Matthew Norgate

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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.

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 12:06

What I like about marathon training is it gets me outside and relaxes me.  I work in an office all day and it's just really nice (once I've forced myself out of bed) to get a run done before work, when there are not many people on the streets of London, and sets me up perfectly for the day ready to face anything.

Regarding the out there and back, I, like Chri5B, didn't find it an issue.  The support along it, and in fact the whole course pretty much, is great and really lifted me when I needed it and distracted me in parts like the OAB.  I'm actually already getting excited about running this again even though it is months and months away!

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 09:28

Roo - I found this one that should help.

Vitality race series - what's the skinny?

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 10:43

Gideon Levy - Ah, I probably would have been in the 1st half of runners for Hackney, so I was ok - it was a very hot day but that is not good to run out of water, dangerous in fact!  Probably part of the reason it has been moved forward a month and a bit for this year I'd guess.


Vitality race series - what's the skinny?

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 09:44

Not sure if they change the organising team from previous, but I imagine they will have input.  I've done a couple of the Vitality race series (Run Hackney and Reading Half, with Brighton Half next month) and know a few people who have done the Oxford Half and they have all been well organised.  The only issue I've had with their races is that they can be a little on the expensive side, but you know that before you sign up so I won't grumble!

Specific to the North London Half, it looks great I really wish I could do it but sadly due to family commitments I'll have to wait to next year! 

The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 12:29

I'm in!  I did this last year and thought it was a really good marathon.  Great Marshall's, brilliant crowd support and a good course.  A cheeky up hill right near the end, which feels worse than it is just because of where it falls on the course.  It's a cliche, but it really does seem to be a fast course - I got a PB and I was nowhere near the shape I was in for some of the previous marathon's I've run!

Ealing Half Marathon 2015

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 15:22

Looking forward to doing this for the 3rd time next year - I missed this years due to injury.  A great half marathon, and the only race I've done more than once!

Berlin Marathon 2015

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 10:58

I've entered the ballot for this as well. Completely agree Heroine 104 euros is a lot, but I'm viewing it that I won't do this one that often (or maybe never again) so it is worth it for the experience.

Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 15:15

Great running by everyone.

I really enjoyed this marathon, great organisation, brilliant crowds cheering your name, and a PB for me of 3:32 which took me by surprise as was expecting to fade from mile 18 and come in 3:45 or so!  No so much a fan of the hill, but the finishing straight was pretty darn awesome and made up for it and the cramp it caused!

Also want to say that the free engraving of the medal was a lovely touch, and I wish more races did this.  I will do this marathon again, although not next year as I've got the Eden Project marathon penciled in for then.  So see you again in 2016!

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