Eyam Half Marathon 2013

First timer - anyone done it before and offer tips?

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10/05/2013 at 19:02

So a week to go before Eyam and I'm thinking it wasn't such as good an idea as I originally thought - training a bit light (20 miles/week max) with a little hill work.

Having only been to Eyam as a child I can't remember how steep it is and looking at the profile I found on t'internet doesn't help my confidence!

Any ideas how a 1:45 HM at Grantham (that included 475 feet of climb between the 2 hills) a couple of months ago will translate?  I'm probably not far off the same level of fitness.  I managed a 2 hour 12.3 miles in training with about 1000 feet of ascent (if Garmin was correct) last week.

Edited: 10/05/2013 at 19:05
11/05/2013 at 06:52

It is a bit hilly round there, but so what?  It'll be a bit harder than Grantham, your time will be a bit slower, but think of the 'satisfaction' when you finished.

Gerronweit as they say round those parts.

11/05/2013 at 18:36

It is tough. The first climb (mile2) is ok but the later one is a nightmare (miles 9-11?). Save what you can for it. It goes on forever.

11/05/2013 at 19:04


i am in this again  just love this race  and the views when you get up the top    got Leeds tommorrow   and one for the Dairy next year  26/4/14   Huddersfield marathon returns   there is a thread on it

11/05/2013 at 20:10

Seems like I'll aim for a slower pace than I thought then, I was quite fancying the level and downhill 6 miles or so...   cheers.

11/05/2013 at 20:18

the downhill is fast  then what goes downhill  must come back up

11/05/2013 at 20:27

I wonder if it is so steep that it may be quicker for a runner like me to walk up it rather than try to jog up it?

Edited: 11/05/2013 at 20:27
11/05/2013 at 20:30

up to you   good race

12/05/2013 at 19:13

Think I did something like 1.48, nearly 10 minutes slower than I`d done earlier on a flatter course earlier that year but I took it easy for the last mile TBH, and that`s a BIG downhill. I ran it all but some of the folk who were walking that massive climb (9-11) were not going much slower than me! So don`t worry if you do need a walk.

The t-shirt you get at the end is a badge of honour though and other runners know that doing the race is an achievement. I remember noticing at the start that the runners look even more toned than the start of a `normal` HM with a fair few Fell runners, etc.

I`m hoping to do Buxton at some point to compare it for toughness but I`m in no hurry to revisit Eyam!

12/05/2013 at 20:49

Cool - sounds like I'm looking at somewhere just under 2 hours then... I was hoping sub 2 was a possibility.  Looking forward to it

12/05/2013 at 21:54

Let us know how you get on. Lovely setting for a race.

13/05/2013 at 16:41

Cakey! Long time no see!

Yeah, I do want to do Buxton (to compare it to Eyam) but I need to fit it in with marathon training. I`ll think on. You race yesterday dude?

13/05/2013 at 18:29

cake    i am doing both   and thats after Leeds yestaday   in 1h42  coming 780 out of 4517

14/05/2013 at 11:18

Yeah. Enjoyed it. Hillsboro start next year?

14/05/2013 at 15:31

Eyam is fun. Harder than Buxton as well.

14/05/2013 at 22:30

If I survive Eyam, I'll try Buxton next time.

15/05/2013 at 10:44

o   yes   it is    

21/05/2013 at 12:20

As far as I can make out Eyam is ~1200ft ascent and Buxton is ~1400ft. It depends on distribution I guess as well. Did Buxton a few years ago and the really big climb is at the start.


Also thanks to the marhsalls at the start. I was a few mins late and they helped me get my number on. I got to Grindleford station at 9:30 and thought I had ages but IMO Eyam's quite confusingly sign-posted and ended up walking (running) the much longer HGV route to get there (4.5 miles).

I did Keswick a few weeks ago, which looked as if there was more climb but I found them about the same (though I think I was more tired when I started Eyam due to trouble getting there). All 3 are very good races.

21/05/2013 at 17:49

I might do Dronfield FC 10k on Friday, Cake! Hilly and low-key to the extent that I was 12th last year!

21/05/2013 at 21:43
Cake wrote (see)

 So low key I have never heard of it. What time is kick off I might join you.


Really nice run. I`m not definite but trying to squeeze it in. Not sure I can do this and Buxton.

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