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Flick
12-02-2008, 12:20 AM
58 RAISED for Honeybunnies - And the winner is Capel! Well done :D
I completed it in 2 hours 25 minutes 18 seconds

For the official results and a couple of pictures see:

http://www.stuweb.co.uk/swp/Default.asp?a=2&e=214

How long will it take me to run my first half marathon on 5th July?

I am going to do my first half marathon on 5th July (rescheduled as I was ill for the May 11th run) and would like to use this as an opportunities to raise some money to help Honeybunny's Rescue.

So my idea is that for a donation of 5 per guess how long it will take me to run my first half marathon (pm Jill for details of where to send your cheques).

I've put together a bunny related prize for the winner who guesses the closest time and will post it out to them the week after the race.

Meanwhile, Polly and Sybil are keeping an eye on me and making sure I go out and get training!

Tips: New Course is fairly flat, along canal tow paths - if you wish to change your guess in light of this one being flat rather than undulating like the original one please let me know - and I'm quite slow! :oops
When I'm training it varies from 10.30 minute mile pace when I'm doing well to more like 12+ minute miles (probably when I'm having a bit of a walk here and there! )
However I seem to pick up a bit in races and managed my longest race so far was 7 miles in 1 hour 8 minutes and 42 seconds!


THANK YOU :D

Hunnybunny2007
12-02-2008, 10:33 AM
Count me in - will have to be at end of month - payday:oops: Have more month than money at the moment:oops:

Sue x

honeybunny
12-02-2008, 06:36 PM
Thank you for this Flick...let me know when and where and I'll try to come and cheer you on:D

Flick
12-02-2008, 08:18 PM
Thanks, Jill :D
That would be great!

Isabel
12-02-2008, 08:33 PM
wow how exciting!

I'll definately have a go but will have to be in a couple of weeks after payday!

I'LL BE BACK ;)

Flick
12-02-2008, 08:58 PM
Thank you Hunneybunny2007 and IsobelM!

:D

niks
14-02-2008, 09:19 PM
i ran a half marathon last sunday! i know how hard it is so i will def. donate. keep up the training:) let me know where to send the cheque

henridoodle
14-02-2008, 10:26 PM
Can you pm me please of details etc - I'd LOVE TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR JILL :wave:

Amanda x

Flick
15-02-2008, 01:18 AM
i ran a half marathon last sunday! i know how hard it is so i will def. donate. keep up the training:) let me know where to send the cheque

:wave:
Thanks. Hope your run went well.
Please pm honeybunny for details of where to send your cheque and post an estimated time for my run so you have a chance of winning the prize!

Flick
15-02-2008, 01:21 AM
Can you pm me please of details etc - I'd LOVE TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR JILL :wave:

Amanda x

Thank you :D

Please send your cheque directly to Jill - pm honeybunny directly for the details of where to send it.

Also, don't forget to post an estimated time for my run so you have a chance of winning the prize ;)

Kirsty + Rich
19-02-2008, 10:14 PM
Well done - i reckon Jill will starting her own running club soon! Put me down for a fiver - do i guess now or is it a secret PMed guess? I'm not sure what time to say - all runners seem to like saying they're slow! I know a guy who did the Leicester Half when i did and complained about his 1:27! (I was chuffed to finish 15 minutes later!) Where's your race?

Rich

Flick
20-02-2008, 12:20 AM
Well done - i reckon Jill will starting her own running club soon! Put me down for a fiver - do i guess now or is it a secret PMed guess? I'm not sure what time to say - all runners seem to like saying they're slow! I know a guy who did the Leicester Half when i did and complained about his 1:27! (I was chuffed to finish 15 minutes later!) Where's your race?

Rich


Hi Kirsty & Rich :wave:

Thank you for joining in :D

I thought people could just post their guesses on the thread as then you can see what times have already been guessed and pick different ones.

If I'm giving clues I'd better post them on here too so everyone can see!

Well I am properly slow, always at the back of the slow group in the running club :lol:

When I'm training it varies from 10.30 minute mile pace when I'm doing well to more like 12+ minute miles (probably when I'm having a bit of a walk here and there! :lol:)

However I seem to pick up a bit in races and managed my longest race so far was 7 miles in 1 hour 8 minutes and 42 seconds!

The half marathon I'm doing is the one in Hinckley, the Dog and Hedgehog Half Marathon!

