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Sandy 10

Posted: 17/02/2010 at 18:07

Ok, just to put the record straight.

The course is virtually flat apart from miles 1-1.5 and 8.5-9 approx. where it is a bit "undulating" (this area is known as the Sand Hills).  To be honest, if you've done your hill training you shouldn't find this a problem.

I will be marshaling on the day so hope to see you all there.

Sandy 10

Posted: 18/03/2009 at 13:46

I still have mine, Nigel, but am saving it in the vain hope that one day it will fetch a huge amount of money at auction ... unless I get any worthwhile offers before then.

who else is fed up of icy streets and not being able to run

Posted: 08/02/2009 at 08:08
The roads around where I live are okay now, but the pavements are still dreadful. I've managed to map a 15 mile route on fairly quiet roads for my run this morning. Fingers' crossed there are no nasty surprises.
Even the footpaths and bridleways around here are lethal because so many people have been out walking recently that they have trodden the snow down to thick ice.

Sound vs Silence

Posted: 03/06/2008 at 14:46

I used to run with my iPod but no longer.
For me it's a safety issue, especially as I run a lot on road and along quiet footpaths.  I also actually enjoy the peace and quiet especially as I work in a busy office.
I recently competed in a 10K event and observed three iPod-wearing runners fail to hear the warnings of other fellow competitors as the lead runners approached.
I also marshalled at a road race a few months back.  I was attempting to give instructions to a runner, wearing earphones, to keep to the footpath at a very busy road junction, at least until the traffic had passed and it was safe to cross.  She just looked blankly at me, stepped off the footpath and narrowly missed being hit by a car. 
As much as I agree that the choice should be down to the individual, I do feel that iPods, and other similar music players, should not be worn during competitive races.  If you choose to wear your iPod etc on a training run, then so be it.  But if you are in an environment where you may end up impeding another runner or road user, or perhaps even endangering your life ... best leave it at home!

Sandy 10

Posted: 26/03/2008 at 12:28

Only hope there is enough left for the marshals 

Sandy 10

Posted: 28/01/2008 at 13:23

If it helps, Jo-bee, the Runners World half marathon training schedule has a 9-10 mile (slow) a week prior to a half marathon race day.  You could run the Sandy 10 as part of your training schedule:  A really nice route (only one-and-a-bit teensy-weensy hills), fab marshalls and a great goody bag, to boot.  What more could you wish for!  There, I hope that's convinced you.

Wasp stings and exercise

Posted: 10/08/2007 at 14:05
Cripes! The bitey things obviously like runners' blood.

Have to agree with antihistamine tablets. Two days of cream and tablets and the bite was almost gone. However, I now have a lovely bruise as evidence. I think the other thing that helps is to avoid touching or itching the area otherwise it just reignites the histamine reaction.

Went out for a 7 miler last night and all's well.

Good luck with the stings/bites ... I guess it's just another hazard we runners have to put up with.

Wasp stings and exercise

Posted: 09/08/2007 at 11:32
I was bitten on the calf by (I believe) a horsefly on Saturday evening. Horsefly bites are quite nasty and a lump formed on my calf, was very red, hot to the touch and extremely itchy. I'd been putting antihistamine cream on the area but the muscle was throbbing and very stiff when I awoke on Monday.
In the end I relented and booked an appointment with the minor illness nurse at my local surgery. She basically advised me to continue with the antihistamine.
I asked her about running and she said, because the infection from the bite was either in or very near to the muscle to avoid any strenuous exercise as it might inflame the area again.
Hope that helps.

travel from peterborough and cambridge

Posted: 19/04/2007 at 17:06
Hmmm, yeah I live in Bedfordshire and having huge trouble trying to get into London without stressing myself before the start. Looks like my best option is Thameslink ... assuming they are still running trains on Sunday.

Didn't someone tell the operators that there would be a few thousand people trying to get into London this weekend?!?!?!?!

PhabKids Runners for 2007

Posted: 10/04/2007 at 12:50
Meant to say, Rachel, I've had so many people tell me 'not to worry', 'it'll come on the day' and 'just enjoy the atmosphere' and I must say I do feel much better, so don't feel too discouraged.

BTW, practise your celebration crossing the line, arms in the air. I tried this at the weekend and apparently looked like a crazy woman, however it gave my running companions a good laugh.
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