On September 1st 2015 Ben Smith will be embarking on a challenge to run 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around 309 different locations of the UK. The aim is to raise £250,000 for the charities, ‘Stonewall’ and ‘Kidscape’. Both these charities work to combat bullying in schools and society. He has asked local clubs for help so we have devised a half marathon route around the town, which he will cover twice. He would like people to keep him company on the run, which will start at St John’s Sports Centre at around10.30 (tbc). So if anyone is free during the day on Thursday 29th and could join him for all or just some of the run, or for more details, please contact Lucille on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I thought we’d done enough hills so I’ve saved the worst one until the end. With a couple optional loops we should keep bumping into each other too.
Out carpark past tennis courts and LT onto Upper Cumberland Walk
RT on Rodmell and into Madeira Park
RT on Mount Sion and follow through park to Sunderland Road
LT and RT round back of Hoopers
After covered car park follow Mount Pleasant Ave up hill to Crescent Rd – go LT then RT onto Mount Pleasant and follow all the way up to roundabout
On Monday 26th October, I took part in the 36th SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Having persuaded my children that they would like a weekend in Dublin before travelling up to the north to visit their grandfather, we flew to Dublin on Saturday. We then had a couple of days sightseeing (perhaps not ideal preparation for running a marathon). Leaving the kids to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and more sight seeing, I joined the other 15,000 runners at the start line. There were staggered waves which were dependent on your predicted finish time. In typical Irish fashion it was raining. Well fine drizzle!
The course was undulating and began by heading north of the River Liffey and then into Phoenix Park ( the largest park in Europe according to the previous day’s tour guide). It then recrossed the river at mile 10 and meandered around the south of Dublin to finish close to the start at Merrion Square. The Irish are renowned for their friendliness and the support was incredible. There were free hand clappers at the expo, and the noise along certain sections of the finish was deafening. The final two miles of the route was lined with spectators.
Overall the atmosphere was fantastic. The overall winner was Alemu Gemechu from Ethiopia in 2:14:02 and the first woman Natalyia Lehonkova finished in 2:30.
I always find miles 16 – 20 very difficult in a marathon, and so my second half was a couple of minutes slower. Still I managed to finish in 3:21:02, which I was happy with. I was also 4th in my age group.
I would very much recommend this marathon. Dublin is a great city. I even managed to be reunited with my kids with no trouble at the finish. I’d also recommend the city tour bus. I’ve taken many city tour buses, but never before with live commentary from the drivers; many of whom were really funny. Great craic!
Yesterday Steve Bright and I headed down to Portsmouth for the Great South Run, with Bob who had offered to come along as chief motivator, bag carrier and general encourager.
Whilst times, positions, PB’s, gender/age category positions and club records are all important, we should remember we are a club of mixed abilities and each runners’
story is an experience, special and unique and his/her race a challenge and an achievement. It is with this in mind, that the below report has been written.
Morris’ Morrisons Great South Run.
Clarence Esplanade in Southsea is transformed into a sea of colour every October, as thousands of runners, walkers and joggers don their charity vests and running kit to set off on the Morrisons Great South Run.
2:00/2:30pm – Somerhill School, Tonbridge – Tonbridge AC
With the autumn marathon shelved this year, 5 intrepid harriers instead set out on the duathlon of road biking from Calais to Brussels, running the half marathon and biking back again. While tasting many Belgian beers en route of course. Needless to say, the idea was both thought up and agreed upon while we were all in the Pantiles Tap (purveyor of many fine continental brews).
Gandalf, Thorin, Legolas, Bilbo and Gollum (referring to Simon Howden, Carol Tsang, Steve Austin, Geoff Turner and myself in no particular order) set out via the tunnel at Folkstone in a Honda Civic sporting 5 bikes, 5 people and enough luggage to require us to cooperate with operation stack on the M20 for 30 minutes.