Just in case on the half front I've just been looking up clowne half for this year and they have hoody's as this years finisher's prize if anyone is interested it's a cracking low key race with lots of countryside and a bit of hill. Just need to negotiate yet another weekend away with the better half.
Oh if you start looking that far north thinking about Wilmslow Half way I'd look up 4 Villages half and Liverpool half are both good if a little f*cking cold if the wind is up. It's outside the area you had first posted but there is Coventry half as well if we can start to get you to travel about.
Just popped back to say Lincoln half the other day was worth a Jolly. It's flat other than the hill around the castle and the medal is shiny. Was very chuffed by the level of the support from the local's
I did have a thought the other day with us all being on different parts of the world we could always have a few races earmarked anyway and have a league system in operation? not baised on times that wouldn't be in the spirit just on the number of bacon sandwich's eaten or something? That way I might win as well.