Hoping I will be injury free by the time this comes around since had a dreaful summer with problems with my knees...
I did ths race last year as my first half marathon and trained hard but under estimated the hills towards the end of the course (approx last 3-4 miles!) which battered me!!! Only water provided along the route with the odd jelly baby handed out by spectators so make sure that you have a few gel packs on you, take on water and do not get carried away with the pace at the front!!!!
There are easier half marathons for beginners but the route is stunning and the support from the spectators is awesome! Only bad point is the road traffic getting to the event and the parking on fields if it has been wet, so make sure you get there early!
I ran this 3 years back and loved it ......superb autumn colours - lots of little country lanes .......it is a bit bumpy in places but no big climbs ( i guess you'd call it rolling) .........
There are different schools of thought on if it's worth taking gels during the race .......I personally don't because I've done a few Marathons so I "get" the shorter distance without having to take on extra carbs ......... my advice would be to try it in trainning and see what works for you ( also depends on how easily you can take it while on the move) ....would recomend taking on as much water as you can at each of the water stations for the slower runners it might be worth walking thru the water stations and that way you can drink the water without spilling all over the place
There are many bushes !!!!.....
There are Loos at Christ's Hospital and there must be pubs along the way that would let you make a "pit stop"
I entered this race when i thought i could train enough to run the whole thing...
now i have my race number, and i don't want to back out,,, i even forgot i was meant to be doing it!!!
I am ready to run 9 miles by Nov 1st, i'm doing an 8 this week and next week and would be due a 9 for my saturday long run...
any advice about if I wanted to run walk run walk run????????????
I could run 2 miles walk 1 run 2 walk 1 run 2 walk 1 etc or i could walk the last third of each mile, ie whenever my garmin says .66 anything.....
any thoughts about this? I would love to do it just to do it
Evening all, I'm doing this with Taggy Gee and Trots... looking forward to it.
Greentigress, if you can run 9 miles, you will be able to do 13 on the day. Run walking is a good strategy to get you round though... a lot of people who are waaaaaayyyy faster than me do that for most races. You just have to find whats right for you.
Thanks for the vote of confidence!!
I should be able to run 9 miles in a couple weeks time the 31st Oct is when i was due to run my first 9 miler, so i'm not quite used to the distances Yet, but i should be able to run 9 miles by the 1st
or run walk run this half ... I will see how my 2x 8 milers go and make a decision then!!
I am comfortable with 7 at the moment, I hope this doesn't make you want to change your mind about the advice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
but honest answers appreciated
would deff do it .......agree with cabby you should be fine to run the whole thing .....however if you do decided to run walk i would do it right from the start ...say run for 4 mins then walk for 1 ...if you wait until you are tired to do the walking then it's already too late ............
Jean Jeanie - you'll love it as soon as the run goes off - once you get moving all the nerves go