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Too true, Lazybones - I've never done anything like the Martinique before, but I'm hooked now.
Something about the hills, the mud, the water, the pong ... probably only bog-snorkelling comes close.
One piece of advice for other newbies - don't wear anything white. I learned that the hard way...
Hey Muttley 2, didn't catch your post until now. A couple of people mentioned Hellrun to me at Martinique, but I dunno anything about it. Sounds proper hard core though... Poppyhill may be more hills than mud, but it 'll still be a laugh if as well-run as Martinique (though my calf muscles will say different afterwards!).
Mr Immune - if the Beachy Head marathon route goes straight up the cliff from the beach, I think this run might be ideal preparation!
Thanks Footslog - I will pack my crampons just in case.
Muttley 2 - Jumping in puddles and swimming in bogs = mucho fun
Hi all what shoe would you recommend for this course:-
old road shoes or new trail shoes.....
depends on the weather. would never recommend new shoes for this type of event. ran hell down south the last 2 years and managed to chuck both pairs of old shoes away after each event! however i suspect this will be less mud seen as it is in september. will probably enter as am also doing beachy head marathon
good luck nutters
Good prep for Beachy Head I'd have said though of course you don't get the mud there - just those bl***y Seven Sisters. Was really enjoying it (in my slow way of course) last year until left the Country Park and started the Sisters - rutted, stoney and either vertically up or down with no respite in between!!
Don't know how much mud at Poppyhill as not done it before. Did Martinique and have done several Hellrunners. Martinique you had to go through some deepish water but wasn't that much mud which is not something you can say for HR with its bog and lake!
I've just seen this event and am really up for it, however, I have no trail running experience, any idea for shoes (currently in asics GT 21-30s, mildly overpronate and they're 2 months old). I'm going to get some prep in doing some trails at Chobham common, got a month to go and 10 miles on road is easy in 1 hr 13mins, what sort of times would you expect for me for this race? I run roads through windsor great park so not unexperienced in hills.
Any help here would be much appreciated!
I do trail running in Brooks Glycerin 6, they are stability shoes & good for my gait. I also wear adidas swoop for grip when doing outdoor circuit training. I was at Windsor Great Park yesterday, ok I was in the Fox and Hounds with my husband but hey, it was the bank holiday. I glanced at the trails on Chobham Common & they looked good for running but I would get lost. I wil run 7 miles cross country tonight as part of my training schedule near home. I did the Great South Run last year - 10 miles round Portsmouth and it took me 1hr 58. Estimate over an hour for The turbo X. I don't know if they are going to talk it up with regard to the terrain but it's in Berkshire not the Himalayas !
If the Martinque X-Trail is anything to go by you will trash your shoes, so you may want to use an older pair... I wore newish trail shoes which were OK, though their waterproofing works against you when the shoe is full of water/mud. Easy to clean afterwards though. I run about 1:40 for a half - Martinique took me nearly 1:30. That was partly because I took it steady not knowing what to expect. There are no mile markers, so it's difficult to judge your time, and the atmosphere seems to be less about pace, more about enjoying the event. I wasn't disappointed with my time - it's nothing like road-running. Good luck!.
Thanks Debbie and Footslog,
I think i'll buy some trail shoes, my road shoes aren't old enough to trash yet so it'll be a trip to sweatshop, Teddington on saturday I think.
Thanks again for the advice and good luck to you both in your training and the event itself!
Hi Debbie F,
I am also doing the Windsor half the week before. I have never done a race like this trail running so I hope it will be interesting! I don't have any trail shoes either. May invest in some beforehand or use some old trainers??