Kielder Marathon

The most beautiful, apparently...

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07/05/2013 at 18:08

Anyone doing this one this year?  I can't find a thread for it anywhere, but sure there must be some others!  I have chosen it for my first marathon (potentially a bit stupid I know), but it looks so lovely and isn't too far for me to travel so I have bitten the bullet and decided it's the one my heart wants to do!

If anyone wants to share my trials, panic and overexcitement in the run-up do feel free!

07/05/2013 at 20:43

I am interested and have been looking at it but can't work out just how hilly it is.  Do you know the paths around the lake? Undulating can mean anything really so not sure just how hard it will be?!

08/05/2013 at 13:24

I don't know first hand what it's like, but I'm told that undulating is a good description!  It is around the edge of the lake with a couple of short climbs to look down on it, but they are all quite short I believe.  I guess it depends where you have done your training how hard it will be, but if you've trained in hilly areas it's quite do-able (I'm told!).  It's definitely not a fell run!

08/05/2013 at 16:49

I am still not sure!  I do train on hills but have just done the London marathon (first one) and it was fine - but I think because we do have hills then the flat London route was okay.  Not sure how I would have coped with hills - even short ones - beyond 15/16 miles!

What time are you hoping to do it in?

08/05/2013 at 17:11

There is no doubt that Kielder is an "interesting " course 

It really does undulate pretty consistently, but there is nothing scary as part of the idea of the path was to make it accessible to  as many people os possible, and also bikes.

That means that there is nothing really steep or long and a good surface throughout. I thought it a very well organised event, if rather crowded at the start.

 

08/05/2013 at 17:37

Thanks for that - is the path tarmac or rougher - ie stony? Just thinking of what shoes to wear.

08/05/2013 at 17:47

It's a mix of tarmac and 'trail', though not a lot of tarmac I don't think.  I'm aiming for between 4 and 4:30 I think - I'm not sure where on that spectrum I'm going to fall as never done a full marathon before.  I guess it depends on how training goes as to what I aim for. How did you do in London, Torquayrunner?

Ian, thank you for your input, you've reassured me a bit too!  I'm impressed with all the info from the organisers I must say, and it just looks such a stunning place to run - I'm sure the price of a few slopes is worth it for the views!  And of course, for every up there must be a down!

08/05/2013 at 23:08

I would say that it is very much a road shoe course. It isn;t stony or what anyone would call "technical".

It is a hard pcaked surface and the only issies I have had in the times I have run on it arew if the weather has been poor in the lead up and bikes have rutted the top a bit, but even then it has still been very good.

From memory, apart from a bit near the start/finish and over the dam, you won;t see much tarmac.

08/05/2013 at 23:46

Thanks for that Ian.  Madbee - did London in 4.34 - and felt fine so aiming  for a quciker time next time round.  Have really improved my speed over the last few months so keen to carry that on and with another marathon training period feel I could get that time down to 4.20 at least.

Hardest thing about London was the doding around other runners (and walkers) , weaving in and out the whole way round - such a different experience to the peace and quiet of training runs which is why I am so keen to do a quieter one next time.  Don't feel I need crowds to spur me on and in fact would rather get into a rhythm and zone out a bit.  Hence - Kielder.  Not booked though as so far away and so far off need to be sure to commit to the cost of it all. But very interested and am looking into the cost of accomodation etc.

12/05/2013 at 17:04

I'll be there again hopefully. I have a place and I hope to be there on the Saturday too.

I've run it twice and had the pleasure of commentating last year.

Probably the friendliest race I've done, Not many spectators but thosewho do come out are very supportive to everyone.

It's hard paths all the way round. I've run it in road shoes with no problems at all.

The course undulates all the way round with many steep ups and downs. A couple of sections are advised as being better to walk than run (tactical walks is the oficial line on the web site )

The views are stunning at every turn.

One piece of advise I'd offer to everyone. Don't go to this one chasing a good running time. It's not a fas course at all.

But I'm sure you'll have a great time. I always do

06/08/2013 at 11:06

How's it going folks?  Anyone else signed up for it?  I'm getting excited now - I know it's going to be tough, but I've been training on hills, and did my first 20 miler last week.  A few more, and I'm sure I'll be raring to go!

 

10/09/2013 at 07:52

Hi Madbee. Very haphazard training for me hampered by an extended holiday. Still I'm looking forward to the run. Not done nearly enough on hills so it's going to come as a complete shock to me. Only one month to go. Bring it on.

 

 

10/09/2013 at 10:19

Morning all

I am in for this one too, was mainly looking for a Scottish marathon to fit in in Oct/Nov, then I spotted this and as its only just over the border, would be rude not to .

I have the Lakeland Trails Ultra this weekend, which will give me 3wks to recover and get the legs back working again to tackle this. Needless to say I will not be looking for a fast time on this one, but will plan to enjoy a nice plod round looking at the scenery .

Does anyone know where the park and ride is located, and how early we need to be there? Couldn't find much info on this on the website.

24/09/2013 at 14:39

There is some new information added to the website today for those interested .

And we should be getting our race packs sometime this week.

Happy taper!

24/09/2013 at 15:01

Yay, I have some mates in here!  I'm unhappily tapering at the moment - missing my long runs  Can't wait to do it, I've loved training and done lots of hill work.   No intentions of chasing a fast time as it's my first marathon, but I'm looking forward to the scenery and enjoying the run.  Will be chasing the postie up the road this week for my race pack!

27/09/2013 at 11:36

Race pack is here!  Squee!!  *bounce*

27/09/2013 at 12:21

Yep got mine too .

Save some energy for next week Madbee - remember we are on taper .

Cake    pirate
27/09/2013 at 12:57

 Madbee hope it goes well just in case try to cut out the beer this week both because it will make a slight difference and also because that first pint/glass of wine will taste all the sweeter after the race.

Good luck chuck

27/09/2013 at 16:30

Thanks Cake, will take your advice after tonight  

Cake    pirate
27/09/2013 at 16:35

 Shocking kids these days.

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