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So I've been out of any serious action for a little while (broke my clavicle in May) and starting to just regain a bit of fitness again. I have my sights set on the Brecon Midnight Marathon next June 2016. For a runner who's not ran a marathon before, but a fair few road and trail halves, has anyone had any good success with a specific trail marathon training plan?

The MMM has 4,300ft gain (so not huge, but more than your average road race!) so I would expect a lot of hill training.

Maybe someone has used a normal road marathon plan and mixed hill training in as well? Brutalevents do list a 16 week training plan on their website, so all else fails, I'll follow that.
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Cheers Simon. Hope it's useful info. Good luck with the training.
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Hi guys, just started cycling really for commuting purposes and have started taking it out for weekend rides now I'm enjoying it.

I've bought a single speed bike from mango bikes and all is well, except now I've ran it in over the past few months, my rear hub or chain or pedals are making a clacking noise and for the life of me I can't work out what it is.

It's a bit like the sound it would make changing gears when the chain moves over before clicking in place, but as I've a single speed it can't be that.

Anyone got some suggestions to hunt down the noise? It seems to only happen when turning the pedals at least, as the noise stops when freewheeling.
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+John Thomas Or he can space out his freewheel a bit, if that makes the chainline better. Last resort is to use spacers between the crank and the chainring, as that puts some bad leverage on the chainring bolts.
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Looking for a sub 1:50 half marathon training plan, preferably in km that due to work, I need to do in a lunch hour. (So max one hour runs midweek).

Anybody have any good recommendations?
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when is your half? and what's your current time?
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Any Macmillan or Teenage Cancer Trust runners out there, where do you get the running vests/tops from? Self purchased, if so, where from? 
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If you contact the trust directly (google search for details) they will send you out appropriate material, including running vest. I just got mine from Shelter for running the London Marathon! :-) 
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Odd request and possibly a long shot.

Has anyone done the (UK) Bath half marathon before? I'd like to take a look at a gpx to see what I'm up against come March.
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I have done it last year. No gpx but only 1 hill in town which you do twice on a loop and as you start downhill you you obviously finish on an uphill run. Mostly very flat and fast..I managed 1h 40m and will look to go quicker this year.
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On the off chance one of the 17,000 strong community members is from the Wiltshire, UK area.

I'm around Salisbury for the weekend and wondered if there were any good recommended trail runs or areas before I go make up my own and inevitably get lost!
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Hills. My arch nemesis.

I've got around 4 weeks until I tackle the fan dance "race". It's probably a bit late to do anything mega meaningful now but better late than never.

What sort of hill training do you guys do? Is it as simple as run up a hill as fast as possible and jog down and repeat? Do you find different gradients for long hills and short steep hills? How often does hill work fit into the overall training? How much is too much hill training?
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I would just warm up good first, and focus on form- especially downhill. That's where the injuries happen.  You can go as hard as you want uphill, but will not go far if it's steep or you go full speed. :) Use the downhills for recovery- (this is for training, not racing). Anyhow, have fun! And, Sorry if it's too much advice- I have torn a hip from not warming up and trying to overdo hill repeats. +Simon Porter 
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First run in the ultraspire spry. Utter, utter brilliance. I don't know why I haven't got one of these before.
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The annoying bike noise I'm trying to get to the bottom of in yesterday's post...
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you might need to adjust those, but don't completely remove them...
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Just to say thanks Garmin for finally fixing up and releasing the new Garmin connect app for android.

Live track and Bluetooth sync baby!!!

(#FR620)
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Gonna test it this morning. The Bluetooth seems a bit odd at the moment, will give it a bit longer test.
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Love the guys over at smashrun - such a great site. Ties in the gimmicks with the hardcore stats for a perfect blend, depending how you're feeling.
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Dang you, +Simon Porter, never heard of it, so guess what I'll be doing tonight now! shaking my fist
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Has anyone got any suggestions for eye protection for torrid weather? I've got a run planned up a mountain/steep hill that has an exposed ridge which can quite often be ridiculously windy/snowy and wondered if there was such a thing as clear lens sun glasses or light weight ski goggles type affair that would not bulk me down but give a bit of wind protection when it's coming right at your face.

or am I just being a sissy and should suck it up? :-)
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i haven't bought them yet, but i've seen a pair of ski goggles at walmart before that look like sunglasses instead of goggles (much smaller than actual goggles) 
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