Run with RW in Cyprus

Book your place for some fun in the Mediterranean sun this November

Posted: 9 August 2006

Reckon you'll need extra motivation when winter starts to bite? November's Cyprus Four-Day Challenge could be your answer.

If you fancy joining a few RUNNER'S WORLD staffers on the trip, from November 28 to December 6, you'll get to take part in a 6K time trial, a half-marathon through the pine forest, a flat 10K road race through the ancient city of Paphos and a hill race that rewards you with amazing views from high up on the Akamas Peninsular. Oh, and you'll stay in a five-star hotel. Tempted?

Cyprus has a glittering history as a running venue. Not many locations can boast three and a half thousand years of sporting prowess. More recently, the island turned into a giant training camp when several national teams set up home here in the run-up to the Athens Olympics.

The Cyprus Challenge is just one of the top-notch overseas training and racing packages we've put together with our travel partners at 2:09 Events, whose director is 1983 London Marathon winner Mike Gratton. So if you're immune to the lure of the Med, maybe the Himalayas are more your cup of Darjeeling. Or how about the glitz of Las Vegas?

Whichever trip you choose, you'll benefit from the help and support of RW staff and Mike Gratton himself, from the moment you sign up until the moment you fly home. Surely a holiday offer you can't refuse.

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Mike Gratton we need your help, we've got sore legs and are getting very pissed.....we need more dosh for the extra baggage allowance for the mega trophy scenario.........see you next year!!!!! hopefully there will be karaoke and dancing a plenty!!! Ciao for niao.......Mightos-5 (aka Linda K), Trouty (aka Tony) and her in doors aka Mrs Trouty)....Love Love Love etc xxxxxx p.s. Happy Birthday big boy
Posted: 27/11/2005 at 21:12

Sounds like you're having a good time:o)

Maybe you need to post this on the FLM 'hard training' thread.
Posted: 29/11/2005 at 21:28

Missing you already mightos-5 and it's only been 1/2 an hour!!!!! we'll be following you very soon though.

I knew you'd find us.are you going to be my personal stalker? I've never had one before. If you get a chance Hilly get here next year you'd love it and MG speaks very highly of you.

And anyone else out there why not post on the thread.
Posted: 30/11/2005 at 14:18

Hi Trouty - why no photo?

You must have been quick off the mark posting that message!! We've just arrived back home after our stop off in Gatwick......flight was terrible, Scobos renamed it incontinence airways due to the mass of old ladies queuing the length of the plane desperate for a piddle.

We're feeling pretty flat now, such a good trip, thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to do it again next year! Scobos has already polished up his trophies and placed them on the mantelpiece.

Hilly - I second what Trouty is saying,(obviously not about the stalker chat....!!) it's a superb event and the 5* hotel and company make it all the better! Not easy coming back to the cold weather tho!

.....Now where's that link to next year's event...???
Posted: 01/12/2005 at 15:31

Lol trouty, me a stalker-definitely not. I do quite fancy the event though and will certainly think about it next year.

Both you and Mightos-5 certainly seem to have enjoyed your time there!

Did Scobos win a trophy, Mightos?
Posted: 01/12/2005 at 21:17

cos you didn't give us your e:mail number, you can e:mail me through the link I've just checked it and it's been enabled. Our flight was full of desperately FAT people and Mrs T had to sit next to one who smelt really bad (he he) as for me I had to put up with fat bottoms being shoved in my face (just 2 rows from the toilets) so again we have something in common. Been up the club tonight, tell scobos that Andy G is looking to do Balloch in March and there might be one or two others as well. Suggest you go onto 2:09 website superb write up apart from one minor error suggesting that I only got 2nd because Scobos fell over on the 1/2 m, but I was already hours in front of him by then. What thresads does Scobos write on? (deliberate spelling mitsake there for the PEDNATIC one)
Booked in at Citadines for the saturday and sunday nights (FLM) so look forward to a few beers in the next door pub.

shame about the stalking bit, thought I was going to break my duck. as for Scobos, yes he did win a couple of minor trophies, however he did win the one that mattered and I'm off to get my rowing machine tomorrow.

