The 4th annual Hitchin Hard Half Marathon (in its recent incarnation) is coming up in 2 weeks on Sunday 28th June. For the 1st time this year, there's also a 10K race.
The Hitchin Hard Half (H3) Marathon is officially a Grade 2 route - it's called hard for a reason, with some surprisingly steep hills. Whilst it's very much a local event, H3M is also a popular challenge with runners coming out of London.
Starting in the grounds of the Priory, the route remains the same since the event was re-established in 2012. It's described as an "in out loop" via Brick Kiln lane, taking in Charlton and Preston along the way (including a loop around Preston Hills).
Most of the route is on country road tarmac, though the start & finish in the grounds of the priory are on grass/track.
The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Tilehouse Hitchin, with all proceeds going this year to local charity the Hitchin British Schools Trust.
The race village (OK, in fairness, more a race hamlet) will be there as usual.
I'll be there offering pre- and post-event 10 mins massages, we'll be asking for a suggested donation of £5 to the race charity. Last year 2 of us were busy from the moment that runners started to arrive back... and as usual we were pretty much the last people to leave the site. I'm expecting it to be the same this year.
There's also a goody bag collection point and some food outlets which always seem popular both with waiting spectators and returning runners.
With a 1K race for youngsters, there's also a bouncy castle, inflatable slide, face-painting and candy floss.
Oh, and there are loos. There are plenty of loos.
This year, Tilehouse Rotary have also organised a 10K to be run at the same time as the H3M. The race will start off by following the same route as the half, and then veers off on footpaths to Offley Holes. It's a multi-terrain course with about 1K on tracks.
Michelle Smith from the Pilates Pod will be providing great pre-race warm up for runners, and as I mentioned I'll be providing post-race treatment.
If you find your training is taking it's toll, then it'd be a good idea to think about getting an appointment with me to fix any niggles sooner rather than later.
As always, if you think I can help, give me a call.