Matthew Norgate


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Great Newham London 10k

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 13:45

This is a new race... sort of!  Basically, for the past 3 years there has been a 5 mile race in partnership with the National Lottery around the Olympic Park (& 2 out of the 3 years in the stadium).  It was always well organised but was a little uninspiring for most of the course as the park itself wasn't finished, but the stadium finish more than made up for it!  Last year the park was/is far better as it is full landscaped, but the stadium was being worked on to convert it for West Ham to play football at.

This year is the 1st time it is being run as part of the 'Great' Series (Great North Run & Great South run etc) and those are normally very well organised again.

I've also signed up for this and have run parts of the course in both the previous versions of this race and also as part of Run Hackney half marathon and it will be flat, reasonable fast with little ups and downs but no shade if it's hot.

I hope that makes sense and isn't too rambling!

Runthrough Richmond Park Half Marathon (June)

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 10:03

I did this last year - I also thought 4 laps might be a bit rubbish, but it fit in with my plans so I bite the bullet and did it and was surprised, it was a nice day and therefore it meant support was quite frequent which made it more fun.  It is a varied terrain as Stilts says and quite hard work because of the amount of up hill, but I enjoyed it and would do it again at some point in the future.

Hackney half marathon

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 09:59

I thoroughly enjoyed it yesterday.  I did last years and did not experience any of the reported problems, but it is clear they have taken them in consideration for this year, with the moving the date, 5 water stations (I've never done a half with so many!), technical t-shirt (which is pretty awesome by the way) to make it slightly better value.  Like Gideon, when deciding to sign up I take into account the cost of travel, maybe a hotel if it is really far etc and therefore a race on my door step still works out as good value.  I look forward to next year, should be fun.

Manchester vs Brighton Marathon

Posted: 06/05/2015 at 10:55

I've run both Brighton and Manchester and they are both excellent events, with good crowds.  They both have a bit on the course that is a little more uninspiring and have scenic bits as well.  Brighton slightly has the edge for me because the course, although not as flat as Manchester doesn't have the very small up and downs all away along it, it just has inclines here and there.

Hackney half marathon

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 12:11

Maybe we will have to get to the start line super early in case they start the race at 6am!

Hackney half marathon

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 11:47

John, I received it as well - I thought I'd gone mad, but just received one saying they got over excited and it is 2 weeks away. Phew!

Lack of Drinking Fountains in London Parks

Posted: 07/04/2015 at 10:50

I don't know about the Hyde Park station toilet, but certainly the Green Park ones you have to pay for now - I believe it is 30p.

Newham 10k

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 10:45

I've signed up to this.  I've done the 3 previous incarnations of this when it was a 5 miler.  They were well organised, but a little uninspiring for most of the course - although the stadium finish was ace both years they had that and looking forward to seeing the West Ham refit

Hackney half marathon

Posted: 22/01/2015 at 09:33

I can recommend Ealing Half, it is a wonderful half.  Brilliant organisation, support and a nice course.  I’ve done 2 out of the 3 of those – missed last year as it was my mates 40th birthday the day before and I knew I would be completely hungover (and was!).  Will be back in this year for my 3rd go though as a warm up for the Yorkshire Marathon.

Hackney half marathon

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 09:50

I will be signing up for it after payday.  I did it last year, and enjoyed it.  I didn't see/experience any of the problems that others reported. My only issue with it was there was a lot of runners who put themselves in the wrong place at the start and went out too hard, especially as it was a very hot day - it reminded me a lot of the London Marathon and felt like there were a lot of 1st time runners there.  That is fine, but it did mean the start was crowded.

Oh, I  think it is a tad on the expensive side as well, especially last year as you didn't get a t-shirt just a goody bag and a medal but was pretty much the same cost as this years.

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