And at the moment I am ill so not going to be training this week :oops:

Kirsty + Rich
20-02-2008, 09:28 AM
OK - i'm gonna start the ball rolling with a 2 Hrs 5 mins. Don't let me down!!:D
I always run faster in races - it's all that nervous energy! Which running club are you with?

Rich

Flick
20-02-2008, 09:39 AM
I go out with the South Derbyshire Road Runners, how about you?

Kirsty + Rich
20-02-2008, 11:26 AM
Afraid i'm a loner when it comes to running! More of a cyclist at the moment - just joined Hinckley. Trying to keep doing some running though, as i'm toying with doing my first marathon later in the year.:shock: I'll see what state i'm in after i've done a few bike races first!

Flick
20-02-2008, 12:48 PM
A marathon, that's impressive! Good luck if you decide to do it, and with the bike races. Are they road races?

A half marathon looks plenty long enough for me!

I go out on my mountain bike a bit now and again, but only easy stuff, and I've not been out on it for a while...

Kirsty + Rich
20-02-2008, 01:42 PM
To be honest a half-marathon was plenty long enough for me! Probably gonna do Time Trials this year - less chance of crashing!

CottonMather
20-02-2008, 03:10 PM
I'm going to guess 3 hours on the nose! :lol: I have no idea how far a half marathon is or how long it normally takes... :oops::D

Flick
20-02-2008, 05:40 PM
I'm going to guess 3 hours on the nose! :lol: I have no idea how far a half marathon is or how long it normally takes... :oops::D

Thank you! :D

It's 13 miles, - although if the weather is hot/bad or I'm not feeling on form it could take me 3 hours! ;)

If I am struggling for any reason, my aim is to still get around, even if I have to walk it! :lol:

PS - I've got the first few items to start making up the prize!!! :)

Flick
05-03-2008, 12:04 AM
I'm better now and back training, so any more guesses?!!!

Hunnybunny2007
05-03-2008, 07:24 PM
3 hrs 11 mins - take your time:lol:

Sue x

Flick
05-03-2008, 11:43 PM
Thanks, Sue, I've recorded your guess... I nice leisurely one :D

Hunnybunny2007
19-03-2008, 06:58 PM
Thanks, Sue, I've recorded your guess... I nice leisurely one :D

:wave:Cheques gone to Jill - don't forget nice and slow:lol:

Flick
25-03-2008, 11:03 PM
Any more guesses??????

I'm putting together a box of gifts for your favourate bunny/bunnies to go out to the winner!!!

Only 6 or so weeks to go :shock:

I (slowly) ran 8.5 miles on Sunday, so slowly getting there :roll:

Flick
09-04-2008, 12:03 AM
Only 1 month to go, and I've not done much recently as been away on holiday :oops:

Any more guesses to help honeybunnies and to spur me on with the training appreciated!

Flick
15-04-2008, 10:10 PM
no one else? :(

honeybunny
17-04-2008, 03:38 PM
We've only had 2 people take up this
Please support us..and Flick of course:D

Doncat5
17-04-2008, 07:47 PM
We've only had 2 people take up this
Please support us..and Flick of course:D


Only 2 people! :shock:

chookmom
17-04-2008, 10:19 PM
:wave:I will guess 2hrs 20 mins and will give the 5 to Jill when I see her tomorrow.
Good luck with your run.
Nicky

honeybunny
17-04-2008, 10:39 PM
thank you Nicky:D

capel
18-04-2008, 12:38 AM
Your speed is very similar to when I used to jog with Ipswich Jaffa(think the name's changed now!) and I managed my first half Marathon in 2h:20:40 , so if the times are being taken in hrs/mins I'll round my guess up to 2:21. Good luck..remember to start off slowly!!:lol:. Shall I add the 5.00 on to the cheque when I return the Adoption form, Jill?

honeybunny
18-04-2008, 10:51 AM
that will be fine..thank you Hilda:D

Flick
18-04-2008, 08:32 PM
:wave:I will guess 2hrs 20 mins and will give the 5 to Jill when I see her tomorrow.
Good luck with your run.
Nicky

Thank you Nicky :D

Flick
18-04-2008, 08:36 PM
Your speed is very similar to when I used to jog with Ipswich Jaffa(think the name's changed now!) and I managed my first half Marathon in 2h:20:40 , so if the times are being taken in hrs/mins I'll round my guess up to 2:21. Good luck..remember to start off slowly!!:lol:. Shall I add the 5.00 on to the cheque when I return the Adoption form, Jill?

