East Retford RC Half-Marathon

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25/08/2006 at 07:27
Considering this but looking for a half that will give me a decent chance of a good time -less than 1.50 for me. Any feedback on this??
25/08/2006 at 20:09
I did this one a couple of years ago. There is quite a nasty incline about 2 miles before the end, but this is a very well organised race.
05/09/2006 at 16:25
Hoping to do this too - i'm not fully prepared for it so will do it as a training run for Worksop in October.
I take it there's no problem entering on the day??
11/09/2006 at 10:14
Rickster - what does "nasty incline" entail?

I ran the Kent Coastal half last weekend - and there was a couple of difficult inclines in that - especially between the 9.5 and 10.5 mark...

is this one particulaly nasty?

I need to get 1 or 2 halves in before November...is this run a good one?
11/09/2006 at 12:33
I did the Robin Hood Half Marathon yesterday. Do you think 2 weeks is enough time to recover for this one?
11/09/2006 at 12:40
speaking as a novice..I'm just about to go in to the last 8 weeks of a 7 month 1st marathon training programme - and for the next 5 weeks I have to alternate between 20 and 13 miles - and then a tapering 3 week programme...

so two weeks should be OK for you - but it depends on what you are used to and what you are ultimately training for?

I think halves are ideal for 'long-run' weekends...for me anyway...

How did the Robin Hood go? Time-wise?
11/09/2006 at 12:47
Well, i'm very novicey!

I don't really follow a specific training programme, however I try to get 2 runs of 8 or 9 miles and 1 run of as near as 13 miles as I can in a week! I also try to do 2 short faster tempo runs of 4 miles. I ultimately want to do a PB of 1 hr 35 in the next couple of years with the intention of doing 1 hr 30 in the even longer run!

I got 1:43:37 yesterday which I am estatic about! It was my 2nd half marathon.

Are you still doing this one? I have heard it is quite flate and a good PB course
11/09/2006 at 13:24
1:43 is excellent - I really surprised myself in Kent two weeks ago - my first ever half in 1:46...so I can feel your joy...well done...(I'm in training for New York in November - so I'm getting a bit panicky about putting in the time)

that sounds like a pretty good training schedule to me...but I try to do smaller runs but more of them during the week...and then a much larger run at the weekend - but at the end of the day it's such a personal thing - whatever works for your body - and your the one who knows your body best...so I just say go for it, enjoy yourself and keep well...

I'm signed up for the Henley half on the 8th and am very tempted to come up for the Retford - but it's a long journey from High Wycombe - might be worth it though?
15/09/2006 at 10:41
I wouldn't describe the hill near the end as a nasty incline, what you have is a gradual uphill from 10 to 12 but the last mile is quite fast.

Overall I'd say the course is quite quick, quicker than Worksop, Clowne and other local halves that I've done.
17/09/2006 at 17:14
Was looking for an Oct HM as that would give me sufficient time to get up to the distance after being injured. Last week I did 12.7miles on the flat so am nearly there but hills are what cause my knees most problems. Did a 10km today where someone told me about this race. If it is flat it might be a better bet than an oct one. My alternatives were kenilworth, coventry or worksop (did worksop last year) can anyone comment on how this compares to my alternatives?
Sam Sam, how much quicker would you say this is than worksop? Last year I did Worksop in 2.05 but struggled the last few miles with an injury. this year I have done 1.57 on a flat course and 1.58 on a slightly hilly course (hinckley)
17/09/2006 at 19:43
I would say this is marginally quicker than Worksop, it is more gentle in its undulations whereas the new Worksop circuit in 2005 has reasonable up and downs from 2m to 4m.
17/09/2006 at 19:44
I can back it up with 1:45 at Retford and 1:46 at Worksop and 1:47 at Clowne.
18/09/2006 at 18:43
Had to go into Retford this morning so I thought I would have a look at this 'nasty incline'.

It is slightly steeper than I remember (but then I remember it as a bump in the road) but not nearly as long, nothing anywhere as bad as any of the Clowne hills.

It's looking doubtfull at the moment but if I can kick this cold I shall be there.
18/09/2006 at 19:16
have entered online today
19/09/2006 at 08:05
Thanks for all the info folks. Have signed up, got my number and hope to have a good go at it. Aiming for less than 1.50 but who knows on the day.
20/09/2006 at 16:06
the incline you all seemed concerned about is a steep.ish but short rise at just after 12 miles, absolutely nothing to worry about,and as when you get to top you have less than half mile to go you can push yourself safe in knowledge you're nearly there. I think the course is fantastic pb potential, certainly quicker than both worksop and clowne.
22/09/2006 at 17:42
went onto anquest maps (a software thing we have at work) and traced the route onto an OS map. the program caluculates the distance and total height climbed. the distance was a little under (prob cos I hadnt traced it totally acuratly), the total amount climbed was 93m so not much really. did the same for kenilworth and coventry HM and they were both around 150m. no map online for worksop so cant compare.
Is it downhill after the climb at 12 miles? how long does this climb last for?
22/09/2006 at 19:06
hellen -would say the climb is about 0.25mile then as flat as you are likely to get to the finish

going to enter on the day weather forecast cloudy so will be arriving on the m/c
22/09/2006 at 22:30
I can cope with a 93m climb over 13 miles, having survived Buxton ok!!!
23/09/2006 at 10:17
Hoping to do this one.
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