In short: Karen, What chu talkin' 'bout? The Brilliant Beckenham Road Relay! In full: Runners, if you are a team player and like a bit of action then Beckenham road relay is definitely for you.
What I love about this race is the atmosphere. The shouting, the screaming, the laughter, the jumping up down (sorry about that folks I do get a bit carried away at times) and also the smiling runners faces. Not to mention the beautiful different coloured runners vest. I must say this race always gives me butterflies, but I totally love it.
It was also good to see Jonathan and Richard from Petts Wood Runners who were looking so sharp. I am sorry that Kent Athletic Club, Orpington Road Runners and Serpentine Running Club were unable to run; it would have made it much more exciting. Here you see Kent’s finest sprinters all fuelled up, fired and ready to run. And of course not to forget myself, Happy go Lucky Karen Samuel. I must say Beckenham Running Club we loved the new 2.6 miles course. Although it was hilly and tough in places, running through the park was very pleasant indeed. However, I was not keen on that mountain hill at the finish!!! Every year I always look forward to running the Beckenham road relay. I have just checked the results; I am the second slowest runner overall- sorry team :( But I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Runners all you need is 3 people who can run to form a team and it can be a mixed or single-sex team and you do not need to belong to a running club. If you are looking for a medal you should run Beckenham 10k in June or Beckenham 10k trail race later in the year- please check their Beckenham RC website.
Well done to Beckenham Running Club. Same time, same place next year?
Folks, I have just seen the time. I have got to run.
In short: Remember Me? No! Let me jog your memory. My name is Karen Samuel; rejected 6 times from LVM. In full: Relatives, Friends and fellow Runners please lend me your ears.
I just ran Rotary Shakespeare Marathon on 25th April, 2010 in the clean and beautiful city of Stratfordâ€“upon-Avon in Warwickshire. The same place in which William Shakespeare, the great playwright once lived.
I was umming and arring on whether to run the race because of the travelling distance. My darling Romeo was away. However, I decided to do the Shakespeare Marathon because I was desperate to run the London Marathon. My damaged groins let me down once again. Shakespeare once wrote â€˜The course of true love never did run smoothâ€™. â€“ that applied to my painful run.
I liked the course but it was quite a bit undulating and more hilly, especially on the second half. I have never seen so many supportive Marshals and the locals were as loud and cheerful as Hastings half Marathon. I knew it was going to be good race because Jand Results chip timing were involved. Although I must say Jand there is difference with my time, I actually made my time 4.25!!! Just one problem I had with the race, I was unable to find any portaloos at the start and the finish but there were plenty of toilets en route. However, it was not a major problem as I used the local pub toilet. There were also lots of water stations en route. The announcer at the start of the race, Iâ€™m not sure if that was the lady Mayor, (I could not see her) was a barrel of laughs and had a great sense of humour. At the finish the Mayor actually handed out the medals out to runners. I preferred her medal thy one which she was wearing!!! Can we swap???? Were there any goody bags? All I received with the medal was a small bottle of water, and a banana.
This was a great marathon. I would love to run it again, but I seriously need to sort my legs out. It took me 3 hours to drive there and 4 hours home (traffic).
Well done everyone involved!! I loved all the flags that were displayed in the town especially the Grenadian flag, but could not find the Jamaican flag!
To run or not run the Shakespeare Marathon??? That is the question. I loved ye city, locals and thee atmosphere. Shakespeare, this was no doubt in my mind one of thee greatest marathons I ever ran, but please more toilets before and after thee race and more energy drinks during thy race.
Now I have just got to wait with baited breath to see if I got a place for LVM 2011. (Itâ€™s not looking good â€“I think I am doomed:(
When: 25th April, 2010 Where: Stratford upon-Avon in Warwickshire. Time: 09.30 The half marathon is also ran at the same time (1 lap) NB: The marathon is a 2 lap course which is undulating in places. The cut off time is 6 hours!!!
