Hi all, I'm back. A tad later than normal. Since the start of March I've done 50 miles of training, and 170 miles of racing. The latest being Fort William Mara on Sunday (4:23). I could blame injuries, I seem to carrying a fair few and have been for a long time, down to asking and expecting my body to be 30 years younger than it is, doing stuff on a whim and expecting it to take it and recover. Mostly though, CBA comes into it. Think I'd better start doing some kinda training, otherwise SNOD is really gonna hurt!
Hobie, on that score training for me amounts to toddling around my local area, Peak District. There's nowt gets you ready for running up hills than running up hills. As for the race, take it easy for the first 4.5m, let yourself go a bit for the next 3.5, go steady for 5.5, drop it down a cog or two for the next 2.5, steady for 6m, then slow to very slow for 2, followed by a glorious 2.2m sprint down a long grassy hill, track, concrete, tarmac into Llanberis and the finish. I have a 50% failure rate on staying on my feet on the grassy bit!
Doing Belper Rugby Rover in a few weeks, 18m Fellish, followed by Totley way, 24m Fell, Vale of York HM in September on very flat Road (I definitely go faster if there's a few hills and off road. Why do I enter a flat road race?) a110m sportive round the Peak District ( actually got on my bike today for the first time this year ) then York Mara in October ( Watching England V Uruguay in Manchester the night before, kick off at 8pm so won't get to York till gone midnight ). And then of course SNOD.
B82, if you live in a hilly area, Yorkshire Mara is flat, if you lived in the fens there's a few undulations. The worst up comes about 18 miles in ( if the same route as last year). No need to take water to the race, plenty available.
As the start is a few feet higher than the finish, you could argue that the route goes downhill......