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Reading Half or North London Half

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 12:38

Reading is a good half well organised, generally quick, well supported round the course and a good stadium finish

Downsides are that it is a narrow start and there's a sharp hill at two miles which means it can take a while to get into a rhythm. The last two miles are rather dull down a dual carriageway and just when you think you are going to finish you are directed down into an office park for 1/2 mile.

Getting out of the official car parks around the venue can be horrendous; best pick the car parks further away.

Never done North London

Dreaded nipple rub

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 12:31

Micropore Tape

Advice on sub ten minute miles please

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 20:44

Running slowly teaches you to run slowly. 

OK that's a simplistic generalisation but try and run quicker for shorter distances. This is why people get quicker when they join a club as a coach will include higher speed "repetitions" into training sessions. Really difficult on your own.

As you are getting quicker as you run I have a feeling that you are not in the first flush of youth; if I'm wrong then sorry

What's your flexibility like? Increase your flexibility and your stride length may increase; only a 1-2 cm increase in stride length makes a difference.


Saturday 5K ParkRuns

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 16:53

Portrush (Northern Ireland) when there is a spring high tide at 09:30 with an on-shore wind. It very rarely happens but it's happened at least once.

You then have to run in the sea or clamber onto the rocks and the rest of the run is on soft sand.

That time was 26+ minutes (Parkrun PB 19:07)

Basingstoke running routes

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:35



Few routes of 8 miles round B'stoke; I've tried to keep them simple. Most of the bridleways west and north of the hospital are great for running but get into the downs towards Ibworth and Hannington and it gets hilly. Get an OS map and plan over a beer.

Avoid A339 and A340 they are not running friendly!

Basingstoke running routes

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 20:00

I work in B'stoke and a member of a local running club.

  • How far do you want to run?
  • Urban / Rural
  • Off Road / on Road
  • Hills / Flat?

Sorry don't do morning runs myself.

Pride Run 10K

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 20:35

There's me thinking that the race was sponsored by Fullers and you might get a pint at the end!

London Marathon Charity places

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 20:25

If they force you to pay then the Charity is "selling" a London Marathon place and would be thus subject to VAT on the amount they "asked" you to raise.

They thus are very unlikely to enforce you paying up the shortfall as if they make you pay then Revenue and Customs would be after a shed load of unpaid VAT for up to the last 7 years of receipts taken by the Charity on VLM places.

The charities know this.

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