Steve B 74

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Sports watch

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:05

I'd highly recommend the Garmin 310xt   Does pretty much everything you could need and will save you buying a lesser model now and upgrading in 9 months.  It is Garmin's last-generation product which is why it's less than 1/3rd price of the newest, prettier watches.  Absolutely packed full of features, very durable and easy to use and the ability to display 4 data fields at once is a winner for me.

You'll get a used one sub-£100 on ebay, a refurb about £110 and brand new for about £125.


DCRainmaker review of the 310xt will tell you all you ever wanted to know (and a lot more)

Bath Half is a rip off

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 18:51

Warwick half.  £25 including t-shirt.  Nice scenic run and good location if you want to turn it into a weekend away.

Stratford shakespeare marathon .

Posted: 02/02/2015 at 08:19
Thanks T Rex. Very encouraging I like the sound of that.

Rotary Shakespeare Marathon April 2015

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:56

I am also contemplating this race and looking for a 4 hour time.  I'd like to find some more reviews and hear opinions about the race so I will follow this thread with interest.

I have one previous marathon under my belt.  October 2014 Leicester, 4:15.  Elevation gain 164m.  so pretty flat.  Well organised but rather quiet and lonely with little in the way of supporters.  It would seem Shakespeare is much the same???

I have seen on someone's mapmyrun trace that it's 84m of elevation gain, which seems flat, yet the few reviews I can find suggest some hills so perhaps that's not correct   Does anyone have a garmin trace or similar that they would share?

Stratford shakespeare marathon .

Posted: 01/02/2015 at 19:30
I am thinking about doing it. Looking for reviews and opinions before I decide. I have one Mara behind me (Oct 2014 4:15 Leicester) and would like to break 4 hours next time out.

energy gels etc

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 18:30

you definitely should practice this, and assume you won't get it right the first time or two so don't leave it to the last few weeks.

I'm fairly tall and heavy (188cms, 95kgs) and so what is right for me might not be for you.

I use gels only on runs beyond 2 hours, don't need them for shorter than that.

I take one at 40 mins and one every 30 mins after that.  SIS Go, 60ml are my preference.    Some may say they aren't needed so early and they may be right.  If it is too early then no harm. 

I also recommend experimenting with electrolytes during your training.  Be sure to check what is available at your race so you can simulate in training.  Personally I prefer just water and I carry my own electrolyte tablets.  I choose Nuun brand.  I take 1 at the 1 hours point and 1 at the 2 hour point. for runs of 3 hours or more


Posted: 29/01/2015 at 17:22

I'll add a few to those above - though must echo the Stourbridge Stagger

Warwick Half

Stratford half & full

Coventry half

Leicester half and full

Leamington Park Run every Saturday


Flat Half Marathons

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 17:02

Surely none can be flatter than the Black Country half.   It's a point to point race between Wolverhampton and Birmingham along the canal.   There's not much terrain flatter than a canal.

It's scenic, the start is staggered based on your pace so there isn't much overtaking required, the start line is right next to the train station and the finish line is at Brindley Place, so no shortage of establishments in which to quench your post race thirst.

Can you do your second marathon 1 week after your first?

Posted: 29/01/2015 at 16:34

I'm sure plenty of people have done this and come to no harm, but I've got to think you would be exponentially increasing your chances of injury.

In large part it will depend on how used your body is to long distances.  As this is your first I am assuming its not conditioned for this type of challenge.  The marathon run at race speed really takes it out of you.

Speaking for my own experience, I finished my first marathon exhausted and sore but felt the worst of it had gone by day 3 and went for a 5k trot.  Seems something wasn't quite right with the soft tissue of my foot and I'd tipped it over the edge.  Took 3 weeks of rest to recuperate.  I've never had an injury in my life before that.

LECIESTER Marathon Oct 2014-needing reassurance!!

Posted: 29/10/2014 at 18:20
Snap. 4:15. I can now walk down stairs again, which is good.

Well done!!!
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