Possum I had a shocker this week end at Bolton Hill - really out of place in the field. The only explanation I have is that I raced Siverstone half the weekend before and hadn't recovered. I suppose I thought it was only a half but I'm learning the difference that racing anything makes for me. I think I will still try to get a good time in London but take it easy for the rest.
Yes Becca, We have some very good friends who live nearby - in Hebden Bridge - unfortunately one of them is really very ill which is why I've been spending a lot of time up there. I'm back there tomorrow before going onto Bolton at the weekend. Huddersfield is a good way of fitting in a visit and training. The marathon route goes quite close to Cragg Vale. I will probably run up and down it on the Saturday before Huddersfield too.
Hi Becca, Emily and WA, Cam and I are planning to run Charnwood too. We won't have a car so am I right (Becca?) in thinking that if we stay in Loughborough it would just be a short taxi ride to the start?
RR I do most of my training in Richmond Park. I think that it's really good for Comrades - the surface to hard enough to run on without it having the same impact as Tarmac and although the hills arn't very long and steep I walked/ran up anything longer at Comrades last year. It worked well for me. Lots of runners use nearby Nightingale Lane for hill reps ( just outside the park) if you're interested. I never got round to it. Maybe I will do some downhill training there for this year.
Possum I will probably be running a marathon on 18th too - not sure which one yet but I will take it easy and run/ walk from the beginning. Last year I couldn't run the last weeks because of an injury and felt really sluggish at the start (actually felt sluggish for all of first half and then exhausted in second half!). Hoping that a last long run will give me confidence and keep me on my toes. Saying that - anything could happen before June and I do have to be careful because I need more recovery time than you youngsters so always ready to change my plans depending on how I feel.
SD good luck for UTMB entry. Why is there always someone doing something more amazing? I've definitely left it too late for that one. I don't want to even be tempted to consider it - I wondered what all these points were for on the events I've been looking at for post-comrades but suspected it was something I was better not knowing about. Of course now I've had to look! I think I'll stick with a gentle 100k .