Posted: 01/12/2005 at 22:37

Sorry to disappoint trouty:o)

Enjoy the rowing machine. I take it there was a rowing comp?

Scobos posts on the daily thread on this forum quite a lot, which is how I know who you're talking about.
Posted: 02/12/2005 at 07:53

Trouty - fat bottoms in face, yes I know what you mean, although Scobos did put up with it more than me! Poor Mrs T, hope she had a couple of swift Martini's on the flight to get her through??? Reckon Scobos will be posting on this one before long after your last posting!! I had a look at the 2:09 site, pretty good!!

That's great stuff getting booked into the Citadines again, no excuse to miss that post race beer looking forward to it already! Although I got my rejection letter through so fingers crossed I get a club place or it's charity again. Damn missing GFA by 50 seconds......

Hilly - yes Scobos won 3rd place overall and 1st in the 10k. It got funnier by the minute as he and Trouty got more competative!! The rowing thing.....the GB Olympic rowers were staying and we all got fascinated with their upper body definition so I've decided to take up rowing. To cut a long story short, Scobos being so competative decided he would too then he and Trouty had a row off on the last day....I've video'd it on my camera......

.......would anyone like a copy??
Posted: 02/12/2005 at 15:36

M5, say well done to Scobos!

Lol the competitiveness between the men. Quite natural during a running race, but to take it as far as the rower-lol:o)

I used to row on the rower 3 times a week before I started running. It does give good upper body definition. I tried to row the other day at the gym and I was rubbish!

What a shame you missed the GFA by 50 secs. Weren't you tempted to try and get in on that time? The reason I say is that last year in the champ start there were a couple of women who were outside the time by secs, but still got in.
Posted: 02/12/2005 at 19:00

Hi Hilly - I passed on your congrats to Scobos, he's sitting with his feet up relaxing and contemplating his long run tomorrow. Brrr... the thought of running in the cold again is not tempting!

I'm gonna try and row each week in addition to running, trying out in Cyprus my arms were shaking by the end of it!! need to cross train more, do you do anything other than running? I called the London marathon folk and they said I wouldn't have a chance, sub 345 or nothing. I wish I did just try on the off chance but too late now! just need to work my ass off to get it next year!

Posted: 02/12/2005 at 19:35

What a shame they said that. It'll be all the sweeter when you achieve it!

I do circuits and yoga once a week at the moment. I used to swim and cycle too through the summer months, but I just can't fit it all in! My problem is I want to do too much but don't have the time.

You'll notice an improvement in upper body strength with the rowing for definite. My arms were shaking on Monday from press-ups.
Posted: 02/12/2005 at 21:15

Hey Trouty... you said, I won the main part of the challenge, but I'm sure your good mate Steve Williams will pass on some decent training tips to you...vengeance will be yours (maybe!).

Enjoyed some good R and R since we got back yesterday morning. Back out for a long run tomorrow morning - just won't seem the same in the pissing rain...
Posted: 02/12/2005 at 21:31

Hi Folks, I'm intrigue, what is the 4 day challenege? It appeals to my multi sport side!
Posted: 03/12/2005 at 10:20

good to hear from you at last!!!! I've put a photo of you on my shaving mirror just to remind me why I'm training :), I went out yesterday and managed 4 miles in 31:30 without too much discomfort, but I have to adit that next to you I am a shandy drinking southern pufter and I am taking the easy option tomorrow and pacing a friend around to break 40 mins for the first time (what a wus I've become since meeting you guys).

good to hear from you, basically the 4 day event is 4 races cosisting of:-
day 1: 6k time trial
day 2: 11k hill climb
day 3: 1/2 marathon
day 4: 10k road race

but to get the real gist go to Mike Gratton has put up a great race report, well worth a look.
Posted: 03/12/2005 at 13:02

Hilly - I was a bit dissapointed at the London decision, especially when the Boston Marathon qualifying time is 3:45:59, so I had built my hopes up. Nevermind! I'll defo be adding in some rowing from now on, son't know about press ups though - think I could manage maybe 1 or 2!!

