Are you experiencing a touch of 'PMD' (postponed marathon depression)? runABC South news writer and UK Athletics coach Alan Newman takes a look at this issue through the prism of an athlete who was aiming for a sub-four-hour run in the UK's second largest 26.2 mile race – Manchester Marathon.
As we all prepare to hunker down for 'the duration' as measures to control the coronavirus are escalated, Kent-based runABC South writer Alan Newman returned to his home county for our latest race report – the 44th Dartford Half Marathon on Sunday 15 March...
Bob Davey (Race Director) announced major safeguards for competitors in the Sportstiks Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday (15 March). All the official guidelines that were in place at the time were followed and there were additional precautions taken that were appreciated by the 1,682 finishers, to ensure the event could continue with its 39th race.
Henry VIII (pictured above) was not the only fully gloved character at the Hampton Court Half Marathon on Sunday (15 March). The 2,757 finishers in 3:51:01 were supported by hundreds of glove wearing volunteers in a sign of the times as the coronavirus outbreak continued to impact on running events.
England Athletics has today (17 March - 9am) issued advice that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.
The 10th annual Croydon Half Marathon was held on Sunday (15 March) with 265 runners striving for the magnificent medal pictured below. And there was a special cheer for the host club's Rachel Lindley (pictured above) who dominated the women's race.
The stand-out stat from Sunday's (15 March) Bath Half Marathon was that despite the mental anguish being caused by growing concerns regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, some 6,827 runners took part and they all finished in just over four hours – that's more than half the number that completed last year's 38th edition of this long-established, popular city centre road race.
London Marathon Events today (Friday) announced the postponement of the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday 26 April. The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon – the 40th race – is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October 2020.
“That trophy's mine”, is probably the only thought in the mind of the nipper pictured above competing in a previous Richmond RUNFEST Kid's Mile – the children's event that is possibly unique as from this year it has its own headline charity and every finisher is a prizewinner.
It's officially spring and we have reached a hive of half marathon activity with 13.1 mile races scheduled at Windsor, Hampton Court, Victoria Park, Croydon, Dartford, Brentwood, Milton Keynes, Falmouth and Fleet this weekend. However, the biggest one is the one that has the most difficulty with spelling its name correctly...!