Dedicated to William Shakespeare baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon (birth date unknown) baptised 26 April 1564, died 23 April 1616 at the age of 52 years. Poet, playwright and actor - considered as Englandâ€™s greatest rater, oops writer that ever lived. â€œO Bottom, thou art changed! What do I see on thee?â€ (From A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.)
In short: Mama Mia, my chips were down! Ouch that hurts more than my legs. I'll just have to take in my stride. In full: Brooks Paddock Wood half-marathon is one of Kentâ€™s Top half marathons. This race is famous for being flat and is one of the more popular half Marathons. It attracts all types of runners, the â€˜Goodâ€™, â€˜Badâ€™, â€˜Indifferentâ€™ and then thereâ€™s me â€“ Karen Samuel. This is a great race for novice runners. It also attracts Wheelchair competitors â€“ which makes this race very special and stand out from the crowd. There should be more wheelchair races!!!
This race was not completely flat, it had a few inclines. Itâ€™s a nice course and has the possibility of a personal best time. I was more than happy to part with my fourteen quid to pay for the entry fee of this race. There was good parking, good organisation and a pleasant medal. Not to forget chip-timing. It seems to be a trend that these big races do not have enough toilets for the runners, this includes Paddock half marathon. I think the Paddock half marathon booklet were a waste of trees and was unnecessary expense- the money could have been well spent on some portaloos.
Gee whiz, I am completely knackered; it was my third race in six days. From mile five when runners started to overtake me, I knew I was doomed. The weather also turned hot like the spice island of Grenada, which did not help my running or breathing.
Well done Paddock Wood Athletic Club. I liked the idea of throwing the sponge at that man. Ha Ha Ha, that did make me laugh. Just a pity about my faulty chip, I just checked it with a fine tooth comb I canâ€™t see why it failed. I suppose thereâ€™s no point crying over spilt milk.
The million dollar question: Would I do it again? Oui, I would.
To sum it up, this was a great affordable race. I highly recommend this race to RUNNERS WORLD. I just ran and completed 3 of the best half marathons in Kent! Tunbridge, Hastings and now Paddock wood half marathon. What more can you ask for? To RUN London Marathon, not too much to ask after 6 years!
Runners if you are running VLM look out for Orpington Road Runners Baggage handlers, John MacKay (ORR Race Director), and his big team from Orpington Road Runners. My sister will be helping out this year, give them a big wave and say hello to them. Also look out for RUNNERS WORLD at mile 17.
Good luck next week for those doing Brighton Marathon or ADRA-UK fun run. Any budding Eddie Izzard runners who are doing the two marathons â€˜Go for Goldâ€™ I really mean Go for it!
In short: Let's make it perfectly clear this was not a flat race! In full: I fancied running a nice flat 20 miles race as the organisers claimed it would be. My legs got a massive shock, the hills attacked my legs left, right and centre, and I really thought the hills were never going to stop.
What I liked about this race was that the race organisers waited for the RUNNERS queuing up for the loos at start of the race. I must admit there should have been more portaloos. Please note that I had a very small drink the day before the race). I liked the Top Gun oops I mean the Top Gear field; it was absolutely massive it reminded me of the days of the Annual Biggin Hill Air Show. There were plenty of water stations. The girls shouted and screamed to motive us RUNNERS, they were very good- you could hear them about 2 miles away. I love the medal it is massive and itâ€™s a beauty. I donâ€™t think my neck is strong enough to wear it!
I ran the race slowly to avoid any pain but my adductors still stiffened up during the race. I was not too happy with the hills; I found it a tough course. But in hindsight I am pleased I ran it. The more I think about Spitfire 20 the more it grows on me.
Well done Run to Live Ltd. Your race was a huge success. I see you will be organising another - Autumn Spitfire 20 miles (2 laps) and Tempest 10 miles (l lap) race on 3rd October, 2010. These are great races so put it in RUNNERS WORLD Training Journal or Diary.
Also well done to Sport System chip timing.
RUNNERS it is not how you start- its how you finish.
