It's a shame you didn't enjoy it Claire; I didn't do it but it did look like a nice course. To be fair it doesn't say anywhere that the roads will be closed, in fact quite the opposite. It does specify that the roads will be open, albeit it also says they're quiet, which they tend not to be on summer Sundays with people out for motorbike rides etc.
The profile on the course is available to look at on the website, & you make your decision to enter based on that - it's certainly not as hilly as, say, the Langdale marathon, which incidentally I enjoyed immensly because of, not despite, the killer hills. So it's each to their own really.
I'm not having a go at you, but it maybe a case of you assuming that the race was flat because it's Lancaster (& maybe having run the Trimpell 20) rather than reading about the course?
Hilly marathons are great, they stop you getting bored
You should've entered another race NES, it's the 3 peaks fell race this weekend, hope my legs have recovered by then Although, maybe I haven't thought this through.....I'm gonna be well pissed off next Monday morning!
If you fance a trip up to Yorkshire in September then the Yorkshireman marathon is a top event, really well organised with great stew at the end an a decent t-shirt, what more could you want, other than a good pub?
Agree with what's been said. Thanks Phil & the team for a great day out. A good course that, very fast in parts, but sodding cold in others!
The last climb up Crooked edge was horrific, I too was convinced my eyeballs had frozen; I trudged up there putting layers on and nearly climbed in the Mountain Rescue Range Rover at the top, I literally couldn't see, well weird!
But managed to finish 9th in 3.42 so really happy with that.
A massive thanks to the marshalls for standing out in that, and to the Mountain Rescue people. Just a shame really that it was so cold at the finish that we couldn't really hang about, so apologies for that.
Oooh there's a tough question BR, I seem to do "hilly" road marathons in about 3.30 (Windermere / Langdale) and I've done 3.09 at Preston.
But my Yorkshireman time seems to always be just over 4 hours, so make of that what you will!
I would suggest if you get somewhere near to 4.15 you'd be doing well. But forget all that, don't look at your watch, run round and enjoy it, then see at the end how you've done. I find if I do that I tend to run better.
One of our barmy lot is doing the 33mile Hawoth Hobble today then doing this tomorrow....he'd better not beat me!
Lasagne for me for tea, have a good rest day, see you all tomorrow.