MAIDENHEAD HALF MARATHON: Sign up for junior races and training diary pt. 2

MAIDENHEAD HALF MARATHON: Sign up for junior races and training diary pt. 2

Michael Owens

MAIDENHEAD HALF MARATHON: Sign up for junior races and training diary pt. 2

Mini Mo Farah's can join in with the masses at this year's Pharmalink 2014 Maidenhead Half Marathon by entering one of the junior races.

Youngsters run for the line in one of last year races

Entries are now open for the Mini-Marathon Mile in under-17, 15 and 13 age groups, as well as the Micro Marathon 800m race for under-11, nine and seven age groups.

Claire Donald - director of Purple Patch Running which organises the events - hopes for an increase on the 20 entrants to the mile and 50 entrants to the 800m races in 2013.

"We want to double those numbers this year," she said.

"We want everyone who watched and said 'I wish that was me' to enter."

She added Purple Patch was working on plans to invite schools to the 2015 event, with a winner's shield for the victorious team.

Its overall goal is to create a race similar to the Mini London Marathon, which has been a breeding ground for athletes.

Double London Olympic Gold medallist and 'mobot' pioneer Farah was once a winner.

Of course, the races are as much about having fun as well as competition.

"They are for kids who don't run at all, but kids that run for a club can push themselves," said Claire.

"In the 800m parents can run with very small children."

The event is just seven weeks away on Sunday, September 7.

Visit here or to download an application form.

Chris Donald, head coach at Purple Patch Running, has put together a training plan for runners looking to improve their times.

The schedule runs for eight weeks - so you should already have had a week of pounding the pavement under your belt ahead of this year's event on September 7!

This particular plan is for runners looking to finish the 13.1 mile course in less than two hours and 30 minutes.

Rest – Either have a complete rest from physical activity or do something non-weight bearing such as swimming or cycling

Easy – nice relaxed run at the pace indicated in the appropriate column. Could probably chat away if running with someone

The sub-1:30 and sub 2:00 schedules can be found on the Pharmalink Maidenhead Half Marathon race page.

If you have any doubts about your level of fitness it is advisable to check with your doctor before you undertake any programme of physical activity.

Most importantly, enjoy your training and have a great race!

Week 1 details here.

Organisers have also appealed for people to join the team of volunteers to help marshal the main race along the route from the town centre to Cookham and back.

Email to sign up.


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