Marathon plans for 2013

what races people are thinking of for next year

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24/10/2012 at 14:49

Do they serve Guinness at the drink stations too?

24/10/2012 at 14:59

Welcome to the insane club andyp I'm the same. I also colour code dependent upon the race (marathon/half marathon/10km etc)

24/10/2012 at 16:56

It's funny Emmy_H - I also use RAG codes for whether I'm on/off track for my personal targets for the year!!

25/10/2012 at 12:06

I down load all my Garmin training splits to a CSV file and then calculate weighted average adjusted for elevation. After that I set my targets using a positive standard deviation methodology ( joking of course) I am trying to factor in wind resistance but I look stupid running with a wind sock on my head!!

Julia - is that spires and steeples challenge the same as the spires and shires ultra ( I think it is in northamptonshire??) because I was looking at that last year

25/10/2012 at 12:16

Geegee - You're just jealous 'cause we're so organised  Saying that... I just registered for Berlin marathon and it was a very efficient experience. I swear, living in germany turned me german!

26/10/2012 at 13:16

Emmy  unfortunately I saw the Berlin marathon forum at about 4pm yesterday and sat reading how you all signed up in a minute felling pretty gutted, but saying that 10,000 people signing up in a minute

26/10/2012 at 13:17

you would have to be some kind of project manager to  be so organised not to miss that

26/10/2012 at 13:20

It was utterly incredible. I was reading the updates on facebook from the organisers.

10,000 gone in under a minute
20,000 gone in less than an hour
40,000 gone in 3 1/2 hours.

I admit - i invited myself to a meeting and called it DND (do not disturb) to make sure that i got in on time

There's still a possibility to get a place - it's after the rest of the people have paid/fully registered

26/10/2012 at 13:25

After I ran my first marathon, London, in 1998, I said 'never again'. I was prevailed upon to run Abingdon this year and rather enjoyed it, so I might target one, maybe two next year. I have a friend who can put me up in Ljbuljana (that's Slovenia, for those that don't know) and they have an October marathon, so I might just go for that one.

29/10/2012 at 12:56

Majorca's a nice event.  I ran in Oct 2010 (the half not the full) and luckily the weather was nice enough to enjoy a week away too.

06/11/2012 at 16:52

Hi, I plan to run my first marathon in spring 2013. I have run many other shorter events including half marathons.

I missed out on VLM but am looking for a marathon in April. My thoughts so far are either Manchester, Rotterdam or Antwerp. They all have various pros and cons for me, but i'd love to hear others views. Also does anyone know if the Antwerp marathon has a loop (something I wish to avoid) - the course map is 'coming soon'.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated!

06/11/2012 at 16:58

Hi Joanna,

Great plan for Antwerp... i signed up as well. It's my "hometown" marathon as I live 20 mins from there. If it's the same route as last year (and normally there's only a few changes) - it'll look like this:

In case you cant open it - its below:

 Has anyone done Gloucester here? Would they recommend it?

06/11/2012 at 17:00

Here's the route:

