- Eden Project Marathon
- Daventry 10k
- Leicester Half-Marathon
- Great Birmingham Run Half-Marathon
- Green Leek 10.5k
- Great Eastern Run
- Isle of Wight Marathon
- Rugby 10 Mile
- Chester Marathon
- Oxford Half-Marathon
- Run for Rotary 10k
- Bournemouth Half-Marathon
- Alcester 10k
- Tamworth 10k
- Cardiff Half-Marathon
*Debut at this distance
The course is described in the race advert as a hilly, multi-terrain route, with the Marathon being roughly 70% on trails, paths and private roads and 30% on public roads. It didn’t mention driving rain, flooded roads, a river crossing and numerous knee deep muddy puddles.
It was possibly the hardest run I’ve ever done (I put ‘brutal’ on Strava) – but also possibly the most fun I’ve had whilst running on my own. The course was challenging and the organisers did say to add lots of hill reps to any marathon training plan you were following- and to add approx 30 mins to any expected times.
The marshals from St Austell running club were fantastic and so supportive throughout. I couldn’t fault it, and would return next year.
Recommended – 5 stars.
A new event held by Daventry Road Runners which proved popular despite the awful weather conditions.
The route took in much of the same route that the now defunct 10-mile road race used to be held, so for me there were no real surprises. It started and finished at the Leisure Centre and took you out of the town, around some quiet-ish roads on the outskirts before twisting back towards the finish. It’s not particularly a PB course as there were some cheeky little climbs and various twists and turns to negotiate, all of which took your mind off the pouring rain that never seemed to cease!
Despite the weather, the marshals were vocal and encouraging throughout the entire race.
All in all, definitely worth doing again (especially if the goody bag is as good next year!) – Sarah
Possibly the wettest races I have ever taken part in, the Great Birmingham Half may have been very sodden but was actually a real pleasure to run. As always there were some wonderful Northbrook performances with Liam leading the way with a very impressive run.
The weather didn’t deter too many supporters, who helped encourage the runners through the 13 miles. I managed a personal best time, taking 11 minutes off my previous best which was at this event last year – David
A record attendance for this now very popular event saw a number of Northbrookers in a capacity field set off along the greenway from Burton Green to the Warwickshire Golf club, over road trail and a bit of cross-country.
The race began with former World record holder David Moorcroft setting us off in a extremely wet but very enjoyable race which was fantastically well-organised – Dave
I blame James Joyce. For years, John Wilson, James and I had planned an autumn assault on two races – the GER in Peterborough and the Leeds Abbey Dash. Sadly, because we’re old and decrepit, one or more of us have always managed to break down causing us to not get it organised.
2018 was supposed to be THE year but again, James managed to break himself and John decided Kenilworth HM was to be his late summer target which left me on my own. After a dedicated 12 week block of training where I surprisingly didn’t manage to injure myself, I toed the line of what can only be described as the flattest HM in the country (Wikipedia claims it to only have 13 metres of elevation).
Conditions were wet and cool although, crucially, the out and back nature of the course meant we had a tailwind for the final 6-odd miles. A well organised start meant Damian Dear and I were away quickly and thankfully, after the start, that was the last I saw of Damian until I crossed the finish line as he sped off.
The race was uneventful, as I ticked off my miles consistently in a narrow band of between 6m 23s – 6m 34s. I’m sure a sunnier day would have resulted in more support on the course but the good citizens of Peterborough were enthusiastic enough when they came out.
I crossed the line in a chip time of 84m 50s which is my fastest HM since my glory days of 2011 and it was my 2nd fastest HM ever which put a shine on an otherwise dull day weather wise. Damien duly delivered on his youthful promise with a fantastic 81m 09s and 118th overall – Rich
|38||Dave Halford||3:48:05||3rd MV60|
|Sarah Duffy||48:59||PB, 1st female|
|Tony Hughes||42:42||1st MV60|
|Anne Hughes||54:53||1st FV60|