I like the link PMJ to that marathon, not that far to drive from Calais. A well priced affair as well. I like the fact they say there will absolutely be no prize money as it is a memorial race. I'll be driving by Ghent on Sunday on my way to Holland and maybe stopping off for lunch.
Lorenzo - we were in the small team of 5 and I think it worked well with the 3 and a bit hour rest. The agrge teams of 8 had a lot longer inbetween runs and they run less laps each. But I guess you could run them quicker, so it all balances out. We had planned to run 6 laps each, but I ended up doing a double as one of the other guys had an injury.
A good monthly total VTrunner. There are a lot of 40+ runners on here so welcome to the Club!
Gul - I would recommend Manchester marathon to anyone. It's a good flat course and well supported the whole way as Birch says. It's an out and back course so you get to see the fast runners heading back on the other side. It seems to be growing in number although not on a scale of London or Great North run. So it has a big race feel without being too squeezed. Go on, enter - you know you want to
Belated congratulations on your mara the other week Birch & Gul - they're never easy! Your marathon report reminds me of my last one in Manchester Gul. Starting off fine then struggling like mad in the end. I think my biggest mistake (after probably getting the early pace wrong) was to stop. Once you stop that's it, your muscles start seizing up and it's near on impossible to get going again as usual.
On the subject of doubles, I agree with Joules that doing smaller distances is easier to do. I did a 24 team race last month which consisted of 6 miles laps. I managed 7 in the 24 hour period and running 42 miles like that was easier than running a marathon! We had roughly 3 hours inbetween each lap to get a bit of food & rest.