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Couch to Madrid Marathon in 100 days!

Part 2

When you have found yourself back as a potato, in position on the post Christmas couch, with your running days a distant memory – well at least as distant as your first festive party last year, which was ironically your running clubs do in November - and less than 100 days to get yourself ready for the Madrid Marathon, you have to face a few facts.

Firstly, the training is not going to be easy.

Secondly, the excuses for not training are going to be far too easy.

And thirdly, your running gear isn’t going to fit in quite the same way that it did before you packed everything up, apart from complete self indulgence, for Christmas.

Add to that a dose of that thing that is going around that makes your sinuses produce snot like a 10 year school boy from the wrong end of town and makes you feel like you’ve been punched in the face, and spending the morning in bed trumps a 5k training run any day.

This is where a bit a self discipline comes in handy.

Shame I don’t have any.

There is a school of thought that suggests that a list helps in this kind of situation.

The logic goes something like this. If you have what you need to do written down, you are more likely to beat yourself up for not doing it when you set about not doing whatever it was you were supposed to do, feel guilty, and then do approximately half of what you decided to do ... which is better than nothing.

And so I made a list.

Well actually there was more than one list.

There was a list of all the Sundays running up to 26th April, the day of the race. This was followed by a lie down, largely to get over the shock of facing the painful truth.

Next a list of the sorts of distances I was planning to run on the those Sundays. Again a lie down. This time in a darkened room.

Then a list of self motivational books that would get me out of the darkened room.

Then a list of things relating to running, that didn’t actually involve running as such, that would put off the inevitable whilst actually seeming like I was preparing for it. Top of that list, anti chaffing cream to counteract the new snugness of my running kit.

Then I was ready!

Ready to go on facbook and tell everyone how ready I was to start getting ready to go down the pub and announce my readiness to start training ... next week.

Running Diary

Couch to Madrid Marathon in 100 days!

 Guy is taking on the his biggest running challenge yet to raise funds for Hothouse Theatre projects.

Having spent months building a physique that Jabba the Hutt would have been proud of (Star Wars reference in case you didn’t know), during an extend winter solstice celebration, Guy finally crawled off his potato couch and got into training ... with only 100 days to go ... for the Madrid Marathon!!

It's going to be hilly! It's going to be hot!! It’s going to hurt!!!

And that is just the training!

Don’t let all that pain be in vain ...

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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE EPIC TRAIL 10K

Sunday 16th February 2020 – 11:00AM Start

Welcome to the First edition of the NOTTINGHAMSHIRE EPIC TRAIL 10K set in the sensational Sherwood Pines. The Nottinghamshire Epic 10k is set to be one of the most exciting 10k’s in England.

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Great North West Half Marathon

Sunday 16th February 2020

North Promenade • Blackpool

A fast and flat course around the coastal front of Blackpool... A great race for a PB and an ideal warm up race for the Blackpool Marathon or Virgin London Marathon.

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Leicestershire Half Marathon and 10k

Feb 23, 2020

Beat those February blues and join us for our third year at Prestwold Hall for another Leicestershire Half Marathon on Sunday 23rd February. Take the opportunity to race around this unique route. This ROAD CLOSED half marathon will start and finish in front of the beautiful Prestwold Hall before heading around the race track and onto surrounding rural roads.

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Resolution Run Derby 2020

Feb 23, 2020
Markeaton Park, Markeaton Lane, Derby

Stroke survivor or carer, family or friend – life after stroke is different for us all. But there is one way we can stand together. Join the Resolution Run and raise funds to rebuild more lives.

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Winchester 10K

Feb 23, 2020
Guildhall Winchester, The Broadway, Winchester, Hampshire

The Winchester 10km Road Race started back in 1983 as a 10 mile distance. The race adopted the popular 10km format in the late 1980’s. The 2020 edition of The Winchester 10km Road Race with be held on Sunday 23rd February 2020. The race will feature a 1 lap route is a mix of urban and countryside starting outside the historic Winchester Guildhall in The Broadway.

