Rutland Water Marathon

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06/11/2010 at 07:36
ultre Kaz-you get about all the best for both you nutter-)))))
06/11/2010 at 08:42
I'm # 672 - setting off in an hour, hoping to have a lazy day and a quick look at the course. Best of luck for all tomorrow, and let's hope the forecast stays good! Hope all you first timers have a marvellous run.
06/11/2010 at 09:37

my second one so and I am aiming for sub 4 but not sure on what to wear

I have always run in shorts and t-shirt but a couple of weeks ago I ventured into Aldi and got myself a long sleeved compression top and some running trousers.  Have tried the top under my normal running shirt on a couple of early morning runs and I was pleasantly suprised how it felt.  Haven't tried the trousers yet but I'll be taking them along and just seeing how 'fresh' it feels. 

See you all there in the morning - hopefully dry and still so make for a pleasant sunady morning !!

06/11/2010 at 09:56
always wear a comp' top can't stand running trouser-shorts whatever the weather. What's your number dude?
06/11/2010 at 10:43
Only race in shorts and to be honest there's only been one day so far that has seen me training in capri's and a long sleeve top. As I'm 'racing' it will probably be club vest and shorts with gloves at the start and a buff. May wear a t-shirt under the vest if it's really cold but that doesn't look likely from the forecast.
06/11/2010 at 11:35
shorts and club vest for me... will take a hat and gloves in case, but gloves = problems with opening gels so may just stick with the hat... i always find wearing a t-shirt under my vest or a comp top, is that its ok for the first few miles but then i tend to over heat ! it aint going to be that cold and will soon warm up once youve ran 5 + miles ! 
Edited: 06/11/2010 at 11:37
06/11/2010 at 13:31
well i defo going 2 get a pb : ) well as long as i cross the finish line as it is my 1st marathon : ) yaaaaay see u all there  xx
06/11/2010 at 13:48
me too sid69
06/11/2010 at 14:58
I'm travelling up there now ... see you all tomorrow
06/11/2010 at 17:39

Hi John

I'm number 798 so say hi if you see me shivering (I'll be carrying the pink water bottle - I'm in touch with my feminine side)

M...eldy    pirate
06/11/2010 at 17:41
Number 630

Should be in pirate kit - number of layers weather dependant

Marathon number 16 for me (hopefully!!)

07/11/2010 at 16:26

"fairly flat" ? bollocks... "Undulating route but no major hills to worry about. "... what the fuck ?

sorry to be so blunt, but by god bollocks, i was not expecting it to be so tough... the hills (yes HILLS) took so much out of me !

all the above considered (i.e the hills, yeah thats right, ill say it again, them HILLS), pretty happy with my time, but a more acurate description would have been appreciated ! ! !

nothing against fat feet as i think they have a potentially good race on their hands there, but i dont think ill be back next year ! 


07/11/2010 at 18:11
Hills? what hills?
They weren't hills!
07/11/2010 at 18:44

That was incredibly tough. Maybe it's just being a Norfolk boy but that was beyond undulating!

Great event and somehow pulled a PB out of the bag at stopwatched 3-44-22.

Anyone know when the results are up?

M...eldy    pirate
07/11/2010 at 18:51
Goodness that was tough!!

Fabulous course, scenery and marshalls

I have not stopped shivering yet tho 
07/11/2010 at 19:26
My first marathon and really enjoyed it.  Scenery made the well as the two ladies running as breasts! 
07/11/2010 at 19:43

wow that course was brutal! And how bad were those mile markers?! I think i got to the first mile in 12 mins, 3 down on target. Then at some point i was miles ahead of my target!

That last 1.2 mile seemed extra long luckily i felt good enough to finish in 4.09 for a pb so am happy with that!

Really enjoyed the scenary it was amazing and really made it such a great event!

07/11/2010 at 20:09

I didn't think the hills were too bad in terms of length or steepness but the constant undulation plus the fact that well more than half was trail  rather than tarmac plus all the cattle grids (at least 20??) made it pretty difficult.

The 9 mile marker was at 8.45 miles!  They got a bit better towards the end. 

Very nice atmosphere and a perfect day for running.

07/11/2010 at 20:19

My mile splits were



I normally run like a metronome at 6.20-6.25 pace!!

How difficult can it be to put mile markers in the right place? and whats the point of putting them up at all if they are that far out.

07/11/2010 at 20:19

Unfortunately a coldy virusy thing felled me earlier in the week, and I hadn't recovered in time for the race today. I decided to give it a go nonetheless, but alas had to pull out at 18 miles (my first ever DNF ), because I was feeling extremely ropey - achey, shivery and weak, not what you need when you've got another 8 miles to go, and I decided (unusually for me) to do the sensible thing rather than give myself some lasting damage (like crippled immune system or death, neither of which appealed). A real shame because I thought the course was glorious - beautiful views and what fantastic conditions!

 I will say this, though - I think the organisation was dreadful. The '10 minute walk to the start' which was about 25-30 minutes (with the result that many missed the start); the completely unbriefed marshalls who hadn't a clue what was going on (and I don't blame the marshalls themselves); the bizarrely inaccurate mile markers (mile 1 at 1.26 miles and then at apparently  random locations thereafter; the inept control of traffic (which resulted in runners nearly getting mown down at the junction point on the Hambleton peninsula)... I could go on. I got the impression that Fat Feet were experience race organisers, but some of this stuff was so basic it's hard to believe they've ever organised anything before.

Curiously, I'd still come back next year if I thought they were going to get their act together, because the location was a dream.

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