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Actually Portsmouth was not too bad, a little muddy but flat and not too slow. How much is the elevation differnce of the hill in Cloucester?
Actually ypu can find the loop here and on google earth the elevations: http://www.beyondthelimitations.co.uk/resources/GloucesterMarathon2012instructionsDMv2.pdf
The highest elevation is 34 meters which you reach only in one location , the lowest 10 m, the distance of the hill is about 0.7 km so about 3%, pretty flat thus....
If I remember right there's one short sharpish hill on each lap of no more than a few hundred metres, if that. Then there's another longer gentle hill towards the end of the lap, but it's about 900m long and not that bad really.
I'll be there doing the marathon option. Hopefully the weather is ok on the day.
I did Glous in 2010 and last year 2012. It is a good run and the 'hills' and it is plural - do get bigger each time........trust me. It is a great event tho and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Alas I am giving it a swerve this year as I am a cheapskate and stay with my folks in Cheltenham but they are going away...how selfish of them !!
I did Portsmouth and it was VERY muddy but my 3rd time at it and I just love it.
Good luck to you all....and I only wish I could be there.
Brer Rabbit, I've got a pair of knackered trainers, can I get a 20% discount on a new pair? It seems like a good deal to me.Has anyone had and info pack and number sent out to them? It may not happen, as they want us to register on the day anyway. That way they know exactly who is on the course. I just ran part of this loop yesterday as part of a 5 mile race. Think of it as "rolling" and modify your pace to manage your heart rate. For every up there's a down. It's maybe 7-10 minutes slower than VLM for a 3h to 3:30 runner. Oh, and despite the warnings below, I have not felt it necessary to hose down or otherwise clean my relatively new trainers.
I loved the phrase in the notes that say "this is an agricultural area, so expect some occasional mud and other substances to be on the road."
Do you know if there will definitely be entries available on day as I have missed last postal entries today
Grrr, the entry form (now deleted but cached on google) said entries close on 12th Jan, still appears to be the 3rd Jan by my reckoning . Hopefully there will be some clarification if entry limit has been reached or not (doesn't seem too likely based on previous years).
As someone else mentioned, the event normally runs smoothly on the day but pre-race info/communication isn't great.
EDIT: Having said that the pre-race instructions are quite informative. Chip timing this year....high tech!
Just had an email to confirm that the race is full .
Anybody got a place they are not going to use?
Who'd have thought that there would be 600 other nutters wanting to run a Marathon in January in Gloucester!!
I didn't realise it filled up the last few years. I've done it the last 3 years but always entered early so didn't notice. The number of finishers always seemed to be in the 300/400 region so assumed there was plenty of space left. I suspect the limit incldues the 50k entries as well.
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