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04th Sep2013

Advice, Reviews & Stories for Running Addicts

by admin-runningmarathons

Welcome to Running Marathons, as a keen runner for over 10 years I decided to set up my own website to offer advice and reviews to other runners.

The main point of the site is to act as an online running journal with reviews of the 10k, half and full marathons I take part in, hopefully this will help other runners decide whether they want to take part in an evert (or not).

I also provide reviews on running products and services.

If you are a runner, please comment on any posts that take your interest and leave your own reviews of any runs you have taken part in.

Simon-Marathon-RunnerAfter the Portsmouth 2013 MarathonLondonMarathon2014

Me running the London Marathon in 2013, the finish at Portsmouth Marathon 2013 and London Marathon 2014


20th Aug2016

Brighton Marathon 2015 Review

by admin-runningmarathons

The 2015 Brighton Marathon was to be my 6th 26.2 mile event and after a fantastic few months training I had been feeling positive and looking forward to the start, however, with marathon running things don’t usually go to plan, 2 weeks before I picked up a foot injury that meant I couldn’t train and meant may have had to pull out.

Thankfully I made it to the start line after my longest ever taper, my foot covered in Rock Tape and a new pair of running shoes that I had not even done 1km in! Not ideal for a marathon, but the old ones had caused the injury, so it had to be done.

Brighton, similar to the London Marathon, requires collection of your race number on the Friday or Saturday before from a (fairly average) Expo at the Brighton Centre, so I headed down on the Saturday and with an hour to spare before the expo closed, joined a huge queue to get in, it moved pretty quickly and I soon had my number.

Early (sleepless) night in the Holiday Inn on Brighton seafront, which is basically an expensive Travelodge and up early for the start, the hotel laid on huge vat of porridge for the runners from 6:30am which was a nice touch.

Once I was ready it was time to head for the start in Preston Park, this was a 2 mile walk from my seafront hotel and I saw hundreds of other runners on the way.

30 minutes later I was at the start area and ready to run, one serious flaw in the organisation was the huge lack of toilets, people were queueing for 40 minutes plus to use the limited number available, for an event with around 15000 people involved it was laughable how few toilets there were, compared to the Reading Half Marathon where 20000+ people take part and there are no toilet queues, this was a big let down, thankfully for the guys there were plenty of bushes!

It was soon time to head to the start and before I knew it we were on our way.

The course is pretty flat and the support along the way was good, Brighton lacks the electric atmosphere of London and there are some miles where it is pretty depressing, in particular the industrial area around mile 18/19, which felt like it went on forever.

However, once through this, the build up to the finish line begins and the support gets bigger and better, to a frenzy into the last mile along the seafront.

We had paid extra for a VIP pass, which allowed my wife access to the grandstand seats on the finish line and after the race we had food and drinks in the VIP tent, which was really nice as the main after race finish area was packed with tired runners and their families. We were also next to Jo Pavey (who fired the start gun) in the VIP tent, which was nice.

Overall, the Brighton Marathon is a pretty well organised event, it is a good alternative to London, but (in my opinion) nothing beats the emotion, organisation and achievement of taking part in (possibly) the worlds greatest marathon in the UK’s capital.

Would I do it again….probably.









06th May2014

Milton Keynes Marathon 2014 Review – 5th May 2014

by admin-runningmarathons

Just three weeks after the London Marathon I found myself heading to Milton Keynes for another marathon, I had decided that I would either be stronger as London would have acted like an extra long training run, or I would pay the price for running another marathon too soon, sadly it was the latter that was to be the case.

The event starts outside (and finishes inside) the impressive Stadium MK, we had pre-booked VIP parking, right next to the stadium, unfortunately, the organiser had over-subscribed this, so there was a bit of a delay and an argument with a car park steward while they found somewhere else to put everyone who had arrived after the original car park was full.


Me and the girls at the MK Marathon 2014 (my wife and her friend) they where running the half, I did the full marathon

Once we were parked we headed into the stadium, where there were plenty of toilets and enough space, seating and shelter for everyone, thankfully it wasn’t raining, but if it had been, inside the stadium is the ideal place to hide before the start.


