See this thread LINK
Folks - I guess this thread will pick up at some point. I just entered having missed the VLM ballot yet again but with a bright red fleece instead...
Can someone confirm what the profile of this race is? The description says "Flat" but it's hard to imagine 26 miles of Flat in those parts.
only 6000 places. What are my chaces of coming last? Quite high methinks!!!
My "hill" definition is subjective I guess ... if you know the routes for the Marlow and Wokingham Halfs (Halves?), then the former is "hilly" and the latter is "flat" to me. I've done both 2/3 times. Plus a 5m incline looks mountainous after 20 miles of running.
Hilly - have a look at the RunnersWorld Marathon training guide section http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/general/big-marathon-index/7355.html
Ive just entered. Have done london before, brighton twice and am doing abingdon sunday 16th oct (very soon). Plenty of experience, but it never seems to make it any easier. Hope this forum picks up soon although I think there might be another one going on at the same time!!!
Samantha, Im over 40 (just) and am still running marathons everyr. Once u have the bug it is hard to lose it. Keep it going oh to be young!!!!
Good luck everyone, happy training this weekend.
The underpasses will be sharp, short downs and then ups. One or two won't be a problem but in the 2nd half they will take their toll on the legs!
How many? I guess that depends on the route and is the route actually confirmed? Not unusual for event organsiers to publish a provisional/to be agreed route and then come up with a completely different route 2 weeks before the event because they couldn't get approval from the local authorites (eg, Sussex Marathon).
I'm in for this and very much looking fwd to it!
Sean - there is an official looking route on the website, assume that it won't change but you may have a point Not being local I have no idea how many underpasses it means but someone on the other thread (link early on in this thread) mentioned that it's pretty flat................
Looking fwd to the roar of the crowd in the stadium!
I'm in! Only done one marathon so far - London last year - and need to prove I can go round in a better time (with fewer loo stops....!) Have been out of action for a while with one thing or another and also injury. need now to get back into training. To all training for this, enjoy it!
regarding the underpasses...
I have run quite a few events (mostly half marathons) in and around MK on the redways and underpasses and I cannot recall any particularly steep drops and climbs.
Giving this a bit more thought... The height of the underpasses is about 2.5m (they are to enable pedestrians and cyclists to 'cross' busy roads; not for vehicles) and the lead in and out is about 50m so that gives a 5% gradient. This would be significant over half a mile or so but over 100m probably not. They might cause a bit of bother towards the end of the race for runners who are tiring but there won't be all that many of them anyway (underpasses, not runners who are tiring!!).
Don't get too hung up on the underpasses; this marathon is generally over fairly flat terrain and certainly has PB potential.
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