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!