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.
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?
I must admit that I am seriously tempted.
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)
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.
oh, all my shoes are a bit dirty
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.
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.
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.
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!
Haven't been to Rutland Water for a few years, but don't remember the area as being hilly.
The Best Western appears to be full now. Any other hotels nearby or on a bus / rail link, does anyone know?
Ok, the Old Plough is now my home for the evening of 3 November, and the race has been duly entered.
Been driving passed Rutland Water a lot this year, always fancied running along that path towards Oakham. This is my chance I guess.
places to stay nearby ? room for family...anyone got a recommendation at all thanks
can you advise road or trail shoes for this one?
thanks in advance
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