Trouty!! Think you're being very sensible, no point in pushing yourself to injury. We went out for a wee run (approx 7 miles) this morning and I have to say I've never felt so rotten! It was like I'd never run before and my knee started getting sore at the end. Scobos didn't feel much better either. Could it be the fine Scottish weather or just the after effects of the challenge catching up with us?!? I'm heading out shortly for my first Christmas (late) lunch with my fellow running chicks, although I don't think I'll last long! Good Luck tomorrow, Scobos will no doubt be checking the results very quickly, what time is kick off?!!

Trinni - best event I've ever entered, what I liked so much about it was the differing terrains and no one worried about times, completion was the aim. It was very tough but fantastic fun!

Posted: 03/12/2005 at 13:42

Mmmm - suppose the shaving mirror's better than the headboard...I'd be getting worried if that were the case.

As Mightos-5 said, the run this morning was a bit of a nightmare. A fair bit of pain in my left hip/glute area which is a new one. Just needing a few more easy days I think. Tempted by a visit to the gym later on for a few k on the C2 though...
Posted: 03/12/2005 at 14:09

Obviously I should have signed on as myself before I posted the one above!
Posted: 03/12/2005 at 14:10

........well....Trouty, how did you get on???????
Posted: 04/12/2005 at 18:03

Bloody lousy, I was pacing a mate to break 40 mins for the first time, got to 3k and my left calf really tightened up, so i told my mate to carry on and not get too excited. He ran 38:12 and I managed 38:52 and 81st place, saw Anita and Steve, anita dropped out her legs were too sore.

However went to the pub afterwards and got bladdered.

Posted: 05/12/2005 at 17:30

I wish someone would pace me to sub 40 trouty!

M5, you could start with female press-ups with knees on the floor and as you gradually get stronger in the upper body move to the full press-up.

Are you going to do a spring marathon?
Posted: 05/12/2005 at 19:16

Trouty - you did chuffin' (to use one of your phrases!!) well to do 38:52 after the challenge and your recent aches, well done I say. I just wish I could break 45m, which looks a long way off the way I feel at the mo!! We wondered what happened to Anita, that's not so good she had to drop out.....

Hilly - I'm gonna try the press ups tomorrow, in my new regime I've booked myself into a lunchtime pilates class. Before that i'm intending on a quick row then afterwards some crunches and press ups. Me and Mr M went to the gym yesterday and I ran for a mile to warm up then rowed for 3k, my backside was sore after that I tell you! then I did lots of weights before stretching. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's amazing how doing something a wee bit different renews the enthusiasm! Mind you my triceps are aching today!!
Can you do lots of proper press ups?

Posted: 05/12/2005 at 19:28

That sounds like a good workout M5! I know what you mean about the backside muscles getting sore with different exercise. I suffer in that area after missing circuits for a while and then going back to lots of lunges!

I can do a fair few proper press ups:o) Lol I once had a gym instructor tell me he'd not seen a woman do so many full press ups, but can't do so many now as I only do them occasionally, mainly at circuit class.

Posted: 05/12/2005 at 19:38

Thanks for that, still waiting for you to e:mail me with your e:mail address (re: photo)
Forgot to tell you, I was so tiddly yesterday afternoon (AKA Pissed) that I managerd to lose my Concurve goretex jacket, I left it in the pub or on the bus and it's gone walkies, I thought my car keys and house keys were with it but I found them at the bottom of my ruscksack when I emptied it for yesterday's dirty kit. (what a numpty!!!!)

you don't need pacing to break 40 mins you're already more than capable.
Posted: 05/12/2005 at 19:45

I'll believe that once the proof is on my watch and race results:o)
Posted: 05/12/2005 at 19:58

Hilly - what's your best 10k time?? I hear good things about you from Scobos! I'm gonna see how many 'proper' sit ups I can actually do tomorrow and will update you tomorrow night!

Troutos - email sent, let me know if you don't get it! totally forgot! Can't believe you lost your jacket, hope it wasn't a pressy from Mrs T.....she'll not be happy?!? Just how drunk were you??? many proper sit ups can you do??

Posted: 05/12/2005 at 20:31

M5, it's 40:30, but I've under that in longer races and am hoping to break 40 this weekend!

btw thanks to Scobos for kind words.

