Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014

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01/05/2014 at 11:33

Anyone doing this in Oct?

Missed out last year but managed to get a place this year.

What was the course like, organisation etc?

How's everyone's Training going? 

01/05/2014 at 11:51

I missed out last year as well and got in for this year.  I'm really looking forward to it, I heard good things about last years - great support and scenic.

I've not started training for this yet, probably start in mid-July or so, just keeping my legs ticking over at the moment.  Have you started your training yet Chris?

01/05/2014 at 12:34

Afternoon Matthew,

I'm getting this weekend out of the way then I'm going to start properly.

Like you i've been ticking over at the moment, couple of runs a week but nothing major.

Are you staying over in York?


01/05/2014 at 13:16

Ah good news.  What sort of time are you going to be aiming for?  I'm hoping I get just under 3:30.

I'm planning on staying up for a couple of nights, so I can have a little explore - I've never been to York.

01/05/2014 at 13:30

Hello. I'm doing this. My sister lives in York quite near the Uni so crashing at hers.

I ran VLM last month so still recovering from that, training for York will start in earnest next month.

01/05/2014 at 14:13

This will be my first event marathon, 2 year ago I did a 29 Mile Run from Huddersfield Bury, which was interesting to say the least with only myself and best friend for company, oh and our Mum & Dads stopping off at various check points.

I've done various 10k's and Half Marathons since nothing too over the top so I'm really looking forward to this run.

I'd say I would be happy with anything under 4 hours.

Pay day tomorrow which means new socks and potentially Trainers!


01/05/2014 at 14:34



I am doing this too, we are staying in the city centre, I think my husband will have a day sightseeing while I am running!

01/05/2014 at 15:22

The other half has been banging on about going "Glamping" (Yes...I know) so we've booked to go "Glamping" just outside of York for the night before.

Should be interesting.

01/05/2014 at 19:42

In response to the questions. Fast, flat and well organised.  Did 3.25.33

01/05/2014 at 22:10

I'm doing this too!

Did it last year and it was brilliant. I was injured for most of last summer so never really got my training up enough to run properly. In some ways that was quite nice though because I had to take it easy and got more of a chance to take in the atmosphere.

I agree with Terry. It had the feeling of a big race without being too busy. Plenty of support too.

Whilst it is mostly flat there were a few long but gentle inclines. Oh and there's a rather nasty steep but thankfully short hill just before the finish area. However, it does at least allow you the luxury of a downhill 'sprint' for the line

The Glamping sounds fantastic!

Edited: 01/05/2014 at 22:11
02/05/2014 at 10:29

@Terry and @Malcs - all sounds good then, looking forward to it even more.

@Chris - not sure I would enjoy Glamping before the night before, but I  guess with the nerves it won't actual make a difference to your sleep anyway!  Having said all that my only experience of Glamping is at music festivals, so I'm sure it is very, very different!!

I'm staying about half a mile from the uni towards the town centre (not sure if it is in the town centre or not!)

02/05/2014 at 12:36

Entries are now open for a new, flat and fast half marathon (The Vale of York Half Marathon) on September 7th. Perfect for those looking for a build up race ahead of the Yorkshire Marathon! Details here:

02/05/2014 at 13:48

I'm in for the marathon too. All this talk of where you're staying has made me realise I've got nothing sorted yet. Oops. I'd better do something about that!

02/05/2014 at 17:44

This will be my second marathon - did Edinburgh in 2011 (4hrs 35min)  Everything went pear shaped after 33km in Edinburgh and the last 10k were the hardest 10 of my life.  I know it wasn't eating enough during the race, but having got through training with lots of jelly babies, I got half way through Edinburgh and suddenly found them disgusting.

So part of training this time will be to mix in some gels!

02/05/2014 at 19:01

Chri5B - sorry to hear that. I've been there before and it's the worst feeling in the world.

Did you carbo load beforehand? I mean proper carbo load i.e. 2 days of eating 8-10g per Kg of body weight in carbs. I ran 5 marathons before I discovered that a couple of big bowls of pasta the day before is not enough. Since then I've had no problems in the latter stages of a race.

