Brathay Windermere Marathon


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28/04/2013 at 19:38

Anyone doing this in 3 weeks?

I last did it in 2010 and was just reading previous years reviews to remind me how hilly it was.  I really shouldn't have!  Starting to worry I haven't trained hard enough  

28/04/2013 at 19:45

Did it last year. Super weather but my plan for a sub 4 died a death. One of my favourite runs not as hilly as langdale but it zaps you. 

28/04/2013 at 20:27

Being local to this race (by tarn hows) this was my first and last road race. all my training was and still is off road . I thought I would do it as they gave me a place for shutting my lane off whilst we ran past. The tarmac killed my knees for a week after it. Suppose if you are used to tarmac you will be OK.  I do the distance without a grumble on  the fells. good luck with it though COstanza. you know what it is all about. the leaders in our race caught the old Mason helpers out through Hawkshead and instead of running through they went around Hawkshead on the main road ooppss! 

29/04/2013 at 16:28

still contemplating whether to do it or not how hilly is it

29/04/2013 at 16:34

One awful hill at 7 mile and then loads of undulations. done 24 marathons probably the best but did nearly kill Ban will be back may

29/04/2013 at 16:51

I'm doing this for the first time. I'm aware it's quite hilly from others at my running club who have done it before but they all say how scenic it is and how well organised.

I did the marathon of the north in Sunderland yesterday which was quite hilly so will be taking it easy with a bit or a run/walk strategy at Windermere. Not expecting to get sub 4 though!


29/04/2013 at 16:59

I think undulating is a fair description, with as I recall 2 monster hills around miles 7 & 20.  Jules - you should definitely do it.  Organisation & scenery were 2nd to none.

Dave - I was hoping for a sub 4, but injuries and realism are taking their toll!

29/04/2013 at 19:11

it was the 20 mile hill which played with my mind the most. the others were undulating, perfect for cycling over and not to bad for plodding over. do it for the views rather than PBs. 

29/04/2013 at 19:58

hello all. i am doing it for the first time... and it's my first ever marathon. Gulp :0   My folks live in the area so I am pretty familiar with the route...not sure if this helps or hinders (or simply terrifies in my case) but one thing is for sure ...those teeny tiny hills aren't going away any time soon! I am aiming to get round, running and preferably enjoying as much of it as I can. I'll be the one at the back, bringing up the rear. Any other marathon newbies out there running Brathay? Would like to hear from you..BRING IT ON!!!!

30/04/2013 at 22:04

Hi, yep also my first marathon. Alternating between nervous and confident. Just seen the video on their website and some of the traffic looks to come quite close??

Does anyone know the actual vertical ascent of the 2 big hills?

30/04/2013 at 22:31

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30/04/2013 at 22:58

Youtube has a good few videos the trek and run and Chris Eatons videos show you what to expect

01/05/2013 at 13:11

Will be toeing the line. Hope to have an enjoyable run and try and set out at around 9:40/10 min pace.

Don't know the climb at 7 miles (By all the descriptions i dont think i want to see it till the day) but have stopped at Bowness quite a few times so know that climb.


02/05/2013 at 18:54


glad to hear I am not  alone you sound far more prepared than moi (ascent of hills? Flippin hard work would be my immediate response to your question) but I have watched the video...

i'll tell what you what, you go up them first and tell me what's like from the top! 

03/05/2013 at 19:35

Hi Frances,

heh heh! Sounds like a plan - I hear there's an ice cream at the top of one of them

It's a weird feeling - I really have no idea what to expect...  It doesn't seem that long ago that I was just chuffed at running for 30mins without stopping - now it's all about refueling strategies and vertical ascents.  I blame Runners World (!)

Anyway, I've heard mates say the first one is your own - no stress about beating PBs. So think I'll try to sit back, enjoy the views and try to get round beforedark....

what is embarassing is that at a pub quiz last night there was a question 'what is the distance of a marathon in km?' that I got utterly wrong 

05/05/2013 at 08:41

when you reach the top of ice cream hill (in front of me please order me a 99 vanilla cone with the chocolately flake thing in the side. Rest assured I'll be along shortly to collect it. I haven't really thought a finish time let alone a Pb. I think a Pb will be finishing as the hills are going to play  a starring role in slowing this newbie down! I out the pub quiz weak moment down to pre marathon denial!!!!

09/05/2013 at 21:54

I work in the area and driven the route a few times, and yes it's a hilly one, and not a PB course. But the senery sure makes up for that. The Ice cream van is after a steepish hill at mile 20ish, I will have a tenner tucked away, and may just treat myself to a moral boosting ice cream and walk. But my advice is be prepared for a bit of walking.

13/05/2013 at 17:01

What do people think is the best strategy in terms of overall pace for the big hills?? Do you think it is quicker overall to walk up them or to attempt to run up slowly then take longer to recover???

13/05/2013 at 18:16

Run slowly aparmi from miles 7 and 20 they are manageable. Did finish absolutely battered. 

14/05/2013 at 08:04

My plan is to have a plod up to 7 miles. If I have to walk or just run slowly up the climb at 7 I will. I don’t won’t to go into the red that early in the race. After that hopefully I will get into a nice rhythm again until the finish.

Praying for the wind to drop now and also the very heavy rain storms.


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