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Lenches Lakes Events 29th February

Feb 29, 2020
Hill Barn Orchard, Evesham Road, Church Lench, Evesham, Worcs.

These are events for those who enjoy a challenge, and respect the countryside. The social and friendliness of the event are important. Off road undulating routes in the Vale of Evesham.

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Rushcliffe 10K & Running Festival

1st March

Places are going fast for the very picturesque Rushcliffe 10K & Running Festival 2020. Participants have a choice of 10K and 5K routes, a cheeky Fun Run and a very cute Toddler Dash. You can also choose whether you take part in the morning or afternoon this year.

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Ashbourne Seesaw 2020

1st March

SRB Events

Returning with a bang for 2020! With a brand new name (previously Ashbourne10) and a new distance - 13.1 miles (half marathon!)

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Two Tunnels

1st March

A truly special race that not only takes in many of Bath's beautiful attractions, but also has the longest underground section for each race distance in the UK!

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Bushy Park 10km

8th March

A 2 lap race through amazing parkland; lakes, long avenues of tress and herds of deer - Bushy Park 10km has it all! The race start and finishes at Diana Car Park where runners can find changing facilities, toilets and bag storage. Number collection and on the day registration takes place between 09:30am and 10:15am.

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Resolution Run Nottingham 2020

15th March

Rushcliffe Country Park, Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottingham

Sroke Association

Stroke survivor or carer, family or friend – life after stroke is different for us all. But there is one way we can stand together. Join the Resolution Run and raise funds to rebuild more lives.

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Bath Half Marathon

15th March

The Bath Half Marathon – or the ‘Bath Half’ as it is affectionately known, is one of the longest established and most popular city centre road events in the UK. It is also the largest charity fundraising event in the South West region, raising over £2.25 million for charity in 2017 alone.

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Goring 10k

15th March

Set in beautiful countryside and with chip-timing, closed roads and now legendary Pierreponts flapjack, the Goring 10k is widely regarded as one of the most enjoyable 10k races in the UK.

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CHESHIRE 10K

21st March

The Cheshire 10k is officially one of the fastest 10k races in the UK. Racing around the flat and rural traffic free roads of Antrobus, this UKA licensed, official 10k Road race offers the perfect opportunity for runners of all abilities to get a chip timed personal best.

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Run Heaton 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

22nd March

Running on the paths within Heaton Park, this race is a great opportunity for a chip timed personal best. There will music, refreshments and a fantastic themed Heaton Park medal.

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Wickham 20

Sunday 29th March 2020

Wickham Community Centre

The brand new course for 2020 Rural Running Calendar is aimed at those of you that want a long training run for your Spring marathons, be it London, Southampton, Brighton or any other.

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Sheffield Half Marathon

Sunday 29th March 2020

A major event in the UK's running calendar, the Sheffield Half Marathon attracts thousands of runners of all abilities and spectators to the city's streets and raises many thousands of pounds for good causes.

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Manchester Marathon 2020

5th April

The Manchester Marathon is one of the UK's premier running events, famous for its fast, flat and friendly route. For the first time the route goes through the exciting city centre of Manchester.

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Peak Rail 7 'Runner versus Steam' 2020

13th April

Matlock Athletic Club

It's all systems to go for the 2020 Peak Rail 7 'Runner versus Steam' event next Easter Monday morning, the entry system goes live on Friday 6th December at 18.00.

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The Longhorn 2020

19th April

Thoresby Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

SRB Events

Choose 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, 50k ultra or 60k Ultra set in private areas of Sherwood Forest & the beautiful grounds of Thoresby Park; next to a Grade1 listed 19th Century country house in north Nottinghamshire; Thoresby Hall.

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Madrid Marathon

28th April

The event offers 3 distances, Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, so that everyone can enjoy the biggest running party in the country. You will also experience a unique festive atmosphere where thousands of spectators take the streets the day of the event to encourage the participants and to feel part of this great celebration.

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Leicestershire Chase The Sun
14th May

Run 5k, 10k or the Move Mile around the flat and fast Airfield at Prestwold Hall and battle to get around the course before the sun goes down.

