Only just discovered this race and it looks perfect for Yorkshire marathon being 5 weeks out. Looking forward to the hills from 9 to 13! Did Spen 20 earlier this year as prep for Blackpool marathon and the hills definitely break the race up and keep you focussed.
Only just discovered this race and it looks really good and cheap as chips. Did Spen 20 (proper hilly, below freezing and icy winds) in preparation for Blackpool Marathon which definitely helped. It's hilly everywhere around where I am so looking forward to miles 9 to 13 of this! This will fit in nicely for Yorkshire marathon being 5 weeks out as well.
This was my first marathon and although I thought it was good shortly after finishing, with the benefit of time I think a number of things were very poor. I've just done Kielder marathon and believe me Steve Cram and his team know how to put on a fantastic marathon and with cheaper entry fees, £40. My main gripe with the Hull marathon was the route - down the back of an industrial estate that ponged of fish, past marshals who were smoking and over cobbles at 22 miles before the awful out and back up the coast to make up the mileage. I hope Hull keeps a marathon going more than anything for all the locals who kindly supported and I'll certainly be back if a combination of the council and running clubs can put one on. Just needs a runners touch and passion to organise.
There is an elevation gain of 584m and loss of 592m. The minimum elevations 176m and maximum is 243m.
The jist I get from speaking to other runners and cyclists and from some of the elevation graphs I have seen is that there are a couple of long steep inclines (near start and at around 10 miles) and just undulation all the way round (short steep inclines/declines) making it difficult to maintain a marathon rhythm..
Can you swim? For me have found 1 or 2 swim sessions a week a great substitute and accompaniment to running. Less injuries, great for upper body and a nice way to end a work day. Other than that just the obvious - entering races to give your running sessions a focus.