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Is there a 43km ultra event I can enter?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 12:03


Someone from my running club is doing this. It's in Telford and it's something like a 0.84 mile lap that you either do until you've completed a marathon or do an extra one and call it an ultra! On the website they are counting someone from the 2013 who ran 33 laps (27.72 miles) as an ultra runner so a tiny bit over the 43K. Should imagine theres a few other events like this. I ran 27.0 miles in the London Marathon this year (43.47K) but can't count that. I think the race above is far enough though if you do the extra lap or two.

If I was going to do an ultra though, I'd probably chose a 50K race as that's more official then and there's a few of those.

NHS Choices Couch to 5K

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:39

Starting a Couch to 5K program with our running club and used the NHS program. I think it works really well. We had over 20 doing it at one point in the first 9 week program although this did start in January so due to new years resolutions not working out, weather, hangovers from Six Nations weekends (as we do it on a Sunday morning) we had about 6 or 7 complete the program. Pleased to say that 5 of them ended up joining the club as full affiliated members and all gone on to do 10k runs and considering going up to HM distance by the autumn. They also brought along a couple of friends so we've had 7 new members as a result. It looks like we'll have a similar number finishing the second program with a few doing Race for Life last weekend, and others registered with parkrun and looking to go next weekend. Hoping a couple will be interested in going further and also becoming full members.

We were going to have a break from doing couch to 5K, but due to word of mouth about the sucess of the first two programs we now have another load wanting to join! This is all in a small South Wales valley and we've now got a dozen people running regularly, about 40-50 different people turn up to at least one session, and several new members for the running club. Well worth doing if a couple of club members can spare half hour a week.


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 12:23

All gone quiet on here again. Done a silly amount of running events recently with 12 races / parkruns in 33 days between April 29 - May 31. Was also supposed to Beast of Bryn last Saturday but after being way off my best in the Treforest 10K and Merthyr Mawr lane 5K, I decided I'd probably overdone it (a lot rather than a bit) and need to rest a bit. Still doing parkrun tomorrow as I'm determined to get that 50 t-shirt. I'm on 40 now. Hoping to get back to regularly dipping under sub 22 runs and then work on finally beating the 6 month old 21:21 PB. Only race planned for this month is Caerphilly 10K.

Good luck to those doing the Castles Relay this weekend. We've had a bit of an influx of new members at my running club (which I've recently become chairman of) so hoping next year we'll have enough for a team.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 13:42

Roy - thanks for checking but thought that was the case.

Was 31st with 36:51 in the Cwm Ogwr 5 miler which was an improvement of 1 minute 21 seconds on last year which I was very pleased and suprised with. Didn't feel too bad in Cardiff Bay 5 miler considering it was my 4th event in 7 days and managed 36:42.

My wife and I are expecting twins in a few weeks so I'm racking up the events whilst I can. Having already done 3 this month, I'm also looking at...

10th: Parkrun, 11th Stroud Trail Half Marathon, 17th Parkrun, 21st Whitford Point 5.9 mile, 24th Parkrun, 25th Treforest 10K, 28th Merthyr Mawr Lane 5K, 31st Beast of Bryn (undecided on 6.8 miler or 15 miler!)


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 21:34
I've heard there's no guarantees particularly for new teams entering welrh castles but assuming we could get a team together and apply as early as poss for next year then hopefully we'll have a chance.

22:36 for me and 13th place overall at my 13th different parkrun. Pomphrey Hill course was tougher than expected and mostly off road so used my trail shoes for the first time. Happy with time and second highest parkrun finish after I was somehow 10th out of 200 at Newport Parkrun a few months back. There must have been a race on that day and only fun runners there for me to be top 10!

Stroud Trail Half / Full Marathon

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 15:52

I think the 'marathon distance' is 26.9 as it's not just two laps of the half marathon route. That's a pretty hardcore training run!


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 15:46

Triple whammy of events for me over the bank holiday weekend. My 13th different parkrun event with Up Pomphrey parkrun near Bristol tomorrow, club 5 miler on Sunday, and running the Cardiff Bay 5 miler on Monday. Wonder what my aggregate 13.1 miles will be?

Really wanted to do Welsh Castles this year. I assumed a runner could do one leg on the Saturday and another on a Sunday and we probably could have got 10 runners together but no way we could get 20. Obviously too late for this year but any idea what the rules are on clubs joining together to race it as there's a couple of small clubs nearby us who would be in the same position of never having 20 affilated members wanting to do it (plus a couple of reserves just in case).

Stroud Trail Half / Full Marathon

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 12:20

I've entered the "Half Marathon" for this. Obviously wasn't expecting a PB or anything but bit disappointed to find it's actually 14.2 miles. This is my first trail half having done 13 road HM's so not sure if this is expected with trail HM as I guess it's more difficult to accurately measure? The race information also says about having to run with your own water container which holds a minimum of 500ml as there'll be no cups at the water stations. This is all new to me - is this suggesting there'll just be a Vat of water or something then?

Although I'm a bit gutted it's not an 'official' distance, I am looking forward to it. The two 600 feet inclines are going to interesting / challenging although I did the Pentrych Hill Run on Tuesday just gone which had more ascent over half the distance so I'm well prepared.

Anyone else doing this one or can answer any of my 'what you should expect in a trail half' queries?


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:32

Been a while since I checked this thread.

Roy - no, the sub 21 still hasn't happened but it's down to 21:21. I blame marathon training and entering way too many races as much excuse for not having a better parkrun PB. Including parkruns, I've done 61 events in 61 weeks (35 parkruns, 26 races). I did Pentyrch Hill Race last night - my first proper Fell race - I knew it was going to be tough but didn't expect the hills to be that steep.

It my club races on Sunday (Cwm Ogwr 5 miler) if anyone's interested (near Bridgend). Had just under 100 runners in our first year and everything went really smoothly. £8 entry for affliates with tech-t and goodie bag at the end (which actually includes food / drinks not just leaflets) - can't argue with that.

Swansea Half Marathon, July 20th 2014

Posted: 25/04/2014 at 22:16

4 Llanelli and 4 Cardiff for me. Would be good if Newport and Llanelli don't clash in future years so there's a few options in South Wales with this one as well. Severn Bridge half marathon this year as well.

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