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Outlaw Half Nottingham 2020
Sunday 17th May

Join #TeamARUK for this bucket list event for triathletes of all abilities. Located around the National Water Sports Centre, making it the perfect event for spectators to cheer on their friends and loved ones throughout the course.

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Chester 2020 Half Marathon
Sunday 17th May

The Essar Chester 2020 Half Marathon starts at the famous Racecourse in the city centre, taking in the city centre sights then heading north-west out of the City on wide roads allowing runners to rapidly settle into the race, before returning back into the City for a memorable finish outside the Town Hall and Cathedral.

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Run2Paris
21 MAY 2020

Your next great running adventure A team of 5, a half marathon, every day, for 4 days Together you have just Run2Paris

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Liverpool Rock 'n Roll
23 24 MAY 2020

Registration for the 2020 Rock 'n' Roll Liverpool Marathon & 1/2 Marathon is now open! Come and race through the city where Rock laid its Roots!

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Snowdon by Day
29/05/2020

Climb Wales tallest mountain and take in the beautiful surroundings as you trek to beat dementia. On arrival you'll receive breakfast before you begin your challenge and will be greeted with an early dinner once you are back down.

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Snowdon by Night
29/05/2020

You'll trek through the night to the summit of Wales tallest mountain. Once you have taken in your surroundings you'll make your way down the mountain as the sun rises.

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Grimsthorpe Gallop 2020
Sunday, 14th June 2020

Grimsthorpe Gallop 2020 Race options Entries open NOW at earlybird price! Read and add reviews here!

Set in the beautiful grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle, in the delightfully charming Lincolnshire countryside just 10mins off the A1. This event makes for a perfect summer race, whether you take on the family friendly 5k or go for the longer challenges of 10k, 10miles or 13.1 miles.

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Yorkshire Three Peaks
27 June 2020

Yorkshire Three Peaks is the classic UK trekking challenge. Conquer these summits in one day surrounded by people who are trekking for loved ones, and raise money so together we can find a cure.

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Mansfiled 10k & 5k
13 Sept 2020

Starting in the market square, looping and winding through the historic, traffic-free streets of Mansfield with a sprint finish into the beautiful market place. On top of the established 10k the 5k returns for it’s third year after the sucess of 2017 & 18.

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Equinox24
19 - 20 Sept

Equinox24 is a 24 hour running event in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire.

Run solo, or in a relay team of 2 to 8.

The atmosphere is supportive and friendly.

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Crossdale 10K Trail & Fun Run 2020
4 Oct

The 10K trail race has run every year since 2000. The course follows a pleasant out-and-back route along the paths and trails of the south Nottinghamshire wolds. All of the course is off-road. The event is an ideal introduction to trail running.

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Blenheim Palace Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run
Sunday 27 September 2020

Head to Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on Sunday 27 September 2020 and join us at the start line of one of the most beautiful running events in the UK.

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We Need To Talk About Erik

 A short story, based, rather loosely it has to be said on some actual things that actually happened one rainy Bank Holiday weekend in Whitby.

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Help raise funds for Hothouse while you surf the internet with everyclick

Running News

Joshua Cheptegei smashes 5km road world record

BBC

 Uganda's world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei has broken the 5km road world record by 27 seconds in Monaco.

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Maximising Your Run Sessions in The Dark

Real Buzz

Dark nights (and mornings for that matter) can be a pain, and the prospect of going out on a run in the dark, especially alone, can seem pretty unappealing at time. However, once you get yourself up and out, running in the dark is not as bad as anticipated and it helps you find that time that you need to run.

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Volunteer Marshals

SRB Events

Can you help make race day be more than an event! Can you support our athletes be part of their goal of finish line or finish time?

Our events would not happen without our very special volunteers. The tasks are shared & it can be great fun cheeting participants on whilst guiding them around the course.

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London Landmarks Half Marathon for Parkinson’s UK

Reg & Paul

 We wanted to run the London half and wanted to raise money for a charity in memory of Trevor.

