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Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 16:47

Don't be afraid to show the Hoka's who's boss, Lowrez. I once had some heel tabs aggravate my achilles but a breadknife and some gaffer tape soon sorted that.

Abingdon Marathon 2016

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 14:32

@LogicScience it's not far really, but the route to both car parks from TP crosses (not surprisingly)/coincides with the last bit of the race course. Walking back you get to cheer on the last finishers, which is nice providing you can hobble out of their way

Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 14:21

@lowrez - the knee is as crumbly as ever, though my one-legged squat is now at least recognizable as such. Am off to see the mildly forbidding sports doc again in about a month, and because it seems quite common for people to say "have you tried ...[thing they told you not to do]" at these sorts of appointments, I have been tail-running for the club's couch-to-5k courses twice a week. So together with the "run" bits of the local circuits class, I am now running a grand total of about half an hour a week!

Needless to say I am noticeably rounder than I was...


@Danirr was that round Hoover Dam? Lovely. Did a marathon (calico races iirc) there on hols a few years back - really enjoyed it - which was a good job as a) I'd not recovered from my A race a few weeks back and b) I'd had a Thai takeaway the night before (!) so between those two factors I was out there for a good long while! Got to run and chat with Larry Macon too, which was interesting.


@OldShadowFax bloomin FB keeps on death-tagging me with old pictures of me running at Malta in years gone by (mutter mutter). Usually there is some scheme where you sign up to something on FB with your race number and get your race pix posted free to your FB timeline (I should add there are a number of free wifi hotspots e.g. opposite the Sliema ferries by the little tree-lined square with the coloured fountains or in the shopping area by the tea-party statue). (I hear there is now a Sri Chinmoy statue up in Sliema too!).

Comrades 2016

Posted: 26/02/2016 at 13:44

NikC, a good approximation would be to take a well undulating marathon like say Halstead or Sussex, then stick Box Hill under it five times, then tilt up or down depending on whether it's an Up or Down run. There's nothing very steep and even at the back it's possible to run the whole thing, should you feel like it(albeit not necessarily fast). However there's only a handful of actually flat kms - 1 or 2 at the start and finish, and iirc maybe 1 or 2 at Harrison Flats. (Feel free to put my dodgy memory right, SlowDuck).

Marathon suggestions

Posted: 24/02/2016 at 15:44

I dunno - depends on a number of factors. I did Abingdon as my first which was as local as you can get (I live 1km from the start) and indeed it was low hassle, but the support is relatively thin and when it all went a bit Pete Tong at mile 17 (not unusual in a first marathon, really), the following 9 (NINE) miles were a bit lonely and grim, soldiering round the fields and suburbs ...

By contrast my second was at Berlin, and the plus-side of "get to visit Berlin" aside, it was cheering Germans every inch of the way and the last 9 miles felt just sooo much easier. 

So I'd say for the fast, the lovers of solitude and nature, the mentally strong, a small or medium sized local one is fine for your debut, but sometimes it's worth going a bit further afield for that big-race experience.

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 11:36

IBB I think tiredness can affect form and that can obv have knock on effects.

sub 4 hour group,if anyone wants to get together

Posted: 15/02/2016 at 12:17

Hello all [pops head up]. All looking good for Manchester IBB!

HRR I think a lot of folk  just get bored with the HR thing and just go back to training how they used to

Have been doing rehab exercises (and Pilates) (and circuits) for months - not really convinced knee is any better per se although I can now sort of do a one legged squat. Have been helping out with the c2k courses so this saturday I did a whole 5, 5, and 7 mins running ...


starting running at 40

Posted: 18/12/2015 at 17:07

Two things come to mind:

1) running shoes - what are you running in? If the answer is "trainers from the last century" rather than "proper running shoes which I bought from a proper running shop with a whippet behind the counter who sent me out to run up and down the road in shoes to see how they feel" then that might be something to look at

2) At our beginner groups we use the Couch-to-5k plan based on

which is a little gentler

(actually we modify it further sometimes as there's a big jump to 20 mins at one point)

I know it's frustrating but it probably is a good idea to not run when it hurts. God knows enough physios have used that as the guideline when they're telling me what to do and what not!

