Greater Manchester Marathon - UK's Flattest Marathon 2014

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Cake    pirate
16/04/2014 at 17:51

Tish if any help I used to be fastish back in the sands of time. But after a while it was just to much of my week to do 80/90 miles a week each week so set myself different goals. Sometimes I wish I could mix it up but not often, Not just look at endurance racing and being a old fatty much about at other races.

I would take a break and think about what goal you want could be shorter distances could be endurance stuff. It's all equally valid and keeps us sane/insane depending on your point of view. ((((((((((hugs))))))))

SKD fell racing is the path to the dark side which one you thinking?

16/04/2014 at 18:58

Hi Carter & Cake, it would be an easy one the Rivington Pike race 3.2 miles 700 ft of ascent, weather looks good, quite dry conditions. I am from Horwich and my brother lives on the route and I'll be there this Saturday, no match at the Reebok, so no excuse. Oh and I said on many occasions that I've never do something so stupid,looking on Youtube seems I'll be in good company, l need to start doing some hills as my autumn aim is SNOD. I was brought up near the Pennines so I'm well used to hill walking.

17/04/2014 at 11:07

skd - I fancied the Rivi race this year but have ended up booking a long weekend down in London so wont be around for it.

I am looking into the Rivington trail half mara in October though.  That would be a good run out.

17/04/2014 at 11:11

Cater - no i havent run Chester, Manchester was my first.  Its one i looked into though if i was going to do another marathon this year (which i'm not now).

I'm doing the half next month but that will be it for Chester

Cake    pirate
17/04/2014 at 12:44

Skd nice one If you deside you like it and get into a little dirty fell action just remember gravity is your friend on the down hill's and try not to snack yourself on a rock.

17/04/2014 at 13:05

SKD - make sure you get some suitable trotters for the fell race, some with plenty of grip to slow yourself down when you get steaming down those hills and as Cake says to avoid rocks, tree roots, other runners, dogs etc !

Cake - I've just entered the Long Tour of Bradwell in August and I'm also thinking about the Intro Ultra Tour of the Peak District (Whirlow) in June. Both 50km with a few thousand feet of elevation. Do you fancy any of them ?

AM - best of luck at the Chester half, are you chasing a PB ? 

Cake    pirate
17/04/2014 at 13:32

At the moment I’m still eyeing up a Ironman in august but the way it’s going I might not be able to get enough bike time in to play if I can’t I’d be very up for ever of those. If I end up doing the ironman I can just sit on the grass and heckle you instead.

If your interested there is Eyam Half coming up next month as well it’s on road but nice and hilly.  

17/04/2014 at 13:37

Carter - Yeah ill be gunning for a PB.  Currently at 1:41:06 but would like to do a 1:38 with the marathon training behind me.

19/04/2014 at 12:35

Woohoo just finished the South Manchester park run and logged a 22:36PB.

With some more speed focus during the summer next target is sub 22.

19/04/2014 at 21:24

Hi Cake & Carter, my fell running adventures have begun, I completed my first or only fell race at Rivington, finished sub 30, 17.5 up, 12 down. Conditions perfect, sunny, underfoot dry, view from the top breathtaking, as good as it gets. Plenty of support along the route and at the top. Hazards avoided.

I managed to run past the second farm gate, then walked to Georges Lane, then ran most of the rest. Not sure what was left in my legs. My problems just started, difficult to stay on my feet, i did some how, I'd not really run down a steep hill in 5 years/ever. I had my road shoes running down a steep grassy bank was a bit hairy, very slow like bambi on ice, windmill arms I was overtaken by quite a few some with no sense for their own safety. I did get into it, I was much better on the tarmac bits and didn't lose any places, started to relax and enjoy it, the sense of speed and power was great, I know what you mean Cake gravity is your friend. 

I would need some proper shoes,practice going down hill then I would fancy getting better than 284 out of 356 so I could be back.

Happy running whatever you do, ultras or ironman, may the pb's be with you, well done Pete on yours and your summer of speed



21/04/2014 at 22:48

Moyes out in the next 24 hours. I'm looking forward to next season all ready.

Cake    pirate
Yesterday at 13:21

SKD if any good I've got a couple of fell shoe's but these have been the best consistanly. On tarmac sections they aren't the best but if you are going full on fell racing the best shoe's ever and bonus is they work very well on snow and ice in the winter.


Yesterday at 18:31

Thanks Cake for the advice, my next race is the White Peak marathon, with no watch or garmin just for the experience. I will consider what fell races are about suitable for a novice and will try a couple.

Cake    pirate
Today at 13:02

 White peak is one of the best races out there mate. Mate sure you give yourself some time to get a burger in at the rugby club after you've going to love it.

If you want novice races you might be interested in this trunce Afraid it's a bit of a trek from your end so might not be doable. Just in case most fell races are listed on here

Fell runner's 

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