In short: I say "Wicked" RUNNERS WORLD say..... In full: â€œOutstandingâ€. I love this race with a passion. I always have.
Thereâ€™s something unique about this race. Maybe it is the price of the race just eight quid â€“ this makes a nice change, rather than me paying though my nose. Or maybe it is the choice of running either 15 miles or 21 miles on the day. Or maybe because it attracts RUNNERS from all over the WORLD I mean the UK. Or maybe simply because this is a good quality race with nice a medal. Whatever the reason is, I just love this race. I donâ€™t need to promote this race because the race sells itself; actually this race sells out early every year. "Respect" to Brian Vine The Race Organiser.
Cranleigh 15/21 miles probably my second all-time favourite race; it always makes me feel emotional, happy and good. As for my legs itâ€™s too painful to talk about them.
In this race I got the P factors, Passion, Pleasure and PAIN!
Well done, Brian. For such a â€œWicked Raceâ€. In other words an Outstanding race.
In short: If you are a 'running driven' like myself, I would highly recommend this race to you runners. In full: Folks, if you were meant to entered the UK Half Hastings Marathon but entered for the Hastings Half Marathon in New Zealand you should have gone to SpecSavers!
Easter is coming! So hereâ€™s a race to put the SPRING back into your step, the UK 26th Hastings Half Marathon 2010.
This race is guaranteed to turn heads and cause a bit of a stir and will cause most Race Directors all over U.K to be dumbstruck and shellshock. In other words their jaws will drop! Because everyone is talking about the Hastings Half Marathon.
This race has eight miles of notorious hills guaranteed to wipe that smile off your face and will blow your mind and your legs! The Good news is that the last 5 miles are flat, which is pure joy. Itâ€™s a great race and hilly in places. I turned and said to the gentleman beside me at the finishing line â€˜Ron thatâ€™s was Hillyâ€™! He did not respond.
RUNNERS, I had a problem with my spell-checker, but itâ€™s knot a problem because I am a grate speller and also I have the Oxo Dictionary as my mane backup. I just need to watch my Pâ€™s and Qâ€™s.
The Hasting Half Marathon has been voted UK Best Half Marathon, itâ€™s also been claimed that it was once the WORLD best half Marathon. So I just had to find out for myself. This hilly half Marathon is known to be tougher than the Tunbridge Half Marathon and which can command up-to 5,000 runners.
I like the horse brass memento that we received at the finishing line. It makes a pleasant change from any other mementos! I have knot received one for a few years. The quick chip timing results were also impressive as ever. I loved the idea your times can be forwarded to you by text which was a nice touch.
I was in two minds whether to run this race or knot, I had my eyes on a much flatter half marathon, but instead I decided to run the Hastings Half Marathon with my club Orpington Road Runners â€“ ORR. I Must say, when I saw those hills in Hastings, I thought to myself â€˜Beam me up Scottieâ€™.
Now what really upset the apple cart was I paid two pounds extra on Hastings Lion Club â€“ the official site for the Hastings Half Marathon. If I had gone onto RUNNERS WORLD Web Site it would have cost me two pound less!
Hastings also has that touchy feely atmosphere like the London Marathon, which makes it very appealing to runners. The crowds lined the streets shouting and cheering â€“ great stuff. I loved every minute of it. But it can be just a bit too congested. I was stuck at the back as I tried to get to the front but, with little luck. I was ducking and diving and bobbing and weaving to find space to run.
Mr. Harwick - The Race Director you gained many Brownie points for the Bag Pipe players that was outstanding. The drummers were also good.
However, the following need to be addressed:- insufficient signs for toilets; not enough portaloos; additional signs identifying the drink tent (I was not aware there was a drink tent); more signs identifying the baggage tent -I was not to keen to leave my top on muddy floor after the race as I later found that some runner had left their muddy, massive hooves marks all over my new Orpington top! Also one water station should provide small bottles of water instead of cups all through the race. I ran out of mine, because of the weather was bit hot. Furthermore I wasnâ€™t aware that there were goody bags at the finishing line. So I did not get one!