17th Mar2014

Surrey Spitfire Review 20 Mile (and Surrey Tempest 10 Mile) – 17th March 2014

by admin-runningmarathons

This was the second time I had found myself running the Surrey Spitfire 20 mile race, it is the ideal training race ahead of either the Brighton or London Marathons, the event is run by Events to Live who organise a number of local races, generally with great success.

Surrey Spitfire Review

The race starts at Dunsfold Aerodrome (home of the Top Gear driving track), which is quite an impressive backdrop to the first few miles of the race, it consists of two 10 mile laps, the course is pretty up and down, with a couple of medium sized hills thrown in for good measure.

03rd Mar2014

Reading Half Marathon 2014 Review – 2nd March 2014

by admin-runningmarathons

Reading Half Marathon 2014 Review

After the weather at the 2013 Reading Half Marathon bordering on biblical rain storms, making it one of the wettest, coldest half marathons I have ever taken part in, I was looking forward to better conditions this year.

Reading Half Marathon 2014 Medal

Thankfully, the weather didn’t let me down and it stayed dry all morning, right into the afternoon, this set the done for what was an excellent event.

I had stayed in Reading the night before and parked in the city centre, I was unsure whether to leave the car in the centre and take one of the shuttle buses, or drive close to the start/finish and try and park (I had failed to get an official parking space, so this was a bit of a gamble.

I decided to get up early and took the latter option and found an industrial unit right opposite the Madjeski Stadium offering parking for £8, this was perfect and much closer than the official parking, however, most of the unofficial car parks were full by around 9am.


08th Jan2014

My Top 10 Running Tracks

by Simon Chapple

Like many runners I can’t hit the road without my trusty iPod, listening to good tracks helps the run go quicker and takes your mind off the endless miles.

Different people have different tastes, some people like to run to dance, while others prefer rock music, below are my current top 10 tracks that I enjoy listening to while running:

1. Biblical – Biffy Clyro

2. Back in Black – ACDC

3. All My Life – Foo Fighters


23rd Dec2013

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon 2013 Review – 22nd December 2013

by Simon Chapple

Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon 2013 Review

The weeks leading up to the Portsmouth Marathon 2013 had seen a lot of heavy rain, which meant runners were in for some tricky conditions as a large amount of the course is off-road and it can be pretty muddy even at the best of times.

The race starts from the Portsmouth Pyramids centre, I managed to park easily (£6.50) on the road outside and found my way inside to collect my race number and timing chip, after getting myself ready I joined the queue for the bag drop, this was pretty long and was getting bigger all the time, this was down to the fact it was only manned by one person, it needed at least two.


After the Portsmouth 2013 Marathon


21st Dec2013

Milton Keynes Marathon 2014

by Simon Chapple

Received the official technical top for the Milton Keynes Marathon 2014 today, the event itself isn’t until the 5th May 2014, nice to see the organisers are on the ball, I might use the top for a few training runs in advance of the big race.

I have managed to rope the other half into running the half marathon at Milton Keynes, while I am doing the full, should make things a bit more interesting.



I will be posting a full review of the Milton Keynes Marathon after the event.



20th Dec2013

Portsmouth Coastal Marathon 2013 Review – Coming Soon

by Simon Chapple

I am running the Portsmouth Coastal marathon in two days time, I will be posting a full review very soon.

28th Oct2013

BUPA Great South Run Review – 27th October 2013

by Simon Chapple

The BUPA Great South Run is a major event in the UK running calendar, taking place from the start line on Southsea Common in Portsmouth, this 10 mile run attracts in excess of 20,000 runners every year.

As a result, I spent the best part of an hour in traffic as I snaked my way through Portsmouth and Southsea to the official car park, considering this was 7am on a Sunday morning, pretty much all of the traffic was heading to the same event.


20th Oct2013

The Grim Blackout Review – 19th October 2013

by Simon Chapple

The Grim Blackout Review – 19th October 2013

The Grim Blackout Review

I decided to enter the Grim Blackout less than a week before the event, my wife and friend had entered months earlier and I didn’t fancy all the mud and gunge so I decided to spectate for once, but as it got nearer I couldn’t resist joining in and booked my place.