Pilates will be good for your core strength. That with sit-ups and other gym exercises will give you a good all round strength!
Posted: 05/12/2005 at 20:56

Hi Folks,

Been suffering from a dodgy tummy most of this week so have been too drained to post anything!

I managed my pilates class and row on Tuesday but boy was I sore for days afterwards, must be doing me good tho so will be keeping it up. I had intended on press ups but the pain in my arms after the pilates and weights couldn't support a fly nevermind an 8st human being!

Me and Scobos have decided to go to the 2:09 Algarve training camp in March, so instead of spending a fortune on Christmas presents we've reduced the budget and paid the deposit for the trip! I'm a bit intimidated by the amount of training on the sample schedule but after speaking to Mike Gratton about it in Cyprus, looks like they are not all compulsory......although I reckon Scobos will do every single one!!!

Having an easy night tonight, missing the club's Christmas night out due to the dodgy tummy......well looking forward to x-factor!!! sad eh!
Posted: 10/12/2005 at 16:48

Not sad at all M5, I'm looking forward to it too and am supposed to be going out for a meal, but not til afterwards:o)

Sorry to hear you've had an upset tummy, not pleasant!

I've thought about the Algarve training camp, but my hubby doesn't run and I think he'd be bored to tears. Then I thought about going alone, but I'm not that brave!

I quite fancy the Swiss week in July though and am trying to persuade him that you don't have to be a runner to enjoy a 'running' holiday, but it's not working yet.
Posted: 10/12/2005 at 17:42

I hope you enjoyed your meal (and x factor) Hilly.....Can't believe Brenda was chucked out, should've been Andy!!

I'm sure Trouty could add something on the non-runner on a running holiday point, his Mrs went to Cyprus and although I'm sure she was bored with the constant running chat she did seem to have a fab time. Mind you Cyprus was only 4 days of running and that wasn't even for the whole day so don't know how running twice a day for a week would go down?!?

I was intending on heading out for a wee run this morning but I was up during the night with bad tummy pain again during the night, ended up watching Christmas videos on VH1 until 3am!! I'm feeling a bit more human this morning but don't want to risk having a wee run an aggrevating the problem, so the ironing it is, whilst Scobos heads out for a 12-13 miler off road.I'm off work tomorrow (yipppeee) so planning on a gym visit in the morning before finishing my Christmas shopping. I keep telling myself this is my rest month before another year of training but I still feel guilty, I blame the amount of running Scobos does, would make anyone feel lazy!
Posted: 11/12/2005 at 08:59

Ay-up mightos-5, glad your tums better. great news on the running jacket front..... I put a claim in and they said get a new one so off I went and bought a new goretex concurve jacket (well posh) then went to work for my 12 hour night shift, Mrs T rang me up to say they'd found my jacket at the pub afterall!!!!!. So following day I had to cancel my claim
Posted: 11/12/2005 at 12:36

Oh and yes I did get your e:mail I'll send you a photo soon, promise!!!!!
Which algarve week are you going on? I may have to check up on how much training Scobos is doing. Balloch is looking doubtful for me as it is a working weekend, but entry forms have been distributed around the club so Scobos, get fit Andy G is coming up again, after his 33:45 10k last weekend.
Posted: 11/12/2005 at 12:57

Hey M-5 and trouty! Rebecca D here from Cyprus! Got back to the UK last wednesday - bloody ell its cold! Done a couple of training runs since Challenge and still not entirely sure legs are back to normal!

Villa was lovely second week, had a resident cat that farted!! Hows everyone doing?
Posted: 11/12/2005 at 17:52

M5, yes it should've been Andy who went! I was quite shocked it was Breda.

My OH might put up with 4 days of racing then doing our own thing, but not a week of twice a day running. It's bores him listening to me now, which is one reason I come on here to talk running:o)

Don't feel guilty having an easy month, I'm sure your body will thank you for it.
Posted: 11/12/2005 at 19:57

Rebecca!! nice to hear from you! I was thinking of you and Paul being in Cyprus for another week whilst we've been putting up with the British weather here! Hope you had a great 2nd week and you worked on that tan??? I've not been doing too much since getting back, having a bit of a rest before I need to start London marathon training. Scobos is training like there is no tomorrow!!! I'm looking forward to my day off tomorrow and a session in the nice quiet gym.....including rowing of course!!

