PMJ - I can highly recommend Manchester. 3-4 weeks earlier than London. Flat, fast & well organised. It's not particularly low key, but it has the benefit of a trip up North!
Just checked and next year (2105) Manchester is Apr 19 and London Apr 26 so just the week earlier. Trip up north is fine, I am actually up to Old Trafford for a match in 5 week's time as a friend has two season tickets so he can sell a pair when he doesn't want to go and when he does go he sells a single with a lift included.
Maybe the Cambridge Boundary Run which was my first marathon back in 1986 so will be 30 years after my first.
OO-51, no real plans yet. Seem to be bumbling along at about 40 miles a week and hitting mid to high 70s WAVA when the aim is probably closer to 50 miles and a few 80s WAVA. I have a handful of races booked up (half, 10k, 10 miles, 10k again) before the XC season starts.
Starting to think about a marathon to celebrate 50 years. I am 49 in a few weeks and so need a marathon early 2016 but not London as it is a bit too late (weather is warm and I seem to peak after about 10 to 12 weeks after Christmas and London is closer to 14 or 15. Any suggestions for a low key one but good course? Don't want 26.2 off road miles.
Just over 11 this morning got me over 40 for the week, and over 160 for August which is good considering the time I have been away in business and holiday. 1,554 for the year so 2,400 looks off the cards (need to be at 1,600 now and 200 a month from here on in) but still a good year so far.
Ran Lanhydrock parkrun last Saturday: 2 miles mainly downhill and one hard uphill at the end. Start was a downhill cavalry charge and I was in about 20th. 10 soon fell aside with the first minor incline and i was 10th at the bottom of the course, then overtook 3 youngsters on the climb back in and dropped them by about a minute. Looked them all up onpo10 and they are all county level 800/ 1500 with times close to 2 minutes and a mile in 5 minutes so no sluggards.
bus, hope it gets better. You were running along very nicely for the first 9 or so miles but I did notice you were starting to pull up towards the end. The run got me over 40 for the week, and over 160 for August which is good considering the time I have been away in business and holiday. 1,554 for the year so 2,400 looks off the cards (need to be at 1,600 now and 200 a month from here on in) but still a good year so far.
I will be parkrun tourist at Lanhydrock parkrun this Saturday as somehow we have booked a holiday Friday to Friday a few miles away
I am starting to get the medium long runs going again so another 13 at lunchtime, faster than last week and felt easier even with a headwind on the second half which messed up the pace no end. May enter the Maidenhead Half after all for a few points in the club champs.
Gul, how is the marathon plans going now: Mablethorope count down says 6 weeks, 2 days so a few 20s in the next 2 or 3 weeks should be the icing you need.