Marathon Training Group 2018

The Marathon Training Group has finished for 2018.  Thanks to everyone who took part and helped out with organisation, in often challenging weather conditions.  A schedule of runs which we did is shown below.

Details of the 2019 programme will be posted here towards the end of this year.

We welcome both new runners as well as those that have joined us in previous years.  Please email Geoff Smith at to register your interest.

Best wishes

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 routes will be subtly marked and will have a water station at around half way.  Most weeks there will be a slightly shorter option available.

Anyone interested in joining in, please email Geoff at for further details.  You don’t even have to do a marathon, just come along for a long run and come back again if you enjoy it

Please note- All routes are subject to change owing to weather conditions. I.e. Flooding etc

6th January 2018Broadclyst via Bettysmead12 MilesCut to 11 due to Ice
13th JanuaryCountess Wear and Exe trail towards Turf lock12.7 MilesWater at car park before Turf lock. Turn here. Route below
20th JanuaryCranbrook and Broadclyst13.8 MilesWater at 5 and 8 Miles
SUNDAY 28th JanuaryTeignmouth or Dawlish to Exeter15.5 from Teignmouth. 11.5 DawlishGet 8.47 train from St Thomas.Meet at 8:30 am.Details to follow
3rd FebruaryRewe via Poltimore and Killerton+/- 16.5 Miles (flexi)Fulfords 5 Sunday
10th FebruaryEXETER HALF13.1MilesNo Group this week
17th FebruaryS.Canon/B.Speke/
U.Pyne circular
15+ Miles2 water stations
24th FebruaryKillerton 20 or Talaton 2020 Miles 
3rd MarchStarcross17 MilesGranite Way Sunday
SUNDAY 11th MarchBideford Half Marathon13.1 MilesRace
17th MarchExmouth trail15 MilesGrizzly is Sunday 18th
24th Marchtba17-18 Miles 
Sunday 1st AprilLong Supported Run at South PethertonUp to 22 MilesDetails to follow
7th AprilTba16 Miles 
14th AprilTaper run-Danes Wood10 Miles 
22nd AprilRace Day!