The Duchy Marathon 2005

You get a medal and a pasty too

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07/08/2004 at 12:12
Calling Cornwall runners who are in the know.....

I know it's early days, but are the organizers sticking with a spring date? Anyone know when that date is for next year?

I'd like to have a go at this one without a gale force headwind.
07/08/2004 at 23:22
Hi Muttley,Duchy marathon march 13th,don't know about medals and pasties.But hopefully no wind next year.
08/08/2004 at 13:37
March 13! I'll note it down. Cheers.
09/08/2004 at 12:27
That's good, 2 weeks before I do Conne, perfect timing.
09/08/2004 at 13:27
Is it a hard to do marathon or a PB friendly one?

How can I entry it?
09/08/2004 at 13:37
Hi there Spud !! I cant believe I'm actually back posting again after 12 days with a mashed hard drive ....ggggrrrrrr

The 2-lap course has two significant hills, one at Mile 10 & one at Mile 22, otherwise it's generally flat - nothing as tough as the previous Single loop course (where I met Shades in May 1999 - I was doing my FIRST !! and she was doing her 17th !!)

Cornwall AC organise it - I'll go & check for entry info
09/08/2004 at 14:55
Thank you Paskha. Are you doing it?
09/08/2004 at 20:47
BOING for Dodge who just started another thread!

Spud - I have managed to complete the Duchy every year since 1999 - and so had Shades and it's not even her "local" marathon !! unfortunately she didn't make it this year due to illness - and she was sorely missed - you never imagine Shades not being there!

There was only 39 of us in 2000, so very worrying that it might cease - so have done it even when I shouldn't have!! it just meant walking rather a lot

www.cornwallac.org.uk is the website - but I don't think there's entry forms for 2005 yet
09/08/2004 at 20:54
This year there were just over 200 starters. 102 finished the full distance - a lot stopped at the 20-mile marker, I think some of the serious competitive types peeled off after the first lap after the headwind made sure they wouldn't get a good time.

I came 87th. Only event I've ever had a top 100 finish in :-)
09/08/2004 at 21:02
How come this isn't stuck on the Race Entry info page on Events?

Anyway, some logistical questions, how is it for accomodation near to the start and how about public transport?
09/08/2004 at 21:05
The venue is a hotel, and if memory serves there was a special deal for marathon runners this year (but don't quote me on that).

Public transport - depends what kind and where you are, but Redruth has a mainline station with direct trains to Paddington.
09/08/2004 at 21:43
Trains from London'll do me. Any camping or hostels near by? What were the hotel charging and is it a big hotel with enough capacity for all the entrants or did it fill up early?
09/08/2004 at 21:50
I can't remember what they were charging, but it's a big place, plenty of room in it, and with it being the off season it's not expensive.

Hotels in Redruth

The race starts from the Penventon, btw.
11/08/2004 at 12:42
Dodge - most of the entrants drive there on the day (Devon & Cornwall folk, that is).
11/08/2004 at 12:54
If I get a place in flm, I might do the 20 mile option on this. Timing is just about right.
11/08/2004 at 21:56
In all probability, entry forms are not yet available.
At the last Cornwall Road Running and Racing Group meeting in July, Cornwall A.C. advised that they were investigating the possibility of the 20 mile run finishing at the Penventon, rather than out in the sticks like last year. The first lap would be as last year, but there is an alternative "short-cut" that could be used on the second lap. Its just a question of sorting out the exact distances involved. Once this is done ,they will then be able to go ahead with the entry forms/race details etc.
11/08/2004 at 23:04
Thanks for that info Shades, I was after an early spring mara and this looks like it'll fit the bill nicely. Have emailed the hotel, looks fair posh.
12/08/2004 at 11:46
on your best behaviour then Dodge!
13/08/2004 at 23:54
Yup, sounds good Runnerpete. A 20-mile finish at the Penventon would be a good idea, but I'm not knocking the organizers for this year's course.

It'd be even better if we could finish by going to the Penventon the front way instead of that final loop through town and up to the back entrance. That last little incline polished me off altogether.
15/08/2004 at 22:06
Quite agree Muttley. 3 years ago, you took the first exit at the roundabout near the Penventon, went up the bypass and then a loop underneath by Tescos, then into the back of the Penventon.
This was changed because of safety concerns by Tescos .
The problem with going into the finish down the drive to the front door and cutting that circuit out , is getting the extra distance in
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