I haven't done it before but doing it this year in preparation for the Copenhagen marathon. It's 4x5mile laps. You can find more info here.
4 laps sounds a bit daunting... but I won't be racing it. Just treating it as a long run with a big chunk of it run at target MP. Hopefully even with the laps it will be easier to do with other runners than on my own.
My OH did it a few years ago - it's easy on supporters, you can wait in the race HQ until your runner is due round for the next spot of cheering on.
There is (or was) a Majestic Wine shop close by, in which I whiled away some time
Thank you both!
Mon77 - thanks very much for the link. I'll be treating it like a long run too, it will be my first 20m of training, so I want to use it to play around with pace and hydrating & fuelling.
Laps aren't my favourite thing to do (and I've been put off even more by recent forays into the world of sprints and speedwork!) but running in a race environment, even if I'm not actually 'racing', is a good way to keep me motivated!
Wilkie - thanks for the tip about Majestic, I think that might lure a few more friends & family out to support me!
You're welcome - it kept me occupied for a couple of laps
Did cost me quite a bit of money though!
There were refreshments in the race HQ, too - tea, cakes that sort of thing, and the race goes past it.
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Thats my fuelling strategy sorted!
I'm also not crazy about laps but there aren't many 20mile races around so it will have to do. Good for supporters.
Wilkie- very good tip. My OH will appreciate it.
Thanks Martin, I will pass the details on to friends I have blackmailed into coming down to support me
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