That said, I am very pleased I ran Hastings Half Marathon. I did not think I was fit enough for this race. Iâ€™d like to thank the female runner who encouraged me as I approached the finishing line. She was a 'Great Sport'.
Congratulation and well done to The Race Director Eric Harwick MBE for organising such a great race. Like Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon this race was able to attrack I mean attract some well known Running Clubs such as: Kent Athletic Club, Orpington Road, Runners, Petts Wood Runners and Bromley Veterans Athletic Club that absolutely amazing! MBE â€“ I donâ€™t know that Running Club. Can I Join?
Between you and me runners, I think itâ€™s going to be head to head between Tunbridge Half and Hastings Half marathon for RUNNERS WORLD title for the 'Best Half Marathon in Britain'.
To the Editor-in-Chef and RUNNERâ€™S WHIRL on-line editors, I hope you were impressed with my spelling! I am also impressed with your multi-talented skilful editing â€“ â€œYou clever finsâ€. If you ever want any help with spelling and your grandma, look no further, Iâ€™m hear to help. Police donâ€™t report me to the moderator!!! Like your shelves you can tell I am committed to running. To Alice Palmer from RUNNERS WORLD Online team you did your Mum proud.
I just like to mention that: Adventist Development and Relief Agency) ADRA-UK Fun Run will be held at Crystal Palace Park Thicket road, SE20 8DT
on Sunday 18th April 2010 at 10am. http://www.secadventist.org/event/175
This event is for runners and walkers. No entry fee but T-shirt can be purchase at Â£3.00 â€“ on the day. Just turn up on the day. Free Parking is available at the National Sports Centre, at the top of Crystal Palace Park.
For additional information about ADRA please visit the following web page. http://www.adrauk.org/
Alternatively more details can be found on Croydon ADRA Event web page
or write to ADRA-UK (Event Organiser) 25 St. Johns Road, Watford, Herts, WD17 1PZ
Also the Myra Garrett 10k (Bexley AC 10k) is 11am on 23rd May 2010. (Please note correction of time). Getting the time wrong could be a sackable offence. (Itâ€™s a good thing I didnâ€™t work for Henry VIII because heads might be rolling). I think I should leave the advertising of races to RUNNERS WORLD.
REMEMBER THE CLOCK GOES ONE HOUR FORWARD ON SATURDAY NIGHT OF 27th MARCH 2010 - Drat! There is No rest for the wicked.
In short: Here's one for the road. In full: Crook log 5k is held every 2nd Friday of the month at 12.30. The Crook log entrance is off Danson park. More details can be found on the New Eltham Joggers web-site. Here is another free race which is organised by the young man, himself Joe Cleverley - Mr Speedy Gonzales. Be warned about this man he can run like the wind. At Crook log 5k Joe is the time keeper, with helpful assistant Ken.
What you need to know is that this race is a road race but starts and finishes in Danson park. There are no Marshals or markers. If you are new to the race Joe will pair you up with another runner with similar speed. Unlike Crystal palace canter 5k, this race has a staggered start, the slowest goes first and the fastest goes last the plan is that all runners should finish more or less together. The results are posted on NEJ Web-site.
I do love the runners in this race, they are a friendly bunch, and we do have a laugh now and again. There are some top gun runners then thereâ€™s me, yours truly.
This race is an old time favourite of mine; I just canâ€™t get enough of this race.
The next race is 9th April, 2010 12.30. Hey Joe, How many clubs do you belong to? How Many!!!
Oh, Joe donâ€™t forget to tell New Eltham Joggers to start training now for Orpington Mob Match, because Orpington Road Runners are on FORM!
I would just like to add that on 23rd May 2010 at 10.30 Bexley RC has a 10k race also at Danson Park.
19th September, 2010 at 9am is New Eltham Joggers (NEJ) 27 Miles Green Chain Marathon.
