South Cheshire 20M

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04/03/2013 at 12:19

Just noticed the change of date for this one this year to mid September - great news as I love this race and I wouldn't have been able to do it if it was late April again as it has been previously. Now fits in nicely a few weeks ahead of Budapest. Entered

Edited: 04/03/2013 at 12:20
07/03/2013 at 23:14

I did this race last year in prep for Edinburgh, great race and not as hilly as other people said it would be. Now doing the Yorkshire Marathon in October, so i'll be entering this aswell as pretty much perfect for that also.

20/03/2013 at 12:00

Hi both, very glad you'll be joining us again. Date switch was made partly to offer prep for Chester, Yorkshire and (now cancelled) Liverpool marathons, but as a byproduct I hope we won't have weather anywhere near as bad as we did last year. Awful for everyone.

Thanks for the positive comments on the race!

11/05/2013 at 09:34

I am doing Chester and am really pleased to find this 20 miler. I did the Preston Guild marathon last year but with the Autumn Spitfire disappearing couldn't find an autumn 20 race which I think would really have helped with confidence. Great addition to the calendar. 

11/05/2013 at 09:45

Would have fitted in perfectly for York Marathon but unfortunately same weekend as GNR. Shame as I did it in 2010 and it was a great race

17/05/2013 at 19:52

Curious how hilly this is. I am currently running half marathons and done 5 so far this year with a total of 13 plannned. Only just graduated to half distance this year and starting to think Marathon for 2014 and thinking this 20miler will be a good test but not if too hilly?


17/05/2013 at 20:41

The first 10 miles are flat, then one steep hill and a few lumps - not as bad as it looks

17/05/2013 at 23:34

It's a really nice run. Enjoyed it last year even with the freezing cold and rain.

Andrew, it's hilly in the middle then nicely downhill. Perfect as a marathon training run, nice even pace miles 1-8, similar 14-20 without running flat out. I got a PB compared to a pancake flat 20miler 6 months before.

Id also recommend it over a half if training for a October marathon. 20 mile way more important.

18/05/2013 at 10:55

Andrew, how hilly it is depends on your perspective: when we called it undulating, there'd generally be someone incredulous that we had the nerve. I'd say it's undulating either side of the main hill. That climb comes at nine miles, and tops out just before 11 (with some breaks and mini descents in the climb) and the protion that is properly steep is only a few hundred yards. It's tough but manageable, and when you're up it you know the remainder is - overall - descent.

It gives you something to think about

19/05/2013 at 10:49

Great comments, thanks,  really helpful

13/06/2013 at 15:06

This looks a good one in preparation for the York marathon, though it's a long long way for me.

Anyone got an elevation profile? I couldn't access the mapmyrun one from the website as I'm not a registered user. Don't mind hills but I like to know what I'm facing


13/06/2013 at 15:13

Hi Susan - strange that won't work as I don't think MapMyRun requires registration (but perhaps I'm out of date). I'll see whether one of our members has a Garmin link they are happy to make public.

13/06/2013 at 16:44

Charlie R I don't usually have problems as a non-user accessing routes on mapmyrun, but the link I followed took me to a registered user and I was unable to view the profile without "befriending" her ...... maybe that was the wrong link, I don't know. Would love to see the profile though!

13/06/2013 at 16:49

Hmm. I just had a look - no idea who that user is, and think the link might be broken. Try this (and I'll pursue the Garmin option too):

13/06/2013 at 17:20

Thanks CharlieR I have it! 103m gain for anyone that can't find it. Looks good to me

13/06/2013 at 21:54

Little bit too close to Chester Mara for me to be racing 20, a week or two earlier would have been better.

13/06/2013 at 21:59

Hi Graeme - there's never a perfect date for us I'm afraid, there being so many considerations (our race is also part of a North Staffs league programme that runs through the year, for one thing). At the time we agreed the date this year, there was also the Liverpool mara a week later, but then that was postponed. 

Some people will happily run a 20 three weeks before a marathon and use it as training, but I quite understand there are different views on that. Hope Chester goes well.

13/06/2013 at 22:14

Thanks Charlie, no criticism was intended btw, I don't envy race organisers who are damned if they do and damned if they don't.  I'll probably be doing 20ish that week anyway albeit not pushing it. I might yet do this as a training run.

13/06/2013 at 22:17

Be glad to see you there if you do!

13/06/2013 at 22:43

Another view of the course courtesy of a clubmate's Garmin, which I think is open to all users: 

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