(My own background - started serious running at about 40, now nearer 50, have run beginner groups at local club for a few years).

Comrades 2016

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 16:04

@Debra people (hello Carmen!) have booked flights just a month or two out and the prices have been about the same. I actually started out doing the via-Dubai route with a night in the airport hotel half way but one or two stops via JNB (and possibly say FRA) seem to suit me much better as it's only one long leg. You can book cheap flights (Kuluhla / Mango) for the JNB/DUR leg so coupling that with a LON-FRA or CDG-JNB flight it can be done on the cheap relatively speaking. 

Malta Marathon 2016

Posted: 15/12/2015 at 15:40

I have done it every year since 2010 (sadly not next year as in rehab for a poorly knee). Though I've always gone with RunningCrazy as it's a lot more sociable that way.

The Med, in Feb, and a *net* downhill (note though - there are uphills!) course with a big shiny medal and an international field (lots of winter-fleeing northern europeans and a few peripatetic Japanese) - what's not to like really. 

The buses to the start leave before dawn from by the Sliema Ferries (where the finish is - so basically stay in Sliema if you can, +1 on Tony's hotel recs). Tickets a handful of euros. The start in Rabat/Mdina can be a bit windy and nippy so take something to keep you warm, plus a space blanket or bin bag if you really feel the cold and want something to hang onto after you've chucked your kit bag onto the kit trucks (pickup at the other end has always been well organised).

The full race starts hours before the half and walkathon, and, depending on your pace, you may have to skirt a few walkathon groups towards the end (but they can be quite inspiring as well as obstacles so all in all it evens out). Nice views. Always have had decent weather - recall one year when it TIPPED it down all day on the Sat but was fine on the Sunday 

The streets are anything but lined with cheering spectators (the Maltese very sensibly seem to go to Sunday mass on Saturday night and lie in on Sundays!). However the drinks stations are manned by the Scouts who are just fabulous.Water all the way through (bottles) and also energy drink of some lurid colours (also in bottles) and towards the end bits of fruit. Sponges also available.

They also do the pointing-where-to-go stuff (very enthusiastically). There's a bit of support at the end though as the last few miles are basically round the bay.

The half marathoners have a nearly all downhill course I believe, straight from Mdina to Sliema. The marathoners (Malta is quite small) are sent to run round a few things to make up the distance, e.g. the national stadium, some gardens etc. - a recent course change was a (in my view quite interesting) detour through an industrial estate past the brewery.

It is all road. Never had any issues with traffic - the combination of strategic cone use and the police stationing themselves at junctions seems to work. A small rural part of the course was flooded one year, but most of us just hopped on the low foot-wide wall by the road (and one foolhardy soul ran straight through).

Though it is net downhill there are quite a few upwards inclines within that so be prepared for both. Some bits are quite pretty/scenic/interesting, some however are doodling round quiet Maltese suburbs.Prepare yourself mentally for the up and downs over various flyovers towards the end. Once, however, you reach the waterside it's all flat for those last couple of miles.

If you are a lady it's worth seeing if you can form a team with a couple of other ladies as historically the 3rd lady in the 3rd ladies team has finished in anything from 4:15 to well over 4:30.

There is a 5h cutoff in theory though the vigour of implementation may vary.

Usually these days they offer a "sell your soul to us on Facebook and we'll upload free race photos for you as you run" scheme. There is free wifi in various spots including Bisazza Street in Sliema (near the small square with fountains / statue of people having tea.)

At the finish there is fruit, water, energy drinks and the odd photo op. Plenty of bars/restaurants/cafes for that post-race recovery. The Bay View hotel has 2 pools on the roof - the outside one is good for a post race leg dunk.


The race tshirt has always been cotton in the past but good quality (ours do get worn). 

I think tha

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