We have been informed by Arley Hall that due to recent heavy rain that this weekend???s Alrey Hall Half Marathon on Sunday 6 th April will have to be cancelled as we will not be able to park all the cars.
We appreciate that you have prepared and have put time an effort into training for the event however the cancelation of the event is out of our control.
New Date - Sunday July 20th 2014
NEW DATE: we have moved the date to Sunday 20 th July 2014.
For all those who have signed up so far have been automatically transferred to the Arley Hall Half Marathon on the 20 th July. The Race will start at 9am.
Our website and all advertisement websites will be updated later today
GTD - I've looked back at the results for 2012, but it's far too complicated for me to figure out average (decreasing) pace! I did plan on a 25/5 run/walk strategy, but that went out of the window as soon as we set off. I was far too excited. There's another lesson for this year!
This year I'll probably go with trying to sustain a decent average pace for as long as I can, then death-march if needs be. All about the strategic prep, me. So, you've entered then?
Not sure how qualified I am to give advice - you've done more marathons than I have, and Comrades isn't easy is it? I guess 4x back to back marathons is probably good prep - which it seems neither me or T rex have been doing!
Is the quad lumpy or flat? I seem to have been gravitating towards hills recently, which is probably pretty rubbish for a pan-flat ton. I've been thinking about this for a good prep race; http://www.cannonballevents.co.uk/canalathon.php as it mirrors the terrain pretty well. If you're Northern enough, or don't mind getting your passport out, it could be a good insight (it's Manchester-Rochdale).
FWIW I was in this in 2012 and DNF'd at Reading. I was a bit too green then, and got it all wrong pace-wise; started off conservative and slowed down so much when I got tired (sleepy tired, not exhausted tired) that I could almost smell the sweepers behind me!
So yes, if you think it's a good idea - go for it. It's an interesting enough course (perhaps more so when South of Birmingham is a mystery), and Centurian run their events very well.
Did this last year, and if I was able I'd be in for the double without question this year. Unfortunately it's not possible due to a clash with other commitments, but for anyone considering it I'd highly recommend it. It's a tough trail marathon, but that's what you want, right? Priddy, challenging, well run and cheap as chips. Why wouldn't you?
brer/T rex - re the Ro'F; sounds like Newborough forest to me. A couple of folk got lost and spent the night in 2012 (one of whom I know is going back this year to get revenge!). It can be a bit disorienting in there at night - tracks everywhere, but they did put a few glowsticks out last year. There's a section through fields after Newborough, to get to Aberffraw, which is also a bit of an arse - I managed to tag on to some local lads last year, which helped. Definitely worth a recce if you can. That last stretch of day 2 along the beach towards Aberfffraw makes it all worthwhile though...