Happychap you were spot on with your advice about road shoes being fine and your estimate of 10% longer than road time. Thank you. Great course and well marshalled (although I nearly ran into the fly tipping). I really enjoyed it, but didn't see any badgers until the one on the bottle at the finish. The age grading presumably doesn't take into account hills and terrain so I'm not disappointed by my 64.87% 'performance'. I'll be back next year.
So how much slower is it compared to a road half marathon ? and are road shoes really the right footwear ? (I've had this advice before on other races to find myself running through puddles and sliding down mudbanks !)
The link from the Boston Marathon website to the AIMS website which Rennur refers to lists only 4 races in the whole of the UK and only two marathons: Loch Ness and Edinburgh. So this seems to be saying that even if you ran your Boston qualifying time in London it won't count becaus it's not on the list - that can't be right. I'm running the Robin Hood marathon in Nottingham on 11 Sept and hope to get my Boston qualifying time (3.35 for 50-54). Boston entries open on the following day. Can anybody out there who has qualified for Boston in the past shed some light on this ?
Like Alex Patton I have paid £5 for a place in the Box Hill Fell Race. This has a race HQ, changing rooms and a bar after the race. No road closures are involved and the course is very well marshalled. Numbers are limited to 250. What is so different about Leith Hill that warrants an extra £27? I would genuinely like to understand. I love the area around Leith Hill and was interested in entering the race until I saw the entry fee. It isn't that I can't afford it, more a case of not being prepared to pay that much on principle as I fail to understand how it can be justified. Perhaps you need to tell me what the 'bells and whistles' are.