Running the Brighton Marathon, by Kev Betts

Running a marathon – what goes on? Is it worth it? Well read on… So, what’s a marathon like to run? What goes through your mind and how does your body react throughout a marathon? I thought this week I’d give a run down of what goes through MY mind during a marathon and how the Brighton marathon affected me this year. I thought it’d be an ideal opportunity for those running London this weekend – especially if you’re doing it for the first time. Hopefully it’ll give an insight…

The Maidstone Half Marathon, England

The Maidstone Half Marathon was held on Sunday 16th October, 2011 First of all, here’ a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. It was a beautiful morning as I left my house for the race. Really cold but clear, and with a light mist. The race HQ was at my old school, used to be called Vinters Boys, I haven’t been back there since the day I walked/ran out aged 16. Race registration was in the old school hall, how…

The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon, Kent, England

The Folkestone Rotary Half Marathon was held on Sunday 25th September, 2011 First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. The Race HQ, complete with music and a few stalls with food and running kit, was easy to find; on the top of the Leas Cliff, in front of the Grand Hotel. Ray from Folkestone Rotary had sent the race packs out in good time (arrived a week before the event) and they contained our numbers and…

The Thanet Half and Full Marathon, Kent, England

The Thanet full and Half marathons were held on Sunday 4th September, 2011. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. Part 1, by Dave Wise We picked up the signs for the race HQ just before we drove into Margate town centre. I was glad of this; Margate isn’t a large place but I don’t know it very well. The signs were well positioned on lamposts above head height and luminous, so not much chance of…

Royal London Parks Half Marathon

The London Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon was held on Sunday 9th October, 2011. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. The organisation of this race was spot on. My race number, timing chip and booklet telling me vital information (essential timings, directions to the race HQ from many Tube Stations, etc) was sent out by post a few weeks before the event, so there was no need to register upon arrival (incidently, the race pack…

The Greater Manchester Marathon, 2013, England

The Greater Manchester Marathon was held on Sunday 28th April, 2013. Below is our review of the event, and a film. Trek and Run were supported during this race by Asics www.asics.co.uk Windermere Marina Village www.wmv.co.uk Maxifuel www.maxifuel.com Adidas www.adidas.co.uk Canterbury Clothing www.canterbury.com & Helly Hansen Clothing www.hellyhansen.com First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. We’d pre-booked parking at Old Trafford, the stadium of Manchester United, as the marathon race village and start/finish line was set up right outside. I thought we’d…

The Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon, 2013, Cumbria, England

The Lakeland Trails Coniston Marathon was held on Sunday 7th July, 2013. Below is our review of the event, and a film. Trek and Run were supported during this race by Asics www.asics.co.uk The Quiet Site Campsite www.thequietsite.co.uk Maxifuel www.maxifuel.com Robens Tents www.robens.de Adidas www.adidas.co.uk Thermarest Sleeping Mats http://cascadedesigns.com/en/therm-a-rest Beyond The Beaten Track Pre Packed Food www.beyondthebeatentrack.com & Helly Hansen Clothing www.hellyhansen.com Living in Kent as we do the Lake District is a long way to drive just for a race, so this time we did what we always do, and that is make a week’s holiday of…

The Reading Half Marathon

The Reading Half Marathon was held on Sunday 1st April, 2012 First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. Part 1; by Dave Wise This race had 2 very noticeable high points. First was the crowd support, which was immense, with most of the route lined with cheering locals. The second was the finish, in the Reading Football Club stadium, where thousands clapped and shouted as we ran through the tunnel that linked outer road to pitch…

The Neolithic Full and Half Marathon, and Bike Ride

The Neolithic Marathon event was organised by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and held on Sunday 6th May, 2012. First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. Part 1; The Full Marathon, by Dave Wise First of all, I’ll say that the event organisation by Wiltshire Wildlife Trust was fine, the race packs came through well in time and all directions and instructions were clear. It didn’t take that long to drive to Stonehenge from Kent, not as…

The Brathay Windermere Marathon, Cumbria

The event was held on Sunday 20th May, 2012 First of all, here’ a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. I was expecting to run this race in bad weather. It’s not that I’m a pessimist, it’s just that the Lake District has a reputation of being wet, really wet (all those lakes are there for a reason…). And indeed, chatting to other runners at the start line who’d done it before (there was a lot of them, this run…