12 in 2012

which marathon's to do?

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08/11/2011 at 13:28

Hi all,

For 2012 i've decided to set myself a bit of challenge (well for me, maybe not all you seasoned runners) of doing 12 marathons for charity. I'm hoping to do 1 a month but am struggling to find events which will cover it.
so far i've got on my list.....
Jan: Gloucester (have place)
Feb: Seville (have place)
Apr: london (have place)
May: windermere
Jun: Lancaster
Sep: Nottingham or Kent Coastal or LochNess (though at £44 seems a bit pricey)
Oct: Chester or Liverpool
Nov: Rutland

does anyone know of any in the months i've missed or can recommend some alternatives to the ones i've listed above (i'm on a bit of a tight budget so any more marathons abroad are a bit of a no-no though)?



Gyraffe    pirate
08/11/2011 at 14:08
Hi W2S - have you looked at the event finder on this site - there seem to be loads listed.
08/11/2011 at 15:03

i have but the big problem is finding them spaced out enough that i've got a bit of recovery time - i was wondering if any runners knew of marathons local to them that don't tend to get advertised on the site here......

was also hoping people could recommend ones (i've only ever run london or leicester before)

Edited: 08/11/2011 at 15:07
Gyraffe    pirate
08/11/2011 at 15:57

Oh ok - I've only done London and Edinburgh which were very different. One thing I would say is that there are lots of different types of marathons and depending what you like they might not all suit you - so if you can say what you like - country/city, noisy/quiet, large/small etc etc maybe people can let you know about ones that fit the bill. As far as the charity aspect goes, I suppose ones that are located near friends you can stay with might suit you better than ones where you'd have to fork out for a hotel. So in your place I would probably work out who would give me a bed then google the local running clubs to see what races they are putting on. Or do a google search including the name of the county and the word marathon and see what comes up - you never know! 

You've probably seen this but if not it might be of use.

Good luck.

08/11/2011 at 16:07

I think Portsmouth have a marathon around the 18th of december this year so may fit into your plans for a late dec one next year....looks very flat, but i imagine if it's near the sea front may be a bit brisk with the weather.

Also i think Southend may be looking to hold a marathon in March (??) not sure if this info is right or not though.

Hope this helps.

08/11/2011 at 21:50

Apparently, Southend will be on 29/4, the first stab at a website is here:


be an interesting contrast to Brighton

09/11/2011 at 08:32

Have you looked at Blackpool for March?

Good luck

09/11/2011 at 13:31
Barcelona or Rome for March, Pisa for December

Edited: 09/11/2011 at 13:35
11/11/2011 at 12:55

cheers everyone - am going to go for Blackpool in March (really can't afford to go abroad more than once and i'm already booked in for Seville) and will look into the portsmouth one too - getting closer

14/11/2011 at 11:54
Pisa is £100 for an Easyjet flight and £35 a night for a room. Probably cheaper than most of the UK ones
14/11/2011 at 14:00
but by the time i've paid for travel to airport, tickets for me and hubby, accom for at least 2 nights etc it's getting a bit too pricey - UK ones can generally find someone to stay with or only need to book 1 night in hotel - thanks for the info though
14/11/2011 at 14:10

My bf is also doing this after one of his runner friends did it last year

Races that he's entered or is thinking of entering are

Jan - Gloucester ( booked )

Feb -  Cotswold or Cambridge

March - cornwall ( Duchy marathon ) ( booked )

April - Shakespear Stratford upon Avon ( booked )  -( i'm doing the London Marathon lol )

May -Windermere ( booked )

June - Wales , Tenby ( booked )

July - Bletchley or Isle of Man

August - Guernsey

Sept - Wolverhampton, Nottingham or New Forrest

Oct - Abingdon Oxfordshire ( booked )

Nov - Luton ( although i'm not sure he knew about Rutland so have forwarded him the details )

December - Portsmouth ( booked )

i've told him about this thread so he'll probably come and post on here u can swap some ideas and training plans then if that will help at all

14/11/2011 at 14:38

The faversham marathon ( Kent )  in july is worth a look.  It is not for everyone as it is 40 laps around a recreation ground, but I have done it several times and enjoy it.  It is run by the 100k association.  There is a link on the 100 marathon club website to the entry form if you are interested.

The 100 marathon website is really good for finding marathons both in the UK and worldwide- look under events.

Good luck with the 12 in 12.

cougie    pirate
14/11/2011 at 14:53
There was a Liverbird Marathon double over NYE and NYD last year ?
If its on - you could kill 2 birds with one stone...
14/11/2011 at 19:30
I can only see up to march on the 100 marathon website, unless i'm not looking in the right area, do u have the date of the Faversham one in July? 2012 lol
14/11/2011 at 20:57
Hi W2S, i'm also doing 12 in 12 starting with..............

Belvoir leices
Steyning Stinger
Richmond park

Which will take me up to June and then still making some decisions for the second part of the year with probably Mablethorpe, Nottingham, Rutland, Portsmouth with a couple of others to fit in.

I've done 7 already but really wanted something to get stuck into!!

Might see you at Lancaster!!

07/12/2011 at 18:50
As HannahsmomUK said - I'm planning to do 12 in 12 in 12 too. Although at the moment my running mojo has scarpered, so I'm a bit behind in training for the first one next month.

I am doing:
Jan - Gloucester (entered)
Feb - ?? maybe Belvoir or Cambridge (tbc)
Mar - Duchy (Redruth) (need to post off entry form)
Apr - Shakespeare (entered)
May - Brathay Windermere (entered)
Jun - Wales (Tenby) (entered)
Jul - ?? maybe Bletchley or Isle of Man
Aug - ?? maybe Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 or Guernsey
Sep - Robin Hood or New Forest
Oct - Abingdon (definitely want to do this, it's my local!)
Nov - Rutland (probably)
Dec - Portsmouth (definitely want to finish on this one)

It's annoying that the Cambridge Boundary run says:
"Check back for entry details closer to the new year" and has done so for months. Emails to the organiser have gone unanswered. The alternative (Belvoir) has no medal, which is a pain as it would be great to get 12 medals in the year. Not 11 and a t-shirt.

If I don't do one these in Feb, then I could always double-up in another month. I am undecided at the moment. I like the idea of spacing them out - one every month - but this may not be possible. My friend who did 12 last year did just that, skipped Feb and did two in May.

Anyway, I'll be off out for my first run in 2 weeks tomorrow, as I have to get my training back on plan pretty sharpish, or the whole idea might go up in smoke!
07/12/2011 at 19:32
I am just doing Chester in October
07/12/2011 at 20:38

This is my goal for 2012 too. At the moment my list is

Jan - tbc
Feb - Heartbreaker (entered)
Mar - Paris Eco Trail (50K but I've decided over distance counts - entered
Apr - Brighton (entered)
May - North Dorset Villages (entered) Marlborough 33m
Jun - South Downs
Jul - maybe Chichester Challenge
Aug - ?? maybe Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1
Sep - Farnham Pilgrims
Oct - maybe Lucca
Nov - tbc
Dec - probably Portsmouth

Managed 8 this year, sporting a slightly dodgy glute post Florence 2 weeks ago but am up for the challenge, and know a lot of people who'd think this is pretty mild. There are always a lot of people more hardcore out there!

07/12/2011 at 22:35

Whats the Heartbreaker one KateF how far is that?

Compo 1 i'm just doing London lol, but i have a feeling i shall be the cheering squad for most of Ulen's ( MAABOF ) marathons!!!  feel free to join me anyone if you are about for any of them or if you're doing them i'll cheer you on too lol

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