Probably!!! Its 14ish miles and they are 14 tough miles!!! Is the marathon road or offroad ??? Depends what you are hoping to achieve from the marathon, if your going for a time and racing it hard then racing the wkd before isn't usually recommended. However, Race the Train is a cracking race, so you could always give the marathon a miss and do this instead
After seeing this on the TV last night, I think you may have a fair suggestion in binning off the marathon - this looks epic...
Although totally flat its not really a PB course, the course depends upon weather but I will go for a pair of old road shoes, they will get muddy, not racing flats. MT shoes will be fine but not really nessacery. Most good gravel.
The bridges towards the end of the race are the killers, just 10' high each but enough to begin to hit already tired legs.
I will say this is a great race, my 5th running. You will love it or hate it though.
Are you aware of the tunnel
I'd echo that, as I said earlier in this thread, I know these towpaths well from when I lived there, the surface is good all the way round but if it's wet I suspect water will gather, but those bridges at the end will hurt.
I think first timers have a better chance. I also think faster runners have a better chance. I'm certain it's not just random. New marathoners are good for spreading the vibe, faster runners are needed to stretch out the field.
Agree that it's not random as the race needs a fair spread of abilities. And if it was random it wouldn't take almost 6 months for the names to be released.
I was away for the weekend and off work today, glad I stayed up last night and entered then as the ballot was closed by the time I woke up today!