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I have just entered this race. Nice to do a run on a Saturday. I have not run this route before (walked Hertford to Broxbourne). With your local knowledge does the route get busy with other runners / walks etc?
I asked the organiser about the course last year, as I run some of it occassionally Sunday mornings when I am training, and seem to be forever dodging a range of moving obstacles (other runners, prams, bikes, dogs, the elderly, children, ducks etc).
The course is not closed, so there is the possibility of everyone wanting to use the route during this race; I guess the better the weather the more likely people are to want to walk/cycle it on the day.
I did suggest that they put signs up in the weeks leading up to it as a forewarning to anyone to be prepared for runners, as I remember the Hertford 10k last year that I ran through just as they were about to start (due to me not knowing anything about it!)
I didn't end up taking part last year, but I am thinking of it this time around as I want a marathon around this time and a local one would be best. My only thoughts are that it is 25 quid. You can't get lost along the route, and it is open to the public....
Have done every '2Go' race so far. It's a 'straight down the towpath with some twiddly bits round the country park and the marshes' course. Yes you'll see walkers, anglers, cyclists etc but tbh it's not an issue. The field very quickly spreads out so it's not like you've got a bit group of runners trying to negotiate the course at any one point. Theoretically it's a series of five races leading up to 2012 but they may keep it going.
Oh and you can get lost btw!
I can always get lost Run home most days from work and managed to get lost in the local woods a couple of days ago - pesky trees keep growing and changing how the route looks!
I'm tempted to enter now... What the heck, might as well !!
Just entered :-}
Yeah £25 for water and to get my bag carried but a Marathon in London (my home town) that I can actually enter ! A no brainer....?
Thanks OrB and bsw77. Looks like the route doesn't get too congested (subject to the weather). This will be my 3rd Marathon, but my first where I can travel to the start from home. I will probably venture up to the area to do a training run or two during July and August. Bring it on!
Im hoping if my training goes well to finally break that 4 hour barrier. It must be a relatively flat course.
£25 - As Marathons go this is cheap!
vs4b. Last year I got injured doing a half marathon in June struggled to do anything more than 20 minutes jogging throughout August, but in October did the Abingdon Marathon in a PB. So plenty of time unless, as Orb says, you are a speedy runner.
I plan to start my Marathon training towards the end of May.
Anyone else wanting to share their prepration schedules?
Best of health to you all.
I've done this race three times, and am also looking to crack 4 hours in 2010. This race is for lovers of flat courses - the only "hills" are on to, and down from bridges over the river or the railway (1st mile only). The organisation has got better over the years as they have listened to the complaints and suggestions from the first running in particular and any quibbles in 2009 were minor ones. Like you, I plan to step things up a bit after the Southend Half (13th June), but I am also praying the Summer is not too hot as I know I do not fare well in the heat, and my long runs may suffer if the weather is too good!
I like this one
done em all since the start
Faversham - if you like 40 laps of a park?
In last year's Three-2-Go, I managed to overtake a boat!
This year I might actually try to catch the coach, last year I had to take bus and train as I didn't get up early enough.
Course is flat, flat, flat and follows the towpath so it is hard to go wrong unless someone moves a directional arrow which they did at one point last year. Some parts approaching London are none too lovely but there weren't too many people getting in the way. The heat slowed me down last year but water provision was generous.
The toilets at the Hackney Fields finish were grim but they always are, nothing to do with the race and I liked the food stall(s?) at the end so you could sit around in the sun at the finish with something substantial to eat. Time to enter methinks.
I've been out for my first run since Feb this week. Only 1.5miles but no pain! Will be stepping up to 4miles at the weekend and if thats ok will do a 10k next week.
No yet totally out of it...
The finish comes into sight at about 24 miles, but there are a few twists and turns between there and the finish to get the distance right. In terms of other users, it is probably the busiest stretch of the course, but nothing compared to battling the day-trippers in Margate the week before.
I have entered this event every year also but, sadly, last year I didn't finish.
Perhaps, if one of the arrows was moved, that was why I got lost. I ended up going the wrong way in the country park, took too long to get back on track and pulled out at 25k as I would not have made the cut off. I was hot, thirsty, hungry and fed up so called it a day. Hoping to run this year but would prefer to run with someone. Any volunteers? I will take 5-30 to 6-00 hours.
Great event and definitely flat. Only problem for me is the grotty facilities at the end but apart from that a good one to do.
If anyone fancies pacing me round to a 3.59.59 finish...
The country park is really the only place where you might get lost; the rest of the course is straight ahead all the way until you hit the marshes, so it need not really be a concern. I'm just hoping the weather cools down a bit as I am not a hot weather runner, and putting in the miles might be quite hard if we have a proper Summer.
A lot of the stuff I've seen about this Marathon goes along the line of "how the the organisation has improved over the races" . So hopefully the Signage and Marshaling will be so good there won't be any chance of gettin lost. Hope!
Also don't just do physical training do some brain training, study the course maps, Google earth, etc.( I think it's pretty much a straight line down the river, 'cept for afigure of 8 around the 2 lakes ) and learn it. Take notes, take notes with you or other odd stuff.