The Purbeck Marathon 2013

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26/03/2013 at 12:33
Anyone else registered for this one? It will be my first ever marathon. Not sure how wise a choice it is for a first one but at least I'll have a nice view to look at if it turns into a long walk!
26/03/2013 at 18:35

I'm not, but am looking to a do an off-road marathon within the next year. Let me know how it goes!

27/03/2013 at 09:49

Its gonna be tough Matt!
having said that a friend of mine did this one last year as her first ever marathon and finished in just over 5 hours, so if you are a strong runner anyway as she is its definitely acheivable in a good time.
Bear in mind it has a 7 hour limit and given the hills you may be doing a bit of walking. Do a lot of training off road, and up hills! Steve Way, who won it, does a lot of training over the purbecks so if you live in or near the area its a good idea to include part of the course in your training.
I marshalled last year at the 20 mile mark ish (in Corfe) and it has inspired me to enter, but i have no idea whether i will be able to do it or not! Good luck to you
I will be starting serious hill training soon!

27/03/2013 at 10:22

Luckily Max's Mum, I'm used to the terrain, just not the distance. I've done a half with comparable gain and managed that in 2h25. I'm hoping that by being way more prepared for the marathon than I was for that half, I can manage to get in under five hours. That's the aim anyway!

I don't live anywhere near the area but I have some really good hills very near to where I live that I intend to do all my training on. I currently mix up my training about half road, half trails but I'll be changing that to about 80 - 90% trail, with perhaps a little bit of speedwork on the road.

When I first started on the hills, on each run I used to just try to increase the distance I could get up the hill before having to walk. When I first managed the whole hill running (and this was a big hill!) the sense of achievement was amazing. I think the main area I need to work on, other than overall fitness and stamina of course, is downhills.

Good luck to you too. Hope the hill training goes well.

P.S. Didn't know about the seven hour limit. Hopefully that won't be an issue!

27/03/2013 at 13:11

being used to the terrain is half the battle i am sure! sounds like you have hill training under control
There is a bit of road work in this event too so its not 100% offroad. I am hoping that underfoot will be dryer in september than recently - I have just done day three only of the Jurassic Coast Challenge this sunday (hats off to all the 3 dayers!) which takes in some of the same course, and I struggled home in a smidgen under 9 hours! sounds dreadfully slow i know but the hills were steep and the mud was deep
if it dries up the trail bits will be lovely and a lot faster!
like you have done a hilly half previously, but in 2:35 so am hoping that i can make it in under the 7 hours.

I'm not bad at downhills, getting faster, but still can't turn the brakes off completely like the fell runners recommend. I feel like i will go head over heels if i do, clearly need more practice!

28/03/2013 at 11:45

It's tough to disengage the brain on those downhills. I can do it for a short while but my brain just won't allow it for too long and I find myself automatically putting the brakes on. Tried to do it on the first downhill of the half I mentioned and ended up on my arse in the mud!

I should probably forget the five hours target and just aim to get round and hope it's under seven.

28/03/2013 at 11:54

Just been studying the route (my OCD side coming out) and it looks like there are no really steep hills (eg vertical!) but there are high ones. a good propertion of the course is on roads.
provided its been dry and you are strong runner you've got a good chance!

I'm just going to try and finish!

27/04/2013 at 14:46

Good luck with it


27/04/2013 at 16:19

I shall be marshalling again this year Max's Mum probably met you at Corfe I was helping Lorraine

Dustboy    pirate
27/04/2013 at 22:43

Don't suppose it is similar to the Hardy Hike that was in teh area a few years ago? That was 16 hard miles

29/04/2013 at 15:47

I'm considering this if there's still places left after I stagger across the line at The Giant's Head. Unless that puts me off marathons forever, which I doubt

23/05/2013 at 16:15
goldbeetle wrote (see)

I shall be marshalling again this year Max's Mum probably met you at Corfe I was helping Lorraine

Probly GB! I was in corfe on the far side of the train tracks, just before the water station! Give me a push as i go past I'll probly need it, assuming i get that far i suppose
I know i can do the distance but I am not sure if i can do it in under 7 hours!

Edited: 23/05/2013 at 16:16
23/05/2013 at 19:26

MM were you on the corner of the field and the road? Did you give me a sandwich?

24/05/2013 at 09:24

I was in the corner of the field! yes i believe you had half my sandwich  (and the runners had all my granola tray bake) I think you were hungrier than me though!
I wonder if the weather will be as nice as last year?

13/08/2013 at 11:02

Not far off now! Training's not been too bad for me, although I haven't managed as many miles as I would have hoped for various reasons. Anyway, I've just done a 30K training race as a tester and came through that relatively unscathed. I'll do a 14 miler this Sunday, followed by a 20 miler next Sunday and then start my taper. Looking forward to it.

Must find a hotel!

13/08/2013 at 12:54

Not sure if I'm looking forward to this, or dreading it.  Training going well, but I don't think I've done enough hills. Doing 20 miles this weekend, then going on holiday, so will have to complete training on the treadmill in the hotel gym. Bring on the taper !

16/08/2013 at 19:49

H you will be fine its a great race

19/08/2013 at 20:12

Hotel in Bournemouth booked. Hilly 14 miler (1200 feet of gain) done. Got the big 20 miler on Sunday, which will be done on flatter terrain, then taper. I will be doing a few more hill repeats over the next couple of weeks though.

Just looked back at my post above from five months ago, where I said I was aiming to go under five hours. Oh that five month younger me, what a naive young fool I was!

How's everyone elses training going?

19/08/2013 at 20:24

You will be fine its a great race and you will be pleased to hear they have taken out the hills its all flat......(that might not be true)

27/08/2013 at 05:36

20 miler done. Didn't do it on the flat in the end as the route I took had (again) 1200 feet of gain but it was a far more interesting route than a flat one around here would have been and it got me off the road.

Taper starts now!

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