Rotary Shakespeare Marathon

any opinions on this marathon

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seren nos    pirate
11/03/2014 at 09:46
haven't done this one...is it mainly on tarmac and is it fairly flattish..........and good views or problems in the past
11/03/2014 at 14:57

Can't really answer as I was going to do it last year and got injured. Entered for this year and double booked myself so I've got a spare entry. If you decide you want t do it they seem to allow transfers (for a £5 fee) so if you want my space and want to pay the fee then let me know.

(If you feel like bunging me £10 or something that'd be nice but I'm not that fussed as I can't do it whatever!)

11/03/2014 at 22:48

Hi Seren, I did this one last year and loved it.  There is one notable hill that you do twice (I say 'notable' - its not that bad but it depends on what you are used to), the second time at about 18 miles, after that there is a nice stretch of downhill - with a fab view - to recover on and then it is pancake flat with the last 5 miles or so on a hard dirt track where the railway line used to be.  Scenic route, loads of water stations, well marshalled.  It's one I'd do again if there weren't so many others out there to have a look at.

12/03/2014 at 08:16

Have ran it four times and have entered this year as well.it is not particularly hilly as señor spam described,but the greenway surface on the second lap makes it tough going at times.Having said that it's well organised a good challenge and a nice finish area to meet up with family afterwards. I would thoroughly recommend it.

18/03/2014 at 13:22

A few of us from Portsmouth Joggers are coming up to do it.

First time for me but I hear the hill isnt that bad..I guess if you have been busting your backside of up to 18 it may look somewhat different of course!!

18/03/2014 at 13:24

I think the worst part is the second lap on the Greenway, be prepared mentally, especially if the sun is out.

19/03/2014 at 09:33

Lap 2 on the greenway still gives me nightmares after 3 stratty marathons. When the sun is out its horrible but still better than the 2012 swim down the greenway!

19/03/2014 at 10:17

 I didn't find it too bad.  I struggle with hills in the last few miles so was happy with the Greenway being flat when I needed flat.  Having said that, I don't think I've ever found miles 22-25 very savoury!

21/03/2014 at 14:12

I've done the half before and loved it but have signed up for the full marathon this time and am very excited!  If it's warm I hope they give out the wet sponges again - they were a godsend during the hot half of 2010...

28/03/2014 at 13:38

4 weeks to go on Sunday...hope eveyone's training has been going well.

Crash Hamster    pirate
03/04/2014 at 18:14

Personally, I love the Greenway; last 6 miles are gently downhill! Bring sunglasses as it gets really bright with the glare off the surface.

It's a shock when the 1/2Mers disappear after 11.5 miles.

Second loop is longer than the first, with an extra hill...

03/04/2014 at 21:10

Despite what I said I got a pb on my second running of it which stood for 5 years until last year.

 

08/04/2014 at 19:37

I'm about to enter.. Ran Paris on Sunday and didn't go sub four, hoping to do so here in three weeks. Got my PB here last year of 4:00:09

10/04/2014 at 12:44

did 22.5 friday last week at 8mm auto pilot pace...just need to avoid injury / catching a cold now...dare I say it almost looking forward to it ....but with a health dose of race nerves

20/04/2014 at 11:08

I've run the half twice and then the marathon last year.  As others have said, only one decent hill which is a bit of a drag second time round, and then the Greenway part which can be soul-destroying.  I can't see myself running it again.  The organisation (barring the last minute cancellation of the marathon in 2012 due to conditions) has always been good.

Their course accuracy might be slightly suspect as well.  On PowerOf10 my result from last year has been regraded from Mar, to MarNAD, which apparently stands for 'Marathon Near As Dammit'.  Obviously close enough, but might be meaningful if you're using it as a qualifier for something.

20/04/2014 at 19:29

Hi all, I haven't received my pack yet although only entered just over a week ago. Anyone know when they are due to go out as race now under a week away? Many thanks.

22/04/2014 at 11:34

Got mine last week,

http://www.shakespearemarathon.org.uk/index.php/news/106-race-packs-update

sort of looking forward to this, but training has not been very hit and miss fear a PW 

Good luck to all

22/04/2014 at 13:48

Not got my pack either...grrrrrr.....rang them up and was told posted so now will have to go to the official tent before 8.15 on the day to get a teplacement number and chip....hassle I could do without when trying to get my head into race mode.

So S3200H you may need to do the same.

 

22/04/2014 at 16:00

For those waiting for packs/numbers I only entered last weekend (on the 19th), the day after my dads number came through, my number arrived in the post this morning so they may been on their way.  Handy really as I wasn't looking forward to going all the way to the info tent at the finish area just to double back to the start in town.

22/04/2014 at 18:45

Thanks for the responses. As it turns out mine came in the post this morning. Hopefully  games monster yours is on it's way. Good luck to everyone on Sunday.

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