Great Bentley Half Marathon

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17/12/2009 at 08:39
Might do this if Witham 5 miles on Boxing Day goes ok.
28/12/2009 at 11:45
This can go back to the front page now me thinks
30/12/2009 at 23:02

Hi all,

I am a nearly 40yr old lady that took up running feb this year and so far am up to 11 miles in approx 2hrs 15mins which i know is not fast but hey, i dont do it for the speed aspect i do it cos i enjoy getting out of the house and clearing my head after a challenging day with the kids. I have set myself a challenge in that i would love to do a half marathon and have spotted this one. However i am not sure where this place is ( i live in waltham abbey) and i dont know whether i have the courage to "officially run it"

I only run on the road or local tow paths with the occasional hill so am not sure whether this is a good half marathon for me or not?

Has anyone else felt like this....shall i shant i, will i embarass myself for being so slow....!!!! Help Please as i really want to do this but am SCARED!


30/12/2009 at 23:48


i run for the club and i can say it would be a great 1st half to do as the course is flat and run on mostly back roads with very little traffic, trust me looking at your times your not slow we have people finishing around the 3 hr and we will support them all the way around

last year our race got voted by other running clubs as the best essex race in which we are very proud off

 great bentley is near colchester

 better get that application soon as we expect to fill the race before the months end

we all felt scared for our first race, just do it and you won`t be disapointed

02/01/2010 at 15:43
I'm abit annoyed with this race. The GB1/2 is a truly great race. But looking at the GBRC website
and their entry system. Especially the non refundable even in the event of weather.
So, god forbid come towards race day. It snows and the course have icy patches too unsafe
and therefore cancel the race. Does GBRC keep the money? Looks unfair to those entering
and the race is cancelled don't get their money back or a entry for 2011.
02/01/2010 at 16:24

I think runnerman has a point - lots of races have been cancelled, including our own on Boxing Day, over the last few weeks (the Hadleigh XC event has also been cancelled for tomorrow due to freezing conditions). Runners who regularly race and pre-enter, could soon find themselves out of pocket. This could in turn lead to more entering on-the-day entry events and giving a headache for organisers at this time of year!

04/01/2010 at 19:10


this is my running club, and i`m along your lines of thinking, why the runners should be out of pocket, but last year after the luton marathon was cancelled i asked if our race was insured incase of cancelation and was told that we had looked into it and the costs involved was to expensive,

the costs of putting on our race have gone up somewhat over the last couple of years, due to champion chip timing, other insurances, medals, trophys, start numbers etc etc, and with no sponsership most of the money received will be put back into making it one of the best races we can, should the race be cancelled and we had to refund it would put our little club under

i hope that we can get insurance for next years race, and will keep on asking the committee until they do so

04/01/2010 at 19:56
I've decide not to enter. Training is difficult in these icy conditions and I do not see the weather changing any time this month.
04/01/2010 at 23:35
shame to hear that  OR  with 5 weeks to the race theirs plenty of good training time,
05/01/2010 at 08:26

Pap - thanks for answering although our race was on Boxing Day which we had to cancel and we are refunding or transferring to this year.  As we only cancelled on Christmas Eve we had already paid out for everything, including 600 mince pies that we give out each year (would you like them??)

As our race is on Boxing Day it will always be subject to  cancellation, for that reason we do not put the date on our T-Shirts just the number of the race i.e. last year was meant to be the 26th so as that didn't happen then this year is now the 26th.  Trophies we are going to have to get them amended as they do have the year.

We also looked into the insurance and I've been told its far too expensive and would be better of buying a lottery ticket.

Anyway I've entered and will be there keeping fingers crossed that this weather buggers off.

05/01/2010 at 09:00

since i`ve run with the club we have never had to call the race off so fingers crossed, the 1st year i ran it we had blistering snow driving sideways across the fields

i did`nt know about the no refund until it was brought up on this forum,but will try and convince the committee to change that in the furture, although i trust the committee will do all they can to put on the best that they can,

 as for the mince pies, i think that i`ve seen enough of them over christmas to put me off ever eating another for a whole year

i`m off to america tomorrow to run the walt disney marathon in florida and the local runners  there are moaning that they had a frost yesterday morning and how cold it is,

i`ll bring the sun home with me for the bentley half

11/01/2010 at 20:33

Hi Pab

 thanks for your vote of confidence, still havent put in yet and havent even checked whether there are still places as it is a long way for me and the hubby + supporters to come if cancelled so looking a little closer to home namely the roding valley 1/2 marathon.

 Many thanks


11/01/2010 at 23:06
Another couple to consider are Watford half in February and Brentwood in March although that may be full now.  Dartford half would be easy for you to get to although thay's not till July.
12/01/2010 at 11:15

Yep we'e been told Brentwood is full.  Although Brentwood is one 1/2 I do not like and have done it 3 times.

Fingers crossed the weather buggers off and this does go ahead.  I just need to try and train, dreadmill is doing my head in, the gym has never seen so much of me before.

24/01/2010 at 17:17

Buggeration. Too late to enter, already full. Ran last year and really enjoyed the route.

 Anyone know if there's a chance to sneak in on a cancellation?

25/01/2010 at 01:32
This will be my second time at Great Bentley and looking forward to it but as not the fastest of runners I kinda depend on my ipod for beat and motivation as there can be huge stretches alone.  Is it definitely the case that ipods are banned??  Do I have a medal to look forward to as a momento this year as opposed to a beanie hat ?  Little things I know but big things for the more amateur and aspirational runner!
25/01/2010 at 11:24

hey guys

i bit the bullet and thought i would enter but left it too late and had to go on the cancellations list just had confirmation today that i am in this has left me with 1week and 6days to train

to say i feel stupid and completly undertrained is an understatement

at the moment i am up to 6miles in 57:57 i did 9miles sat in 1hr 48 and in the last 2 1/2 miles i kinda run/walked/jogged, running club is helping me tremendously

i just hope i do myself and the run justice and i am going for 3hours or less

25/01/2010 at 11:39
Muppley, how do you get onto the cancellations list?
25/01/2010 at 11:51
i went on the events list on here emailed the contact at the bottom he mailed me a application form and told me it wasnt a guarantee of a place i sent the form back with payment and i got a mail today to say yes. i do believe tomorrow is the absolutly last cut off day so be quick!
25/01/2010 at 11:56
Thanks Muppley.
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