Halstead Marathon

18th May 2003

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25/11/2002 at 12:55
I know it's a long way off.. but I was thinking about this for my first marathon.. Anyone done it before?
30/11/2002 at 13:47
having run the race twice , I would say that it is a scenic rural 2 lap course and would be perfect as a first marathon as long as you like tough courses.
As long as you start off very steadily as it is constantly undulating with a big hill at the 3 mile point being especially taxing.
15-20 minutes slower than the London Marathon course , but far more scenic .
I'll probably be running it again .
Nicko. Hdau    pirate
30/11/2002 at 14:20
Ran it once M, used to be a nice lady with sweets at the 91/2 and 19 mile mark on the corner.

Jelly babies if I remember right!!!!
03/12/2002 at 19:08
It was mu first ever marathon when I did it last year.
Only do it if you can do hills comfortably. They get bigger on the second lap!

Lovely atmosphere, the only downer being the near-vertical ascent thrown in at 25 miles. But there's an ambulance parked right next to the finish line...
04/12/2002 at 11:32
Thanks guys.. yeah I'm definitely gonna do it. I'm not too bad at hills so I'm going to give it a go.. seeing as FLM didn't want me.. sob! Thanks for your comments/advice.
04/12/2002 at 17:47
Good luck, Michelle.

I strongly recommend lots of hill training - I thought I was good at hills until Halstead 2002!

Maybe see you there - yet to hear from London but I'm told the odds are 5-1 against.

Michael
04/12/2002 at 18:58
well count me in-as the family home is Sudbury I will be able to stay at my parents pre race-CU all there
14/12/2002 at 10:03
Hi all, I entered this one yesterday, going for the GFA time so that if I decide to run London in the next 2 years that I dont have to bother with that pesky ballot!

I have added this race to www.urwfrc.org so we can add target times too, NN
14/12/2002 at 20:40
Natty,

You're entering Halstead to get an impressive time?

It's a fun race, sure - having had my London rejection, I'll probably be running Halstead again this year - but add 15 mins to your PB. Hills. If you want speed, have you thought of Bungay? Itlooked quite an amenable course on their website. Lots of flat bits.

M
14/12/2002 at 20:57
Hi Michael, I see people mentioning that this is a tough course compared to most, but fortunately it will hold no surprises to me as I have run this before in one of my previous comebacks and have checked and the course is still the same, I thought it was a great route and remember the hill at 25 miles too :)

I know its not the flatest, but then I am only running it because its within 8 miles of my house and I have already allowed extra on top of what I should be able to get.

Bring on the course!!

Best Wishes, NN

PS. Are you a local runner?
15/12/2002 at 19:07
I expect to be doing this if I've survived the FLM.
15/12/2002 at 19:09
Hi LF, thats good, am trying to get others to run it as well but they dont seem too interested!

Best Wishes, NN
18/12/2002 at 18:35
NN-any probs if I run with you????????/

The first 100yrds that is!!!!!!!!! LOL

Post race social in the Bull???????

I will be at the parents the night before if you want a lift to halstead...let me know.

graham
18/12/2002 at 18:38
Hi Graham, where is the Bull, last time I was in Halstead was about 4 years ago!! I should be getting lift with my training partner, thanks for the offer though, NN

PS. Of course you can run with me for the first 100 yards :)
18/12/2002 at 19:46
the bull is at the bottom of the hill, just on the bend opp the cheapo shop9if its still there!!!!!!!!!
18/12/2002 at 19:57
I only know where Scenarios is, is it near there? Will see you at London Half before anyway, NN
19/12/2002 at 18:39
it is, and yes you will. LoL
19/12/2002 at 18:40
Ok, at least I have an idea where you are talking about now :)

NN
21/12/2002 at 16:18
Hi I'm one of the organisers and can let you have any info.
21/12/2002 at 20:04
Hi Maurice, I ran this in 1998, it is still the same course isnt it?

What happened to the half (ish) marathon option that existed back then, my mate would have run that but the full monty is too much for him yet.

Thanks, NN
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