Trails,Uneven,Good Fun and get a qualty goody bag.\ Well Worth To Go!
It only started last year but if you do a search on the forum I think you'll find a fair few people ran it and it was pretty well received. I would consider it myself but it's probably too soon after Abingdon for me.
sorry for newbness but .....would it be silly to think i could do this as a first marathon attempt - its localish and ive been running for nearly a year with a few 10ks done in sub 50 minutes, it seems i have plenty of time for building up mileage - currently do about 35 - 45 miles a week. just not too sure if a trail marathon is a good idea for first timer. TIA
not sure i even got a goody bag ?
this mara nearly killed me - but thats my own fault for not training properly for it. it has potential to be a great marathon as 90% of the run has some stunning views.
as little miss says, it is a fairly tough one so add some hill training into your schedule and watch out for the cattle grids !
Superb. I did it last year and have entered again.
The slight incline at 21miles did for me.
Bear in mind that Rutland water was formed by flooding 3 valleys so really you are runinng over 4 hills (you do the peninsula twice) and not running around a flat lake.
Water stations were well manned and it's great scenery.
Last years thread: http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages/mps/dt/4/UTN/153118/ link to course profile on page 8.
ive signed up for this and am looking forward to it.
although i did bike ride round with family and there are some good old hills on it !!!!!!!!!!
but theres a pub we could nip in
Little Miss Happy Ultra(I think)
Rutland Marathon had goody Bags includes T Shirt & Medal same year then I did Grimsthorpe half by Fast Feet.Or You may went home early. Don't believe what Runners World forum say.Check Fast Feet Website instead.
Probably depends on a few factors......
Are you racing (PB hunting) Abingdon? What sort of mileage/training programme your doing etc.
I ran a track marathon the day before this one last year in 3.50 and then ran this in 3.46, but would say that I'm a 3.20/3.15 sort of marathon runner (PB is quicker BTW) and I run 50 to 60 miles a week pretty much every week, week in week out.
Thanks Sean, yes my year is pretty much shaped up for breaking my PB at Abingdon, currently it's at 3:34 so hoping to get it somewhere between 3:20 - 3:30. I'm running about 30-35 miles a week at the moment for my halfs and would expect to be running between 40-45 miles for my marathon training. I haven't thought about a training programme as yet but I'll probably try and mix it up a bit this time around.
It probably makes sense to miss Rutland but I know the area and was very tempted to amble around it if my legs were up to it.
Personally, I would run Abingdon flat out and go for the PB and then run Rutland just for fun. If your feeling in great shape and the conditons are good, race it too but just see how you feel after Abingdon.
Not done Abingdon myself (but will be doing it this year) you should get a new PB if your training goes to plan. October is great time to run a PB marathon IMHO. The weather is usually very favourable too. Have heard that Abingdon is too flat.....if that is possible
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