Thank you Capel :D

My training times haven't been too bad recently, but I've not done as much milage as I should have, at least there's still a few weeks to go!

Flick
28-04-2008, 05:27 PM
Less than 2 weeks to go!!!

Any more guesses?!!!

I've got some lovely bunny gifts up for grabs for the winner!!!

Kirsty + Rich
29-04-2008, 01:14 PM
Hi Flick

Hope the training going ok - time to start tapering methinks! My experience of the last 2 weeks is either being supremely confident or utterly terrified (usually both extremes several times through the day!). Thought i better wish you luck - i'm sure you won't need it. If you start to flag, just think of the bunnies!

Cheers
Rich

Flick
01-05-2008, 12:25 AM
Hi Flick

Hope the training going ok - time to start tapering methinks! My experience of the last 2 weeks is either being supremely confident or utterly terrified (usually both extremes several times through the day!). Thought i better wish you luck - i'm sure you won't need it. If you start to flag, just think of the bunnies!

Cheers
Rich

Hi,

Thanks! I haven't managed as many longer runs or as many miles as I would have hoped, but I've been going out running regulary so I should make it round!

I'll just have to take it nice and steady I think... perhaps time one more longer run before the big day, when I go out tomorrow

It is getting scarily close now... :shock:

Flick

Willow_Warren
06-05-2008, 10:57 AM
It's not too late to guess is it???

I'll guess 2 hours and 35 minutes - good luck...

I'll pm Jill to see where to send payment!

Hannah

Flick
08-05-2008, 08:16 AM
It's not too late to guess is it???

I'll guess 2 hours and 35 minutes - good luck...

I'll pm Jill to see where to send payment!

Hannah

No it's not too late to vote, the run is on Sunday.

Thank you!

Westhamfan65
08-05-2008, 09:00 PM
i am about to do Race for Life in June, so would like to sponser your run. I think you will do it in 3 hours, where shall i send the cheque? :wave:

Flick
08-05-2008, 11:55 PM
i am about to do Race for Life in June, so would like to sponser your run. I think you will do it in 3 hours, where shall i send the cheque? :wave:

That's great thanks! :D Although you need to alter your guess slightly as someone has already gone for 3 hours exactly....

Please PM Honeybunny (has posted earlier in the thread) for details of where to send your cheque so the money can go directly to the rescue.

Good luck for your run too!!!

Flick
11-05-2008, 09:52 AM
Really Sorry - Due To Having A Sickness Bug Since Wednesday And Not Being Able To Eat Much For Several Days I'm Going To Have To Postpone The Run. I'm Really Disappointed As Have Been Looking Forward To The Run For Sometime But I'm Still Not Completely Well And I've Not Got Much Energy. I Will Look For A Another Half-marathon Coming Up That I Can Do When I Am Recovered And Let You Know The Date That Will Be For The Competition.

Hope That Is Ok With Everyone...

Flick :(

honeybunny
11-05-2008, 10:43 AM
Aww poor Flick...I'm sure no one will mind and hope you're feeling better soon. xx

Hunnybunny2007
11-05-2008, 12:40 PM
Hope you feel better soon:D

Kirsty + Rich
11-05-2008, 12:42 PM
Oh no! I went down with something like that in Feburary - definately make sure you don't rush back into the running too soon. I've always been paranoid about going down with something just before a race - really sorry that you've been unlucky this time. I'm sure there's plenty of other half-marathons coming up - just make sure you're completely better first.

Get well soon
Rich

Flick
11-05-2008, 01:15 PM
Thanks, Jill

Just thought I'd post the times people have already guessed in case we have a few more guesses now there is a bit more time!

3 hours 11 minutes
2 hours 5 minutes
3 hours
2 hours 20 minutes
2 hours 21 minutes
2 hours 35 minutes

Flick
12-05-2008, 05:18 PM
Thanks everyone :wave:

I spent yesterday looking for another run to do (to cheer myself up), and have decided to go the Birmingham and Black Country Half on 5th July - it's fairly near, I am around that day and - taking note of advise (!) - it gives me a few weeks to get back into the running again ;)

I've sent the registration form off today :D

It's slightly different from the Hinckley one as it follows the canal from Wolverhampton to Birmingham, it's flat - along the tow paths, and runners have a staggered start as the tow paths are quite narrow - should be interesting!

