Rutland Water Marathon

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21/07/2012 at 14:32
So who is sugned up for thus? Who's done it before? What's it like?
I'lll be doing this as my first ever marathon... Providing I stick to my training plan
21/07/2012 at 18:46


Yes, done it twice before. It undulates a little and can be a little muddy in places (as some of it is off road) but all on all a decent event. Quite scenic. BTW its a good 20+ minute walk from the car park to the start IIRC.

Good luck with your training.

21/07/2012 at 20:45

I am doing this, and it will also be my first. There are a couple of other forumites too that I know of.

Sean - when you say muddy would it be a good idea to wear trail shoes rather than road ones?

21/07/2012 at 21:46

I must admit that I am seriously tempted.

21/07/2012 at 22:27

The shame about this, is they used to run a 16.5 mile race as a warm up to London, back in the late 80s and it disapeared for some reason - it was a really good and popular race - (in fact still my best ever race)

22/07/2012 at 13:33

Mathschick - road shoes will be fine. There are just some trail bits that have been a little bit muddy in the past. Nothing what road shoes can't handle. However, you may finish with a dirtier pair of shoes than you started with!

I will be going with my usual choice of lightweight road shoes.

22/07/2012 at 14:07

oh, all my shoes are a bit dirty

thanks Sean

22/07/2012 at 16:41

I'm running this one too, it will be my third marathon but first Rutland, looking forward to it but the weather could go either way by then I guess. Pictures on the website from last year look like it was a sunny crisp day. be good if it was like that this year too.

22/07/2012 at 19:51

Weather last year wasn't too bad. A decent November day. However, the year before there was a really really awful windchill that just froze you to the bone. Very bitter. The way this year has gone it will probably be 30C.

23/07/2012 at 09:27

hmm, I will pack everything then and see what the weather brings. We are going to stay at the Best Western the night before - I think it is close to the start line.

23/07/2012 at 10:45
Cracking race. I've done it both times and have entered this year too. There is a course profile on their website somewhere. One man's undulation is anothers hill. There is a steep upwards undulation at 21miles which I found entertaining. Lots of gates and cattle grids. Most of it is on well made tracks.

The scenery is stunning.

Good luck all.
23/07/2012 at 14:52

Yes, there is a Best Western near the start line. The rear of the Hotel looks out over Rutland Water. You will have a shorter walk to the start line providing that there is no need to register before the start (which is at the finish line and the opposite way to the start line!). IIRC we didn't need to register on the day last year but did the previous year!

The course "rolls" but is far from hilly!

23/07/2012 at 19:27

Thanks Sean

Haven't been to Rutland Water for a few years, but don't remember the area as being hilly.

23/07/2012 at 20:01

The Best Western appears to be full now. Any other hotels nearby or on a bus / rail link, does anyone know?

23/07/2012 at 22:57

Ok, the Old Plough is now my home for the evening of 3 November, and the race has been duly entered.

24/09/2012 at 14:12

Been driving passed Rutland Water a lot this year, always fancied running along that path towards Oakham. This is my chance I guess.

27/09/2012 at 19:46

places to stay nearby ? room for family...anyone got a recommendation at all thanks

10/10/2012 at 22:52

hi all


can you advise road or trail shoes for this one?


thanks in advance

11/10/2012 at 00:07
Road will be fine. There's maybe 3 short sections on grass but the rest is good footpaths.
11/10/2012 at 19:21

thanks tim



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