...including half marathon option
I have one place in the marathon and a place in the half marathon to sell on if you want. If you are then send me a message and we can make arangements.
In terms of this being a good first marathon: it is a pretty tough course - great fun and picturesque, but hilly. You should therefore be prepared to be running for longer than you would on a road marathon. I generally race off road so haven't actually run a road marathon but I am know my road pace and I am pretty sure I was about 30 minutes slower on the Greensands coursethan I would expect to be on a flat-ish road marathon.
Most people would advise you to find a flat road course for your first marathon - Stratford or Abingdon, for example. Running off-road in poor conditions with lots of uphill is physically hard and technically very hard. Most people would say, Do one thing at a time - Deal with the distance then go off-road.
On the other hand, Trionium events are where Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things. The Trionium proposition is You Can If You Want To Enough.
Why not try some of the Greensand now? I'd suggest Leith Hill down to Westcott and return because the navigation's not too difficult. Start at Starveall Corner Car Park (TQ131433), go up to Leith Hill Tower then down to Coldharbor, where you pick up Wolven Lane; follow it down to the A25 at Wotton or Westcott, then return. That's about 16km and a good introduction. Take a map and a phone. If you want detailed nav instructions email me - info-at-canbury.co.uk.
So....21 mile run completed this afternoon and now for a 12 day "taper".
Based upon my legs at the end of my run today I feel slightly "undercooked" for this one but hopefully the adrenaline and views will see me back in one piece!
"Looking forward" to it.
Online entry now closed - entry on the day strictly by prior arrangement with rob@ trionium dot com.
Oh dear. Not done anywhere near as many long training runs as I would have liked. Oh well, it's gonna hurt that's for sure. Just hope I get to the top of Leith Hill before the cut off time. Good luck everyone. See you on the start line.
The current forecast of heavy rain will make for testing conditions: come prepared!
Already packed me mac Rob
looking forward to seeing you all at the halfway water station.
Best I dig out the heavy duty trail shoes for Sunday this rain is going to make a real mess.
The Big Fix is in - Expect classic Trionium weather (balmy autumnal air and gentle sunshine) tomorrow between 9:45am and 4:45pm. The Good Doctor never fails. Except a couple of times in the last couple of Greensands, when the weather was as fine as promised, just not exactly on the scheduled day.
Marked the top half of the course today with Nick and Mike... Mostly dry but by wet in parts... And it will be much wetter tomorrow! Good luck all.
Awesome day out at the half way point. It was fab to see you all looking so happy to see us
Big respect to all out there, it was certainly tough.
Awesome YOU HappyChap! Well done on top marshaling... Thanks and thanks again!
Huge thanks to all the marshalls out there in the rain.. This was one day when I think us runners got off lightly despite being soaked through and it must have been hard to keep spirits up (which you did admirably).
With food, drink and warmth I am now comfortably numb but suspect I may be paying the price tomorrow.
+1 for thanking the marshals. Superb job. Had a great day out. It was tough, but really enjoyable.
Thank you to all the marshalls and to Rob for a fantastic event. Thanks also to the runners I ran with and those who came past going the other way for all the encouragement.
My first marathon and such a memorable experience. I squeaked in just under 4 hours and was somewhere between 10th and 15th I think which I am delighted with.
9 hours later and going upstairs is tricky, downstairs trickier and getting off the toilet only possible with a rope and pulley system but I'm over the moon.
Foam roller from tomorrow morning...accompanied by much screaming I suspect.
For anyone reading this and pondering whether to do this race in future years (or any of the trionium races), the answer is unreservedly yes.
Thanks again Rob and the gang.
Great job by the marshals in miserable conditions. By the time I came past they had been out there for hours, but were still very cheerful. Thanks to Dr Rob for another exfellent race.
Could not find a drowned rat image! Ouch that hurt. Well done to those that stuck out the rain.
Fan bloody muddy tastic! My first trail marathon after a few road ones.... Can't wait to get the sub 3 hour monkey off my back so I can do more!!
Thanks to the organisers and a huge thanks to the Marshalls for standing out there in that and still be encouraging and cheerful. Top effort!!
Visit the official Runner's World page
Follow Runner's World on Twitter
Other Natmag-Rodale Sites
Run For Charity
About Runner's World
Runner's World is a publication of Hearst Magazines UK which is the trading name of The National Magazine Company Ltd, 72 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 9EP. Registered in England 112955. All rights reserved.
Website powered by: Immediate Media Company Ltd. | © Runner's World 2002-2014 |