flat/fun halfs for next year

looking for a flat half marathons late next yr

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06/11/2012 at 12:50

im looking for any advice for half marathons that are reseasonably flat and fun for july-oct next year. need some time to practise and prepare. any suggestions please?

06/11/2012 at 13:55
Perkins great eastern run in peterborough is super flat .usually early October.
06/11/2012 at 13:55

Why flat?

06/11/2012 at 14:24

Why not?

06/11/2012 at 14:34

Agree GazOc - Good bit of fun when you can just go for it for 13.1 miles. Would be boring if all flat.

06/11/2012 at 15:09

Why do people think that a flat race is easier than a hilly one?

06/11/2012 at 15:12

I like a bit of variation in a race.  Totally flat is dull, and harder on your musles in some respects.

Hills can be hard, but if you put some training in then you get the pleasure of overtaking all the flatlanders who have to walk up

Oh, and you get the pleasure of running down after.

06/11/2012 at 15:13

Not suggesting that - just is nice in the mind to know every now and again that you can go all out. I prefer hilly 1/2's like Tunbridge Wells

06/11/2012 at 15:19

Maybe the OP just doesn't like hill running or thinks a flat race will give a better chance of a fast time? Either way "flat" was the question posed.

Edited: 06/11/2012 at 15:20
06/11/2012 at 16:15

Im amazed by some of the answers, I admit Im a 'newbie' at this half marathon malarky, but I went in the Salisbury half marathon a week ago and going up the steep hill not only pretty much ruined any of my gains I had made up to that point, but I was so spent after it that even the flat bits after it suffered timewise. I can't see any reason why you would want to do a course with hills on it, all it will do is bugger up your time as far as I can see ..... I'll put it this way it would put me off doing the course in the future if I knew it was going to be hilly to be honest. Plus it also makes doing time comparisons almost impossible since you are comparing apples with oranges (flat courses versus hill courses).

06/11/2012 at 19:12

flat courses are fast...but there's a danger of the terrain being so boring you lose the will to live...i still have nightmares about running up and down the Southend sea front four times in one HM...so the key, imho, is flat, but interesting and varied....and that's quite rare


06/11/2012 at 19:52

Cardiff is pretty flat, apart from the odd bridge or underpass. The route is okay and its a nice city to visit.

06/11/2012 at 20:44
Katy- the birmingham half is generally a flat course. There is a slight incline/hill at mile 10 though. If you are looking for fun then sign up for the great north run- the best atmosphere you will get at any half, and its the worlds biggest! I've ran it 11 times and it keeps on getting better, would really recommend!!!! Good luck in whatever you choose!
06/11/2012 at 21:39
Bristol is pancake flat in September. Decent city and nice route and big race atmosphere.
06/11/2012 at 21:52
I did Cardiff this year, good course, would recommend it.
06/11/2012 at 22:19

Peterborough, Maidenhead or Chippenham?

07/11/2012 at 06:59

White Horse April - Flat,  only 500 places, get in quick it fills up.
Maidenhead Sep - Flat, nice town centre finish.
Wokingham Feb - Not done it but reports say flat and I'm doing it next year.

Would not call Chippenham flat, no hills but a steady incline for the last 2.5 miles then a steep downhill to the finish. Not on this year maybe next.

07/11/2012 at 07:48
Bearstead Plodder - I'm interested in doing Tunbridge Wells half next year. What are the hills like? I'm not scared of hills as am addicted to Beachy Head marathon even thou I live in a flat part of Essex.
07/11/2012 at 07:49
Paddock Woods is a lovely half
07/11/2012 at 07:53

Tracey - if you done Beachy Head no got no problems with TW - there is just one hill that kicks in at 6-7 miles which if you not done it before surprises you. Here is link to hill profile of race: http://www.goodrunguide.co.uk/ElevationGraph.asp?RunType=A&RunID=123

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