Category Archives: Half Marathons

On Improving Running Performance

I’ve done pretty good in my running this year. The first 6 events I took part in, in wildly varying weather and underfoot conditions, resulted in me beating my personal bests over 4 distances and gaining my first ever 1st place at a 10km race whilst the last event, a 50 mile mountain trail event that was meant to be just a bit of fun, delivered an age group podium finish. This short article tries to explain the reasons for this relative success. Here are a few finish line selfies to…

Milton Keynes Marathon and Half Marathon – 2nd May 2016

Salba Chia  Scimitar Sports & Helly Hansen Part 1 - By Dave Sherman  Celebrating its 50th birthday next year and referred to by many as ‘Britain’s newest town’ but by others as ‘the concrete jungle’, Milton Keynes (or MK, as the town is commonly referred to) was born out of a government effort to relieve London’s housing congestion, planned to be equidistant from London, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford and Cambridge, and formed from an area which was predominantly farmland and undeveloped villages into the grid of dual carriageways and roundabouts we know today. However if you look beyond the concrete, you’re left with a huge network of paths for cyclists, runners and walkers known as…

Waterloo Half Marathon – 24th April 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Brooks Running & Helly Hansen First, here’s a short film showing the route from a runners perspective. This year’s Waterloo Marathon provided no shortage of inspirational storylines. From running legend Ed Whitlock gunning for the world record for the 85 and up age group in the half marathon (spoiler alert, he crushed the record), to Rhonda-Marie Avery, the first blind runner to run in the infamous Barkley Marathons 100 mile race in the hills of Tennessee, both running in Sundays half…

Vitality Reading Half Marathon – 3rd April 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  & Helly Hansen Photos by Vijay Algoo, Steve Kimberley and Marathon Foto Part 1 by Dave Sherman The Reading Half Marathon and I have history – and it’s not good… Back in 2012 Reading had been my second ever half marathon and I’d gotten so carried away with the atmosphere on race day (including accepting a beer from the unofficial 11km pub drink station) that I’d spectacularly blown up late in the race resulting in a finish time of…

Vitality Brighton Half Marathon – 28th Feb 2016

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  & Helly Hansen Part 1: By Steve Kimberley It was that time of the year again. As the winter months were coming to an end, half-marathon season was starting up again and for a third time I would be running the Vitality Brighton half marathon. Since the first time that I ran it, Brighton has been my favourite half marathon course for a number of reasons. First of all, the course is just an ideal layout of gradients and…

Grand Union Canal Half Marathon – 8th Nov 2015

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Saucony Columbia Sportswear & Helly Hansen The Grand Union Canal Half Marathon took place on Sunday 8th November 2015 and starting at Cowley Recreation Ground in Uxbridge, running along the Grand Union Canal to its finish in Cassiobury Park in Watford. It is billed as a lovely flat, scenic, unusual, multi-terrain course which is traffic-free and was placed 5th in Runner’s World Races of the year in 2012 for the ‘Scenery’ category – but did it live up to…

The Angus Glen Half Marathon – Nov 2015

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Columbia Sportswear & Helly Hansen Words by Trevor Murphy and Dave Wise First up, here’s a short video we shot during the event, to give you an idea of the course and atmosphere. How was the pre-race experience? Trevor – We didn’t visit the expo for this particular race, however they do have a website that had all the pertinent info needed to know where to go and what to do on race day. Dave – The pre race emails…

Water of Life Half Marathon – Oct 2015

Trek and Run were supported during this event by; Salba Chia  Saucony Columbia Sportswear & Helly Hansen Photography and words by Dave Sherman Without a doubt, the Half Marathon is my favourite distance when it comes to running. Yes, shorter distance events are still a challenge to runners depending on your level of athletic ability or the amount you push yourself, but there’s something special about the challenge of that 13.1 mile distance, and even telling people you’re taking part in, or have completed, a ‘Half Marathon’ sounds so much…

Vitality Reading Half Marathon

by Stuart Obbard. Photos by Stuart Obbard and Adam Nash Wow!! What a great race and one I would definitely do again. Reading. you have certainly excelled yourself with this race! A race starts several months before when you have to go on-line and sign up. For this race the process was painless and then the regular emails started. These emails included updating runners on parking, what to expect on race day and what to tell our supporters. I like this, I find this information helps make my race day…

The Brighton Half Marathon 2015

by Dave Sherman and Steve Kimberly Photos by Dave Sherman and Sportcam Part 1, by Dave In February 2014 I completed the Brighton Half Marathon in 1h35m 06s and looking back it was one of the highlights of my year. The whole day had been an amazing experience and I’d enjoyed every moment of it and gained a new personal best, but I’d been gutted to have missed out on dipping under 1h35m by just 7 seconds. Of course this meant I needed to come back in 2015 and this…