which marathon's to do?
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: windermereJun: LancasterSep: Nottingham or Kent Coastal or LochNess (though at £44 seems a bit pricey)Oct: Chester or LiverpoolNov: 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)?
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)
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.
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.
Apparently, Southend will be on 29/4, the first stab at a website is here:
be an interesting contrast to Brighton
Have you looked at Blackpool for March?
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
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
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.
This is my goal for 2012 too. At the moment my list is
Jan - tbcFeb - Heartbreaker (entered)Mar - Paris Eco Trail (50K but I've decided over distance counts - enteredApr - Brighton (entered)May - North Dorset Villages (entered) Marlborough 33mJun - South DownsJul - maybe Chichester ChallengeAug - ?? maybe Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 Sep - Farnham PilgrimsOct - maybe LuccaNov - tbcDec - 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!
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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