Thought this was a great race, hated the conditions, would love to run this on a nice warm day. Brilliant organisation and full marks to the marshalls who remained cheerful despite the wind and rain.
I expect your thoughts are already turning to this w/e's marathon, Shades ...
T Rex - you had a great run.
Shakespeare for me tomorrow and forecast is cold again
Folks , I'm looking for help here , I fancy running this race but information is scarce, so much so that I have read this entire thread so I know it was boiling in 2011 and brutal in 2013, I like flat
This would be my 5th Marathon , I would hope for 4:00 (ish), 8 halfs 2:00 (ish) hoping to encourage my mate from Aberday to run with me, he said never again after Dublin and definitely never again after Majorca(man it was hot) , love the look of the coastal path, I'm from Belfast and reasonably new to this , most sites tend to bury you in information but on this occasion it's like register then we will tell you, which is cool if you know what your signing up to as well as talking a reluctant and much fitter and faster runner into coming with me, any information would be very welcome , and having read your stories from the start , Well done,that's fantastic
Hi Martin - well it's certainly mostly flat so that's a good start. There are two notable hills to cross the railway so you'll hit them twice in both directions (as there's two laps) my maths makes that 8 climbs. Neither hill is particularly long. One of them you hit right before the end which is quite tough but also sets up a great downhill to the finish.
You come back on yourself a few times but that's to be expected - I really don't mind that.
The path is a great surface so if you like road you'll like this. There are some gravel bits in parts but it's loose stone on hard ground nothing that presents much of a problem.
Water stations were plentiful - no problems there.
The biggest issue is the one thing that can't be predicted - the weather. My in-laws live in Llanelli so I've visited and run the coastal path many times. It can be glorious and it can blow a gale and rain like nothing you've seen.
I remember someone saying of it once that you have the wind in your face going one way and the wind in your face coming back too It's not always that bad!
I'm thinking of doing it again but only holding back because of other options.
If you have any specific questions fire away.
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