Giants Head Marathon - June 2013

Anyone else taking part?

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15/11/2012 at 16:55


As a first off roader thats very hilly ? Yes  

My first marathon was the Southdowns and it was hard hilly and hot and I loved every second of it. The start is Sydling St.Nicholas which is pretty is to get even though its in the middle of nowhere. Where do you live and what transport to do you have?

Are you thinking of camping? Train station isnt far away we could work out a way of picking you up If you local we will sort a lift out 

16/11/2012 at 22:24

It's going to be a really friendly marathon and great as a first marathon as there will be nakid men and wimin and cake.

(not nakid Cake, but he can take his clothes off if he likes. )

17/11/2012 at 15:49

Mouse speaks the truth. being summer no mud(I hope) or snow or cold winds.

To be honest its going to be great

17/11/2012 at 18:17

 Eh... no mud... sulks.

I'm planning an easy hilly run for tomorrow to get into training. 16 miles with 2,000ft ascent. I might stick at that but if I'm feeling up to it ther's a bugger of a hill that I can add on at the end.


19/11/2012 at 12:19

Has anyone got any tips for hill training? I'm trying to make sure that i'm prepared for what's to come!

19/11/2012 at 12:43

@Cake - The best I have is motorway bridges (i'm being serious). We literally have no hills around here so I was wondering if there were other ways to train  (stairs? etc).


19/11/2012 at 18:28

Emily if you live in a flat area do you have any office buildings with large staircases?

Try 20 minute warm up and then tw staircases with single steps then one with 2 steps and walk one to recover then repeat until you get to top of building or you have done 20 minutes....or you die.If you reach the top and you havent done the 20 minutes go down in the lift and start again.

It works my mate works in Canary Wharf and does it once a week. 

You also need to strengthen your hip flexors and hamstrings, so body weight lunges deep squats and burpees. Core and stability muscles, planks, supermans (for lower back) knee elbow crunches.

1 stairs session a week and 2 strengthening a week 

That will cover it

19/11/2012 at 18:33
Thanks GoldBeetle! That's a great idea!
19/11/2012 at 18:50

If you have a chance and its safe run the stairs barefoot it will strengthen your feet and ankles amazingly 


19/11/2012 at 19:41
Ummm. Thanks Cake.... (I think). If i was in Sheffield - I'd just run around the local hills!

I did some mahoosive hills this weekend in France and they nearly killed me so I need to do something.

Is anyone else in the same position?
20/11/2012 at 22:58

How about a gym? Use the treadder thing that makes your legs hurt and that I can never seem to push down on.  Or put the treadmill on a silly incline, the gym I very occaisionally go to has treadmills with hill training programmes, that might be an option. Maybe also talk to a trainer about the best exercises, I don't know anything about weights so can't help you there.

21/11/2012 at 07:51

Thanks for the tip Bex. I hadn't thought of the treadmill incline!

Are you joining the race, Bex?

21/11/2012 at 17:44

If you stretch out the elevation map as far as you can then it looks flat.

21/11/2012 at 17:47

On google it looks flat... you just dont look at the elevation profile

21/11/2012 at 17:52


21/11/2012 at 17:55

Easy peasy.... 

21/11/2012 at 18:10

Its only a few hills (about 9)will have a proer run over the proposed course this weekend 

22/11/2012 at 10:09

Having looked carefully at the elevation data, I would sugest that you practice running up the wall or similar vertical incline. 

22/11/2012 at 12:44
Cake wrote (see)

 This is going to be fun just wish I was able to do the Marathon. Mayby next year.

What's stopping you?... I mean... it'll be a good practice run for outlaw

22/11/2012 at 12:53

T. mouse, where are you getting the elevation data? there dont appear to be course maps on the website?

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