Steepness I am assuming will also come into it!
SDM has three big slopes and they are gradual enough that they can be run (if you so wish!) and so finish times are much less than on this. You're not lulling me into feeling more relaxed about it at this late stage!
Gun for hire - Not sure what course you did with 5700 feet of climb but the elevation gain was only 3000 feet and so the Picnic is a lot harder!!
Indeed Stuart - South Downs marathons is advertised as 5700ft but I reckon that is calculated from Mean Sea Level, it's much more like 3000ft.
Ouch....This is my first time and I have never been to box hill. So I'm getting more scared by the minute as it seems to be getting longer and more hilly the more the posts go on . I was wondering if somebody could confirm a couple of things....is it entirely on trail/grass?, also when we complete the fist lap will we come back by the start or is there somewhere that family/friends can see/support us?
Let's remember guys this will be almost certainly the toughest race we ever run and the pain will be considerable to say the least.
But the overwhelming sense of Olympian achievement and pride at crossing the finish line will be huge.
The aches and pains will go - in time! - but the medal and the unforgettable memories will stay with us for ever!
I've considered my options and it seems I'm to late to enter the Picnic. Oh dear! Good luck every one and Nick! I trust it really will hurt. But then that's why you do it. ( :-0)
so want to run this ... let me know if you don't!
Managed 4hr 43m on South downs Marathon. Fell over at 2 mile mark so it was straight over finish line and into the First Aid tent where they admired my swollen shin and calf. Arnica, tiger balm and volterol gel (plus lager) and extended "tapering" has helped return leg to normal size (but not normal colour). Extra potential pain adds a bit of spice to the event ! If anyone decides not to run please give your entry to Bob Hughes 2. I know he really wants to have a go ...........................!!!!!!!
Good news on the 3:30 cut-off for the 16 miles. Should just about make that Question though, if there is no end-time cut off, what time do the organisers call it a day and go home, when it gets dark?? I have to get that Picnic medal, even though it might kill me.. and good news that England are now playing Sunday. I might be in agony, but beer and football will take the edge off
good point caferaca - I'll pop my headtorch in my race bag tonight!!
Sanp! - Thanks for the info....lets hope those car parks don't become possible retirement options . Good luck with the swim - I've heard about that one, 3.8K in a strong/fast tide sounds more scary than 30miles of hills to me!!
That made me chuckle.
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