12 in 2012

which marathon's to do?

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08/10/2012 at 13:09

Hi there

I'm booking the local travelhovel, for £30 everywhere else seems to be full

08/10/2012 at 14:31

don't need to book anything for this one SSQ as i only live about 25 miles away

see you at the start........

09/10/2012 at 11:06

Travelhovel it is.

I'm all booked up for Rutland, which will mean me running 3 marathons in 3 weeks, starting in 2 weeks time. 10 down 4 to go. so 14 in 2012.

IT band injury/strain seems to be ok for now , As long as I keep up the execrises and massages.


10/10/2012 at 14:22
Rivington last weekend was my tenth. Snowdon and grizedale forest will get me to 12.

Awesome achievements being posted on here guys, does anyone have any challenges set for 2013? 12 again? 13? More? Or something different?
10/10/2012 at 14:43

Mmmmm after this year what about 13 x 10k runs

10/10/2012 at 19:24

was thinking of an Ultra - probably no more than a 50 miler though

10/10/2012 at 22:06

Wenlock Olympic Walk.

50 lovely Shropshire Miles

11/10/2012 at 00:33

I've a challenge in the thought stage, EG. Something along your lines, but not the number 13...

11/10/2012 at 00:39

absolutely loved Chester and yes was thinking i'd b happy if i giot 5hours 45 and 5hours 30 would be a miracle so to my surprise at getting 5hours 12 i was in total shock

I've kinda set myself a challenge for next year 365 days of running!!!!  the run could be a little one round the block or a marathon but thinking of perhaps doing a blog and see how it goes

11/10/2012 at 08:27

Interesting challenge Jo, A 365 day streak! that would be good, apparently Ron Hill has a streak going back the last god knows how many years, what's your's Ulen, mine is still in longer runs really, I've done three Ultras this year and booked two for 2013, but they do take their toll, I'd love to set my sights on a 100 miler but probably not ready to put the time into it.

11/10/2012 at 20:40

I fancied a 100 miler but everytime I get to 20 miles in a marathon I think.. no chance. Like the sound of 365 days of running but not sure i would stay injury free and thus enjoy it.
I'm thinking of a number of half marthons instead.. 52 maybe?


17/10/2012 at 09:30

Willo46 sounds a good challenge, i'm already thinking of looking for my next half marathon but think that once i've done my next marathon on 1st Nov there's not going to be many races after that, There is a local 10k race ( which perhaps if i'm up to it may try for a pb there ) but sadly I dont know of many races now before christmas or in January, There is of course the Gloucester Marathon lol

18/10/2012 at 13:22

Where do people look for race listings.

Obviously Runners world come first. So far I've used


any other websites? fell or road.

19/10/2012 at 17:34

you people are mental  would prefer quality rather than quantity! inevitably injuries and slower times would creep in

19/10/2012 at 17:59

Slower times were already there Antony.

When all this madness is over, I really must train for a flat fast marathon PB time.

19/10/2012 at 18:03

Fair dos. I admire your commitment and perseverance! That's my next target, to run a really flat marathon. Liverpool was a toughie last Sunday!

22/10/2012 at 20:08
Willo46 wrote (see)

Where do people look for race listings.

Obviously Runners world come first. So far I've used


any other websites? fell or road.


I too am going to go for quality over quantity next year!
I did Abingdon yesterday, where a friend virtually double-dared me to run a sub-4 (he got a PB in 3:21), and the inner voices made me run the first half faster than planned. My PB is 4:04 - so surely I've still got that kind of time in me, right? Wrong. Far from achieving the 4:15-4:20 that I thought I might realistically get, I struggled through miles 21-24 to scrape in at 4:30:04. Still a "season best" in 2012 by over 20 minutes, and I'm very pleased with notching up my 4th fastest marathon overall. I just wish I'd have stuck to my plan to pace myself more steadily to make the 4:30 more comfortable in the latter stages. Having my sister & nephew, and a work colleague to cheer me on during the last few miles (as well as the local Parkrun director and also the photographer) made the pain during the last 45 minutes or so more bearable!

22/10/2012 at 23:38

Yesterday I ran my 3rd fastest time in 2012 (and 3rd fastest overall) for marathon number 11# and it felt comfortable (as comfortable as marathons go), ran a very paced race and was back in the gym at lunchtime today. Ready for number 12# this Sunday in Frankfurt.

Like the idea of '365' except the number of clothes to wash.

At the end of 2011 I did 47 continuous days of 5km everyday.

2013 Will be running the London marathon, apart from that not sure.

Reached 85% of my sponsorship target, if anyone is willing to sponsor me please PM , my charity is Anthony Nolan who specialise in stem cell transplants for people with blood cancer.

25/10/2012 at 19:31

Is anyone else (apart from SSQ) running their 12 for charity?

When initially I set out to do this - it was mainly about the personal challenge, but in the back of my mind I knew that the driving motivation was to run it in memory of my brother. Once I’d decided to do it, I lost my mother to cancer. This threw me off track a bit, but made me even more determined to succeed. It’s taken me most of the year, but I’ve finally sorted out my fund-raising page. It’s at www.12in12in12.com and it would mean a lot to me to raise a heap of money for these good causes. But I’m hopeless at the sponsorship side of marathons, and have to admit that trying to get people to donate is harder to do that to run the marathons themselves. I don’t like doing it, and I get easily demotivated when the donations seem hard to come by. How does everyone else feel?

Given that I’m doing what (to me, and to most people I know) is a mammoth challenge, you’d like to think it’s easy to raise money. All I ask is that my friends just donate a few pounds each. Not a lot. You’d think this would be simple, but most of my pleas fall on deaf ears. I’m not even asking for the price of a pint of beer, or a glass of wine in the pub!

Having done fund-raising for 3 of my first 4 marathons (and raised over £3300 in total), I decided not to go down the charity route again. But this year is special. It’s special to me. It’s special to my family. So I want to do it, but I don’t want to do it.

I was pretty demoralised today – I asked a friend to post a message for me on his work email server. I used to work there too – for 21 years, until they made me redundant last year. I would have thought it was pretty much guaranteed that some of my friends and colleagues there would remember me, like me, and spare a couple of quid for me. Especially since it’s pay day today! However one of the employees there posted a message shortly afterwards explaining how he’d run a half marathon recently – but as part of fund-raising that someone else is doing by running 3,563 miles in 35 days. Which makes my 314 miles in 365 days seem pretty bloody pathetic.

So this isn’t a begging letter to you guys – I know how hard the sponsorship is – and if we’re not careful we end up all just sponsoring each other (as happened to me when I ran London in 2009). I may have saved myself the bother and just donated £100 to myself! No, this is just about letting off a bit of steam, as that email at my friend’s workplace really felt like a kick in the teeth… 

25/10/2012 at 22:20

Just sponsored you Ulen. You have come this far, keep going.

I've reached 97% of my fund raising target for Anthony Nolan http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runwithC

Hoping to reach £1,800 before I run my 12th marathon this Sunday 28th Oct in Frankfurt.

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