Marathon plans for 2013

what races people are thinking of for next year

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20/10/2012 at 10:56

After my first year of marathon running and having completed 3 marathons I am now thinking about the challenges I want to take on next year.

I have had highs and lows this year but overall I am really pleased with the experiences I have had.

Next year I want to do an ultra and get a sub 3.15 marathon. I am thinking the sussex endurancelife ultra in March and possibly berlin marathon in the autumn.

I wonder what everyone else is thinking about how 2012 has gone, what have been the highlights and what people are thinking for next year?
20/10/2012 at 14:15

Hi G,

I just did the Pompey RLNI 10K,  that was good.


20/10/2012 at 14:30


2013 i have a place in London.  I've just done Cardiff Half and i did Bristol Half last year.  I enjoyed both of them and will hopefully being doing one of them again next year.   I love the big city events but it costs a fortune with travelling and accommodation.    Depending on budget etc i would like to do a race overseas.  Have been to Benidorm and Amsterdam with the running club and had great weekends.

Good luck with your ultra. 

20/10/2012 at 18:51
2013 possibilities ... Thames trot, cts Sussex ultra, Blackpool marathon, centurion SDW or NDW 50, centurion SDW 100, Swiss alpine marathon, Abingdon marathon, Omm, beachy head marathon just a few ideas not sure which I will pick although already signed up for the Thames trot, Blackpool and SDW 100
21/10/2012 at 09:06
Did Debut Chester marathon Oct 2011, and Chester 2012, achieved 3:47:51 PB at VLM2012. Leeds half was 3 weeks after London and a PB gained 1:44:05.

In 2013, sign up for Gtr Manchester marathon and will probably do Leeds half again (2 weeks later) and Chester third time lucky.

Natural target for me is sub-3:45.
21/10/2012 at 09:19
Andrew I did Manchester this year the route isn't too bad just hope you get better weather . I don't think I have been so cold in all my life
21/10/2012 at 09:47

London will be my spring marathon, but trying to decide one for the autumn.... Debating between a Berlin or perhaps the Royal Parks Ultra.  But I've got my eye on a few others, did Loch Ness this year and really enjoyed that one.

21/10/2012 at 10:01

Does anyone know of a 'definitely be cold weather' marathon that they would recommend for next year?? I know of the Appledorn mid winter marathon in Holland on Feb 3 but I need longer than that to train now, so I guess I would be looking at the other end of the year ie late Oct/Nov. I was put off London after training in the freezing winter of 2010 only to be greeted by a heatwave on race day 2011 (if anyone remembers it) had a bad experience so I'm looking for a cold marathon?? Any recommendations?

22/10/2012 at 08:53

Aizxana - I was looking at loch ness, it looks like fun, was it good? I want to do a fast autumn marathon and thats why I was thinking of Berlin. After a 3.20 in liverpool I think with a bit more training 3.15 is achievable but not if you are running up mountains.

I am thinking - off road ultra in march, yorkshireman half marathon (did the full one this year) and then Berlin, probably squeeze a few other shorter races in too

22/10/2012 at 13:37

GEE GEE did you enjoy Liverpool?? Great time! I'm orignally form Liverpool and was thinking of that one next year would you recommend it? I'm looking for a cool weather marathon as per my entry above don't want to get hit by a heatwave hate running in high tempsx


22/10/2012 at 13:46

Dee - Liverpool was brilliant, perfect weather cool but not freezing. I had a nightmare with both my other marathons this year, manchester was a freak -2 degrees with freezing wind and rain (lots of people pulled out with hypothermia) and then the Yorkshireman (a fell marathon) was unseasonally hot at about 27 degrees. I was sweating in a vest before the start. It was insanely difficult and got cramp at mile 17 which stayed with me right to the end. The organisation of liverpool, the route and the support was brilliant. the guy who organises it, Alan, did a fantastic job. I would highly recommend it. I think I will do it again probably the year after next.

22/10/2012 at 13:50

Next year? I'm not very focused. I'd like to run 5 & 10k and get my PB's down. I'd like to do some track events. I'd like to know a minute off my hm PB.

 I think that I may be running a marathon as well. I guess that'll just be a long run somewhere very hilly. I'm only doing it for the beer.

22/10/2012 at 13:52

Having done a marathon in each of the last 3 years I decided to have a break from them this year.  Did the Prague and Munich half's and shaved a few seconds of my PB in both.

Want to get back to doing a marathon next year and am eyeing up Amsterdam in October.  By the way, I highly recommend Berlin gee gee.



22/10/2012 at 14:34

Hi all,

*cough*.... I already have a fairly solid plan:

January: Enigma Winter Double marathon
February: Malta marathon
March: Eco trail de Paris
April: Paris and Antwerp marathon
May: Mont St Michel marathon
June: Giantshead marathon
Sept: Berlin (still need a place) marathon
October: Cologne marathon

So... i've still got a few spots....

22/10/2012 at 15:37

Emmy H - oh my goodness me!!!! Keeping busy then!!!!!!! 


22/10/2012 at 15:46

I've gone a bit mental this year.... but Yes... Keeping busy!

There are a couple that i've done as half marathons and really enjoyed so I want to see what they are like as full marathons.

22/10/2012 at 16:26

Emmy you will need to fit in your psychiatrist appointments before hand and your physio appointments (to get your legs sewn back on) afterwards

I need to think about getting a place on berlin I take it I should be dealing with this sooner rather than later

22/10/2012 at 16:29

I think it's bloody brill Emmy H! I just ran my first 1/2 and just can't wait to do more. x

22/10/2012 at 16:37
gee gee wrote (see)

Emmy you will need to fit in your psychiatrist appointments before hand and your physio appointments (to get your legs sewn back on) afterwards

I need to think about getting a place on berlin I take it I should be dealing with this sooner rather than later

I've already been called anal for my marathon spreadsheet for 2013. Its listed with all of the planning requirements (flight/hotel) on one sheet... I think it's just practical

23/10/2012 at 08:44

Blackpool Marathon & Half Marathon, New venue for 2013, start Blackpool Football Club's famous Bloomfield Road Stadium, finish on the pitch. 5000 car parking spaces on site, Hotel overlooking the finish inside the ground (book early will soon fill), expo Saturday, Charity pre race party Saturday, 100 toilets on site, race video on large screens within the grounds.Run the Golden Mile and all Blackpools famous sites on the route. Blackpool, Europes best visited holiday resort, over 10 million visitors in 2012.  Look at early entry and loyalty points sceme on

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