In short: FREE, two, one. Karen Samuel has just crossed the line. In full: Question: Was this race up to scratch? Karen: 100% yes. This 5k race is situated in the beautiful Crystal palace park. Q: When is it? K: The first Tuesday of each month 12.30. Q: Are there any hills? K. Two small hills, some runners may argue that it was undulating on each lap â€“ there are two laps. Q: Can you achieve a personal best time on this course? K: Oh yes, if you have not got a groin problem or any injury. Q: Would you recommend this race for beginners? K: I would highly recommend this race to mixed ability runners. I would also love to recommend Crystal Palace Canter 5k race to my Sister. Sheâ€™s the wise one, she only runs a few races a year. She is also a subscriber to Runners World magazine, where you can find out more about races. Q: Karen, would you run this race again? K: Ooh Yes I would definitely love to run this race again, I wish I could run it every month. Paul the organiser and all runners are very friendly. The majority of them are older than me! Iâ€™m just a spring chicken.
Karen: I would just like to add that Paul Browning is from Beckenham Runners, who is the Master mind of the Crystal Palace Canter 5k and the race is completely FREE!! Itâ€™s true when they say the best things in life are free, this race is a shining example. Just to warn you eager runners, there are no Marshals on the course, but Paul will show you a map and explain the route to you. Apparently it is a little short of 5k. Paul will email your results with the name of your Club and your age grading. The next race is 6th April 2010. 12.30 near the NSC car park at the top of the park.
Well done Paul, you deserve a Gold Blue Peter badge, for providing us poor runners, with a free race. Sorry about the grand entrance, I didnâ€™t want to miss the race. Ros thanks for the support at the finishing line. Sorry I did not get to speak to you, I was too out of breath. It is always good to see you. You are a credit to your Club, and Runners World. Question for you. How many running clubs do you belong too??? â€œLittle Miss Naughty.â€
Just a few more announcements- the ADRA run is Sunday 18th April 2010 the time is to be confirmed. This race is also at Crystal Palace.
Orpington 10k is Sunday 4th July 2010, 11am. Log on Runners World for more Information.
Bromley Vets 5 miles Cross country is on 13th March 2010 at 2pm. Three cakes for all runners! I mean free slices of cakes.
To the online predators, I mean online editors youâ€™re doing a great jog. Errr you know what a mean!
In short: Perferction. In full: â€œPERFECTION, PERFECTION, PERFECTION .â€ This is a Karen Samuel Special and probably a Runners World Delight. Tunbridge Half Marathon is extremely popular and attracts all types of runners from all over the Country and the race is always a full house. Even though it was raining cats and dogs, Runners would not have missed it for the WORLD.
Tunbridge Half Marathon was voted as the 2009 Runners World Winner for the most improved running event and also Ranked number 43 in Runners World â€˜Voted Readers top 50 races.â€™ In 2009 this race received 129 ratings on Runners World web-site.
Tunbridge half marathon has a big surprise waiting for you at mile 7, a hill, just be prepared for that hill and be warned that it is no mole hill!! In this race you will also have the honour and privilege to see or meet double gold medallist Olympic runner Dame Vera Lynn. Dame Kelly Holmes is a very busy celebrity but always findâ€™s time for us meek runners. I would like to personally thank her from myself and also from the English Olympic Marathon squad, I mean Orpington Road Runners for attending this race .
Tunbridge Harriers thank you for providing us with very professional and highly skilful Bloco Fogo drummers. I really enjoyed the drumming I could not stop myself from dancing. Also the chanting, cheerful, Cheerleaders from Cheerfit. (Thatâ€™s a tongue twister). Let me cut to the chase: Tunbridge half marathon is a chip timing Race, the results came as quick as a flash. This road race is just one lap course, which is well marshalled. The route is hilly in places, just be prepared for mile seven where there is that infamous beast of a hill which is over a mile long and very steep, you could almost touch the sky!
