first time running this race
Hi all i just entered the above race and wondered if anyone else has run it before and can give me any insight as to what the course is like
I have run it a couple of times. It is a great course for a fast time I think. Not completely flat, but not even undulating. All on quiet roads out NW from Cricklade, round a loop and back on the same roads. It does not attract thousands, which is another bonus for many of us. Highly recommended.
Hi Yvonne and Richie sorry i haven’t replied before but i seem to have lost the automatic response you get when you have a message i thought R/W had fixed it but it seems to have reoccurred i just emailed them again
Yvonne would love to meet up before the race myself and the wife will probable travel up on Saturday and stay at a hotel for the night and then drive back on Sunday as i only have to come from Bristol
Richie are you running again this year i did phone the organizer to find out whether it was cups or bottles as it cups i my well ware my camel bak for the race as i ran Leicester last year and had terrible trouble with cramp as i could not get enough water in to stop me dehydrating
Well i managed 13.1 miles today but got to say only just
took me 2hrs 12 which surprisingly words out at just over the 10 m/m pace i was going fine up until about mile 7 and then i started to struggle a bit and i have to say there were times when i did contemplate shorting the run all together
Oh well at least i know i can still do it but on today’s performance PB isn’t on the cards for Bristol or Cricklade this year
Probably not running Cricklade this year. There is a choice of Salisbury or Swindon half marathons the weekend after. I have not done either before and live halfway between them, so have not yet decided which to run.
With 2 months to go it is too early to write yourself off for October. Also if the distance is a struggle you may be peaking too early? Although if you keep running 13 miles regularly for the next 2 months it will be a breeze in October.
Should be cooler then as well!
Well no running for me this weekend as i try to get all the runs done in the week but have done plenty of sleeping which is just as important
Spent hours mapping out the cricklade half marathon course last night on map my run using the map they had provide which was as clear as mud first of all try mapping it back words starting at the finish and working back only to find that half way round i had swap to the out run so had to delete most of what i had done
Then i got most of the way around and couldn’t work out with some way to go that i was already on 12 miles only to realize after 20 minutes of looking at the map that it was in KM not miles i finished mapping it and then work out how to change it into miles only to have it not save properly
The air by now was getting more than a little bit blue to say the least i then went into the search runs option only to find that the half marathon course had already been map by someone else and all i had to do was bookmark it so that i could look at any time i wanted to
Oh well we live and learn next time it’s into the search runs mode first i my sve myself a lot of time and aggravation
Richie good luck with which ever half marathon you decided to run
Well went over the gym yesterday for a swim i have nothing else planned for this weekend unless you count cutting the hedge and grass later if it dries up enough
We’re off to Cricklade on Tuesday were going up for the day spending the night and coming back Wednesday i am one of those sad people that hate not knowing were there going so either leave far too early or do a dry run so where going to find the start and finish lines and check out the parking
i must say doing it this way it does save a lot of arguments and gives us a good excuse to get away together
Well just 3 miles for me yesterday got round in 0:25:45 which works out at 8:35 m/m pace so very shocked off over the gym later went up to Cricklade on Tuesday and was shown the start and finish line and was by Yvonne we then ran part of the course
i have the Bristol H/M coming up in 4 weeks time so i shall just keep repeting the last few weeks of my plan to take me up to cricklade
Just 3 miles for me to day as the tapering down for the Bristol H/M has began took me 26:30 so i am pleased with that as the leg felt heavy today
Race details for the Cricklade H/M arrived that just 3 weeks after Bristol
well my race pack for the Bristol H/M marathon arrived yesterday i was a little disappointed as i feel i been downgraded this year last year for the first time i was in the yellow wave after always being in green this year however i back down to the green again my just be to do with the amount of extra places they sold this year
They also changed the route slightly this year to they say it’s to make the course faster and the changes do make the course slightly flatter but we will have to see if it makes any real difference
I think this is a nice touch when we entered the Boscombe 10k we emailed the organizer to find out whether it was cups or bottles and Mrs Toby 3 was i little concerned that she may not be fast enough looking at last year’s times
This is the reply we got
There is no time limit on the race and we will wait until everyone is finished whatever the time so no it is not a problem. Bournemouth Joggers is a ladies only club and we actively promote ladies to take up running. For our race we will have a lady who will run at the back of the race so you wouldn't be on your own.
Which i think i a lovely think to do having someone at the back to help the slower runners along of course it may just be their version of a recover van
Just came across this thread and now very curious to kinow how you got on at Bristol. It's my favourite half but this year i decided to have a go at Chippenham instead.
It was tough. I've been trying to get back under 2 hours after a knee op which was actually 18 mths ago now but i'm still struggling with my pace.
I'm doing cricklade and as it's the first half i ever went under 2 hours on 6 years ago i'm hoping it will be lucky for me again.
Hi Splodge i got around the Bristol H/M in 1:53:23 missing out on my PB by about 50 seconds but i did knock over 3 minutes off my previous best for Bristol so was still pleased with that it was a bit sad as apparently a runner die this year it was on the news he was only 30
i am going to run with someone from the Brighton thread who is also running Cricklade she lives there and was kind enough to run with me around part of the course when i went up for a look she to also wants to get under the 2hr mark so i am going to pace her well i think that s what’s going to happen she may well end up dragging me round
WOW!!! that's brilliant. sounds like you're well set for a PB at Cricklade. it's a nice flat course.
i must agree had the same problem at Leicester but at the time i never had my camlebak i cramp up really badly towards the end
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