Halstead marathon

Am I being stupid.

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08/12/2012 at 21:27
Right here goes, just tried entering this marathon and got into the registration page etc and there's two options. Running non championship and championship?

So clicked championship. I'm part of a running club etc and it says at the end that.......can you confirm that you haven't ran any championship races in 2013 ?

Am I being thick or something but surely I will have ran championship races in 2013 by the time this marathon starts.

Any help on this subject would greatly be appreciated. I haven't properly registered yet because it confused me abit and got scared so didn't accept. Oh and by the way this would be my first marathon
Edited: 08/12/2012 at 21:28
09/12/2012 at 08:25

Jason - that will be the County Championships...Essex I guess.   You are eligible if you were born in Essex or have lived there for the last 9 months.   But you cannot enter any other county championships in any one year even if you're eligible (i.e born in one county but live in another).


09/12/2012 at 09:02
Hi Jason, that's my understanding as well. If you haven't run this race before enjoy. It is a brilliant event, fantastically organised on a lovely undulating course.

I've done it the last two years and already entered for 2013.
09/12/2012 at 09:31
Ok so I don't have to enter under Essex championship just under my affiliated club.

I thinks ill enter that one soon then

Thanks everyone. Looking forward to it.

DS2 I've read the reviews and it seems to be what I'm looking for in my first. Just got to start the training
09/12/2012 at 12:24
Good luck Jason. Make sure you get lots of hilly long runs in then. It's undulating but not too tough. I'm sure you will enjoy.
09/12/2012 at 14:25

Shall we use this thread as an opportunity to keep in touch with those intending to do this marathon? Be good to keep each other going!


09/12/2012 at 22:03
I think that's a brilliant idea DS2. Entered it this morning so yes hilly training for me in the up and coming months.

Went on a nice LSR trail 2day kindly arranged by a member of my club, was a brilliant 9.5 miles
09/12/2012 at 22:18
Great stuff Jason. Sounds like just the sort of training needed. Where is your club?
10/12/2012 at 07:34
Morning all. My clubs called grange farm and dunmow runners or GFDR.
Really good club only been a member for few months, excellent training nights and lovely bunch of people.

As only being a wee 23 years I've learned soo much from them already and improving all the time.

Are you part of a club DS2?
10/12/2012 at 08:20

Jason - good news that you've entered.   It's a lovely marathon.   Not sure if I'm doing it next year as it's a pig of drive from Devon

10/12/2012 at 08:28

Hi Jason - I was a long time ago but because of circumstances it has been rather difficult. Just looking to rejoin now. I'm down in Kent (Rochester way) so have a few good options.

Here is a link that tells you quite a bit about me!!!

Vote for DS2 here....

10/12/2012 at 09:08

very impressive pitch david hope you get through. youve got my vote!

nice time btw i hope to be in that region one day.  hopefully you can just pick up where you left? like riding a bike as they say! or duck to water etc 

10/12/2012 at 09:16

thanks shades just a sper of the moment thing before i ventured out for me LSR.

been looking forward to a marathon the day i started running. (used to be a 20 a day smoker) just didnt think i would enter into one this quick

10/12/2012 at 10:57

Jason - thanks, much appreciated!

A great story - giving up smoking  will stand you in good stead for the mental strength you will need to prepare and run a marathon. It's always good to set a target - keeps you motivated in the winter!

Good luck

11/12/2012 at 07:37

Morning all on this frostie Essex morning

Running tonight round the local route, should be around the 5 mile mark with 2hills included.

Any tips on how I can vamp up the run, usually just run around 9-10mm get home, foam roll then down the pub but only the one

Edited: 11/12/2012 at 08:16
11/12/2012 at 09:32

jason - only the one pub or one beer?

When ramping up the mileage follow the 10% rule both for weekly mileage and longest run. Adding on a mile at a time is best up to 10 miles if you aren't very experienced. How many times a week are you running and how many miles?

11/12/2012 at 10:31

david-only the one cider for me, even then im pretty merry  (i am only small)

well id like to say im experienced enough already i do anything from 15-20 miles a week. i run tuesday, wednesday (club), friday and sunday (LSR or race)

obviously in the new year ill have to think about hiking the mileage up for marathon training

11/12/2012 at 13:01

Running 4 times a week is a good base. I'm sure you will find you are able to build up sensibly. Make sure you run the majority of the miles easily at first to build the endurance. Speed can come in later!

11/12/2012 at 13:46

i hope so  

my current races to date have been:

hatfield broad oak 10k- 46:00

great bardfield 10k-48:00 (very hot day)

tiptree 10 miler-1hr 12

stebbing rememberance 10 miler-1 hr 11

there was another 10k but cant remember the time off top of me head

hopefully (my goal) is to do a sub 10k at hatfield broad oak next year, it was a fantastic race and lovely scenery etc so id love to smash my P.B there.

oh and im currently in a run of  XC events at the moment but dont time them because they are just so fun (very muddy and wet

11/12/2012 at 18:29

I did Halstead as my first marathon in May - well worth the 3 1/2 hour drive to get 1st place in my age group and good for age entry for London.  I live in the country, much like the Halstead route, and can't go far without having to do some hill work which really helped on the day.


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