Are there many inclines in the FLM

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17/12/2002 at 17:34
Hi Managed to get a GB entry into the FLM, first time for me, is the course relativly flat or are there many slopes ? curently training up to 14 miles with 3 Bitch hills on route so just trying to get a level of effort required over the weeks to come.
17/12/2002 at 17:36
From memory, a couple of gentle inclines, but nothing in the least bit scary. Keep training on the bitch hill, and London will feel like it's downhill.

Good luck - wish I could say I was going to be there to, but I'm a reject :-(
17/12/2002 at 20:43
It's about as flat as they get.
17/12/2002 at 20:44
I'm inclined to agree CI
17/12/2002 at 20:45
Flatter than that. I think the finish is slightly lower than the start.
17/12/2002 at 20:55
Thanks for the feed back, I,ll keep the hills in the training to help build the leg strength up.
17/12/2002 at 23:05
From memory (there was a sort of height map think in a newspaper pullout) the finish is about 30-40 metres lower than the start.

A nice downhill at the start, a bit of an incline coming out of Greenwich going along Creek Road, maybe a slight up going into Surrey Quays, and the underpass at about 23-24 miles (after a nice downhill, but even that can kill your legs after that far!).

These are all pretty minor - not what I'd call bitch hills!
17/12/2002 at 23:50
If it was any flatter it would be concave!
18/12/2002 at 09:02
Don't forget the horror incline coming out of Tower hill, and the cobblestones. Nightmares about the cobblestones for weeks afterwards!!! :-)

Seriously though JB if you're doing hill training you won't even feel any of the slight inclines
18/12/2002 at 12:40
And you have to go up over Tower Bridge. Agree about the horrible incline coming off the cobbles at Tower Hill, that's the steepest bit I reckon.
cougie    pirate
18/12/2002 at 13:19
Oh yeah - there is that bit up off the cobbles, but I didn't think the cobbles were bad at all. I avoided the carpet as it was too crowded.

Watch out for the Speed bumps at the start - someone took a nasty tumble there this year !
18/12/2002 at 13:53
Oh yeah and don't go full pelt at the start because this year, toilets were positioned 600m from the start and loads of people stopped to have a wee causing the entire field to grind almost to a halt.
cougie    pirate
18/12/2002 at 14:48
Yeah Parky - I'd just about broken into a jog before everyone veered across the road to the loos, and stopped me dead in my tracks.

Cost me about 43 mins I reckon. ;-)
18/12/2002 at 21:59
The worst bit is from the 800m to go sign just as you turn onto the Mall - bloody long 1/2 mile!!

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