I joined 26.2 a few years ago, now having been an intermittent runner for so long..never really running more than a few miles and maxing out at a 10k every now and again.
Joining 26.2 was the best thing I did. They have kept me motivated, my running has improved immensely and I really enjoy the good company ...nine of us went to run the Amsterdam marathon last weekend and had an absolutely brilliant long weekend. We are a smaller club than Stagglers but this can be an atribute.
We'd love to welcome you, whatever your level...the club web site at www.26point2.co.uk an has details of when and where meet or email me if you'd like specific questions answered.
I ran this this year as my first foray into Ultra marathons and took the organisers advice of being able to read a map and use compass. I practiced this aspect as well as the regular training and, despite the weather, thoroughly enjoyed it finishing in 10 hours 49. The cross country / navigation aspect certainly added to the challenge of the event.
Overall, I thought the organisation was good and they did what they said they would. I didn't expect mile markers or people to help me crossing the road as you may get on 10K's, 1/2 marathons or even marathons.
There are probably more straight forward or waymarked events out there for a first Ultra (if that is what you want) as the the course was not marked apart from in a couple of locations, but I do like the various challenges of running L2B. I will probably enter again for next year, although I see I had better be quick as its more than half full already.