One2escape - the Belfast Marathon's certainly achievable with dedicated training over the next 3 months, allowing for a bit of a taper (regular users will ignore my rare use of the "t" word!) but as the others have said, aim for a half marathon first and see how you feel with @9 miles done while you imagine @17 more... You should definitely consider the Larne or Omagh halfs at the end of March/early April to provide a good indicator of how ready you are for a May marathon. Good luck whatever you decide!
Hi anniesophie, the closest road 10k to Helen's Bay would be the Bangor 10k in September, but there are a few other 10ks not too far away. Check out the Athletics NI website http://www.athleticsni.org/Fixtures or the NI Running site http://www.nirunning.co.uk for details of upcoming events or ask again on this forum whenever you're heading over.
Well done to all the forumites who ran today at ROTG, TQ, parkrun or anywhere else. I had hoped to make it up to Glenariff, but after a marathon yesterday I opted for a recovery parkrun at Comber instead.
Highlights: too many to choose from but they include parkrun PBs and completing marathons on and off road. The super atmosphere and crowd support around the Dublin marathon course and the scenery of the Mournes, Tollymore and the Causeway Coast. The final climb, forcing burning legs and lungs to a PB at the Omagh half. Trail races at Glenariff on New Year's Day and Castlewellan almost a year later. Completing triathlons from pool based sprints to the extreme iron distance Celtman in north west Scotland, which I couldn't have done without my support crew of Paul and Jeff. Training runs with friends on the trails in north Down and solo early morning runs through old Havana during a family holiday in Cuba. The biggest highlight has to be the friendship and craic I've continued to enjoy with other local runners, including many from this forum.
2015: more of the same I hope! Everything from parkruns to iron distance tris.
Cheers Paul. It was good to catch up around the tough but hugely enjoyable course. For the avoidance of doubt, Paul and I didn't dress up. Even in trail running gear we couldn't catch the elves (who bore more than a passing resemblance to a couple of @3hr marathon men from Belfast!) but we did overtake 3 wise men bearing gift wrapped presents and following a star! Great to meet you too Alwyn.