If anyone want to change their guesses in light of this one being flat (Hinckley was undulating), please let me know.

If anyone is in Birmingham on 5th July and wants to greet me at the finish let me know ;)

If anyone else wants to have a guess at the time I'll run it in, you now have a few more weeks to save up!

And remember they'll be a lovely prize for the winner!!! ;)

Flick
20-05-2008, 10:30 PM
Registration confirmed!

I am now doing my first half marathon on Sat 5th July :D

Flick
04-06-2008, 11:35 PM
Only 1 months to go!

I did an 8 mile race on Sunday and got around that ok - phew

Just need to do another 5 miles on top of that for the next one :shock:

capel
05-06-2008, 12:17 AM
If you managed the 8 miles then try to fit in a 10 miler (not a race..just go out for a nice jog) around the middle of June. If you can do 10 miles then the extra 3 and a bit will be no problem. I used to do 10K or half marathons( actually managed 2 marathons..one of which was cross country and involved climbing over styles!!), and only ever did 10 miles in a non-race situation. The best way to tackle that first 10 miler is to get someone to drop you 10 miles from home and you run back! I always found that psychologically it seemed less daunting as every step was a step nearer the finish whereas when you set off from home there's the feeling that you've got to go out and run 10 miles whereas running home seems different somehow..or may that's ust me!!:lol: Heck that sounds as though I was a runner...no..just a jogger, as I'm built for comfort, not speed!! You'll have a great time and the sense of achievement is such a rush!! Do I send the money straight to Jill? I reckon you'll do it in around 2h20, but I see that's already taken so I'll give you an extra 2 minutes to get round:lol: So..my guess is 2:22.

Flick
05-06-2008, 01:32 PM
If you managed the 8 miles then try to fit in a 10 miler (not a race..just go out for a nice jog) around the middle of June. If you can do 10 miles then the extra 3 and a bit will be no problem. I used to do 10K or half marathons( actually managed 2 marathons..one of which was cross country and involved climbing over styles!!), and only ever did 10 miles in a non-race situation. The best way to tackle that first 10 miler is to get someone to drop you 10 miles from home and you run back! I always found that psychologically it seemed less daunting as every step was a step nearer the finish whereas when you set off from home there's the feeling that you've got to go out and run 10 miles whereas running home seems different somehow..or may that's ust me!!:lol: Heck that sounds as though I was a runner...no..just a jogger, as I'm built for comfort, not speed!! You'll have a great time and the sense of achievement is such a rush!! Do I send the money straight to Jill? I reckon you'll do it in around 2h20, but I see that's already taken so I'll give you an extra 2 minutes to get round:lol: So..my guess is 2:22.

Thanks Capel! :wave::D Yes just send your money to Jill. Yes I like that idea of being dropped off 10 miles away and running back, otherwise its always tempting to run back a bit sooner...:oops: the longest loop I have found to do is 8.5 miles and I'm not sure which way to go to extend it to 10. I'm glad I managed to run the 8 in a race though, as now I know I can run 8, rather than leisurely run/walk the hills :oops::lol: on the 8.5 route I've done. The race had quite a lot of uphill too!

capel
05-06-2008, 05:14 PM
Hi Flick. I've got the funniest book I'd be happy to lend you. It's called "In The Long Run" by Rob Burn. It an account of an ordinary jogger who decided to dust off his old forgotten trainers and do the New York Marathon. The book is a chronicle of his training efforts and is hilarious. I was laughing out loud practically all the way through. There are parts of it that any would-be jogger runner will identify with..ie thinking to yourself a third of the way through a race "how can I get out of this and still save face"!! I bought 3 copies and even gave one to my mum who wasn't a runner but she loved it so much that she passed it on to one of her friends. Let me know if you'd like to borrow it.
Hilda

Flick
05-06-2008, 10:17 PM
Hi Hilda, sounds like a great book! thanks for the offer of letting me borrow it, that would be lovely! Although perhaps it would be better value for me to buy it than we post it? Will have a look for it and see how much it is...

Flick
05-06-2008, 10:20 PM
I've found it for 7.99 online

capel
06-06-2008, 11:53 AM
That's brilliant. Let me know what you think of it.

Flick
04-07-2008, 03:39 PM
The day is almost here...

I am doing my first half-marathon tomorrow!!! :shock:

Hope I get round ok!!!