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BBC Newsreader Sophie Raworth selected for England over-50s women’s team

BBC

 Aged-51, Raworth only took up running nine years ago when she was offered a place in the Great North Run. In her first attempt at the half-marathon distance, she crossed the line in two hours and six minutes.

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Wollaton Hall parkrun

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Wollaton parkrun Gets under Way with 600+ runner and walkers.

Free 5k timed event.

Every Saturday 9 a.m.

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parkrunning police and a world record

Free Weekly Timed - parkrun Podcast

This week...

We speak to parkrun female world record holder @charlottearter

Mental health nurse Jane Ryan shares her parkrun journey

We discover the Blue Light Takeover at Cannon Hill: a collaboration between West Midlands Police & parkrun

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Top Core Strengthening Exercises For Runners

Real Buz

Developing a strong core can really aid a runner’s performance. Find out what three core exercises you should be really be doing, according to our marathon expert.

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5k Your Way

Move Against Cancer

We are a cancer support group with a difference on the last Saturday of every month linked to @parkrunUK #5KYourWay #MoveAgainstCancer

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How To Taper Effectively For A Marathon

Real Buz

Are you just about to enter the taper phase of your marathon training but unsure how to go about it? Read on to find how to taper effectively.

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Regina's EMA2Notts page

Fundraising for Bowel Cancer UK

We fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care.

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5 Things That Could Give Runners A Competitive Edge

Real Buzz

From mental preparation to the seemingly magical properties of the color red, we show you five things every runner should know that could give you a competitive advantage.

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Interview with Ragnar Relay Founder Tanner Bell.

UK Run Chat Podcast

Introducing the UKRunChat podcast. First up we are really lucky to have joining us all the way from the US is Tanner Bell. Tanner is one of the founders of Ragnar Relay, now for those of you who already know about this event or are already a Ragnarian you will know that this is a team event with a difference.

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How To Overcome A Running Performance Plateau

Real Buzz

Putting the training in but not seeing much in the way of improvement? Making changes to your regular routine can bring reward says Scott Overall.

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The MOST POPULAR parkruns In The WORLD

The Running Channel

Following on from our videos of the fastest and toughest parkruns in the UK, we wanted to take a look at the most popular ones around the WORLD - the ones that regularly attract huge numbers of runners.

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For women, cross country remains stuck in the mud

The Telegraph

Men will footslog 15 kilometres of the course and women, eight. It is an indignant example of how cross country - a winter sport which dates back in this country to 1876 - is still stuck in the dark ages when it comes to levelling the playing field for women.

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Thoughts Of An INJURED Runner

The Running Channel

Getting injured can be part and parcel of running, but people don’t often talk about how it makes them feel. There are a lot of rational and irrational thoughts that runners have as they come to terms with their injury - big or small - and as they look to get back out there doing what they love.

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Marshals Needed

SBR Events

Marshals - we need you! Join us in 2020 for days out you will not forget. You are what brings the event to life! Included - hot breakfasts/drinks, £20 discount code for a future event OR t-shirt OR buff, snack bag, loan of chairs/music speakers/phone chargers etc.

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The BEST Energy Gels For Runners in 2020

The Running Channel

When it comes to fuelling your runs, energy gels are the go-to for most long distance runners. But there is SO much choice out there. The Running Channel’s teamed up with running journalist and extreme runner Kieran Alger, aka Man V Miles, to test the best on the market right now.

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Southampton parkrun Hits the 1,600 mark

We thought that we might be busy - and so it turned out to be. An amazing morning saw 1,612 parkrunners join us today.

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For the Love of George

 "They'll be painting the park fence soon. It could do with a new coat. They do it every now and then."

The woman from the reproduction antiques shop contemplates the state of the state of the park fencing opposite.

Well there isn’t much else to do.

Until one day George walks in to look at a reproduction Queen Ann desk.

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Give While You Shop

Give as you live Raise free funds for Hothouse Theatre and Oh MyNottz by shopping online with Give as you Live, over 4200 retailers to choose from, shop & raise a donation at no cost to you!

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