The 1/3 marathon is for runners. The power walk is a separate event which follows the same course as the third.
Both the 1/2 and 1/3 routes are quite 'ubdulating'!. There is a substantial hill on the 1/3 course at about the six mile mark, not too long but very steep. All well worth while for the countryside views though!
Its a very well organised event with local groups, (Cubs etc) manning the water stations.
Just for info, the online entry closes on Monday but entries are allowed on the day.
My experience was vey much that it was just adreneline during the race that hid the pain from the fracture and that the pain was excrutiating immediately at the finish line! i.e. It didn't come on slowly over the next day or two.
I would have thought therefore that if it were a fracture, it would have been more painful during your run and immediately afterwards, rather than coming on over a period of time later. I would guess it was more of a muscular injury that you have but I'm not a medical person so would suggest you get yourself checked out.
As far as moving around is concerned, getting in and out cars etc, I could not take a single step without crutches and the only way up and down the stairs was on my bottom!
Fingers crossed it's not as bad as you think. All the best.
Mr T. When I got the SF I was 43 years old, average build, approx 11 1/2 stone and not doing excessive mileages by any standard.
I had done one marathon (London 2003) and am just a medium/slow club runner getting out once or twice a week. I had trained for a local half marathon 2 weeks before Leicester and finished in about 1:50. Having done the training for that I thought I would also do Leicester as it is quite a good course for pb's.
My weekly mileage has never been above about 20 miles maximum so definately not overtraining!
I was treated under the NHS once I was able to show the GP the scan pictures (which you get to keep if you pay yourself!) and did have a bone density scan which indicated that I was borderline osteoporosis, i.e I have relatively low bone density. The consultant said that the fracture was very unusual although not unheard of and that I had been unlucky to get it, but lucky it hadn't gone completely!
There was no treatment other than rest and time. I can't rest, so continued working etc and got about on crutches for a few weeks. I could bear weight on the leg again after a few weeks and was relatively back to normal (i.e walking without a limp) after a few months. I started running again after 6 months but continued to have a few twinges for about a year.
I have no indications now of it ever happening and complete in local races etc and at least one half marathon a year, although it is always in the back of my mind and I wouldn't try another marathon!
As you say, it's best not to self diagnose, but only you youself knows what it feels like. When I look back, I think the one thing that I should have taken more notice of was the fact that the pain was just a dull ache with the occasional sharp stab when I was sat down, but any weight bearing (even enough just enough to break an egg!) was excrutatingly painful.
As always, there are different grades af any ailment, you may remember that Paula Ratcliffe competed in a marathon when she was said to have had a stress fracture, she wouldn't have it she had had the same one as I did!!!