Leicester Marathon

Is this the one?

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07/06/2012 at 12:21
Stuck in a rut trying to break 4hrs - is this a good PB course  - plenty of runners?
07/06/2012 at 12:26

I haven't done it but it seems to be a decent autumn option.  Abingdon sounds like the best option but it's full already. 

I did have a quick look on the website and it's not great for information, but looks like most people do the half so the second half could be a little lonely.

07/06/2012 at 15:34

Its a pretty fast course. The full splits from the half at about 5 miles. The full then does a 13.1 mile loop and then rejoins and runs the remainder of the half course.

Yes, the majority do the half, but if you are looking at about 4 hours for the full you should have plenty of company.

cougie    pirate
07/06/2012 at 17:12

I'd say its a rolling course - but nothing too harsh.  I did a gentle 4 hours there after stopping to aid an unconscious runner and there were plenty of runners around me.

07/06/2012 at 23:32
Thanks all, I'll pencil it in as it's not too far to travel, not too sure about 'quieter' events as I like some distractions in the last 5/10 miles.
11/06/2012 at 12:45

I'm a newbie, and will be doing Leicester.  I'm going to be one of the stragglers at the back. I'm not going to be quick but i'll get there, 5 hours would be lovely... but a finish within the six hours is all i'm really after for my first attempt. 

Edited: 11/06/2012 at 12:46
11/06/2012 at 12:54

By the way asking about the amount of people etc... I can see from last year that 354 completed it within the 6 hours, and 140 of them completed it in under 4 hours. There were 56 finishers by the looks of it between 3:50 and 4:10

51 over 5 hours, with 5 of them over 5:50 So I might not be all alone at the back

21/06/2012 at 21:49
Good stats booktrunk. I'm thinking of either this or Luton. Recently did the Wales Marathon which was really hilly, with approx 900m of elevation. I also had to run for miles without any other runners in sight - bit disconcerting for a first marathon.

I grew up in the East Midlands and roughly know the area of the course, and still have relatives there so I may be able to drum up some extra support!

It may also get a few more runners for the marathon this year as the Robin Hood Marathon is not being held - Nottingham only has the half
02/07/2012 at 21:10
Just signed up for Leicester (didn't fancy the 3 loops of Luton in November). Looking forward to October already. Now the hard work begins.
02/07/2012 at 21:29
Hurrah see you there. If you are still there I'll be the one crossing the line at 5:30 - 5:40ish #wimp
17/07/2012 at 13:35
I see they have updated the website a bit now.

There is also a twitter and Facebook page now setup.

Cannot believe it's less than 90 days.... Slightly terrified.
23/07/2012 at 19:07

I've decided to enter too, I haven't done this one before but it is relatively easy for me to get to and the course doesn't seem too tough. I like the quieter courses where you can just get your head down and plod on. I'll be hoping for 4.30-5.00 hours, so hopefully there will still be some other runners around. Only 12 weeks to go!

28/07/2012 at 21:43

In the entry it states that the use of headphones is prohibited... thats quite annoying

28/07/2012 at 22:47
Dillon, for me, that makes the Leicester marathon all the more better. I can't understand why people train for months, and then run the race by shutting themselves off from the event with headphones. In fact, I prefer events where anyone caught wearing headphones is disqualified.
Edited: 28/07/2012 at 22:48
15/08/2012 at 16:51

How are you all doing?

i'm a real plodder i'm 5:30 category but as I never jogged as an adult until May the 1st it's getting around that is my priority.

Next Year I can worry about trying to get quicker.

What sort of distance are you lot doing on your long slow run? My last was 20km around (12.3m). Mind you all of my runs are slow...

22/08/2012 at 19:56

The longest I've been so far is 26k, I plan to get to 30k but ill leave it at that. I'm following the smartcoach programme that you can set up on this site. This is my first marathon and by the looks of things I could get to 3:50

Edited: 22/08/2012 at 19:57
22/08/2012 at 20:48

This is a relatively fast course, but it has some undulating sections. 

With regard to breaking the 4 hour mark, I finished in 4.00.10 last year, so the less said about that the better!

29/08/2012 at 11:40

Hi dillon, 26k is good.  I did 24k last weekend, well my watch said 24k my phone said 25k   I'm still planning on breaking the tape in around 5:20 at best and at worse 5:59:59

Are you doing many more around that distance my plan has me doing a 28 and a 32km and in between only about half those distances to rest up a bit, and then the tapering begings.

Ben Davies: Ouch!! I did look at the times and wonder if the people just over 4h were proud to be that close to it or gutted... I think I have my answer now.

15/09/2012 at 21:06
Wanted to nudge the thread and see how everyone is still doing?

Getting excited / nervous yet? I'm both and still 4 weeks away.
17/09/2012 at 06:27
I'm doing the half and can vouch that the course has PB potential. I broke mine there 2 year's ago and hope to do so again next month. Just save a bit for the last couple of miles.
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