Sorry to gate crash but you should definitely join Gosport Zoe. I'm no longer a member as I moved earlier this year (now in Winchester so much easier to get to the local club here and the training sessions are also held on on a track which is beneficial for some of what I want to do). They still do other sessions such as hills on Monday mornings and evenings and organise long runs on Saturday mornings. So there are other options to their Tuesday and Thursday club nights. Definitely worth getting in touch with them they are a friendly bunch and very welcoming.
As for the Gosport half next weekend, that could be interesting with it going out and back along the seafront twice if the weather is like today. They have had good weather for running on race day for a few years now and it is possible that good fortune may be broken next weekend...
Just Coop Going...I stayed there this year and you are indeed right! I think I may have indeed booked for the same price (although managed two nights at £20 each this year). It's a pleasant 15 minute or so walk from the start and roughly the same to the Lowry shopping centre. Glad I booked when I did with those prices now.
No running for me at all since the Great South Run on Sunday...but planning a nice steady 5 miler following work this evening. Running 3 half marathons between 21st September and 19th October in addition have all taken their toll a bit and compromised on the training slightly so have been glad for a bit of a break.
As for the discussion on how many long runs there should be - I have found running at perceived marathon pace at the end of a long run helps to determine whether you will have the endurance for that pace on the day. It might not work for everyone but I have found it to be a very good indicator for average pace on the day.
Hi guys - also entered for next year. I ran last year and managed 3:15:XX so was pretty pleased with that having knocked 11 minutes off the previous year.
Stayed in the Salford quays Travelodge last time and am doing the same thing again.
Runningtap - well done on the GSR yesterday. I also ran but am a little off PB form at the moment having raced 3 half marathons within the past 5 weeks and a couple of other races too. Not sure I will be aiming to do that again anytime soon!
At the moment my race times would appear to suggest that I won't better 3:15 next year but there is a long time between now and then. Hopefully I'll have fresher legs, mind and body with not as many races compared to this autumn either.
Winning time today was in 17 and a half minutes roughly. I mean the fast chap was literally jog lightly jogging to get 19 minutes something today but am sure he could probably run 15 minutes if going for it. Awesome improvement in such a short time there and don't doubt you will reach your aim of sub 17 minutes eventually, It might just take a bit longer than another 3 months though! Good luck with Bournemouth next weekend, got a few friends running that too, hopefully the weather will be kind for it!
My PB is a bit over 19 minutes on this particular Parkrun course (overall PB under 19 at 5k) so I'd be a bit deluded to have any aspirations of that sort of time hence referring to the casual jog he appeared to be having at my all out pace!