Yorkshireman Off Road Marathon

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11/11/2009 at 10:41
must be a tough mararthon this one  as been of  road   but fun  
11/11/2009 at 11:50

It is !

And I don't know if it still does but when OH did it it finished on a steep cobbled road - just what you need after a 26 mile slog over rough terrain!


19/05/2010 at 12:32
It's definitely an experience, not to be missed i couldn't recommend it more if you fancy a challenge. Another technical top in the goody bag this year so it really is good value too.
Edited: 19/05/2010 at 12:58
05/06/2010 at 20:43

Can a 4 hour london marathoner get around this course? sounds a challenge

16/06/2010 at 22:11

Did the White Peak Marathon in 3:47.  How much longer will it take me to get round this one?

Anyone know how it compares to the South Downs Marathon?

23/06/2010 at 19:26

IG2 - I could only dream of doing a marathon in 4 hours , but did the Yorkie last year.  Took me 5 and half hours to complete.   Really great run - scenery, support, atmosphere etc and truly brilliant value for money.  

Friendly - I reckon you could add half an hour or so onto your road time (if you run a road marathon in over 4 hours), probably less if you're a faster runner.  The reccies that Keighley AC do are really good, if you can get up to them (have a look on their website).   I think the race does fill up, so I wouldn't leave it too long before entering!! 

05/07/2010 at 22:09
Thanks for all advice ... having never off roaded after 20 years of road running I've bought some New Balance 480 Trail Shoes for the run. Does anyone know if these will be fine or do you recommend normal road shoes? The route mentioned 4 miles of tarmac, so I didnt want to knacker my knees with trail shoes. Any help is appreciated.
06/07/2010 at 20:50
Trail definitely     I'm not sure about the four miles of tarmac ... not on the route we ran last year (nor on what I can see listed for this year!).    Nowhere near that amount .... maybe a mile at the most, if you added all the little bits together (even then, I reckon you'd be pushing it!).   Definitely trail shoes and be prepared to get them dirty  ........
06/07/2010 at 22:59
Thanks for info : ) Took the 480s out last night for their first run. Meant to be a 10 minute try run, but ended up 80 minute cross country. Amazingly light and wish I'd ran off road sooner
21/07/2010 at 11:19
Just signed up for the half - it sounds great! I did read on the website that runners should carry a map and a compass. Have I read this correctly or am I just embarassing myself on a national forum?
21/07/2010 at 13:17
Map and compass are you having a laugh?!
21/07/2010 at 13:20

From the website! 

Hot meal at finish & refreshments en-route, you are requested to carry a mug. The route is partially flagged but you are recommended to recce the course & carry the relevant map.  A full narrative is sent out with confirmation of entry.

A4 colour map of route also available at cost of 75p. This is an off road event & run under FRA rules & guidelines. The route covers open moorland & the highest point in West Yorks. Please carry required kit, map, compass & emergency rations.

21/07/2010 at 17:02
where do we order the 75p map from? Plus are there any 4 1/2 to 5 hour runners out there who want to pair up?
21/07/2010 at 17:04

MH4/JV - As it says, the race is run under FRA rules, so I guess the race organiser would like you to follow them.  To be fair, you probably won't need map etc (as the route is pretty well marked and there are lots of runners in the half), but if it came down foggy/very rainy then there are sections of the course where you are on open moor and could be quite vulnerable.  Having said that, no-one has ever checked kit when I've run this race .... but that could because I've only ever done it in reasonable weather .

24/07/2010 at 16:53
Still dreaming - I have Nike Triax shoes which are claimed to be a road / off-road hybrid, but are not pure trail shoes. Do you think these will do the trick, or will I need specific trail shoes such as Salomon or Inov8?
24/07/2010 at 22:59
Off for a recce of the first half of the marathon tomorrow - using last year's instructions. I'll let you know how easy it is to get lost!
25/07/2010 at 22:34
poorly feet... do you live in the area? If so, when I'm next planning to see my in laws, can I drop you a message and see if you're free for a reccie?
25/07/2010 at 22:48

Ian - I live over the border in Lancashire - it's my first visit this year! And we got lost today so I'm not the best person to guide - our 15 mile plan turned into an 18 mile 'variation' . Pity you weren't around today - we could have shown you which paths NOT to take

However, K&C (the organising club) do a few recces beforehand which they put on the website. I'm going to keep an eye on that so when I know the dates, I'll post on here and you can see if you fancy coming along. I'm relatively happy with the directions up to the point where the half and full split so I'm keen to recce the second half of the full in particular.

Yorkie website

25/07/2010 at 22:59

WT - have you changed your name while I was writing that or am I losing the plot?

I'm sure your name was Ian when I started typing

Edited: 25/07/2010 at 23:15
25/07/2010 at 23:09

yep, but seemed like the only person using their real name, rw advised me not to use real name on this forum, so for now I am wonkey toe

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