Stutchbury, it depends on the sort of trails you intend to do. If nice dry forestry trails you can wear your normal road shoe.
If you are planning something a little mord serious you need more grip. I would recommend inov8 too for grip you cant beat them. I wear merrell pace glove for my normal shoe both on and off road but have some Inov8 bare grip for extra sloppy stuff!
E mmy yes i know you were there, i read your very entertaining race report and watched the video! i believe you won this years competition draw too? well done! i came in half hour after you, so you may have not seen me as i was behind you all the way LOL! will try to spot you this year and say hello
Ken what a story! hope things are looking better
Pete Sherri yes! do a trail marathon, they are a totally different animal - can recommend the Giants Head, or the Purbeck. both in Dorset
Zeena had i known things were going to be a whole week early i would have got some tablets from the doc i have had before that stops the whole thing. but sadly i thought i was far enough ahead. trouble is my age i think, cant rely on the calendar any more. the worse thing is finding room for all the 'supplies' among gels etc!
MakeyW great report! love some of those points and can sympathise!
runwiththewind Bournemouth Marathon is nice, i didnt run it, but i marshalled last year - lots of good feedback!
basically just do all your normal training, but do it off road! with as many hills as possible. you'll be great, its totally unlike a big city marathon. look out for the ladies in pink at the love station if you need a hug (think thats at mile 17 ish) Plus my other half is manning a jelly baby station nearby. apparantly he is planning on wearing a kilt, but it depends on how windy it is
The cider at mile 20 last year was actually pretty refreshing, i hope the weather is not quite as hot this year though. I will be taking a camelbak just in case as i ran out of water between aid stations last time.
the naked farmer in the bath may be making a re-appearance, he was near the beginning so watch out for him!
the organisers laid on shower cubicles afterwards last year, which were lovely, plus there was a BBQ, and we all kind of lolled about on the grass recovering.
Also, its nice to think that only a few hundred other people have a medal like yours, as opposed to several thousands!