Shrewsbury Marathon

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17/06/2013 at 20:58

Yes I may go down Thursday evening after work, thanks Yer-maj I'll have a look at that area on google map, I don't know thetown that well. But just done some research the car oak at Frankwell main ? Sy3 8rd looks a good bet 700 spaces , and looks like £2 all day Sunday - what do local s think . Ta muchly. Tis getting close now. 2 more easy runs to go

17/06/2013 at 21:52

Yeah frankwell car park is only 10mins walk best option I would think

18/06/2013 at 07:22

Change of plan. Most likely drive down for a test run on Wednesday as I'm further away Thursday . Think I'll try and find Frankwell main Carpark , and have a little jog about 6 pm or so 

19/06/2013 at 03:54

Route map from a google search from Shrewsbury Council here:

and there is a link on the council site to this map: which is different to the route previously listed and linked on the official site... unless i'm doing something wrong...?

Edited: 19/06/2013 at 03:57
19/06/2013 at 08:59

Looks different to me, none of those nasty switch backs in the quarry which is a good thing.

Weather looking good for running, hopefully not too much rain (hurts my nips)

19/06/2013 at 09:26

Wow that is a big difference!  For those that know the city is it a good change? How much cobbles will there be? 

19/06/2013 at 09:27

Weather says 14 degrees and wet on BBC . .

And yes, it does look like a better course now!

Edited: 19/06/2013 at 09:35
19/06/2013 at 10:56

Thanks Ross I'll try an go look/ jog the route tonight~ the benefit of a 4 lap course, I ll be able to see a lot in a mile jog 

19/06/2013 at 12:11

Much better route through the quarry there are no cobbles on route

19/06/2013 at 21:23

Hi guys & girls. This is my home town so know it well.

Frankwell car park is best option if you are on that side of town or abbey Foregate car park if on other side of town, but please leave a space for me !

Hope training is going well, not long now 

19/06/2013 at 22:13

hi Shrek hi everyone .

well i went and did one lap tonight. ANd i can confirm hills, in town and accross the river bit, but what goes up must come down , and theres some flat

A pleaseent evening's bimble - stroll-jog and being adopted by 4 lady runners near the bridge , when i'd stopped to look at my various maps, which then did in fact help us accross the far side of the rivver. Yes Frankwell Carpark looks the one for me - nicely big and prob a 15min -30 stroll to the quarry (park).- and i think its £2all day sunday.

as its taper week and time for worries - my hay fever which i thought id grown out of came back this eveing with runny nose and itchy eyes  need a fast acting nasal spray i think . Happy tapering folks

see you sunday - im aiming for around 4hr30 depending on hills --- blue Buckley runners vest c ROB on front, probably my Welsh Dragon cap

20/06/2013 at 12:17

Looks like a 70ft climb and a 100ft climb, they don't look too steep on the profile.

Trouble is you lose more on the ups than you gain on the downs and changing pace in a marathon is a bit of a killer.  I'm always really slow up and usually very fast down.

rest day for me today, which is nice

20/06/2013 at 12:49

I'm doing the half, I am from Mold, North Wales and most of my training is hill based up on the Clwydian Range, and run the Snowdonia marathon yearly, are these major climbs or just steep short inclines.

20/06/2013 at 12:54

short inclines - you probably won't even notice them!

20/06/2013 at 15:45

Craig in also in Mold - I'm in Buckley Runners, I did my first Snowdonia marathon last year , amazing day as it was DRY, I'd watched the previous 2 in monsoons. There's a few 2 or 3 short hills in Shrewsbury, one seemed steep for 100yds Clarence ? Rise away from the river into town, then another on far side of river gradual for 200yds - nothing like Snowdonia or even Mold to Gwernaffield , or one of my favs ! Drury up to Buckley. So it's Shrewsbury 'flat'. 

21/06/2013 at 08:17

Cheers Rob for the information, Mold to Grwernaffield is a popular route for me, i'm doing the half on Sunday, recntly did Manchester marathon, Chester Half and Christleton 5K so not expecting any personal bests but I will be giving it a good effort.

21/06/2013 at 09:33

This is sounding better! Glad the hairpins in the Quarry have gone and these `hills` sound more like what we call `upflats`! I really shouldn`t worry about hills because I live in Sheffield where runs on the flat are pretty hard to find. My usual LDR is basically 6 miles of climbing and then all downhill on the way back!

We`re staying in the Premier Inn, which I think is close to the start - ? Not sure how much sleep I will get though as my little girls are SOOO excited about staying in a hotel! Hope the park keeps them happy for a while on Sunday!

21/06/2013 at 09:59

Would I be correct in saying the marathon starts half an hour before the half?

21/06/2013 at 10:47

Quite right - marathon gun fires at 09:00hrs, the half at 09:30hrs

21/06/2013 at 13:13

pffft, forecast windy and some rain

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