Gade Valley is just north of London (Hemel Hempstead). Each year Gade Valley Harriers organise 3 training runs for the VLM: a 12 miler in January; a 17 miler in February and a 20 miler in March. The courses are scenic and marshalled but hilly. Usually get a couple of hundred people turning up so the atmo is very good. I do most of my miles on my own so it`s nice to run with people.
Sorry to hear about your toe. Nothing serious I hope ? Scooters and dogs sound a risky combination ?
I`v just contracted a cold - sneezes and shivers etc. The good thing is that it should out of the system by the 13th ! Much better now than in a week`s time.
Nick - That achilles t sounds a right pain (in every sense of the word). Does it ease once you get going ? Mine lasted about 6-7 months. Complete bugger.
I`m using a Flyknit racer at the moment (along with various other shoes). Not sure how different it is from the trainer.
The racer is very light (7.5 UK weighs 170g). Cushioning is good. Not as good as a Lunaracer, but still very good. I could (and probably will) run a marathon in them. Fit is glove like and comfortable. Grip is amazingly good on wet or leafy road/moderate trail. Rather better than my Hoka Rapanui trail/road shoes. Don`t handle slippery mud. Don`t know about longvevitry - suspect not great but certainly not awful. Main downside: price.