my legs ache !!!
i was going for sub 4 and was at halfway at 1:45 but the wheels well and truly came of the wagon at 19 miles. The up and downs really took it out of the old legs and they just died on me - 4:05 in the end so spot the difference in the times. I will agree that the start was further along than I thought but the start was delayed wasn't it ? Did make it a bit of a wait for those who get down there for 9. The markers were out but I timed myself on the watch but it I guess it they should be in the right place. I didn't have any problems with marshalls or crossing the roads though. Lot tougher than I expected but I would do it again and bettered my first marathon time by 15 minutes but I cannor remember the last time my legs hurt like they did when I finally plodded over the line
The only thing I would recommend people do it to let FatFeet know of any criticisms (I will on the markers) so they at least get feedback, now when shall I do another one ?
Absolute stunning scenery and wonderful undulating course. Having run the Stratford marathon earlier in the year, then I personally prefer the undualtions as it breaks up the monotony - that cycle track in Straford seemed to go on for ever.
For a first attempt I though it was really well organised, with the exception of those mile markers, which were so far out at the beginning that it made me think the start was in the wrong place!
I'll be back next year with a view to cracking 4 hours. (hobbled in at 4.08)
Hi, I had a great race, loved it. 3:39 for me, would have been happy with anything under 4, so really pleased. Agree with comments re mile markers, but thought marshalls were great, and personaly had no problems with road crossings.
Loved the course, fantastic scenery, fabulous weather - what a contrast to today! Had a great weekend.
I've been looking for the results but can't find them yet, would have expected them to be up today seeing as it was chip timed.
A verry picturesque race, with a number of interesting features. The terain was a mixture of lanes, trails and cycle paths, making this a significantly different experience than your average city marathon.
I will agree with those who say that the course profile was tougher than the website indicated. I heard more than one runner say "that peninsular finished me off". This is not the best marathon if you are going for a personal best. There were also a lot of cattle grids which forced me to stop and start. Like many people who have posted in this thread, I found that the course really took my legs away after the 20 mile mark. On the other hand I feel less beten up this morning than I usualy do after a city race owing to the mixed terain.
There were a few organisational issues, but you expect that with an inaugural race. The race organisers and marshals were all verry friendly and courteous. Any marathon runner living in the midlands should definitely consider this event as a future project.
I was hoping for a sub 4 hour time, and ended up with 4.02, which means that my time is likley to be revised down to an even more tantalisingly close number.
I really enjoyed it, challenging and not a road race. Managed a 4:54 which was a bit slower than I hoped but less than 5h so I'm happy. I was heading for closer to 4:30 but I died on the hill after 21miles and never really got going again. My stomach muscles need work. I'll be back.
It was nice to run and chat with different people for a bit before leaving them behind or getting left behind. I think I met about 5 others but only got a couple of names.
I get the impression that FatFeet were concerned with only the basics. Being the first one and with only 650 entrants it was never going to be a hyper-slick organised event. I won't be surprised if they don't publish the times or even the splits round the peninsula. The info sheet said that the time would be displayed immediately after you finish and I saw a few people looking at a laptop.
I hope that they've spent some time going round the route litter picking afterwards as I was probably near the back and the trail of empty gel packs in a SSSI environment won't do the race any favours. I was talking to a local who commented on the amount of sports bottles littering the area after the triathalon.
On the issue of littering, it is important when taking part in an event like this to present the people participating in a positive light.
We want the local population to welcome the event and not see it as an imposition upon them. When I took part in the kilomathon there were participants urinating up against the side of an old peoples home at the start line, which is outrageous. I am also into rock climbing and I have seen crags closed down to recreational climbers due to a few idionts not treating the landowners with due consideration.
The rule of thumb with a plastic cup or a water bottle should be that you either drop in next to an aid station or take it with you. My used gel packs go in my rucksack unless I can conveniently take them next to an aid station and leave them on the table.
I should check my facts a bit before posting. The Woodland Half results are in a word document on the Fat Feet website but were delayed. I expect they'll publish the Marathon results soon on the Marathon page.
I'm sure I heard a marshall saying that the water at 20miles had Elete added but was in a cup and didn't taste of anything. I was probably not thinking too straight at that point.
thought it only right to check in albeit with bad news.
Blew up badly at 11 miles, vomiting etc. After 10 marathons you think you're getting the hang of these things and then it comes back to bite you on the ar**. Somehow managed to finish (not sure how) about 20 mins off pb, pretty gutted - but a huge thanks to runner 670, he may not know it but his upbeat appraisal at mile 12 helped a lot.
We were chatting, I was considering pulling out of my first ever race and he said:
"It's a long way to go, but we're healthy, in the sunshine doing what we love - how bad can it be."
You can't really argue with that.
ps - after 10 maras you also think I'd realise that undulating is anything but - still beautiful place!
It was OK after a few mins when you got warmed up and a perfect day for it really. bloomin cold beforehand tho. tough course but I like the changes in rythym and surface etc. only bit I walked was about mile 25 thru some woods, else i was going to throw up. as i'm one of those with a poss 'crippled immune system' due to overracing/training then I was quite pleased with a consistent 3h24 and picked up some places in last 4 miles.
at the start, it was a bit weird racing fresh on the return leg of the Vitruvian/Dambuster tiathlon courses.
definitely a tough course, and one that demands respect. so hats off to the Vet lady who did 3h16.
wonder if we'll be stiffer on Tues than today, I'm only averagely bad so far.
i'd do it again next yr. the cattle grids etc are arent ideal but its the same for everyone, or you can choose to go through the side gates (most of which were held open after the first few anyway)
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