Jill - I have some sponsor money from friends and family to send over to you

Good luck everybody with your guesses for the time!

I'll have to get those bunny gifts packaged up ready to send :D;)

Hunnybunny2007
04-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Good luck for tomorrow, remember nice and sssssssslllllllllllllooooooooowwwwwww:lol::lol:

Flick
04-07-2008, 11:59 PM
Thank you Hunnybunny2007 :wave:

Just packing up my jelly babies to help keep me going on the way round!

Flick
05-07-2008, 06:53 PM
HURRAY - I made it around!!! :D

Just waiting to find out my official time now... we had timing chips and were set off in waves as the canal path is narrow. Had my garmin on but I think it was a bit confused by the tunnels so waiting for the offical results before announcing the winner!

It was quite hot for running, but I was in good time for the first 10 miles, then it was a bit of a struggle for the last 3 miles and I had to walk here and there :oops:

Some more long run training before the next one I think :roll:

Just glad I got around, and waiting to see if I did it within the time I was hoping for too now - fingers crossed!

Willow_Warren
06-07-2008, 08:15 AM
Congratulations for finishing... really well done... I can't even run for the bus :oops:

Hannah

hurricanhoney
06-07-2008, 09:52 AM
Well done.

CazScho
06-07-2008, 10:20 AM
I agree, really well done to you :D :D :D

I am also a non runner-for-the-bus type person so I really admire what you achieved!!

:thumb::thumb::thumb:

Amy & Amber
06-07-2008, 10:36 AM
Well done!!! :D

Flick
06-07-2008, 10:45 AM
Thanks! :wave:

honeybunny
06-07-2008, 10:53 AM
Hi Flick:wave:
Sorry I missed this for the last couple of days as been away in wet Wales.

WEll done!!!:D like others have said I'd have needed a bus, so you having to walk now and then due to heat is nothing!

..and so far I've received 40..:D
Thank you for doing it on behalf of Honeybunnies and a huge pat on the back for finding another race after you were too poorly for the first one.

Flick
06-07-2008, 12:00 PM
Hi Jill,

Thanks :D

I've not been on the forum much recently either as been away in rainy Scotland!

40, that's great, I've only had 7 guessed times, so I hope I didn't miss anyone.

Just packaging up the bunny treats ready to be sent on their way!

Hunnybunny2007
06-07-2008, 01:05 PM
Well done, I couldn't have walked it:lol: How are your feet? put them up today and relax you have earned it:D

Flick
06-07-2008, 01:51 PM
Hi hunnybunny2007,

The last 3 miles yesterday were a real effort - I could have quite happily stopped and sat down, but I wouldn't have got going again!

Knees struggling a bit with stairs and getting up and down, but otherwise not bad, and amazingly no blisters! I've had blisters for much shorter runs before.

I even managed half an hours swim this morning :oops: Thought it would be good to loosen up without any impact as it's usually 2 days after I feels the worst! Will have to see how I go tomorrow!

capel
07-07-2008, 01:27 AM
CONGRATULATIONS
Have only now found your pm!!!!

bunnymadhouse
07-07-2008, 08:41 AM
well done :D

Flick
07-07-2008, 10:26 PM
Thanks everyone! :D:wave:

capel
09-07-2008, 02:03 PM
Say Thanks for the fab goodies!! What a tremendous prize!!!!! Just like Christmas..:lol::lol:

Kirsty + Rich
10-07-2008, 02:31 PM
Well done Flick! Sorry, I'd forgotton it was last weekend - not been on the forum for a couple of weeks. What was your time then? Any plans to do anymore?!

Rich

Doncat5
10-07-2008, 02:46 PM
Well done! x

Flick
10-07-2008, 09:30 PM
Hi Capel, glad to hear they arrived ok and that the bunnies like them :D

And my 'In the long run' book arrived this week, so I'll be reading that soon

Thanks Rich & Doncat5!

Rich, I did it in 2 hours 25 min 18 seconds, under 2 and a half so I was pleased with than... went well until the last 3 miles and then it was quite an effort... probably due to not doing enough longer runs or any runs over 8.5 miles in training :oops: I know I should have done but didn't get around to it. Pleased I did ok until about 10 miles and at a good pace for me considering the heat... also meant I could walk/run for the last three miles and still finish in under 2 and a half :roll:;)

Just need to get up to doing those last 3 miles at the same pace for the next one now... Great North in October