Marathon Training Group 2018


The Marathon Training Group has finished its Spring 2018 programme. A schedule of runs which we organised appears below. Thanks to everyone who persevered with us through the difficult winter weather.
Well done to everyone who has run their marathon this spring, and all the best to those with marathons still to come!

See you all soon
Geoff & Jim


In one form or another, the Marathon Training Group has been running for many years within South West Road Runners.
In 2014 the group branched out to become an InStep initiative, with runners joining us from Exmouth, Honiton, Axe Valley Runners and various RunEngland Groups.

Who is it for?
The group is open to all runners who are members of any of the clubs or running groups in the InStep network.

Set up for those training for a Spring Marathon, it may also be of interest to runners training for the Grizzly, or anyone who fancies a bit of distance and some company on their long runs.
We do not all run together, but we do run in pairs or groups for safety and to try to avoid getting lost (previously this has worked fine for everyone apart from the quickest runners, one or two of whom seem to lose their eyesight and/or common sense when running!)
We typically have runners ranging from those aiming to finish in under 3 hours, to 1st-timers who just wanted to get round - so everyone is welcome.  You can't be too slow, or too quick...

What is provided
Each Saturday, from January through to April, there will be a long run starting from Exeter Arena  - except that on some weekends we will encourage you to take part in named races rather than a training run.  We will be meeting in Exeter Harriers' Pavilion at 9am for a briefing on the route and to pair/group up into similar paced runners.  The runs will be subtly marked and will have a water station at around half way.  Most weeks there will be a slightly shorter option available.  


Date Description Distance Comments
6th January 2018 Broadclyst via Bettysmead 12 Miles Cut to 11 due to Ice
13th January Countess Wear and Exe trail towards Turf lock 12.7 Miles Water at car park before Turf lock. Turn here. 
20th January Cranbrook and Broadclyst 13.8 Miles Water at 5 and 8 Miles
SUNDAY 28th January Teignmouth or Dawlish to Exeter 15.5 from Teignmouth. 11.5 Dawlish Get 8.47 train from St Thomas.Meet at 8:30 am.
3rd February Rewe via Poltimore and Killerton +/- 16.5 Miles (flexi) Fulfords 5 Sunday
10th February EXETER HALF 13.1Miles No Group this week
17th February S.Canon/B.Speke/
U.Pyne circular
15+ Miles 2 water stations
24th February Killerton 20 20+ Miles 3 w/stations; marshals provided!
SUNDAY 11th March Bideford Half Marathon
13.1 Miles No group run this week: race instead
17th March Exmouth to Exeter on estuary trail OR out and back to Topsham 15 Miles OR 11.5 miles Drinks in Topsham & quay; car share to Exmouth if enough
24th March Whimple out & back 16 Miles + Drinks at 6m and 10m
Sunday 1st April Long Supported Run at South Petherton Up to 22 Miles Details on email/facebook
7th April Turf out & back flexi 10-20 Miles 14m to/from Turf; go shorter or longer to suit. Drinks nr C.Wear bridge. 
14th April Taper run to Danes Wood 10 Miles out & back; drinks at Danes Wood car park. 
22nd April Race Day! (London) 26.2 miles
lots of drinks & support