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Hi Ian, I look forward to seeing you on the day.
I Crazytown Emperor, I can usually be found taking photos at several points around the course. My race photos can be downloaded totally free.
If you log on using the link below and scroll halfway down the page you will find the link to last year's photos. You will see the start and finish is on a running track.
He-he, Ian says the hills are not bad, but some off the comments I get at the 11.5 mile mark are not repeatable.
Hi Bryan, I'm sure I'll be adding my own comments at that point about being too bullish about the hills .
Great photos btw, capturing some real anguish in some of the runners!
It's a great race, my personal favourite HM. Missed it last year through injury but plan on doing it this year.
The uphills are offset by some downhill sections as well which help make the times comparable with other races. The worst one is miles 10 to 12. There's a short section along the main road and then you turn left into Whirley lane and climb for 2 miles. It's not steep but constant and no respite and hurts after you've already done 10 miles. The earlier ones are more short and sharp, Hocker Lane is probably the steepest around 8 miles in and climbs for about 3/4 mile.
Maccs HM is a super event,
starting at finishing at the track,
it's got a couple of hills, one a little toughie, the others are more like long drags
but yes there are FAR worse HM courses on the events calender
my PB there pushing Phillip is 1:57 - our worst is 2:20
all good fun, but the trick is to set off HY drated, and steady and build into it
I have just entered this race and am now worried about the hills!! However i have done potters arf and Meerbrook 15km this year and managed well with hills, inclines etc.
Would like to beat my PB of 2hrs 1min (that was potters arf time this year) is it possible on this course? I had only been back running 6 months after having a baby when i did potters arf in June so fingers crossed i can crack the 2hr time, especially with all the running i do now. lol
Any advice at this late stage will be greatly taken on board. Travelling from Telford for this one but originally from Leek so hopeing to have some supporters cheering me on.
Good luck everyone.
if you di 2:01 at potters arf, you should be doing this in about 1:58
The macc half is hard but so so hard you don't enjoy it
I would like to share a photo with you of Mick "n" Phil (see above message) powering up that hill at about 12 miles.
It was a good job I was taking photos at that point, I was able to warn Mick about the police speed camera just around the corner.
I think The Silent Assassin missed a word out of his message Kate. Me thinks it should have read " The macc half is hard but not so, so hard you don't enjoy it".
See you on Sunday and don't forget to smile for the camera.
I'm in. Got Great Langdale full the day before though, hehe.....Might be a tad slow!
Hi Bryan. Hi Micknphil.
Barry Fan. (Ria)
Just wondering what is a good warm up for this half marathon as im pretty useless at it? does it change for each runner?
Oh good luck to everyone who is running, see you there