Was well organised but I didn't really enjoy the 2 lap format - I'm much better not knowing what is ahead!! Most other marathons I have done have been pretty flat - I don't think time wise the DV is too much different. One pretty big hill but which is quite short going up but then a long gradual downhill in which to make up the time - means you have to run the downhill at the same effort as you use on the flat or uphill - too easy to cruise. Overall I would say harder but if you get the pacing right maybe an extra 5 minutes? Depends how you are on hills really. I paced the first lap fine but the second lap my heart was really not in it.
Thanks for the compliments about the organisation Dylan man. I stood in as the Race Director for those races, (the woman with the neon orange jacket on the bike) and the Rotary club did an absolutely fantastic job. I take my hat off to them and will pass on your compliments.
It's a great hill isn't it Jeremy
Dylan man, I was standing in for the usual race director, next year I shall run either the half or marathon unless they need me to step in again.
KK sorry I rushed past you at the entrance to the race start..there was a reason.
I was only doing the 10k but having not run any of the DMV races for a few years I thought the start was at the Race Course where it used to be my OH had parked in Tesco I jumped out the car to go and collect number and spent 15 minutes running round a sodding car boot sale lol..wondering WTF ?? I ended up asking a car park attendant where is the race ??? he pointed me in the right direction lol..
well done those who did the marathon I did the half a couple years ago and ther is no way I could do 2 laps with those hills
KK well done on a well organised race and thanks for the weather did you organise that too ?? perfect
Dylan Man, I agree with Jeremy, D Vale isnt really hilly or hard, its just the couple of hills which are short, I have done it quite a few times now and there isnt much in it for a pan flat marathon, maybe a min or 2, the 30-45 sec you loose on THE hill you mke it up on the downs. If you want hills try the Cornish next month, thats a good challenge. but saying that 2 years ago I did both and was only 2 mins even between them. I was a little guted to miss it this year as I am going for a time in Dublin on monday, ill be back next year for sure. Well done! a good 1st marathon.
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