Havering runners prepare for their marathon effort

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 April 2017

The Havering 90 Joggers in Trafalgar Square.

The Havering 90 Joggers in Trafalgar Square.


Thousands of people will flock to the capital to take part in the London Marathon and among their number will be several members of the Havering 90 Joggers (H90).

The Havering 90 Joggers

WHERE: The club meets at the Abbs Cross Health and Fitness Centre, Abbs Cross Lane, Hornchurch.

WHEN: Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm, going out at 7.30pm. Special sessions will be held in the build-up to the London Marathon every Sunday.

COST: Membership is £35 for a year.

CONTACT: Go to and complete the application form.

If you’ve booked yourself a place in the marathon but find training to be a lonely experience the Joggers can help as they hold long distance group runs every Sunday in anticipation for the big race on April 23.

“For the next few weeks we have unofficial extra sessions geared towards people training for the marathon,” said the club’s communication secretary Jeff Fenton.

“We go out in groups and do quite long distances.

“When you’re doing 13 to 20 miles it’s nice to have people around you, it makes it go quicker.

“When you do it on your own it’s the classic case of the loneliness of the long distance runner.”

Jeff has run a number of marathons over the years and says the most common problem that long distance beginners face is using up too much energy in the first half of the route.

“The pitfalls are the people who get carried away by the occasion, they start to tire quickly and after about 12 miles they are exhausted.

“So the idea is to try and pace yourself.

“You get swept away with the emotion and it catches up with you and begins to hurt and you get slower and slower.

“Most people say the best way to do it is with a negative split. If it takes four hours to do, the ideal way is to do two hours for the first half and two hours for the second otherwise you tend to burn out and use up all your energy supplies.”

Jeff also advises runners to rest the week before the race.

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