I signed up to the jantastic thing last year, although it was slightly different as was all done through the marathon talk podcast website. I didn't particularly sign up to keep motivated, more for the chance of winning the monthly prizes (think they included some bespoke adidas trainers and entry to next years London marathon amongst other things). I don't think there were any team prizes but they do read the team names out and their position each week.
On the subject of team events, I found this when I've been searching for a half marathon for early next year.
A 'team' off-road half marathon event, all teams of 4 (2 male, 2 female) complete the whole course with the winners having the fastest cumulative score. Looking at last years results, any 4 from Team Overdone It would have won the team event and possibly the overall individual event, although I don't know the profile of the course, with it being in Lincolnshire I doubt its mountainous. The course description does also include stiles, church yards and such like, so doubt it's a particularly fast course. I do like the sound of what you get when you finish though.
Chris - marafun training is going OK, although it's only really started properly this week, the previous few weeks have just been Phase 1 of the plan which is easy running with a few strides. Only worn the yellow top once so not sure quite how fast it is yet.
Mace - sounds similar then, although finding races on a Saturday may be a little bit tricky.
Decent looking taper week tempo Lou, there seems to be an unwritten running law that the runs leading up to a target race don't feel as good as they should, so I wouldn't worry too much. Another law is that you think you're going to get ill/injured - good luck trying to avoid the germs and get yourself some Echinacea.
A month?! I best book an afternoon off work ready to read his posts when he gets back.
Good point Lit. Which got me thinking, what do Mr P and Mr D think about racing during marathon training? Daniels recommends having 3 easy days before and 3 easy days after which seems about right? He also suggests not racing further than half the distance within the last 4 weeks of training.
Nice report Mace and very consistent pacing. Nice start to marathon training too, although rather you than me doing a tempo at shortly after 6am ! I'm doing my first quality session tomorrow but it's not quite as hard-core as that.
Skinny - I'd say it was the latter rather than the former. 10miles at lunch is good going, I think the most I've managed is about 7.5.
Bit quiet on here at the moment, not heard from Bob, Richard, Chris or McF in a while, presume they're all out training hard.
Lou - I'm basing my marathon training on Daniels but using Hal Higdon and P&D 55 to guide what total weekly mileage I should aim for, as Daniels isn't prescriptive in that respect. Also, I recommend you follow Daniels, as I'm starting a couple of weeks before you I can tell you how horrific some of the sessions you've got coming up are.