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Ashby and Stafford 20 on the same day as Trafford 10k, very annoying as I'd have done them all... however doing Trafford... have a good race people, I did it last year and dropped out at 10 mile
Haven't done Oakley before but this is a great race and will be doing it again this year.
I work in a running shop in Leicester and this race is something of a local legend among the running community.
It is picturesque and the course is undulating. Some participants allege that it is a tougher race than some of the flatter marathons. It is often used as a training event for the London marathon.
It generally gets fully booked way before the event, so get your entry in soon.
I'm doing it as well as the Oakley as finding it a struggle to do the big distances in training.
I am doing the St Valentines 30k in Stamford this week as well so they are my 3 big runs in prep for VLM.
see you there
Yep, Ashby is a great race. I've done it the last two previous years. The ripples are great fun and the finish run into the grassy area is fine.
This year sees the return of the hoodie too. A must for all.
ran this in '07 and '08 in preperation for the london marathon and found it ideal .
excellent organisation , an interesting 2 lap course and noisy water stations made for a good day out .
found the climb back into ashby a tough challenge but it was all forgotten with the finish line in sight .
just wish the good weather had been booked for '07 instead the howling wind , snow and horizontal hail we had to put up with !!!
for everybody running , good luck and enjoy this little cracker .
Competitor's raceday information packs, race numbers, chips and baggage tags have been mailed to competitors today. You should have them by early next week.
Any queries? - I'm on-hand to answer them - my number's in the race booklet.
Looking forward to a great race.
Tim "the gorilla" Sturla
Well I have bitten and thrown my hat into the ring for this one. Not quite sure what constitutes a good time in a 20 mile race.
I am getting ready for Comrades in May so I will in effect have to work this into my schedule as a long training run.
I'm in too.
Will be first time at this distance, but training upto 17 miles, so hopefully the three extra miles won't be too bad.
Ideal training for my VLM in April
Number received and raring to go.
Reference Ashby v Oakley, they are both cracking races, both undulating, rural, 2 lappers, well run and very enjoyable, I keep coming back year after year to both. They both fit into the calender well and are progressive in that Oakley is slightly harder, the undulations take there toll a little more over the 20 mile distance but nothing to get alarmed about. only thing that I would say if you are using them for a marathon build up is don`t get caught up and race them, use them as training runs and put some marathon pace miles in there as well.
Have a good time at both events they really are good runs.
I'm number 416 and a man apparently
Please give me a wave as you lap me, which you all will !
Spence they got me mixed up as well putting a L on my number they think I'm a LADY .
XB has pointed out my mistake !!
I'm in too - prep for my first marathon, VLM. Only up to 18 miles in training but hopefully race atmosphere will get me through the last 2 miles (albeit a hilly last 2!)
Very nervous and not sure whether I should race or just use it as training.....don't think I'll be able to resist not racing on the day though...
Anyone know what gels they use?