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
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.
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!
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.
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
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?
The first 10 miles are flat, then one steep hill and a few lumps - not as bad as it looks
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.
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
Great comments, thanks, really helpful
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
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.
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!
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): http://www.mapmyrun.com/gb/willaston-eng/sch-20m-route-1839095
Thanks CharlieR I have it! 103m gain for anyone that can't find it. Looks good to me
Little bit too close to Chester Mara for me to be racing 20, a week or two earlier would have been better.
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.
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.
Be glad to see you there if you do!
Another view of the course courtesy of a clubmate's Garmin, which I think is open to all users: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/173023192#.Ubo270lpI0U.facebook
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