Just did the South Downs Half Marathon on 8 June. This was my first trail half and I had never really appreciated the Elevation Gain on my Garmin until now. I know humbly know that an Elevation Gain of 470m is a killer.
Anyone got a half marathon for the title toughest half in England/UK/Europe/World?
Not done either, but I understand the Midsummer Monro is pretty tough.
For UK, Heaven and Hell Half Marathon in Perthshire is pretty tough going.
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The Ironbridge HM is quite tough!
The Midsummer Munro bills itself as the hardest half. I've not done any of the others mentioned here to compare, but it does involve 3,000ft of ascent and some bloody big steps. I got round in 1:51 three years ago, which I reckon is a good 30-odd minutes on top of my "normal" half form at the time, and it's the only race I've done where certain sections are easier to walk than run, even before you're properly tired.
You'd think going downhill might be easy but the last descent back to the finish line is an absolute quad killer! ...I think I'm actually about to explode...
There's those shorts again!!
I'd forgotten how long I've had them. They're fantastic on hills. Lots of freedom!
Another vote for the Midsummer Munro. It's got an absurd amount of up and down in it.
This year's jaunt is next weekend. My quads are trembling at the thought already.
I've not done many, but think Buxton would give any a run for the title...
Here's the Midsummer Munro profile:
Ouch, looks nasty
Another vote for the Munro - a tough "run" but a great afternoon out!
Snowdonia Half is toughest I have done. They give you the medal for finishing and a secondary medal for being able to complete Forrest Hill which is three miles in, nearly a mile long and 1:7 incline after climbing up from the start and the having to come down at some point. Stunning scenery though...
Boothy, another victim of buxton? ?
Would have to put forward the Leek half marathon, not nice at all
Not sure its as tough as some mentioned but the hardest I have done is The Yorkshire Wolds Way Half, a 3.5 mile climb at mile 3 is sapping & the downhill is hard too as the ground is so uneven!
I am definitely adult, cakey!
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