For some it's which one for the year, for others, it's which one per month, and for us it's which ones can we make.
So here's our current list of half marathons in date order that you might want to consider, where if nothing else, you'll know that we will be there to see you achieve !
DISCOUNT - the 2XU Surrey Half - 13th March 2016
I will draw your special attention to this March the 13th and the special offer we have got for you from the 2XU Surrey Half Marathon of a 20% discount before the end of January.
Use the code SSP20 here: http://bit.ly/Surrey-Half-Marathon-entry
It's a perfectly timed spring race - just after the cold spell of winter lifts at the start of march, on totally closed roads in the Surrey countryside, starting and finishing at the Woking Sports centre - ensuring that there are plenty of facilities on hand for every eventuality.
And so far - it's always been sunny....
|February||Race Name||Race Website||Start Time||Notes|
|http://bit.ly/watford-half-entry||10:30||In the countryside north of Watford, closed roads from Cissbury Park|
Worthing Half Marathon
|http://bit.ly/worthing-half-2016||09:00||New Race for 2016 - Closed roads - pancake flat|
|Sun-21/02/2016||Hampton Court Half Marathon||http://bit.ly/Hampton-Court-Half-Entry||08:30||Very flat race along the river to Kingston and Back|
Run The Streets - Kingston Half
|http://bit.ly/Kingston-Half||08:00||A New Race in Kingston|
|Sun-06/03/2016||Berkhamsted Half Marathon||http://bit.ly/Berkhampstead-Half||10:00||A lovely race around the Berkshire countryside|
|Sun-06/03/2016||Steyning Stinger||http://bit.ly/Stinger-2016||08:30 Marathon 9:00 Half Marathon||The toughest off road Half Marathon we know. Plus finishers breakfast and Free Race Photos|
|Sun-13/03/2016||http://bit.ly/Surrey-Half-Marathon-entry||9:00||Use Discount code SSP20 before the end of January|
|Sun-13/03/2016||Colchester Half||http://bit.ly/Colchester-Half||09:00||Hilly Start through town and out to the countryside for a flat run home|
|http://bit.ly/Brentwood-Half||10:00||Gentle undulations around Essex|
Fleet Half Marathon
|http://bit.ly/Fleet-Half-Marathon||10:30||A popular race - always sold out early|
|Sun-20/03/2016||Hastings Half Marathon||http://bit.ly/Hastings-Half||10:30||Half the course up, and then half the course down for a finish on the seafront|
|Sun-03/04/2016||Paddock Wood||http://bit.ly/Paddock-Wood-Half||09:30||Flat as it comes around the Kent countryside|
|Sun-03/04/2016||http://bit.ly/Richmond-Half||8:30am||A beautiful days running along the river from Richmond|
|http://bit.ly/BHF-Bournemouth-Bay-Run||10:00||Bournemouths perfect spring running festival|
|Sun-24/04/2016||Southampton Half Marathon||http://bit.ly/southampton-half||8.30am 10k 10am half marthon||Southamptons second year - a brilliant tour of the city|
|Sun-01/05/2016||Ranelagh Half||http://bit.ly/Ranelagh-Half||08:30||One of the top London Club half marathons|
|http://bit.ly/3-Forts-Challenge||10:00||A Marathon or Half around the south downs - harder than most|
|http://bit.ly/Seaford-Half||09:00||A great challenge over the South Downs and Seaford Head|
The Windsor Trail Half Marathon
|http://bit.ly/Windsor-Trail-Half||08:30||A lovely river run around Windsor and Maidenhead|
And if that list is not enough for you - remember to look after yourself, and get yourself patched up by our friends at Mitchell and Elle at Studio57 in Hove, where you can also do that preventative analysis of your running at their Stride UK facility - and work out why your knees keep niggling you... and then do something about it.
Personally, this spring for a change I'm doing the highly recommended "couch to carpet plan", which involves thinking about doing sit-ups as a core strength exercise instead of sitting on the couch. I also need to do some pre-conditioning of my calfs and achilles tendons - because they both go bang when I start training again. This mostly consists of me stopping on the stairs half way up to do calf raises, and then forgetting what I was going upstairs for.
All this will take months, so if you're a member of the SSP Strava group - that's why you've not seen me doing much. Feel free to join us here - there's a lot of you crashing about and getting fit which is very good to see https://www.strava.com/clubs/116842 and I hope to see you on there soon.
I see a few are doing an early morning 1mile run to get the body going - very well done to you on that too !
I hope you had a great weekend thinking about your race plans - I hope the above list helps you get you entered and we will see you there !
until next time
p.s. did I mention the 20% off the 2XU Surrey Half Marathon ? SSP20