Alwyn, Newry only moved to June this year because the Bank Hol was moved. I would guess that it will be back to the last Sunday in May next year. I'm aiming for the Belfast marathon although the Walled City marathon is tempting as a one-off. Hoping to get to Race over the Glens again.
I didn't know what you lads were talking about until I googled WPFG.
Thanks for that heads-up about Newry, Paul - wish you well with your marathon training in the New Year.
I'm breaking up from work today and looking forward to getting in some good daylight runs over the next 2 weeks - at least with this rain and milder temp, there's no fear of icy underfoot conditions!
Tommy what was your time from Seeley?
Thats flying so sub 80 should be easy for you.
Tommygun - I did 39:59 at Seeley but I'm theoretically aiming for 80-82 minutes for Larne, I've done 1:26 on my own on a fairly hilly 13 mile course around home recently so I think with a three months to go, and under race conditions it's doable - but then I'm an optimist! You should be one step at least ahead of me!
Don't worry I haven't done it since and that was two weeks ago - after a light week! 10.6 yesterday at an easier 6:59 pace but slacking off a bit next week to get ready Race over the Glens on New Year's Day.
Whose going to be running on Christmas Day - I will I'm diabetic so it'll mean I can eat more!
I'm fond of the Knockagh Riad myself, No Pain, although not in this weather. It's hard to beat being up there on a sunny morning.
Yes, I had to google wpfg as well. It's big. I see there are tieing in with the Belfast Triathlon, which seemed to go well last year when held for the first time. We went down to watch DS expecting him to come out of the water a deep shade of brown. He was a bit green around the gills, but otherwise ok.
No ROTG for me I'm afraid. Unfortunately I've joined the ranks of the walking (limping) injured at the moment. Possibly a tendon injury but perhaps a stress fracture above an ankle. I doing little mileage now and it came without warning so can only guess it was due to a combination of new shoes and running on a cambered footpath. Just when I was about to congratulate myself on a good year. C'est la vie. So no running for a while and just hope it heals ok.
Welcome to the forum NP, PC and anyone else I've missed. Looks like everyone's getting ready for the road ahead to Spring Marathon success. Over Christmas I've Cracker, Greencastle, Lough 5 to do and then ROTG. Looking forward to January and start training. My schedule for VLM starts on 21 Jan, so a few easy weeks of building up miles and get into the habit of training instead of just racing.
PC - ref shin splints - new footwear should help and a good rest period. I'm no expert but being prepared to really rest and allow the body to heal properly is something which I see both novices and intermediates struggle with.
Hope you all have a great Christmas and no doubt will bump into many of you over the next few weeks.
PS Alywnn - hoping to get run in Mournes sorted for mid January - will be in touch.
Welcome back BVRB. There are some nice trails in Roe Valley Country Park and Kenny Bacon from Springwell Runners will be in a good position to advise. Also try Downhill Desmene - another great wee trail course. Try parking at P'stewart Strand and run the coastal paths which you can run for miles.
If you are here for New Years Day then Race Over The Glens is a must do race for you. I plan to be at Greencastle on Boxing Day for the 5 mile road race. Or if you are keen to go off road then the Turkey Trot in the Mournes on Boxiing Day is great but quite a hike and a there's a 10 mile off road race in Castlewellan. Finally try Cam Forest about two miles from Limavady on the road to Garvagh.
Also if you head towards Ballykelly and go inland there are great wee trails I run on in Loughermore Forest and Ness Woods.
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