Halstead & Essex Marathon

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30/04/2010 at 09:17
adrain - I did Halstead last year.
30/04/2010 at 09:18
It is more undulating than Brighton, but not too bad. It is a lovely race throught country lanes, some of them single track lanes.
30/04/2010 at 10:49

Thanks Tracey.

So would you say tougher, easier or about the same....?   ( I know these things are personal, just trying to get a feel for it).

The things I've read have suggested it undulates more but not quite as severely therefore may be a little easier than Brighton.

Brighton was my first marathon for 8 years (& only 4th ever) but am considering Halstead since I'm more or less trained anyway....


30/04/2010 at 11:25
Got my number: 441
30/04/2010 at 16:19
Brighton is easier than Halstead.
30/04/2010 at 19:14

OK have our numbers - I enter us both and they address it to him .  One of the small things in life that really pee me off.

Despite that I'm really looking forward to this even though haven't really train for it, so should be an interesting and painful day.

My aim is to finish before Mr Burns for a change   its sooooo not going to happen.

Right now to email the numbers man and let him know we have the numbers.

Have a good taper weekend all.

30/04/2010 at 19:14
Just looked at the data from my Garmin and there a 1000 more feet of climbing at Halstead.
30/04/2010 at 19:27
Tracey G - pls shut up   Oh well at least I've done this twice before so know what I'm letting myself in for. Shame its not bank hols next Monday,
30/04/2010 at 20:34
Tired Legs - I am feel like I am coming down with a cold. Did a terrible time at Serpentine 5k today.
30/04/2010 at 21:12
Tracey G wrote (see)
Just looked at the data from my Garmin and there a 1000 more feet of climbing at Halstead.

Interesting.  Not much then, just 300M or so & arguably in more manageable chunks.    I found Brighton very tough & the profile of Halstead looks a bit easier to me;   that being said I'm utterly useless up hills so I may be just as bad at Halstead (or worse) than I was at Brighton.
Edited: 30/04/2010 at 21:13
30/04/2010 at 21:53

adrian - I did better at Halstead last year than I did at FLM.  I think we did crap at Brighton because we were not use the heat after a coldest winter for a long time.

01/05/2010 at 00:43

Personally I found the hills at Brighton really tough whilst the heat never bothered me.

However (!) I don't normally drink much whilst running - for example my longest (23m) training run for Brighton I didn't drink at all.  But during the Brighton marathon itself I drank 10 full bottles of water & 1 bottle of Gatorade - so probably fair to say I was dehydrating.....

I really want to run Halstead but not if it's hot.  Maybe I'll spend the next 7 days rain-dancing....

01/05/2010 at 08:08

Adrian - Be carefully drinking lots of water during a race you can end up washing the salts out of your system and end up with cramp and all sorts of problems. You need to keep your Electrolyte leaves up so use a drink, tablets or gels with these in. Personally I use Elete just a squirt on your tongue and then drink some water as I can't handle sports drinks on the run. Made the mistake of drinking some Powerade at Brighton and ended up with stomach cramps.

As for hills 300m over 26.2 miles should be fine as long as it isn't 300m in one climb Did the Steyning Stinger Marathon in March now that has some hills, clocked it at just over 1000m climb.

01/05/2010 at 08:34
adrian - there is a little down hill at the start and then a good hill climb not steep but goes on for a bit to get you on the the figure of eight.  What you will like to here is that the last couple of mile are down hill. There will be more shade at Halstead than at Brighton thou.
01/05/2010 at 08:54

according to this the weather doesn't look like it will be too hot just got to hope the forcast doesn't change!


01/05/2010 at 10:34

Everyone at works seems to have had some horrid lurgy which so far I've managed not to catch, fingers crossed it stays that way.

Just be careful at the start Adrian as Tracey says it goes down, but turn that first corner and it goes up, not for long but up all the same.

01/05/2010 at 13:25
Weather def looking better than I had hoped. Thanks people for the information on what to expect on the course. I have butterflies just thinking about it now
01/05/2010 at 15:06

hi everyone, just would like to know if the organisation provide some gel station,it s my first marathon and don t know much . I m back after injury (ankle) in berkamstead half marathon where i manage to finish in 1h40 ( it was my first on ) .I didnt traine the last 2 mouth because of injury so not to much expectation for my first marathon in halstead . I will just try to finish if my ankel is OK.     Good luck to all of you.

01/05/2010 at 17:23

Nope they provide water and orange - you can if you get there early arrange for your own gels to be at a water station.  Its all in your race pack or on the web.

Good luck you'll still be infront of me as my 1/2 is nowhere near that fast.

02/05/2010 at 19:06

hope the weather is better for next Sunday,  just had one of the worst 12 mile runs I’ve ever had water proof jacket defiantly not water proof and some Clio driving Pratt hit me with a tidal wave of water from a puddle  not a happy bunny

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