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Working in Birmingham City Centre for a while. Running club to tag along with?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 14:46

If you are there at the weekend, it is well worth rocking up to Cannon Hill parkrun as most of the local clubs are represented there.

Recommended 10k events

Posted: 15/11/2013 at 11:56

Castle to Castle 10K (Warwick to Kenilworth) has a good atmosphere, but is very popular, enter it on the day entries open if you want a spot.

Winter Running Stockholm

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 13:13

While it may not be the most appropriate group for marathon training, the Stockholm Hash House Harriers are very friendly, and I believe they run all through the winter...

Some of them are more serious runners, so if nobody here has the answer, they would at least have the local info.

Recommendations Hunt for Spring 2014

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 08:30

Thanks all, some great suggestions there - one reason I've kept up running is the sheer variety of the challenge out there.

Recommendations Hunt for Spring 2014

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 10:42

So... I thought I'd poll the forum here, like a lot of people I'm looking for a new challenge for 2014, I thought I'd try and get some informed opinion... 

I was a beginner to running this year, but did manage to complete 2 Half Marathons (Malvern and the Great Birmingham Run).  Thanks in no small part to all the advice on this site!  Next year, I think a half in March would be a good start to the year.

So, please can I ask for recommendations?  I'm looking for a half with a bit of a twist in March (or maybe early April).  PB not important, and I've never run on trails before, so a half that's a good introduction to trail running would be good.  I'm looking for a race with nice scenary, and something about it, e.g. renowned for a great location, atmosphere, good after run party etc.  I'll travel anywhere in the country for something special, but I'm midlands based.

The 2 I have in mind from my own research are the Steyning Stinger Half or the Forest of Dean Half, so if these 2 races are along these lines, feedback is appreciated from those who have done them. 

No obstacles or triathlons though! 

Cheers all

first race

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 14:27

What they all said!  Everyone is a little nervous, but you'll feel great at the end!

To help with nerves, I'd suggest not doing anything "new" for the day of the race, e.g. don't wear any new kit (especially trainers) for the first time on race day, don't try a new type of energy bar just before the race, that sort of thing.

Plus prep everything the night before, stick your number and chip on, get your water bottle ready, know how you are getting to the start, that sort of thing.

Realistic Half Marathon Pace

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 11:16

Just to add to the comments above - definitely possible, I did my first in 1:52 based on a similar scenario as yours.  In fact - I'm doing Birmingham as well, will be my 2nd!  Don't know if you've seen the route, but everybody says watch for the big hill at mile 10, it's worth including hills in your training and keeping something in the tank for that!

One thing I found - my last long run was 11 miles at a slower pace, about 2 weeks before, and I was absolutely knackered, thought I'd never get under 2 hours for 13 - but the extra adrenaline on the day really helped.

How to access Manchester parkruns from the City Centre?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 14:32

Thanks Cougie, lots of useful info there... I also notice the Heaton Park one is near(ish) the Tram stop.  Looks like it is between the 2 for me. 

As an aside, I've only started running recently, but am a definite parkrun convert - I always check if there's one nearby if I'm staying over somewhere.

How to access Manchester parkruns from the City Centre?

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 09:16

I'm in Manchester for the International Festival next week, and I thought I might try out some Parkrun tourism while I'm there... Please could I ask some advice?  My question is, I'm staying right next to Piccadilly Station, but have no car.  Which Manchester Parkrun is the quickest and easiest to get to by public transport (or on foot), and how would I do it?

Thanks in advance, Mancunian parkrunners!

Malvern Half-Marathon

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 08:28

I did it!  Very happy with my time of 1:52 - which is way faster than I thought I could do.  I set off too fast but was feeling comfortable at that pace, so stayed with it and managed to hold on to the end.  Also, I didn't mind the track, as a lot of the roads are like that around here in Worcestershire!  I thought that coping with the wind was the hardest part through that section.  See you next year!

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Recommendations Hunt for Spring 2014

What do the RW Forum think are the best March half marathons? 
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