Beachy Head Marathon

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23/10/2012 at 12:56

Hi there,

Am looking forward to this, my first Beachy Head mara and have heard great things about it. Just done Abingdon on Sunday and am walking funny so hope all will be o.k. for Saturday. Am deffo taking it all nice and slowly having run hard on Sunday. I will have my camera with me ready to take some pics as the weather is looking good....albeit cold. I don't care if it is cold, as long as the sun is shining.

So, gloves, longs and trail shoes at the ready.

See you all there.

23/10/2012 at 14:06

Old Gwasshopper, just do Beachy and treat it as a long training run ie don't push the pace.  Although it's a tough route it won't trash your legs in the same way that a road marathon does IMHO 

Possum, you'll love it!

23/10/2012 at 14:28

I agree with you Redhead, OG just go for it as it's your favourite run and have an excuse to go slower than you'd otherwise try to.

Mind BHM was my excuse for slowing down later in the Greensands marathon last Sunday and my legs still feel rough today after light exercise yesterday - so I may change my tune if they don't improve soon!

23/10/2012 at 16:45

Guess I'm eating Low GI Carbs for the rest of the week then..

23/10/2012 at 17:34

Been tapering sensibly - Jog Shop Jog 20 was my last long run (and a good reminder about how slippery it is on wet chalk downhill) after 31 + 15.5 miles the previous weekend. This last weekend I only did 10 miles - a four-mile cross-country race with some short sharp hills, and a 10K undulating road race . So, that's my legs reminded about long runs, mud, hills and even fast running. Now I just have to not do anything stupid in the next few days...

23/10/2012 at 17:49
Debra - well done on doing Jog Shop Jog 20, it's a tough 20 miler.
23/10/2012 at 21:27
What's the general view on footwear? Are trail/off road shoes a must for this? Would really prefer not too, as I prefer my road ones for marathon distance. Wet chalk downhill? mmm interesting.
23/10/2012 at 21:53

I'm sticking to road.  I've found that the lack of grip on chalk, grass etc. far outweighs the added grip on trail.

24/10/2012 at 07:46

Thanks for the views - RedHead, agree entirely re being beaten up. The trail maras have nothing like the same residual effect - have no problem jogging the day after events like Beachy, SDM etc, but not after a road run. I'm more worried about truing an ankle or somethimg stupid like that.

I think it'll definitely be a trail shoe day. I know the grass will be fine but there are going to be some pretty muddy stretches (Friston Forest will be like a skating rink, particularly if your there after 500+ runners have gone through already like I might be). Had a difficult experience back in Feb at the Steyning Stinger in road shoes. Never again !! I wear Roclites now, they are sensational grip-wise and also not too bad on tarmac sections as the tread is soft.

I'm still undecided.......


24/10/2012 at 08:19

Trail shoes for me. They did me okay for Jog Shop (except on aforementioned wet chalk, but I don't think anything would help on that except maybe spikes) and for NDW50.

How much of the route is likely to be slippery chalk? And how much is tarmac?

Tracey G: Thanks. Yes, Jog Shop 20 was a good workout!. Think it would have been easier without the 46 miles on my legs the previous weekend... Hoping that means Beachy will be okay.

24/10/2012 at 08:20

hello all

looking forward to this but im in the same boat as a few runners on here , i really want to keep my road shoes  on , dont want to go and buy a pair of trail shoes just for this event , i know i entered a long time ago and should of purchased a pair in advance but hey ho school boy error ! not sure what to do now !

24/10/2012 at 10:31

for those in a dilemma on what shoes - the simple answer is trail.  road shoes will just not offer enough grip in the muddy/slippy sections and there are going to be enough of them this year.

"How much of the route is likely to be slippery chalk? And how much is tarmac?"

20% chalk, 1% tarmac - rest a mix of grass, stones, field, mud and leaves.   in a dry year that's fine with road shoes, but not this year.  and the grassy sections are also likley to be damp.

seriously if you want to avoid groining yourself get trail shoes.  if you can get the trail equivalent of your road shoes - many brands have them - you will find the fit close to your road shoes so you should adapt quickly.  but don't be tempted to go with anything else that you haven't run in - that could be a recipe for very sore feet!!

one other thing that maye have escaped notice for those with friends/family coming down to spectate - both Jevington and Litlington are closed to traffic this year (only open for local traffic) to prevent congestion on the vary narrow roads through.  for those who have done BHM before - you will have seen this problem in Litlington as you get stuck behind cars.   if your spectators are planning to go to either of these villages tell them not to - they will not get in and could be forced to do a long walk to get to them or maybe turned around.   they would be better served going to Exceat (start of the Bitches) or Birling Gap where there are big car parks and easy access to the course to watch.    

it's even causing us problems as marshalls as me and P need to be in Litlington to park so we can walk up to Lullington Heath (closest access) - and parking is by no means a given for us!!

24/10/2012 at 11:44

Thanks a lot for the info FB. Cannot wait!

24/10/2012 at 12:11

now i'm panicking as i only have road shoes

24/10/2012 at 12:50

FB: good luck on the parking front and thanks for the info on the underfoot. Have to admit that wet, slippery chalk is becoming one of my least-favourite surfaces for running. I'm half-wondering whether I should be bringing my Stabil-icers (ice cleats that go over shoes) for the chalk sections!

Weather report is improving - sunny and cool I can live with.

24/10/2012 at 12:56
I was out on some of the course last night in road shoes and was fine. Admitley not thro the woods that will be muddy but has been dry all week here and no rain forecast between now and race day (I live in Eastbourne). Fb is right if you already have trail shoes then wear them but if you haven't I wouldn't worry to much. I'll try get out to woods section tonight and report on here tomorrow.
24/10/2012 at 13:45

Lingster - road shoes will be OK I reckon if you're only your own, or at the front - but by the time 500 or so pairs of feet have been over the softer sections and cut them up, then they aren't going to offer much grip.  and of course, it will be even worse in the woods.   

I believe the forecast is for some drizzle tomorrow, but sunny all Saturday although only 8C max now.  brrrr.......

Cortina5    pirate
24/10/2012 at 17:30

That chalk is going to get very very slippery in the rain...Wet shale sliding over each other too. Supposed to be really cold this weekend too...

I'll be thinking of you all when in France this weekend.

25/10/2012 at 09:16

Any spare entry places knocking about for this? 

25/10/2012 at 10:27

if there are, you're too late to transfer - that deadline was last week I believe

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