It seems unless I am lucky enough to get into London next year (entered ballot, and a charity spot doesn't appeal because getting the minimum funds will be difficult and awkward) all my local marathons aren't very flat and I will have to travel some distance to find one (with extra cost e.g. petrol, accommodation).
Also a windy course seems scarier to me than a hilly one. you can always take your time up a hill...even walk it, but you can't take your time running into a wind or you'll be travelling on the spot or worse still, going backwards. lol
Unfortunately i won't be able to run now. I've had a recurrence of a thigh strain and it is taking much longer to heal than expected. Already behind on the training and will get further behind before I can run again. Don't want to run without adequate training in case this is the only marathon I do and my time doesn't do me justice. I'm looking at the A20 paths & downs marathon now in November as a possible alternative. I doubt it will be any flatter, but might be less windy, which would help. Now if only my thigh strain will heal....
Hi Keith, thanks for the quick reply. I'd heard that the first half was more undulating and the second half was flatter, but the profile on their website didn't look like it reflected this and it seemed to undulate consistently throughout. The profile you've posted looks less scary, perhaps because its less compressed. There seems to be a bit of a nasty spike just after 10 miles, finishing off about 4 miles of rougher undulating and other than a couple of miles of harder stuff around 20 miles, it does seem to only gently undulate. That's kind of reassuring. I can just take my time on these harder parts so I don't expend much energy. Being a first marathon, there is obviously no PB to beat, so I don't have to worry about taking my time.
I can't believe anyone would describe London as a hilly marathon. I've not run it, but don't need to, to know its pretty flat. Living in the north downs there are some steep hills around me, and they are actually great for training, building up stamina, but I try to avoid hilly races as I am a PB chaser by nature. So I'll probably be looking for flatter marathons in future but for my first marathon, I think the Kent Coastal will be alright. There's definitely harder ones out there I'm sure. I just hope i can avoid injuries and get to run it.
I've been considering this marathon for a couple of years and intended to go for it this year (this being my marathon debut too). Then I saw a photo on their website of last year's race and they were running up a killer hill. I live on a hill, so I often have to run up hills, but doing one (or more) when you're running 26.2 miles is a different matter. Ideally I'd like to find a flat marathon so it is as easy as it can be, but there aren't many flat ones so that's why I (as a relative local) was considering this one as its described as "only" undulating, but perhaps my idea of undulating is different to the organizers. Can anyone reassure/advise me on the profile of the course?