T Rex - next couple of months include the Salisbury 54321 next Sunday
(I believe still spaces left), Pathfinder in Cambridgeshire; the Great Barrow challenge with marathons every day from 4th - 13th September in Suffolk (I'm just doing a couple...); the Farnham Pilgrim in Surrey; and the ECF Monster in Suffolk. They're all easterly events though as that's where I'm based and/or have family/friends for accommodation, but I hope it helps.
Vanguard Way today - 13.1 miles from Croydon to Limpsfield Chart and back. Hot day for plodding up and down the hills, especially when some of the marker tape had been maliciously moved by locals, but as the name suggests it follows the waymarked Vanguard Way trail, so only one navigational error due to not paying attention to the waymarks. I thought the legs had recovered sufficiently from the double last weekend, but after tripping on a tree root my left calf felt distinctly uncomfortable in the same place as it did after last weekend, only more so. Currently have an ice pack wrapped around the calf, and hoping that rest and a sports massage on Friday will get me back on the trail again for next Sunday - Salisbury 54321 trail marathon.
Glad to hear two spaces are likely to have come up Mandy and Fenland Runner!!
Nice to hear from you again JD - sorry to hear you were crocked for a bit, but good news that you're back out again and doing amazing mileage. TP100 sounds like a proper challenge...
Sportstest - I've done all 7 of my previous Snowdonia marathons in road shoes. The only disadvantage is that if the course is really wet there's about half a mile of grass/mud at the start of mile 26 which is made all the more treacherous without any grip, but the rest of the course is more than runnable in road shoes (only about 2.5 miles of the whole course is "off-road" and 2 of those are on stony tracks), but if you have a pair of comfortable trail shies with mild grip and good cushioning for roads and stony tracks they might work for you.
Well done T Rex - good to hear you're back running again. I did the Bath Beat in April and found it was pretty hilly (OK - pretty and hilly), and it wasn't too hot then either. Glad you weren't leading the field astray near the start ; a similar thing happened at an event I ran in February where the leader led the first third of the field of route for half a mile, leaving me in the unexpected position of 2nd (as I discovered when some very helpful walkers told me that the leader had only gone past them one minute earlier), but then had the slow but steady patter of faster runners approaching over the following four miles. The best thing was that the leader had run the route before but still managed to get lost...
The Picnic is a great event if you like hills, steps, stepping stones, more steps, hills, a short flat bit, more hills, more steps, another short flat bit, a vertical descent, then reverse it to get to halfway - and then you do it all again . Box Hill and the North Downs are lovely but killing - over 6000ft of ascent over the whole route including over 1500 uneven steps. It normally takes me about 5h50; this year was 5h52 and was my 5th running. Who did you meet at Bath who had done it?
Rob (the kilted nutter trying to run 360 marathons this year) was at the Round the Reservoir marathon on Saturday, then obviously to Bath on Sunday - he basically runs a marathon a day, either at an event or as a training run. I've seen him at three events so far this year I think - half the time I can't remember where I've been
Good luck with getting a place Mandy - fingers crossed.
Great to see you at the Round the Reservoir sunburn double at the weekend, Brer - too hot for me to post a fast time, but pleased with a sub-4hr on Saturday, racking up #25 for the year. Helped another runner finish her double on Sunday, and only 18 minutes slower, so pretty pleased with the weekend all in all. #26 down - just 14 to go...
Managed a 1st in more ways than one on my 24th marathon a couple of weeks ago - I led a genuine event for just over 5 miles around the halfway point until I was overtaken. I was rather shocked, to tell the truth, with the result that lost my head and sped up, leading to very painful cramp in the last 7 miles. I never thought I would lead any event that I was running with other people (obviously I come first in most if my training runs as I don't have a dog to beat me), especially just after my 40th birthday, but I don't think front-running is for me!!
Didn't think you had three stone to lose, Brer!!! Have a fantastic holiday over the next month.
Great to hear from you again T-Rex - definitely go with your son if he's moving across the water, as time with him is limited but there are plenty more marathons out there...
Welcome to all the newcomers - training on hills really is the key for Snowdonia. If you don't have hills the treadmill is pretty good too, just vary the incline every so often to mimic the real thing. Water stations on the course are excellent - well stocked with water, squash and some isotonic assisted by very friendly marshals, but do take additional gels/sweets etc. if you need them.
Mandy - if you contact the organisers (Facebook page or the website) they sometimes have places from entrants who pull out.
Welcome newcomers - best thing is just to practise running hills - the longer the better but any length will do; just keep running up and down. Not too fast, find a comfortable pace and keep going and you can build up distance as you get used to it. PBs are unlikely (but not unknown) so don't worry about speed so much as endurance and, ultimately, completion!
Great gesture by Jayne, JB
Great running Brer - just about to restart after another 3-week break for childcare, work and birthdays - yes, I'm now a MV40... Must remember to pack my zimmer frame this evening
Really sorry to hear about your dad JB - thoughts with you and your family.
Glad your wrist is not too serious SD.
Good to have you back Chimney - hope you stay fit this time
Welcome Torquayrunner - what route did you take over Dartmoor? Was there with the family on holiday last month, and have done the Dartmoor Discovery a couple of times - excellent event.
Good to see you're still churning out great results Brer - better than me anyway...
Apologies for the lack of posts recently - two holidays in four weeks and lots of work in between not the best thing for posting - or running. Picked a French lurgy in the Loire: 48 hours streaming nose and sore throat, then 24 hours of fever, then left with a hacking cough, just in time for the Caen marathon on the Normandy coast. Felt really sluggish all the way round, and really dead on my legs by the end, but managed 3:46 so can't be too unhappy. My legs took four days to stop hurting though, and then two days later ran the Picnic - insanely hilly marathon up and down Box Hill in Surrey (6000+ feet of ascent and descent including over 1500 uneven steps), and was in pain after 3 miles - not good. Managed to keep plodding on and finished in 5:52 which was pleased with as it's the same as I ran three years ago when I was doing more hill training. Another couple of weeks off as work is busy \9and to recover from the Picnic!!), but halfway through the year I'm up to #23 now.