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02/12/2006 at 09:58
So is anyone signing up for this one? It looks like it could be a great training run for a marathon..

Anyone know just how "undulating" it is? I'm trying to steer clear of hills too near my mara so that I don't bugger my legs up.

02/12/2006 at 17:08
I'd say it's quite hilly really Notsospeedy. Did it last year and noted two hills that were quite long and challenging and one of them features on all 3 laps. Depends what you are used to I spose, and if its any more than 3 weeks away from your mara then the hills are good training. Cant say its the most appealing 20 miler I've ever done, but a great training run.
04/12/2006 at 13:40
Thanks Caz..

I hadn't actually noticed it was multiple laps (having a senior moment) until a friend from running club pointed it out. Does kind of put me off.. but may be a useful training run.. as you say.

04/12/2006 at 15:19
Nats I ran the Stoke half and the hills were blooming hard. How about we all do a 20 mile traing run that weekend and end up at a pub somewhere?

Are you doing the Christmas Pudding 10miler this Sunday?
JPenno    pirate
04/12/2006 at 15:21
I may be up for this as it would be a long training run Sunday in preparation for FLM
04/12/2006 at 15:24
I did this this year, 2:24.xx something, and it was bloody tough, it climbs after 1 mile into each lap, more a tough undulation, then at the 4 mile point, and bleedin big hill that knackeres you...

...the two last laps are shorter versions and miss this massive hill, but it is very undulating without this...

... personally, I reckon its around 3-4 minutes slower than a flat 20 miler...

I'm doing Trimpell 20 instead this year as it's a week earlier, so will give my legs longer to recover ;-)

19/12/2006 at 11:35
I'd like to think about doing this but it clashes with Fradly 10K - possibly my only chance to get a really flat 10K pb time
04/01/2007 at 21:52
It's an average race,the first loop is biggest and toughest,

But overall, an ok undulating run

we did this in 3.03

We had 4 20's in 5 weeks last year

Bramley 2.58
Glouc 3.15
Staffs 3.03
Ashby 3.08

This time round it's 5 on the trot

luveley Jubbly !!
04/01/2007 at 22:47
it's not doing it !
09/01/2007 at 12:34
16/01/2007 at 09:30
Do you get gels/choc/sports drinks in this?
Mick n Phil, I see you did this one quicker than Ashby, is that becasue it is easier or cos you were tierd when it came to ashby?
16/01/2007 at 10:16
Mick'n'Phil, how does this course compare to Gloucester?
16/01/2007 at 14:39
also, what proportion of people took over 3 hours and what time did the last person finish in?
16/01/2007 at 14:41
just found the results, hopefully I shouldnt be last
18/01/2007 at 15:05
I'm doing it this year. Was meant to have done it last year but had to pull out. A 3-lap 20-miler sounds much, much more achieveable than a one-lap loop course as at least on the last lap you know you've covered that distance before so it should seem easier (hopefully).

Am I reading last years results right? Was it really a tie for first?
18/01/2007 at 15:31
a 3 lapper also means that if you really have to you can drop out if injured
02/02/2007 at 18:03

Does anyone know how they organise the relay - it mentions teams of 3 with an 8, 6 & 6 stage. Are they run one after the other or in parallel and the times added?


03/02/2007 at 13:32
One after the other. (It's a 3 lap race, with the first lap longer than the other 2).
12/02/2007 at 13:04
I'm in for the this one too.

Hoping just to take it easy as a training run and not get carried away.
13/02/2007 at 19:41
done this the last 2 years. As people have said the 1st lap has a tough hill, on lap 2 and 3 you only do part of the hill. Then it is slightly undulating. Its a good test for FLM. The weather has been the biggest challange over the last 2 years. Last year especially..very cold with a bitter wind!!

I do this in preferance to Ashby 20 as you have more recovery time. Ashby is probably a bit more hilly with lots more runners and more of a higher tempo. I find Stafford more of a low key race.
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