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Larking gowen city of Norwich half marathon

Posted: 11/01/2017 at 08:50

Mr Tim is right - it's really the first mile where you are inside the showground as the paths are quite narrow.  Once you're out onto the main road it sorts itself out.

Do you have a target time in mind Nigel?

Larking gowen city of Norwich half marathon

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 09:04

I'll be away so can't do it this year, but have run it quite a few times in the past.  They have moved the time of year - always used to be end of November and we've had some shocking weather to contend with so hopefully you'll get a nice spring day.

They have also changed the course a few times over the years.  Used to be 2 laps, but was a single lap last year which I think is better, although there are a couple of short steep hills along the way.  I expect they will stick to that course again although I haven't checked.

Generally very well organised - good start and finish in the showground, closed roads and plenty of water stops.

Hope you enjoy it

Races that don't have a UKA licence

Posted: 30/11/2016 at 13:55

Don't think it's just the elite level, and not only club members either.  You can get your results on Po10 even if you're unaffiliated.  I also like their sister site, Run Britain Rankings where you can see your handicap ratings and compare with other runners.

But it's also free.  I know £1 a month for your site isn't a huge amount, but we're in a world with free apps and websites for all sorts of things so I think you'll struggle on that basis alone.

And also (also free) does pretty much this and a lot more...


Don't take this as criticism, I just don't see where the gap in the market is for your site to fill?

Wanted: Flat 10k or 1/2 with places

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 13:13

Could try the Great Bentley Half (in Essex so just about north of London), usually February time.  Pancake flat apart from a little road bridge. 

Entries usually open end October, and it does sell out pretty fast so get in quick.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 20/06/2016 at 09:34

Lorenzo - great result and report - but the big question remains, did you go clubbing afterwards?

Birch - must have felt good to be racing again, even on that little sleep!

PMJ - excellent mile result

My jolly involved expresso martinis at 1am which probably wasn't the wisest idea...but good fun!  Did a 6 mile progressive pace run Saturday and then 8 steady yesterday.  My hip's been feeling a bit sore recently so decided not to do more than that. I'll see how it reacts this week and then hopefully take the distance up a bit again at the weekend.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 16/06/2016 at 08:20

Lorenzo - OK, so it was only a marathon but Minni took us clubbing on the Toon after the Town Moor in 2012. Did wonders for the DOMS - my legs felt the best ever the next day after a marathon. So I'd say go for it 

Poacher - I agree that was a cracking quote in BB's post.  I also couldn't resist the temptation of going back to 2014 and finding out what the reference to "walnut" was all about....really wished I hadn't done that

I'm off shortly for a two-day half-jolly/half-work thing in a posh hotel in Newbury.  We'll be working this afternoon but the hotel have agreed to record the football for anyone who wants to watch it afterwards....what are the chances of nobody checking the scores on their phones....?

Sub 3h15

Posted: 15/06/2016 at 09:01

Euph - there's a blast from the past!  How the devil are you?  VLM 2009 I think was when we met on the blue start?  Sounds like you have been getting into some serious long stuff, rather you than me

Badbark - epic stuff!

Bit busy this week so not really keeping up or running much - just a few short treadmill sessions this week, but I will get outside later today.

Sub 3h15

Posted: 06/06/2016 at 08:16

Terrific parkrunning OO, Lorenzo and Leslie

PMJ - that is a very speedy 4 miler! Nice to run in Central Park - I was there one year and there was a race on, I think that was 4 miles too. I wasn't running it (I ran in the opposite direction!), but I couldn't believe how many runners there were - I can quite imagine half a mile to the last pen. It was the end of January and absolutely freezing cold too.

GD - nice 10 miler, good way to kick off the Berlin campaign.

Another interval session on Saturday and then 15 miles yesterday.  Lovely to get out in some sunshine for once.


Sub 3h15

Posted: 03/06/2016 at 08:46

Fantastic report BI - really enjoyed reading that. 

Sub 3h15

Posted: 31/05/2016 at 09:06

Bike It - well toughed out...I can't even imagine being out there for 10 hours, and given how much pain you were in it's just amazing to get through that.

BB - another sub-3....never in doubt!

CSMLFC - that's a great result so soon after Manchester

Poacher - not bad for a V60

Made the most of the decent weather over the weekend - and actually did some intervals on Saturday.  Only 6 x 3 minutes but it felt good to get some speed. Although not that fast (pace was around 6.30), but not too bad.  Then 15 miles on Sunday and a steady 5 miles yesterday. 

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