Ah, every 10 years eh? I've entered the half a few times, it's fairly local so might join in for the full.
The half totally reminds me of the Milton Keynes races, mostly cycle paths and red-ways. In fact when thinking back about both the MK races and Stevenage half, the only way I can separate them in my mind is the finish area and whether i was hot or cold on race day! Half PB and best-half-of-2013 time stands at Stevenage so it must have some potential!
Never seen it but always wondered if people did it as friends joke about it all the time. Err.... hope this thread does not give people the idea?!
Last year's says "adidas" with the 3 stripes, this year says #boost
So they did different design this year which might have helped prevent this. Could even have a smart-chip in the race which has to be scanned upon entry to the start zone to ensure it's an active/valid number. Still, might still stop people coming out of pubs/loos and joining along the way, pretending they have had a pit stop.
Berlin does wrist bands which go on at the Expo and stay on until after the finish.
Hope there were enough medals for the legit runners at the end if bandits tried to take one ;(
Well done for running London, it is still an epic achievement!!
Yes it is possible although you would need to think very carefully about what went wrong at London as if it was down to injury or lack of consistent, good-quality long runs it may not be able to be quickly fixed in 6 weeks. Was it your first (or first in a few years?) - you'll certainly need a few weeks to recover. So it would be possible to do another but might not guarantee a good time.
If you do, then try a reverse taper for three weeks - do little this week, 3-5 miles this weekend, then build up to a long run (maybe 15-18 miles) in 3 weeks’ time, then back to a normal taper before the next marathon. Your body will absorb the fitness from the marathon but it takes time and just because you feel good a week on doesn’t mean you are fully recovered. Also you may not actually feel the full fatigue of the London Marathon for a few weeks. And could be other factors like the weather may be even hotter in May/June than it was in London.
But with good timing – plus a bit of luck – it’s still possible to run a good time and do a PB!!
Otherwise try for an autumn one, there are some very good choices and most do not have a ballot, you’ll probably get cooler weather too. You can have a rest and recover fully, but if you carry on doing some shorter runs, maybe 10ks over the summer, you can keep up the fitness and when it comes to building up the longer runs again it won’t be such a shock.
My third marathon was 3 weeks after my second (London then Prague in 2013) and have done the same in last year’s autumn and this year’s spring marathons – but personally I only ever aim for the PB in the first marathon of the season, the others are just for fun and much slower.