Shrewsbury Marathon

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15/06/2013 at 20:06

I`ve got a nice 10 planned tomorrow after swimming with kids; doesn`t even sound like a long run now!

16/06/2013 at 12:55

Might be being a bit thick but what do you mean by 'killer switchbacks' ? I did 10 miles long run yesterday. Will be out a few more times this week but shorter ones.

16/06/2013 at 14:46

My number still not here but GFs half number has arrived. I did 10k PB this morning so nice easy week planned now, just 2 or 3 short slow runs.

16/06/2013 at 19:12

Adri - switchbacks are when you kind of go back the way you came with a sharp turn, near to 180 degrees. I`d imagine they`ll be very painful on the later laps if they are harsh.

Richard - where was the 10k and what time did you get?

16/06/2013 at 19:28

Did Owston Ferry 10k just South of the Humber in 47.38

16/06/2013 at 19:31

Done that one! Was it windy? I ran one of my worst ever races there but it`s a nice place. There`s a half at Axeholme nearby that is organised by the same people.

16/06/2013 at 19:36

No, no wind it was very warm, in fact caught the sun today! Yes saw that last year but was committed to a different race,  I will probably do it this year Its on 29/9 I think

17/06/2013 at 06:29

Has anyone else not received their marathon number? Only 6 days to go & nowt received here!

17/06/2013 at 07:17

Good morning all, this is a local one for me so if anyone wants specific knowledge ask away.

hills ? Yes !! 

Im doing as a half but know the route very well.

hope everyone gets their packs today.

17/06/2013 at 07:24

I hoping mine arrives today Ivan!

17/06/2013 at 11:11

Three of us coming up from Sussex - none of us received our race numbers yet

How hilly is the route Shrek?

17/06/2013 at 21:54

I got mine today! It says flat on course description?

17/06/2013 at 22:32

It's not flat but it's not that hilly either.  A couple of gradual climbs and one shorter steeper one on each lap

17/06/2013 at 22:56

4 hills by my calculation on every lap, 2 gradual climbs an. 2 shorter steeper ones.

lots of turns to stop the boredom. The hills are not too bad but not so suraha out that after a few laps !

18/06/2013 at 07:21

Shrek - I too have received my race info and I'm horrified that there will be 2,000 runners in the half marathon starting 30 mins after the marathon start.  Unless the roads are mega wide (I do hope they are) that means the marathon runners will be jostled and almost run over by the half runners, especially as it's 4 laps.   Even in a 2 lap route there would be some problems with that many runners.

So how wide are these roads?

18/06/2013 at 08:22

Shades they are just ordinary 2 lane roads so not mega wide but they are all 2 land apart from in the Quarry which will be where the worst congestion will be I reckon 

18/06/2013 at 09:41

What time are you looking for Shades? I`m hoping to be 3.45-4.00 and so I`m thinking that only the sub-1.30 HMers will come past me and that`ll just be in the latter part of our second lap. It ought to just be a distraction for 20 minutes or so. Is that right? Maybe we can catch some of the straggling HMers !

18/06/2013 at 13:35

I will be about 4.50 to 5 hours.  But I'm seriously thinking that this race was a bad idea, I did wonder why anyone would choose to put a race over 4 laps, but then to run a half at the same time.

18/06/2013 at 13:49

Yeah then I guess it will be a bit mad but maybe it`s better than us being out in the countryside for most of the race - ? Plenty of support and stuff to look at. I reckon there will be 500 doing the full which could be pretty thin if we were on our own - ? Also, I asked the RW psych and he said it could be positive as we can easily `chunk` the race and even get into a routine; we`ll know where the drinks are, where the tough bits are, maybe have a self-check at the same point on each lap, or eat at the same point - ? Just trying to find positives.

18/06/2013 at 16:54

I did a 6 lap marathon with a half incorporated of similar but slightly smaller size & actually found it helped having people running at different speeds to chase down & focus on & also found that people soon got very stretched out so I doubt congestion will be a major problem (Well hope not anyway)


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