Just wondering if anyone is doing or has in the past done the Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday 15th March?? Im running this as my first half marathon ahead of the Great North Run which I was lucky enough to get in to. What is the course like?? Pretty flat?? Im travelling down from Cheshire and have only been to Brentwood once before so dont know the area well.
Track down Julia T, it's her first but she's local.
GULP just entered my first half marathon ; oh b6g7er, can't get link to work but that's the thread name.
Hi Matt and everyone else <<< wave wave >>>>>
I'm doing it as Foxy says, first HM for me and don't know the course but training is going well so far. I'm no 247. Looks like the entry is full as well so quite what it feels like to be amongst 2000+ other runners I don't know! Scary!
Mr T said we should drive round the course as it's fairly local to us. Thought I might hop out and try and run the last couple of miles. I'll let you know what happens....
I live just by the start of the course and have been running it as part of my training for the Edinburgh Marathon (and am running the race next week). It's a pretty undulating course - the first two miles or so are downhill but there are plenty of ups and downs along the way. Leave something in reserve for the end too - the last 3/4 of a mile are a gradual uphill drag!
Good luck for next Sunday everyone!
Hi Essex Eagle - my daughter lives in Edinburgh (home town Colchester) so I am full of admiration for anyone who is able to tackle those hills!!!!!
Another daughter and I are doing the Brentwood Half for the first time. Would like to park a mile or so away from start so the walk can start our warm-up. Any suggestions? Don't want to inconvenience the local people but also not keen on parking in what I assume will be very busy car parks.
Weather supposed to be with us all. Not liking the sound of the last mile - don't like hills!!
Lots of carparks liz, the multi-storey is probably the biggest and is halfway down the high street. I'm going to drive the course tomorrow so i'll let you know about the hill at the end. Someone said it's not too steep, more of a longer gentler incline.......
My first half marathon. Have done loads of training and am really looking forward to it!
Thanks for that Julia. Only live down the road in Colchester so should have driven it I suppose but think its probably better for me not to know!
This is my 3rd half marathon - about a month beforehand I swear I'll never do another one, then love the feeling at the end and my daughter who I run them with (well we start together and meet up at the end!) just reminds me of that when I'm struggling with training. You'll love it! Good luck. Weather supposed to be good.
Hi everyone, drove round the course this morning and it's very pretty, couple of nice villages and lots of daffodils out. (will we be looking at those on sunday?.........i wonder!). My overall impression was of more downhill than up but of course that's impossible, but none of the uphills seemed particularly steep, just long gentle inclines. I came away with positive vibes and as it's my first HM I hope you all feel better now!
Julie - sounding good. Picking my daughter up from Shenfield station tomorrow as no trains into Colchester, so might have a sneaky look but hills sound fine. Did a couple today just to make me feel better!!
Once I get to mile 8 I shan't be noticing the daffs or the villages but will make the most of them till then.
Do hope you enjoy it.
Ok Tracey, it did look very tempting at the start! Still we can get into the groove comfortably at the start and i'll keep checking the Garmin to keep to race pace.
Liz I would say inclines rather than hills. Although they always look different in a car
Good luck and have fun everyone
No, No Tracey - negative thoughts - not a mountain - near the end!
Whats everyone eating today - always the best bit of training for me
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