Belvoir Challenge 26

what's the course like?

10 messages
01/11/2008 at 16:51
Anyone have any ratings on the race and course. This would be my first off road marathon so I'm a little nerous. How much slower so that I can be mentally prepared. Lesley
01/11/2008 at 18:26

Oh this is a fab, fab, fab race.          Don't get hung up about time as the distance is approximate, the going greulling, the weather usually foul and of course you have to stop for cake!       But it's one of the best races I've ever done for the atmosphere, the sense of achievement and the hot puddings afterwards!   butdon't do it with a bad cold and cough like I did and end up with pneumonia afterwards - not clever!

To put time in context, I did the half distance in 2:45 a couple of years ago  - usually I'd do a half marathon in 1:40-1:45ish.      If I was doing the marathon, I'd expect it to take 5:30ish hours (and my marathon time is3:45ish).  Hope this helps!

02/11/2008 at 07:27

Wot Lizzy said.

How much slower ? A lot !!

Usually cold wet and very muddy but the cake and stuff at the checkpoints make up for it. Great fun if you just see it as a challenge rather than a pure race.

If you want to get an idea of what to expect, and you live fairly local, try the Seagrave Wolds Challenge in a fortnight (Saturday 15th November).

There is a thread for it where you can get all the details. (I've boinged it for you)

02/11/2008 at 11:14
Agree with Lizzie it's a great, great race, I have run the shorter race ranging from 15 to 17 miles so dont take the distance too seriously. It's huge fun sometimes really muddy and like skating but if frosty can be quite hard on your ankles. The cakes and goodies at checkpoints are brill as are the hot puds at the end.

I did 3.15 last year which measured 17 miles ( Stopped for cake, flapjack, coffee, pizza, soup,) In fact you can actually put on weight in this event.

05/11/2008 at 00:02

Hi Everyone, thank you so for all of the great comments - food great course challenging and slow?? i may just try this one.Muds good for the complection I've heard. Do i need special trainers?  Regards Lesley

05/11/2008 at 08:26
Definitely fell shoes or trail shoes as it can be very muddy also lots of fields and rough paths-! Make sure you've done some longer runs in them first as they can be less forgiving than road shoes. If you're East Midlands-based, the Derby Runner in Spondon has a good range.
03/01/2009 at 11:17


This Challenge is nearly upon us again.

I'm in the wimps event  (15 miles)

07/01/2009 at 02:56
reading the comments above i`ll have to give this race ago, 26 miles of mud , pain and cakes great stuff
08/02/2009 at 22:36
Walked some of the course today - if the snow stays, its going to be a killer!
15/02/2009 at 19:12

if anyone has entered this race but is unable to take part and is willing to transfer their place , can you let me know. Willing to pay entrance fee back

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