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3rd consecutive year if I do!
After you complete the 1st lap and the HM runners turn off to finish it can get pretty lonely out there.
Well marshalled and oganised and has reasonably good support (well, the 1st lap anyway!).
At the end of the day its a city marathon around Wolverhampton but without being disrespectful it is not the most scenic of places.
Really depends what you are looking for. I will be back for the 3rd time so it ticks the boxes for me.
If I was only going to run a single autumn marathon I would go elsewhere.
Thanks for the info. Hopefully be the first of 3 Autumn marathons, so seems a good one for me.
Mablethorpe (Was in a car crash 2 days before so missed out last year), and Newcastle town moor (ran my p.b in torrential rain, so im sure i could have gone quicker) so a bit of unfinished business with both!
Where else are you running marathons this year?
i travel from Cumbria each year for this one, it is a nice run and it is a pitty it is not better supported as for the price you cannot grumble. best thing is it is a rolling course so can be a nice morning jog out
The list of where I am NOT running is probably shorter!
21 May White Peak Marathon ENTERED11 Jun South Downs Marathon ENTERED4 Sep Wolverhampton Marathon11 Sep Robin Hood Marathon ENTERED18 Sep Grafham Water Marathon 21 Sep Great Barrow Challenge Day 1 (26.5 miles) ENTERED22 Sep Great Barrow Challenge Day 2 (26.5 miles) ENTERED23 Sep Great Barrow Challenge Day 3 (26.5 miles) ENTERED24 Sep Great Barrow Challenge Day 4 (26.5 miles) ENTERED2 Oct Mablethorpe Marathon 9 Oct Leicester Marathon16 Oct Abingdon Marathon ENTERED23 Oct Trionium Greensands Marathon30 Oct Brentwood Marathon6 Nov Rutland Water Marathon20 Nov Luton Marathon
and maybe a few others!
New marathons are popping up all the time. Grafham is new this year.
Supposed to one in Milton Keyenes next year (29th April IIRC). Not that Milton Keynes is particulary great to run around either but it'll be a new one to do!
Im tired just reading that list Sean, especially 5 in 7 days! Do you have a favorite marathon? im always looking for newdifferent ones to run. Most of mine tend to be in the north or midlands.
Matt, maybe next year. Need to look into it. Is it self-navigate? Not keen on self-naviagte events.
Ashley, not really. I live in Bedfordshire so most of mine tend to be South, West and East based!Leicester (old course) is my PB course so that is special. Amserdam and Berlin are very good and worth doing. South Downs is a very good trail marathon, like wise White Peak. Really depends what you want/like. Ran London twice and haven't enjoyed it either time, we are all different.
Looks good if you live up North but not much good for us Southerners!
Already running elsewhere on the 24th Sep, even I haven't managed to figure out how to run 2 marathons on the same day at the same time!
I still find marathons tough (I've only ever done London last year and windermere this year. What I can say is London is one of the easiest marathon's you'll run.
Wolverhampton; I know the course and the town well.. by all accounts it's a great HM but not a great FM. The 2 lap bit when you filter away from the HM's are about to finish and you have to go out anf do it all over again! Don't fancy that one bit. It used to be a full 26 mile course back in the day but not now,
I've just signed up for this one about 10 mins ago. It's a testy but not tough course; a few rolling hills on the back of the course and a short steep climb of 200 yards at 10.5m (lower street). Other than that it's not too bad.
It's the course where I have a 2 year old pb that I need to beat (1:34.00) though I'm expecting to beat it in Coventry as I'm not back to full "match day fitness" yet. I'm expecting Coventry HM (Oct 2nd) to be my PB attempt.
Crowds are great on the 1st lap here; and a great roar at the finish line.
Bring on early Sept!
Looking forward to this one, did it last year and PB'd, lots of injuries this year so im just using it as a long run for Berlin this year. Its a good course undulating but not hilly, I kinda like it. well organised!!
Dave, take a look into a foam roller there great for IT problems, I use mine all the time, good for massage and recovery etc, £22 delivered so worth every penny. Isotonic wise you could get a m8 or famly if there watching to hand you another half way as we run past the park where we finish, I always start with a botle and carry it for a marathon and I use a few gels but i'd try them b4 the big day in case they dont agree with you. have a listen to www.marathontalk.com its a free podcast full of great info, you can download it or listen online.
Sean G, yeah I agree, a little lonely but I like that, id rather be chasing one person in the distance than a group all the time.
Sean G dead right, lonely for me taking photos
These photos were taken at about 23 miles on a gentle incline, probably feels like running up Snowdon to those in the full marathon.
Last year at this point there was a bit of dizzle which I think helped.
I have run about 30 marathons so I know the pain at this point. I ran the first 13 Potteries Marathon which was regarded as one of the toughest on the circuit.
My photos are free to download, I will even email the high resolution originals if requested
All the best everyone see you on the day if you decide to do it.
Check out Page 98 Sean G.http://www.racephotos.org.uk/wolves_98.htm
Yep, you have me banged to rights on Page 98 (no. 2227). Top quality photo's as aver.
I'll be running 3.45 on the day. Just don't go off too quickly. Fatal mistake for any marathon runner, but especially a 1st time marathon runner If you want pacing round look for No. 2063 (orange). 95% of the runners will be doing the half and you can easily get dragged around the 1st lap - way above your marathon target pace and then struggle all the way around the 2nd lap!