This is a great race with a wonderful atmosphere. For your achievement you will receive a beautiful goody bag, medal and a technical t-shirt that fits! And a banana which was a top banana! Well done Tunbridge Harriers for organising such brilliant races, and also congratulations for your pride and joy Eridge 10 for last year-for being the NUMBER 1 Runners World Top Favourite Race in 2009. To the Race Director Sarah Russell and Tunbridge Harriers I commend you for organising such a perfect race! Also to all those happy bunnies marshals who braved the rain and wind and who shouted lots of encouragement to us runners. Thanks also to the kind Scouts. Tunbridge Harriers have raised the bar and smashed it right through the ceiling. Well done to everyone involved. Yes you have upped your game. I also was utterly impressed with the 500ml liquid hand soap in the portaloos â€“ that was a touch of class. This race will blow most of the UKâ€™s half marathons out of the water, because of the splendid, smooth, slick, and superb organisation, which was outstanding. The proof was definitely in the pudding. Thereâ€™s no doubt in my mind that this race is one of the greatest organised race that I have participated in. This is a probably one of the Nationâ€™s half Marathon favourites. The Race Director paid particular attention to minute details which made this race stood out above the rest. To all you budding Race Directors out there I would like to quote a few words from my Dad â€œYou must listen and learn.â€ Thank you Dad.
Well done to all â€œYour race is the catâ€™s whiskers.â€
Look away now if you are a Tunbridge Harriers. Runners to be perfectly honest I was actually going to run Portsmouth joggers Meon Valley 20. But due to a change of the weather conditions on Sunday morning it was a last minute decision to run Tunbridge half. Also just to keep my family happy. They were really worried for my health and safety! (I think they thought I might drown in the rain). One of the kids mentioned I might get lost- WHAT ME?! I must say, I was really looking forwarding to tasting those homemade cakes that Portsmouth Joggers were raving about â€“ maybe next time. Please send my regards to Sharon.
Runners â€˜Weâ€™ll meet again donâ€™t know where, donâ€™t know whenâ€™...
Canterbury 10 mile race is extremely popular and is a very well organised race. The course is bit quicker than Dartford, so your running time should tickle you pink, unless you have a dodgy leg. To be honest my race time didnâ€™t tickle me. I was right at the back after queuing for the toilet for 18 minutes. The race was congested with runners for the first one and a half miles and I was shuffling slowly at the back.
After the race for my efforts I received a green banana, I didnâ€™t know whether to eat it or cook it. In fact it was no banana it was a Jamaican Plantain. I did not eat it for fear of losing my teeth. I also receive a white cup with the club name and race printed on it. My hands were so numb I nearly dropped the thing and that would have been the end of my â€˜momentoâ€™.I would have preferred a medal. I have a gut feeling another china cup will be coming my way in 2010!
On a positive note I must say the organisation was faultless. The Marshals and the Police were directing traffic; and there was great parking next to Headquarters. Picking up the chip was not problematic. I like the idea of small Evian bottles at the water stations. I came prepared with my water it was shaken but not stirred. The Marshals were great, many of them were applauding you every step of the way. I like the Marshal who, at the finish, shouted â€œYouâ€™ve got 500 meters left.â€
Iâ€™m glad I ran Canterbury 10 miles, initially I was not going to enter the race after a bad experience in November. I had gotten lost in Canterbury and did not make it to a Cross country race called Rough Common; I clocked 120 miles that day!
This was definitely a quality race and yes it was worth every penny. Well done Invicta East Kent Athletics Club. I salute you for all your hard work and effort especially in this cold weather. I hope your toes werenâ€™t too curled up!
Also well done to Kate, Ellie and Caroline from Kent Athletic Club. It was good to see you all in such great form â€“ as usual. Give my regards to Coach Carter, I mean Coach Adrian and congratulate him on his prestigious award.
Last but not least, I would like to say that I am very proud of my two daughters who recently got baptised in their local Seventh-Day Adventist Church. SDA is also linked to ADRA the Charity/Organisation. Every year they do a fun run in Crystal palace. Runners World I will let you know the date and time of Adra fun run. Last year it clashed with Darenth Valley 10k. That day I ran than both.