Glad you thought it was a good event for your daughter and that she had a positive experience, JaneyH. I really enjoyed it - even more so after discovering how close it was to being cancelled because the winds had created even more potential obstacles on the course that they had planned! I was worried people would have a gripe about the extra little bit of distance due to the re-routing. Perhaps I would have done too if I had been close to a PB, but thankfully I was several minutes slower than that so I can have some perspective.
I can't believe what a good price it is for a half marathon, with all the bits and pieces you get afterwards!
Hi Matt - I've had 2 hip arthroscopies for FAI with labrum tears. One was in late 2011 and the other was autumn 2012. I am back running strongly now over all my old distances, which is a positive story (as you'll find many negative ones online!), but it did take time and patience. I couldn't run much at all pain-free for about 9 months. That may have been because I'd had the issue on both sides, so the other side didn't like taking all the extra pressure. Plus, everyone's case is individual, so it's about playing it by ear as you go along.
I got on the bike straight after getting home and built it up gradually. Don't do too much, too soon. Stick to the exercises they give you initially. I got increasingly frustrated after about 3 months as I got good care and advice to get me back walking like a 'normal' person, but couldn't advise about specific return to proper running - that went beyond their duty, so I was left to work it out myself.
I ran it last year and enjoyed it. Bit of a 'round the houses' course in places - had to keep an eye out for cars coming out of driveways and shoppers crossing the footpath in front of me! But it was a reasonably fast course, very friendly and great for parking (in the university). Surprisingly low key, but I assumed that was because it was the first year for the event (for a while).
Thanks for all your hard work in organising this event for today. It was a challenge, with the wind, inclines and the puddly bits, but the friendly marshals and slick organisation made it a really positive experience
Looking forward to this year's event. Got a PB there by 1 second last year and would love to repeat that this year (with another second PB, please!). Training has been fine since mid-December. I did an off-road half on Sunday, so the distance is there - Surrey won't be as muddy, though