Trionium Greensand Marathon

Tough, challenging, scenic

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06/01/2012 at 10:50
A very tough, challenging and scenic off-road marathon, taking in many of the tops of the Greensand hills of the North Downs, and usually benefitting from spectacular autumn colours. Not for the feint-hearted, and with a tough and strictly-enforced 73-minute cut-off for the quarter way point, the race includes a mile of ascent and descent.

Anyone interested?
06/01/2012 at 11:46
The date of the race is 21 October 2012....!
17/02/2012 at 10:19
Just entered - perfect warm-up for Snowdonia the following weekend....
22/02/2012 at 09:25
Gah! You are mad! I ran (just) the Coventry half a few years ago, the week before Snowdonia, and did I ever regret it. In fact, I stopped twice involuntarily on the Snowdonia, and felt like crying (I didn't though, let's just get that clear, right?). Snowdonia is a tough old race, even without a tough race the week before!

The Greensand will be quite some warm-up!
20/03/2012 at 23:12
What's the idea of the73 minute cut-off at 1/4 distance? Do you have to reach 1/2 way by 146 minutes and so on?
25/03/2012 at 20:39
The idea was/is to get the slowest runners around the course within 6 hours. Hours of daylight, safety, that sort of thing. Last year it was 70 minutes.
21/04/2012 at 07:45
I can't resist.......simply one of the very best marathon courses in Britain. Snowdonia is a whole 6 days later so should be a breeze. And I'll probably still be crippled from the Picnic anyway!
21/04/2012 at 23:47
Does anyone have any tips with regards pacing for this? I'm baffled as to how to approach it.

I did the half in 1.40 and the approach then was just to run to the best of my ability throughout. No pacing as such.

I suspect that might be a bad strategy over the full marathon distance. I was pretty knackered at the end.

I'm happy ticking along at 7 minute miles on the flat for 10 miles and am adding distance now and also some grown up hills as well so I'm ok with the distance.....just not the pace.

Should I pick a target HR and stick to that?

23/04/2012 at 19:44
First quarter: mostly up
Second quarter: up and down (to the half way turnaround point)
Third quarter: up and down, but mostly up (a tough section)
Fourth quarter: mostly down, but with a couple of nasty uphills

The Greensand is certainly more than twice as tough as the Leith Hill!
23/04/2012 at 21:32
Tempted,  but I have Beachy Head the following Saturday.  How are the hills compared to that?
24/04/2012 at 20:42
People who have done both say that this is slightly tougher... Still, doing this might be the ruination of a good BHM!
10/05/2012 at 15:47

I'm in.  It'll be my second marathon, the South Downs marathon in a months time will be my first... 

19/05/2012 at 14:23

I'm in as well. Can't praise Trionium events highly enough: always hard (I've done the Picnic twice) but always with something special in there as well.

23/05/2012 at 23:24

I completed the South Downs Marathon last year, which too had elevations in excess of 5,000ft. How does the Greensands Marathon compare with the South Downs? Does anyone know, please?

26/05/2012 at 08:15

For Greensands are we talking about 5000 feet of up, or 2500 feet of up plus 2500 feet of down?! I feel like it makes a difference : )

08/06/2012 at 12:13

is it an out and back route?


08/06/2012 at 12:15

Just answered my own question (this reading all the page may catch on)

23/06/2012 at 16:30

Thank you, Jonnio1, for the info. Up and onwards it is then!!

26/06/2012 at 11:37

I just completed the Picnic last weekend, how does the Greensand compare?

28/06/2012 at 21:18

I did Greensands last year, and the Picnic last week.

Greensands is much easier, its runnable whereas only a freak of nature can run all of the Picnic. The course is lovely.


I need to convince the GF that we need a weekend in Surrey in October, and then I'll be back!


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