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Marathon training 2020


The Orwell Challenge is taking place on 21 June this year organised and run by the Ipswich East Rotary club. You can run or walk a Marathon or Half Marathon course along the river Orwell and surrounding countryside via some areas that are private and usually inaccessible to runners or walkers.

Last year I intended to complete the course in 4 hours eventually finishing in 4 hours 4 minutes. As a first Marathon attempt with some slightly patchy training it wasn’t too bad if a little disappointing at the time.

The Orwell Challenge is a tough marathon, its almost completely trail, in places running along the river bed through seaweed, mud and over rocky river bed. It heads down the Orwell and out onto Trimley Marshes near Felixstowe before climbing and heading back through various areas of private land and fields. It then turns and heads back to the river along some challenging terrain under Orwell bridge and up towards the finish at Gainsborough Sports Center.

It sounds hellish! Its actually a great run.

This year I’m going to attempt to train better.

My training plan is 14 weeks in total based on four sessions a week with the opportunity to utilize the Tuesday and Thursday clubSessions. Sunday is going to be the main mileage builder.

In order to build the mileage I’m going to add one mile every Sunday run up until the Marathon, this should put me in the region of 24 miles before the start based on the 10 mile start point detailed below.




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