Trouty - Glad to hear about your jacket, although somehow I get the impression you're rather dissapointed in having to turn down your claim for your sparkly new one??? How's Mrs T, is she coping with her uni stuff?? We've booked the 10 night Algarve trip leaving on the 9th March, so we'll miss Balloch to Clydebank half too!! Scobos has clocked approx 60 miles this week....don't even think he's really started his marathon build up've done, 11 miles, a pilates class, 6k rowing and some weights....I'm not worthy, but I do have an excuse!!

Hilly - Congratulations on your pb.....sub 40, a time I can only ever dream of, huge well done!!! I know what you mean about chatting to 'like minded' folk. I always have to be careful at work when talking about what I've been up to at the weekend as it usually involves running, my workmates just get bored to tears. And to go on holiday to run is beyond normality to them!! I know I shouldn't feel gulity, especially when I've been under the weather, as soon as I get one run or gym session in I'll wonder what all the fuss was about!
Posted: 11/12/2005 at 20:18

Thanks M5-a time I only dreamed of a year or so ago, so if I can do it so can many more!

I should really have been getting under 40 mins going by other race times all this year, but I don't do many 10k and those I do are in the summer. I suffer with hay fever, which brings on asthma so summer running is a mare for me, but I'll hopefully make the most of the winter!
Posted: 12/12/2005 at 08:04

great to hear from you, are you sure that cat wasn't me lurking around somewhere? keep up with the running bvoth of you and we hope to bump into you again sometime.

Scobos and M5- keep up the training I'm after you guys having done 3 runs this week totalling a massive 22 miles (wooppee-do). i can hear Scobos trembling in his boots at the thoughts of all my quality training.
Posted: 12/12/2005 at 10:08

Trouty - I'm trembling at the thought! I rowed almost that distance last week!!!

Seriously though, you said you were effectively having December off, so 22 miles will just keep you ticking over until you pick things up in the New Year. Noticed your comments on MG's thread about the single/double issue...would be hellishly hard on the body to achieve the mileage you want on a once-a-day regime. I'm going to rely on 2 or 3 doubles a week to keep the mileage up without having to fit in too many runs of 10 miles plus.

Shame we're missing Balloch to Clydebank, as it's my PB course, but in a toss-up between 10 days in the Algarve or a HM through a couple of industrial estates 5 miles from home, which would you choose?

BSD - good to hear from you! Obviously wouldn't have swapped places with you last week...the first week back at work was just so exhilarating!
Posted: 12/12/2005 at 11:17

Trouty, don't get wound up by that maniac, he crazy nutter!! Are you still planning on Lanzarote??

Hilly - My 10k pb is 45.28 which was last year, I just can't see me breaking that, especially with my current obbession for marathons! Maybe if I take timeout from long running and focus on 10k's more I'd be successful......I just hate them though!

Today I got myself back to the gym, 3 miles on the tready, 3k row, weights, stretching and 3 proper push ups (before I feel flat on my face!!) My triceps are actually still feeling sore and tight from my weights and rowing last week, and my quads felt tired when I rowed......must be working then?!? I'll be toned if it kills me!!!
Posted: 12/12/2005 at 17:12

hi guys

Well i've just found out from a physio i've been running with a torn hamstring and twisted pelvis for a couple of months! Oops - light training month for me! During second week Paul and I actually cycled some of the trial routes ran during Cyprus - god we were a bloody mad bunch - gave up trying to cycle up the hills!!

M5 - you x factor excited!!?? I can't wait don't care who wins though!!

All your training sounds too much like hard work for me!! Everyone who knows me and those who don't have a great CHristmas and New Year and does anyone know when the cd/dvd of cyprus will be out?
Posted: 17/12/2005 at 17:21

M5, I'm not a 10k runner either and am more focussed on marathon training. It's the marathon training that has given me the strength and speed to do a sub 40 10k. I didn't do any speed work for this 10k, but have packed in the miles!

x factor was great tonight, it's going to be a close call! I think Shayne should win though.
Posted: 17/12/2005 at 20:46

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