Thonetlaan (at the zebrapad 1ste building, Beatrijslaan until the Abrahan Verhoevenlaan, 180° turnaorund), Beatrijslaan, (R) Blancefloerlaan (Km 1), (R) Halewijnlaan, (R) Charles De Costerlaan (Km 2), Waaslandtunnel, (Km 3 & Km 4), (R) Tunnelplaats, (R) Ankerrui, (R) Oude Leeuwenrui, Brouwersvliet (Km 5), (L) Ortheliuskaai, Jordaenskaai, Ernest Van Dijckkaai, (Km 6) Plantinkaai, St. Michielskaai, Cockerillkaai, (Km 7), De Gerlachekaai, (L) Namenstraat, Jan Van Gentstraat, Bolivarplaats, (Km 8), Singel, (tegen de richting), (R) Kolonel Silvertoplaan, (Km 9), Emiel Vloorstraat, (Km 10), (L) Hendriklei, (R) Weerstandslaan, (Km 11), Steynstraat (Km 12) Antwerpse Steenweg, (R) Louisalei (Km 13) (L) Cockerillplaats, Jozef Leemanslaan (Km 14), (L) Krijgsbaan (Km 15), R 11 (Km 16), (L) Valaardreef (Km 17), (R) Bosheidelaan, (R) Berkenrijslaan, Dr Veeckmanlaan, (Km 18), (R) Heistraat, Bist, (R) Doornstraat, (L) Kerkeveldstraat, (Km 20) (L) Alfons Wellenslaan, (R) St. Bavostraat, (Km 21 ), (L) Schaliënmolenstraat Vaderlandstraat, (PAALTJES), Jules Moretuslei, R 11, (R) Groenenborgerlaan, (Km 22), Ringlaan, (Km 23) Fruithoflaan, (L) Berchemboslaan (Km 24), Rooiplein, Filip Williotstraar, (R) Berchem Stadionstraat (Km 25), (L) Roderveldlaan, (R) Arbeidersstraat, Edelgesteentestraat (Km 26), (R) Lode Van Berckenlaan, (L) Lanteernhofstraat, (Km 27), (L) Boekenberglei, (R) Drakenhoflei, (L) Unitaslaan, (Km 28), (L) Eksterlaar, (R) St. Rochusstraat,(km 29), L) Korte St. Rochusstraat, (R) Gabriël Vervoortstraat, Dr Romain De Velstraat, Van Havrelei, (Km 30), (R) Te Boelaarlei, Morckhovelei, Kerkendijk, (km 31), (R) Griffier Schrobbelaan, Collegelaan, (R) Wouter Haecklaan, (km 32) (L) Sterckxhoflei, (R) Rivierenhof (Km 33), (L) Parkweg (Km 34 & Km 35) Tunnel Fietspad, Turnhoutsebaan, (R) Binnensingel Noord, (Km 36 & Km 37), Slachthuislaan (Km 38 tegen de richting), (L) Maasstraat, (L) Lange Lobroekstraat, Damplein, (R) Viaduct Dam,(Km 39) Spoor Noord, (L) Kempenstraat, Binnenvaartstraat, (L) Italiëlei, (R) Koeikensgracht / Zwedenstraat, (R) Oude Leeuwenrui (Km 41), Brouwersvliet, (L) Ortheliuskaai, Jordaenskaai, Ernest Van Dijckkaai, (L) Suikerrui,(km 42) (L) Grote Markt

07/11/2012 at 12:39


I was planning on a 'quiet' year with around 20 Marathons.

  • Jan - Enigma
  • Feb - Belvoir
  • Mar - Charnwood & Broadmeadow
  • Apr - ???
  • May - North Yorks CTS, Rhondda Rollercoaster, Clun, Howgills
  • June  - Kent, Shap & Coombe Abbey
  • Jul - White Peak Walk & Wenlock 50
  • Aug - Sandwell Six Towns
  • Sep - Wistanstow
  • Oct - Rivington or Where Raven's Dare or Long Mynd Hike and maybe BH
  • Nov - Spooky Challenge & Maybe Steppingly Step
  • Dec - Broadmeadow & Sunrise to Sunset

So not too badly congested after May & June

Although, quite a few will be as a Walker or a slow jog / walk.

08/11/2012 at 07:20
Jan Gloucester
Feb Born to run ultra
Mar Rome
Apr Manchester or Sunderland
May Dukeries ultra
Jun The Wall
So far .....
08/11/2012 at 07:40

@EKGO - have you run Gloucester before? what is the course like?

I've added in Frankfurt marathon on 27th October... 

Edited: 08/11/2012 at 08:39
08/11/2012 at 15:35

Gloucester was a good run it was a run from the start to a country lane loop of about 7.5 miles that you complete 3 times, some hills but no killers, and quite a friendly run, the finish took you a little around the houses but I am doing it again so can't be too bad.

Later on in the year I'll add some more, if the dates fall right I might be able to do Loch Ness, Chester and Liverpool on consecutive weeks, you only have to build up and taper the once then.

08/11/2012 at 19:43

@ EKGO I believe the dates fall right for LN, Chester & Liverpool.

The dates have all been announced, and are on consecutive weekends.

08/11/2012 at 19:48
Good news would have tried it this year but for injury, managed the first two but the last was not possible. Still the first two would be the preferred
08/11/2012 at 19:51

I did Loch Ness as well.

Absolutely loved it (my second time), but couldn't afford to do it every year, unless I bin some of the other events.

Maybe for my 100th

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