June 10th 2012
I'm up for this one, and I'm sure a few from my club will be too.
A couple of weeks after Edinburgh - but I'll still give it a go!
I really enjoy quieter marathons with more rural routes.
Yes, it is quiet and rural and it's also going to be a tough challenge - not far off Snowdonia or Cape Wrath in terms of ascent. I ran it on Saturday and I would guess you could add on 10% or so to your normal expected time for a marathon. But if you focus on the views and not on your burning legs it'll just fly by !
BTW which club are you from?
Dunbar Running Club.
One of my clubmates did the Strathearn 50 a couple of years back, so I'm sure 26.2 should be no bother to him!
I'll keep an eye out for more details and post it on our web site.
Cheers Callan - but I guess your clubmate did the Straven 50 not the Strathearn 50. Although, now you mention it, perhaps a 50 miler around Strathearn could be done....maybe an idea for another year!
Charlie, hopefully you'll get a good time at Liverpool on a fast, flat course and then be able to enjoy the challenge of the Perthshire hills without needing to even wear a watch! Sounds like a good combo to me.
Latest news on this one:
Website is now live at www.strathearnharriers.org.uk/ Still a work in progress but most of the info is there. We are awaiting the various permits and "permission for public procession" but we do feel confident enough to start telling people about it. As it's the first year we need to be cautious about how much we spend until we know enough people are going to enter and, as we probably won't have sponsorship, please don't expect lots of lavish prizes and goodies etc. What we can promise you is a beautiful and challenging course on quiet roads, attention to detail in the organization (our risk assessment is a work of art!) and a friendly and helpful army of marshals and volunteers.Some key facts:The Strathearn Marathon: It's a beauty, but it's a beast!Race date: Sunday June 10 2012 9.00 startEntries open 1st Jan 2012 and close June 1st 2012Registration at Cultybraggan Camp Comrie from 7.30SAF members £23.00, Non SAF £25.00Generous cut-off time: so long as you reach 20 miles in less than 5 hours you will be OK (but remember it is a hilly course so do think twice if you're usually over 5hrs for 26.2 on a flat course).
Couple of images we're planning to use to promote the race...let me know what you think!
BF parents are from Comrie so free accomodation and childcare!!
Now to organise more time of work.......
Meet our race mascot which Pedro (http://www.pedroart.co.uk/) has kindly agreed to turn into a cartoon character. Watch this space...
Now we just need to give him a name:
Roddy the Red Squirrel?
Stuey the Strathearn Squirrel?
or his "he" a "she"?
Rhona the Red Squirrel?
I'm sure you lot can come up with something better...
And they're off!!! ENTRIES NOW OPEN for the Strathearn Marathon http://entrycentral.com/index.php?raceID=101258 and we even have our first entrant Come on now, put it in your diaries, save up your £25 entry fee (£23 for Scottish Athletics members) and get your entries in!Further info at: http://www.strathearnharriers.org.uk/strathearnmarathon/smhome.htm
Who's up for it???
20 entries in so far which is pretty encouraging with 6 months still to go. Entries from Carnegie, Carnethy, Ferranti, Fife, FRA, Law, Pocklington, Pitreavie, Strathearn, Troon and Witham.
Anyone looking for a New Year's resolution to run a challenging marathon in a beautiful part of the country?
A quick update:
- over 70 entries now so it looks like we have a race!
- over 50 volunteers for marshaling, water stations and timekeeping etc
- Facebook page launched - http://www.facebook.com/groups/strathearnharriers/#!/pages/Strathearn-marathon/375836042427397
- post-race massages organized (prices to be confirmed but probably the usual £5 or so)
- post-race feed for runners to be provided by Cultybraggtan Allotment Group (renowned for their soups and tray-bakes
- Pipers promised for around the course (exact numbers to be determined - would love there to be 27 but may be a bit unrealistic!)
- Clearance received from council and police
Overall, I get the feeling it's starting to come together!
Nice article in our local rag:
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