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A wise man. You'll be fine with the cut-off, just be prepared to slow down a fair bit afterwards and enjoy the scenery. Leaving entry until June might be more of a risk though......I think this event will prove even more popular in 2011.
Arghh, just entered for this and the Midsomer Munro. Fancied trying both these races for a few years, and finally organised enough to get registered before they fill up.
Quite worried about the 70 min cut off (10K PB of 58 mins so it is going to be tight), will have to get out on the route and practise that bit to make sure I can do it.
Needed something "big" to keep me motivated to run a bit more regularly - think this more than fits the bill!
Dr Rob, Can I ask you to explain a little your intention with the 70 min cut-off? Do you have an overall time limit (I can't find one)? I know I can complete the course (I live and run in the north downs) but I'm not the quickest overall and I tend to start slow and take it steady. I should be able to make the cut-off but don't want to be swimming against the tide if I'm not the kind of person you want out there.
PS: The tips and info section on the website says 75 min.
Can you update on how entries are going please?
I've signed up for this on the spur of the moment, now I'm petrified.
But excited too! I've only done a couple of 'normal' marathons, this feels like it's going to be a whole new level!
I did this marathon last year and it was the best run ever anywhere, anytime, but also it's EASY ! Let me explain. It's such fun, there's such cammeraderie, the scenery is so looovely that everyone has a great time ! It's so HILLY, that frankly a snog from Pippa Middleton is more likely than a PB, so you just do it for the fun. My wife said that we all looked fresh as daisies at the finish line (although not smelling as nice). Anyone who's entered and is nervous, don't be.
Hi Burtie, To be honest, I wasn't really sure what PM looked like. Just taken a look and you're right. I don't see what the fuss is. I mean she's no Camilla. Now there's a WOMAN !!!
I haven't actually entered the Trionium myself yet, as I might be on me hols. Good luck to all of you who have and I tell you, it'll be the best day of your year !
Dr Robert, any chance of getting Camilla to give the prizes ?
Thanks Peter. Taking a year off altogether must be pretty tough - I'm sure you'll still have some underlying stamina to tap into though, and with a couple of months still to go you can hopefully still build back up.Personally I can't see myself troubling the 5-hour marker. I can see myself troubling the Guinness supply at the pub afterwards though.I also fully support Sleek's campaign for Camilla (or perhaps Princess Michael of Kent?) to give out the prizes. Come on Dr Rob - your people have spoken!
So, I thought last night I would see where I had got to after 70 mins to see how far off the cut off I am currently. Garmin said 5.94 miles, so I thought that's not too bad, only half a mile out, I can work on that.
Carried on running, and doing a little maths at the same time, then realised that at that pace that half a mile is going to take me 6 mins, and that is actually quite a lot over the cut off!
Happy to depressed in a matter of minutes - I'd better keep doing those speed sessions and hill climbs! Going to try the route in a couple of weeks to see how I do on the real thing.
Firstly, thankyou for organising a great series of races. I did the Midsummer Munro this year and throroughly enjoyed the challenge. I am signed up fro the Greensand and want to ask a clarification on the amount of hill ascent on the course
The details say 5,200 feet of ascent and descent..... though when I look at the course profile on the good run guide, it shows it as 2,707 feet of ascent. So I am wondering which figure I should go by, or if perhaps I misinterpreted the 5200 ft as being the up and down total?
I am focusing on getting my hill training in, and just want to set my goals accordingly. If anyone could clarify that would be much appreciated.
(By the way I found my garmin measured the Midsummer Munro at 3003ft , so as good as spot on to your figure of 3000ft.)
Hi Burtie - I think I'll be getting a few recovery beers in that evening too! Hopefully not to drown my sorrows though..
Joanna - I'm sure you'll be fine - 9 weeks to go. You've just got to get within the cut off and then relax - the second quarter is easier but the third is pretty tough as the legs tire!
David - I like your style - tailoring you hill training to the amount of ascent! Whatever it is it wiped me out last time! Finishing is my goal (although to sneak in under 5 hours would be great but I can't see it happening).
Good luck all with your training!