Royal Parks has 12-13,000 runners and Run to the Beat has 19,000, which I would class as major.
I can't click on half the races on the search because they're subscriber only, and even the ones that say rated generally just have a % of how many people would do the race again etc. So it's not much more helpful than a general google search. I was really just after some comments on things like organisation, atmosphere etc for any races people had experience of.
I did do a search but firstly you can't tell which have a good reputation and which don't, and secondly I note that neither Royal Parks nor Run to the Beat are listed, so I wondered whether there were any other major races missed off?
Has anyone run the Oxford half? That's one of the ones I was considering...
I ran the Royal Parks Half last year for charity and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I wasn't successful in the ballot for a place this year though, and I don't think a charity place is an option (I imagine it's harder to get people to sponsor you for exactly the same thing again and don't want the added pressure of a fundraising target this time).
Can anyone recommend any other good races of this sort of distance, preferably in the South, and preferably in late Summer or Autumn? I was considering Run to the Beat but have heard it's not that great.
I'm 22 with a BMI of about 19. Never had a problem with my actual weight - hate fast food, don't drink much alcohol etc, BUT whilst at university (a couple of years ago now), I got into the habit of eating a LOT of chocolate etc when studying in the evenings.
I'm much healthier now, and whilst my diet isn't perfect it's ten times better than it was at university. I work out a lot - currently training for a half marathon, so am running at least three times a week and sometimes doing other stuff too like swimming. I also walk to work whenever I can (about 30-40 mins brisk walking each way).
Most of my body is in good shape - I have virtually no excessive fat on my arms, legs or stomach (just working on toning up). Fully clothed I have a great figure, or so people say. I get comments like 'you don't need to work out!'... then they see me in a bikini and are shocked because I have such a flabby bum! It's literally just fat hanging there. If you poke it it's just soft - no muscle tone whatsoever unless I tense my muscles, then it's a bit better.
I'm determined to sort this out but know you can't spot reduce fat. So if I want on a low-fat, weight-loss diet etc I'd surely lose weight all over and get scrawny!
So what can I do, other than resort to liposuction!? I'd really rather not go down that route but I don't know what I can do... any advice?