BHF Warwick Castle Half Marathon

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28/01/2013 at 17:04

Hi all, seems they have had a change of heart. I have just signed up and this was in my confirmation email...

"You will receive 4 free spectator tickets as part of your registration. These will be sent in your Event Pack – please keep them safe and remember to bring them on the day if family and friends plan to cheers your across the finish line."

28/01/2013 at 18:57

That's good news, and good to know people are prepared to listern, well done to the organisers.


28/01/2013 at 19:14
Totally agree - right decision from BHF and Warwick Castle. We can all enjoy the day now
28/01/2013 at 22:22
yes - good news indeed.
03/02/2013 at 12:33

Gone a bit quiet on here. How's everyones training going, not long now.

Had a really tough week, did a 5 mile race instead of my LSR last sunday, did really good time (for me) but training has been so hard this week, toughest week training by far, did 11 mile LSR today but felt so hard.



03/02/2013 at 14:33
2 x 11K runs this weekend. on track for 2.00 - 2.15 hours. Running into the wind today was hsrd work. looking forward to a well earned Sunday lunch
03/02/2013 at 22:58

this is my first half marathon, more as a practise for the Great North Run. I am not sure how i am going to do, only run 14km up to now ( done a few 10km runs during last year). Looking to do it in around 2hrs 20  I reckon, am sure I will be near the back of the pack!!!

Any tips of building myself up from 10km to the 22km given I have limited training time?}
I can only get out for a long run once a fortnight!! Can do a shorter run say 5-10km once maybe twice a week,

my 10km pace was 65mins on average.


See you all there


04/02/2013 at 13:41

Natalie, As this is my second half marathon I'm clearly well qualified to give advice .

What I would say is forget the time, set you objective as finnishing and enjoy the day and don't worry, with the times you've said you"ll probably be nearer the middle than end.

If you're limited with training time I would just slowly up your distance on LSR's (still got enough weeks) IMHO if you can do 17 - 18k in training you'll have no  problem on race day. And don't forget to take it really easy the week before the race.

I'm sure there's other people on here who can speak from better experiance but that's what worked for me in my first half last year.



04/02/2013 at 18:41

Hi Natalie 

Congratulations on getting in to do the GNR. I did it last year and it is an awesome experience, one you will remember for a long time. If I can give you some helpful advice on the run - 

  1. Don’t expect a quick time!  There are way too many runners, just enjoy the day, enjoy the run and most of all enjoy the support you get from the crowds - they are amazing. I did GNR in 2:37 and then did Leicester Half 4 weeks later in 2:17.
  2. Take something warm to where at the start – something old to discard before you get over the start line. You can be waiting at the start for 30 -40 minutes.
  3. Save some energy and enjoy the last mile. You will have never seen crowds so willing to shout your name and cheer you on, a fantastic experience.

I would agree with Nelly P on your long runs – if you can get up to 17K you will be fine. Take it easy at the start and try to get into a comfortable rhythm. All in all just enjoy.


04/02/2013 at 22:44

Evening all.

Signed up for this last night. Will be my first competitive run for over a year, apart from the odd park-run, and I can't wait.

Whats all this about wearing red? I don't want to wear the heavy cotton tee that they provide. Might have to invest in a new red top....

04/02/2013 at 22:51

yeah fortunately got myself a new red running top at xmas, agree wouldn't want to run in cotton shirtshirt


05/02/2013 at 20:15

Hi guys , does anyone actually have the confirmed route?

05/02/2013 at 20:34

Hi Steve found THIS. Took a drive around most of it at the weekend, looks good

05/02/2013 at 21:33
I've run the route. It's pretty tough (for a newbie like me). Constant undulating. Nice scenery for the most part. Was icy when I did it - hopefully we will have a nice day in March and a family picnic in the grounds of the castle afterwards.
17/02/2013 at 08:26

One month to go and great to hear that the event has sold out. How is training going?

Great to have been able to be out running this weekend - NO Rain, NO snow, NO wind  feels like Spring is round the corner..

17/02/2013 at 14:38

Yeah good to know be a full house, doing the winchester 10K next sunday, ran the course twice today pretty hard going some long uphill drags, so not expecting a PB next week but 12.5 miles under my belt so should be good for next month  


and as you say Humpo nice be out in some sunshine 

19/02/2013 at 17:34
Tim O the wearing red is the BHF colours heart, blood etc. Are there any major hills in this I've done the Potters Arf (stoke-on-Trent) and heartbreak hill is a real pb wrecker.
19/02/2013 at 21:29
No. No major hills. A few short steep ones as memory serves. Perhaps 50metres long. The whole route is constant undulating. Lots of long slight inclines. More tiring than it sounds if (like me) you don't live in a hilly area.

If the final section is in thru the car park then up to the top gate then that's going to be a pretty rough and steep last 400 meters or so.
20/02/2013 at 13:28

do I have to wear bhf red tshirt? How about mp3 players. Are they allowed?

20/02/2013 at 18:58

Trying not to start up the MP3 debate on here (there's plenty of other forums for that) but I guess the answer depends on whether all the roads are closed to traffic or not, if they are not you'd be stupid to run with an MP3, I really don't get the need to anyway especially in a race enjoy the company / comradery (or however you spell it!!!)


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