Abingdon is dead flat and well organised for a small race. Nottingham has some undulations in the first half and then flat for the second. Nottingham does have the advantage of lots of people to run with for the first half. Then it can get a bit lonely as the majority of runners are doing the half marathon. If you like large but well organised events choose Notts - if your happy with smaller (but still well run)events choose Abingdon - it really is dead flat.
Have been diagnosed with Patellofemoral pain syndrome or 'runners knee'. Appears that this has occurred due to including very hard spinner bike sessions into my schedule. This has resulted in an imbalnce with the guadriceps muscles thus pulling the knee-cap off track. Have now stopped all training and regularly do exercises to strengthen the inner quadriceps muscle. Would like to know what is the best exercise for this condition, how long may recovery take and what to do before attempting further bike sessions?
Definition of Fartlek - Fartlek comes from the Swedish for 'Speed Play'. Fartlek allows the athlete to run whatever distance and speed they wish, varying the intensity, and occasionally running at high intensity levels. This type of training stresses both the aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways.
Seems to me that 5-a-side would fit into the above definition. I play 60 mins of 5-a-side most weeks and almost count it as an endurance session. Keep the session going and do count it in an overal training routine.