"The peninsular part is probably the hilliest of it to be honest but the actuall surrounding area of Rutland Water itself is generally hills lol"
I really don't do hills so am going to have to think on this - I had assumed it'd be relatively flat around the water. Naiive?
You are correct Ferrous, the trail doesn't actually follow the waterline and the inclines on the whole are just that - inclines. There are a couple of points which are quite steep so I definitely wouldn't call this flat by any stretch of the imagination. If you are looking for a PB then this probably isn't the one for you, but that being said, you would be missing the whole point of what FF are trying to achieve. They are trying to set up races that have that little extra in terms of the surroundings to make them a little special and 'out of the norm'.
They did email the course plan for the Woodland Half that I just did a couple of weeks before the race with detailed instructions for the day etc but think that was only to competitors.
I wouldn't say that you were naiive in your assumption in the least Adrian, would seem logical if you didn't know the area. If I remember rightly Google Earth has imagery for the whole track and may give you an idea of the terrain. I didn't have my Garmin when I cycled it sorry so don't have the gen from that for you.
James Taylor 33
Good Luck for the Grimsthorpe Ultra.I been reading about this event and it will take 2 days and you run non stop through the night.That mean loads of food and Water?
I sensiable not mad because I love Ultra's but this Ultra to far and impossible to complete.I happy with 45 or 50miles.I allso do Rutland Water Marathon aswell.
Yeah, cheers folks.
I think I've just about given up on PB's this year, at any distance!
Unless I can find another 1/3-Mara, maybe...!
Two Castles Sunday, BBCHM 3rd July...
forgive brevity... drunken haze...
Anyone do the South Cheshire 20 and if so any idea how the route for RWM is likely to compare in terms of undulations? I found the South Cheshire 20 fairly flat but reading the forum reports afterwards, a lot of people found it really hilly. I train in the Pennines, but would like to do a fast marathon this autumn to make up for a slow performance in Edinburgh.
Hi Wharfy -
There are always misunderstandings over how hilly is hilly. It all comes down to what you're used to, and what hill training you've done. If you're used to hills, 'undulations' are most likely nowt to worry about. If not, then they'll seem like mountains! There are even 'flat' bits in God's Country...
I've not done Abingdon but know several who have, and it has a reputation as a fast course.
BTW, is that the the Cow & Calf?
Well I've entered now, so I'll just have to make sure my training ensures a good time.
Thanks for asking, Sarah, I took it easy, but it went better than expected, really. 8 mins slower than last year, and 9 mins off my PB, but more importantly not too much pain! Actually there may have been an element of alcohol anesthaesia...
I'm going to miss the BRAC 5km on Thursday, and most likely the Arden 9, saving myself for the BBCHM 3rd July. I'll be upset if I have to miss that, or even jog it. There are a few others I've either entered or would like to, but we'll see how it goes.
Do you have any races built in to your RWM training schedule?
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