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Sadly departed races

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:14

Terence Earney - The many unofficial drinks stations at the Potteries were welcome and the ice lolly I received at mile 23 was heaven


Sadly departed races

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 13:49

I last did the Potteries Marathon in 1999. Not too many years later someone (or body of people) decided Stoke on Trent was the dullest place in England to live. These people had obviously not run the Potteries Marathon and enjoyed the level of support & encouragement from the locals that I and many other runners experienced. Dullest place in England? My a*se!


Sadly departed races

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 16:41

Got to agree with Terence Earney - The POTTERIES MARATHON. Always a debate which was harder between this & Snowdonia. The locals added to the event for runners. Sadly missed event.

On a more local scale to me personally th Quicksand 15 (Margate) & the Cliffe Woods 10k have sadly passed away

Long time subscribers

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 10:58

41 messages & all but a small handful of them negative...As a running coach I say to my athletes that death or injury aside, the worst thing that can happen when you make a mistake is that you don't learn from it.

RW (Annie) your subscribers have spoken, for the future of the magazine you need to react & remedy the (many) aforementioned areas.

? on increasing mileage

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 11:05

Once upon a time it was considered 4 cycling miles = 1 running mile. I'm not aware of any updates to this train of thought

Nantes or La Rochelle Marathons

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 12:52

Have done La Rochelle a few times. Terrain-wise it's one of the flattest marathons going and a 2 lapper. Run on the final Sunday of November so the weather tends to be cool - ideal for running each time I've done it. In summary - well organised (VLM with less than a quarter of the field); very good PB potential.

Eiro O' Flop (Ryanair) fly direct to La Rochelle from Stansted. Can also be reached by Eurostar/TGV train services which - due to the time of year - can be quite affordable.

The British 10K

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 10:55
Wilkie wrote (see)

Local 10k races can put them on for £15, and with chip timing.  And I think that's a bit steep.  I remember when you'd get change from a tenner...


Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

and you got that change in groats ?


Check it out: Henfield HALF MARATHON - 18th August. £10(affiliated). Mildly cheaper than The British Rip Off (10k)

The Medway 10k

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:19

Agree. We used to have some gems around here. There was a Medway 10k which disappeared in the late 1990's based at Featherby School. There were also events like the Hempstead Marathon & half marathon. The Cliffe Woods 10 & 5 (miles); Lordswood 10 & 5 k; Rochester half marathon; RSME half marathon to name but a few.

Sunday traffic & traders have increased significantly since those times so it's good to have an organisation like Nice Works to get these events on. Any race secretary will tell you how much of a headache it is to deal with road closures, policing, red tape etc.

I should run on the left, isn't that right?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:13

Run on whichever side seems safest. It pays to run on the left around right bends as traffic from both directions can see you sooner. Likewise, running on the left up hills is also a good idea as traffic from behind is less likely to be speeding.

Where you can though it pays to mix & match which side of the road to run on as this can help avoid camber fatigue

The Medway 10k

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 10:04

It's great to have a distance event in Medway again but a shame it's replacing the Cliffe Woods 10k. There's been a race at Cliffe Woods since I started road running (mid 1980's). It would be great if this got revived

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