Rutland Water Marathon

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17/04/2011 at 13:41
Has anyone run this before?
17/04/2011 at 15:51

Trails,Uneven,Good Fun and get a qualty goody bag.\ Well Worth To Go!

18/04/2011 at 15:08

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.

Doner Kebab    pirate
26/04/2011 at 22:28

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

27/04/2011 at 05:36
I ready for anything?
27/04/2011 at 07:18
It would be fine for a first marathon, the trails are pretty hard packed and ok apart from one section with a covering of loose stones. It's not an easy marathon though so don't expect a fast time. There were a few issues with the organisation last year but hopefully they'll have been sorted. Not sure I received the same goody bag as Speedy Brear though!
27/04/2011 at 12:06

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 !

Doner Kebab    pirate
02/05/2011 at 15:43
thanks for the responses - i dont expect a fast time - i only want to complete and get some sort of benchmark before i think about travelling for marathons. i do a bit of hill work and just got a pb at titchmarsh 10k which i have been told is one of the hillier 10ks,   oh and cattle grids are fine - i live in the middle of nowhere.
02/05/2011 at 16:34

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: link to course profile on page 8.

Edited: 02/05/2011 at 16:35
02/05/2011 at 19:40
when I did Grimsthorpe Half We get a Medal,T Shirt and a Goody Bag.Its all depends who sponsor the events?
15/05/2011 at 10:12

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 

15/05/2011 at 11:03
From memory the pub is just before the indecent climb at 21miles. If your times are not going to plan it would be a good place to stop for good
15/05/2011 at 11:31
really not worried about times, i am  just looking forward to getting around in one piece
Running Postie    pirate
22/05/2011 at 13:29
I ran this last year two weeks after doing Spires and Steeples 26miles, It nearly killed me off. For that reason only I am entering again this year as I am not going to be defeated!!!!
23/05/2011 at 20:38

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.

24/05/2011 at 09:19
RP - I am still tempted to run this 3 weeks after Abingdon, do you think a 3rd week of recovery would have helped you?
Edited: 24/05/2011 at 09:19
24/05/2011 at 12:46


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.

24/05/2011 at 16:45

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. 

Decisions, decisions...... 

24/05/2011 at 18:21

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

Good luck.

13/08/2011 at 12:01
I also did the track marathon the day before, think I did 4.20 ish then struggled around Rutland in just over 5 Hours

I dont remember a good goody bag either, maybe speedy defines good goody bag differently to others., to me a good goody bag is food, drink, no leaflets and maybe a few shower gel a d deodorant samples, dont remember any of that

The thing I didnt like about this Marathon ws the long walk to the start in the freezing cold in your race kit
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