Pre-London Marathon Hillingdon AC's, ' The Finchley 20 miler'

Not done this before

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22/10/2004 at 09:49
I'm looking for loooong races as part of my FLM build up. I've not done this one. Does anyone have any hints / tips, etc?

22/10/2004 at 13:04
The Finchley 20, which of course takes place in Ruislip, is four laps of a pretty flat five mile course alongside B roads and a few residential streets. Not particularly scenic but a good workout ahead of London. However, psychologically I personally find four laps pretty tough going.
I think the Oakley 20 near Bedford is scheduled for the same day next year. This is a bit hillier but is run through countryside.
23/10/2004 at 09:47
Thanks Pigbag.
I'll see how the training is going at that time to see if I can cope with hills and distance :-)
23/10/2004 at 17:14
I've done this race before. My club used this as it's club 20 mile championship two years ago, and I quite liked this race, so I'm thinking of coming back in 2005. My club's doing it's 20 mile championship in Worthing next year, but this one easily gets my vote. I bit irritating with its four laps, but I still like the race anyway, and you usually get quite a few from my running club (Serpentine) attending this.

See you there!
23/10/2004 at 21:46
Where's that fella with the enamelled medals when you need him??
23/10/2004 at 22:28
Azee Swaleheen?
24/10/2004 at 15:35
Well remembered, Pizza Man!!
24/10/2004 at 16:11
Look at the event feedback!

I've complained to RW, but they've done nothing.
25/10/2004 at 12:10
AV, agree with you that this event gets the vote over the Worthing 20. I ran this last year but it clashed with the Kingston Breakfast 16 miles this year and I see that the two events will be on the same date again in 2005, albeit they're not run at the same time (not that too many people would run 16 miles am and 20 pm!). I intend to give Kingston a miss and run this one again. It would be good to get a Sunday lie-in anyway....:-)
19/01/2005 at 08:23
Does anyone know if this race is still going ahead? It doesn't seem to be generating many posts on here and the Hillingdon AC doesn't appear to mention it.
19/01/2005 at 08:38
I've been informed by a Serpie that it's most definitely going ahead. It will be its usual four laps.
19/01/2005 at 08:42
Thanks, I'll book it up. I'm surprised there hasn't been more mention of it.
19/01/2005 at 11:38
Good to see that this one's now taking online entries.

Not sure where I got my earlier info from but I'm delighted that this race is on the 13th and not the following week, as I previously thought, so it won't clash with the Kingston 16.
Flipper    pirate
20/01/2005 at 09:34
I've just entered this one. I didn't see any mention of a cut-off time so hopefully I won't get kicked off the course!
20/01/2005 at 11:51
Not sure i like the start time...Hope I don't end up finishing in the dark! Did anyone who has done this find 2pm a difficult time to start a race?

However marathon training calls and at least this is really near my house so the ambulance wont have to go far.
20/01/2005 at 12:04
I'm looking forward to a nice lay in bed on that day.
20/01/2005 at 12:07
Jackie, when I ran this 2 years ago it started at 1 pm, so I'm not sure why there's been a change. Personally, it'll be good not to have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to a race for once! As regards finishing in the dark, the clocks should have gone forward by then, so I'm sure you'll be OK! ;-)
20/01/2005 at 12:11
Yes but will it still be light when I finish five hours later?
20/01/2005 at 12:15
Ah! Probably not but it won't be light when I finish in around 3 hours either.
20/01/2005 at 12:17
Never done 20 miles before - my max is 13. Does it really hurt? How much out of 10?
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