Sundays - Long Runs

This group is for runners training for longer distances. Mileage is usually between 10-15 miles at 8:00 - 8:15 minutes/mile pace, but distance may increase when building up for longer races. At these times the usual plan is to add in optional extensions of 2-5 miles after the main run.


Rather than adopt negative New Year's resolutions, I have decided to adopt positive ones. I am intent on running more long runs and entering more trail races, especially hilly ones. The aim or target is Beachy Head Marathon at the end of October. Did I say that I had retired from Marathons? That was last year and I feel that I still improve on my two previous performances on the old Seven Sisters Marathon route. This year, I hope to be better equipped and my calfs strong enough to cope with the terrain. Weather permitting, BHM is probably of the most scenic in England.

Has anyone else set themselves a marathon or Ultra target and wishing for company on their long training weekend runs? 

This Sunday, I will lead the group for a run of approximately 13 miles.

Unless otherwise stated, all Sunday Long Runs will start from Kingston Gate car park in Richmond Park at 8:30am. The average pace will be between 8:00-8:30 mins per mile depending on the terrain. The routes will be partially off road, if the surface underfoot is not to wet and muddy, but trail shoes will not be required unless I specifically mention them.

Future schedule:



17th (Saturday): Meet at Pembroke Car Park at 8:45 for the Richmond parkrun, followed by a lap of Richmond Park, coffee and a sausage baguette.

25th: 7-8 miles only as the National xc championships are being held at Parliament Hill the day before.


4th: Steyning Stinger Half Marathon: Another very scenic event run mainly on the South Downs and passing the ancient Chanctonbury Ring. See


29th: Leatherhead Rotary Club, Bluebell 10km trail race. This year is their 10th anniversary so it should be a good one.


6th: Ranelagh Half Marathon (Surrey League): A great event. A fast, flat course with many local club runners, some friends and some foe.

19th-20th: Green Belt Relay. If you are not keen on running two consecutive days of competitive races, please offer to help the organisers. 

Good luck if you are running any races this weekend.

Keep safe, injury free and I hope that you can join me/us occasionally.


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