Since getting my place in The Big One next April, I’ve deliberately run a lot more races than previously, with more in the pipeline. Those planned still to do:
A pre-Christmas half-marathon on the Lee Valley Velopark on 23 December. I did a 10-mile run there in April, and I rather enjoyed it, so after Snetterton I’m still hoping to knock a second or two off the PB, but in any case it’s a good cold-weather focus.
Hadleigh Legacy 10k in January 2018. I did this in January 2017 and it was my hardest run by some margin. It’s run on the Olympic mountain-bike course, and is all hill, with some mud, rocks to run up and four tunnels for added fun. Definitely not one for a PB but for the fun and the challenge and the variety.
In March, my first overseas race, the Cyprus Half Marathon in Paphos. Not the most thrilling of routes, truth be told, but a great start and finish, and having spent so much time in Cyprus it will be fun to run a race there as part of the London Marathon build-up, 7 weeks out.
Other possibilities: the Stowmarket half-marathon in March is very local and a definite possibility, 5 weeks from London. The Tarpley 10 or 20 in February is also very local. However, none of these quite fit the distances my training plan is calling for, so I’ll reserve judgement for now.