I'm Back

before anyone asks I am still *technically* retired. bUt will be doing vit next year with NIcko and co. 

In the mean time how's this for a plan.  AS I have now have an aversion to competing and have only been doing occasional runs  without a watch. I have decided I can handle running provided I don't know how fast or how far I am going. So I am going to follow a marathon training schedule loosely and not use any watch, Garmin or similar. 



  • Any suggestions for a February/march/ April marathon, preferably with no giant clocks . 

  • Great plan, good to see youre back Mon, youre out of retirement and i just retired from tris - well for a year at least - concentrating on ultras. dont fancy T184 thenimage


  • Hello    image

    Milton Keynes marathon but I think that is in May some time ... you could pretend it was March tho

    and I think FB holds the 'I'm retired' talking stick at the moment ... perhaps

  • I am thinking Manchester or the track one at Telford.

  • DK what is T184, I don't like the sound of it.

  • Thats North innit   image

  •  its a proper run - from the thames barrier to the source in the coltswolds, 184 miles, self supported run 


  • Hi Monique, welcome back. I too run without any gadgets and just run for the pleasure of it. Still competing but no more IM.

  • LDWA 30 miler - they don't do clocks.

    Tanners - January

    Punchbowl - Feb

    And many others.
  • I am planning on entering Manchester when I get my Dear John from London. Apparently flatter than a flat thing, not that you will be bothered about the time! Blackpool is on the same weekend but is a 2 loop course and you get abused by drunks still on their way home from the night before!

  • Tanners is fantastic image. Welcome back. 

  • can't thiok of many apart from llanelli.......


    Have you seen the triathlon training camp in August.might give you a couple of easy training days image

  • Welcom back Mon image

  • Lovely to see you back Mon.


  • Me face- done LDWA stuff before, not fancying off road, thinking road running is more the thing. 

    Darkness, Manchester is looking likely, have done Blackpool twice, even won it once, I am one of those boring  been- there - done - that old farts that I used to detest.  This is part of the problem, since my retirement there is nothing new that  I really want to achIeve and can't face going over old ground, albeit more slowly. 

     I am looking for a different perspective. I have only ridden my bike twice this Summer Seren, once to support some colleagues doing a round the fire stations of Cheshire ride, and once to watch tour of Britain wihen another colleague who's getting into riding suggested it. The VIt seems perfect as it's more of a reunion than anything else. 

  • Hey Mon, good to see you again, although obviously I can't see you.

    There's always the Coventry Way (trails/road/towpaths/fields) in early April I think, a nice littel 40 miler, no clocks anywhere but plenty of snacks at the various checkpoints, occassionally found in people's front gardens. No official start time either, just tip up between 7 and 9.30 if I remember correctly.

  • Hey Symes, how's it going with you?  I think marathon is at my limit of distance for the foreseeable future though snacks sound tempting.

  • White Peak Mara is nice but it's May - no clocks though.   

  • Yaay Mon ! I've missed you being at London. Welcome back !
  • getting fed up with gardening Mon?? image

    despit what that witch Meldy says, I haven't retired from triathlon - only from IM distance - and am enjoying the short and off-road stuff.   also ditched the watch and HRM and just go on RPE for training purposes - works just as well.

    must be loads of low keye events 'oop Narth for you to go for though so can't suggest any being a fey Southerner....image

  • Hello Mon! Welcome back. How are your sheds? And do you have central heating yet?! Glad you're getting back to running.
    As for what you've missed - 3 of us are racing Kona in 3 weeks!! image

  • Only three? You, Funkin, Joddly, Rosey I thought?

    Oh, and welcome back Mon, don't know any maras, they seem like an awfully long way to run!

  • A name from the past, welcome back Monique.

    It sounds like you may be interested in digging out your passport, Great Wall of China?

  • Hi Mon

    This marathon is on both March 29 and March 30 and has no big clocks that I'm aware of:


    It's also a small event being staged for charity.  I confess to having a slightly vested interest as I'm chums with the organiser but it does satisfy your two criteria.

  • Or the Brathay Marathon around lake Windermere - 18th May - no clocks, great atmosphere and crowds though..http://www.brathay.org.uk/the-marathon/


  • Hurray, the Battenburg is back.  Hope you are keeping well.  Unfortunately the only races I know oop North are either not marathon length or have clocks on cars at the pointy end.

    Gladys, Rosey was in Kona last year.

  • Hi Mon, welcome back. How about right up North and doing the Coastal Trail series run from Alnwick Castle to Bamburgh Castle up the beautiful North Sea coast. Lovely area to spend a few days, as long as your hours are up at work image It is on the 1st March next year.


  • Hey congrats on the Kona, Flyaway it is a fantastic experience, now that is one place I would not mind revisiting. Hope you're spending a couple of weeks out there there's plenty to see once the small matter of the IM is over. Yes we have heating, still no floors, skirting downstairs though.

    There's rather a lot of choice out there, will check them all out. Mouse the Brathay  sounds good, does that mean you can take two days? That's probably my pace now.

    The garden has somewhat taken over been on a jam and chutney making marathon today. 

  • Hi Mon, all going nicely as have taken up this running thing, best part is I don't come last image

    Forgot another low key event, the Gin Pit marathons, 22nd and 23rd March you can do either one or both, if you want to finish higher up the field obviously the Sunday is the one to go for as most people will be on day two! 

    Jam, mmmmm

  • Hi Mon, nice to see you back here image

    How about The Wall thing, when you run the length of Hadrian's Wall?  The reason I mention that one is that I watched a video on it once, and the feed stations look AMAZING.  Loads of cake and goodies to scoff. Not sure what the running bit is like, other than quite long image

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