If you want an example of a typical day's eating let me know and I'll post up what I ate for my last race. Honestly it makes a massive difference.

Of course you still need to fuel in race too so mix in a few gels with your JB's and you'll be sorted.

You might also want to check out the nutrition advice here:

Edited: 02/05/2014 at 19:03
03/05/2014 at 00:19

Malcs, I'd really appreciate it if you would post up your diet plan. I 'hit the wall' at mile 22 at the Manchester marathon this year and it's a feeling I don't wish to experience again, I'm pretty sure it was down to my food intake/carb loading not been up to scratch, I only used 3 gels too which I don't think was enough. Thanks in advance. 

03/05/2014 at 11:59

yorkie white - it really is awful when that happens, you have my sympathies. In my experience fuelling is a big factor. Conditioning can also play a part too as can race strategy (going off too fast uses alot more fuel).

Here's what I used in April. As I did Paris, it's a bit biased towards carbs that could easily be picked up in France  I'm about 71 Kg so you'll need to adjust slightly if you're alot lighter or heavier.

Also note that there's alot of carbs delivered via juice. This is mainly because it's easier to get down than solids and also you get the fluids you need to be able to store the carbs.

70g of porridge or other cereal with 200-250ml milk & raisins with syrup & 200ml glass of fruit juice

100g French bread with jam (or three slices of thick sliced bread & marmalade) & 500ml fruit juice over morning

100g pasta & 250ml fruit juice & 1 slice of malt loaf.

500ml low fat milkshake (again can sip on this over the afternoon) & bread & jam

Evening meal
100g pasta with tomato based sauce & pint of fruit juice or high juice/cordial & 1 slice of malt loaf

4 x weetabix with large banana and 200ml of milk

It's alot of food so you need to practice this maybe before a build up race to make sure you don't suffer any ill effects.

If you want a similar carb intake but with different foods, here's an alternative:

Large bowl of cereal /porridge (60g of dried cereal) with milk & 1 full bagel with generous spread of honey & jam & 200ml glass of orange juice (approx. 130g)

Mid- morning
Nibble on half pack of jelly babies (100g of sweets) and 500ml of low fat milkshake (approx. 120g of carbohydrates)

100g pasta (dried weight) salad, low fat fruit yogurt & large banana & 20ml glass of fruit juice (approx. 120g of carbohydrates)

Mid afternoon
banana sandwich and 400ml of fruit juice & 3 jaffa cakes (approx.110g).

100g of pasta or rice or large jacket potato with usual foods but keep vegetables and meat/fish to small portions. Large glass of fruit juice (300ml) or full sugar diluting juice and low fat fruit yogurt (approx.115g)

large bowl of cereal or 3 slices of toast & jam (approx. 60-70g of carbohydrates).

Hope that helps! 

Edited: 03/05/2014 at 11:59
03/05/2014 at 21:44

Malcs, this is fantastic, thanks for taking the time to post it I too am about 71kg so can use it without adjusting. To be honest the amount of food doesn't faze me, I eat quite a lot anyway. Not sure if I'm just greedy or I need to eat a lot to fuel my runs/workouts I'm always hungry . As a matter of interest how many gels do you use for a marathon and do you eat energy bars etc during a run? Thanks again. 

04/05/2014 at 10:40

No problem. I think frequently feeling hungry is quite common when marathon training. Breaking the day into 3 meals and 3 snacks helps.

In race I use 3 gels (SIS isotonic with two having caffeine) and 9 jelly babies. I split these into 3 groups of one gel and 3 JB's and have the first set in miles 0-7, second in 7-14 and third in 14-21. After 21 miles food doesn't tend to sit well

I'd usually spread the gels and JB's out through each section.

I don't eat energy bars in races or in training. In training I avoid having any fuel unless I'm testing new stuff out. 

04/05/2014 at 13:49
Hi all I am in, & very excited already!

My sister lives in York, & I know it fairly well, have run 6 marathons, but all in London, so am looking forward to a bit more space to move this time.
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