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Folks - I guess this thread will pick up at some point. I just entered having missed the VLM ballot yet again but with a bright red fleece instead...
Can someone confirm what the profile of this race is? The description says "Flat" but it's hard to imagine 26 miles of Flat in those parts.
only 6000 places. What are my chaces of coming last? Quite high methinks!!!
My "hill" definition is subjective I guess ... if you know the routes for the Marlow and Wokingham Halfs (Halves?), then the former is "hilly" and the latter is "flat" to me. I've done both 2/3 times. Plus a 5m incline looks mountainous after 20 miles of running.
Hilly - have a look at the RunnersWorld Marathon training guide section http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/general/big-marathon-index/7355.html
Ive just entered. Have done london before, brighton twice and am doing abingdon sunday 16th oct (very soon). Plenty of experience, but it never seems to make it any easier. Hope this forum picks up soon although I think there might be another one going on at the same time!!!
Samantha, Im over 40 (just) and am still running marathons everyr. Once u have the bug it is hard to lose it. Keep it going oh to be young!!!!
Good luck everyone, happy training this weekend.
The underpasses will be sharp, short downs and then ups. One or two won't be a problem but in the 2nd half they will take their toll on the legs!
How many? I guess that depends on the route and is the route actually confirmed? Not unusual for event organsiers to publish a provisional/to be agreed route and then come up with a completely different route 2 weeks before the event because they couldn't get approval from the local authorites (eg, Sussex Marathon).
I'm in for this and very much looking fwd to it!
Sean - there is an official looking route on the website, assume that it won't change but you may have a point Not being local I have no idea how many underpasses it means but someone on the other thread (link early on in this thread) mentioned that it's pretty flat................
Looking fwd to the roar of the crowd in the stadium!
I'm in! Only done one marathon so far - London last year - and need to prove I can go round in a better time (with fewer loo stops....!) Have been out of action for a while with one thing or another and also injury. need now to get back into training. To all training for this, enjoy it!
regarding the underpasses...
I have run quite a few events (mostly half marathons) in and around MK on the redways and underpasses and I cannot recall any particularly steep drops and climbs.
Giving this a bit more thought... The height of the underpasses is about 2.5m (they are to enable pedestrians and cyclists to 'cross' busy roads; not for vehicles) and the lead in and out is about 50m so that gives a 5% gradient. This would be significant over half a mile or so but over 100m probably not. They might cause a bit of bother towards the end of the race for runners who are tiring but there won't be all that many of them anyway (underpasses, not runners who are tiring!!).
Don't get too hung up on the underpasses; this marathon is generally over fairly flat terrain and certainly has PB potential.
started my base training. 3 weeks in after completing hard marathon in Abingdon. Ran 11 miles today (only meant to go out for 8!!!) mixing it up with gym, bike, treadmill and swimming.
How r u all getting on, does any one know how many have signed up for the run? My guess is it will not b too many as so many marathons on in such a short space of time.
Keep it going folks
Ah, an official thread!
I'm in - it'd be rude not to do the first local marathon. From the rough course map I'd say it passes within a matter of metres from my house, and takes in a lot of my regular training routes.
With regard to the 'hills'... after 20-odd miles, a kerb seems like a mountain. But I'd say this is comparable to any other 'flat' marathon out there. MK has hardly any hills, and looking at the route around Willen and Campbell Park would suggest the organisers have chosen to avoid the 'steep' bits. So, you're left with a handful of underpasses (short and not particularly sharp), possibly the occasional bridge, and one steep but short climb that I know of around Caldecotte (but I think even that has been avoided as the route doesn't follow the path around the lake at the start).
I've always thought MK would be a great place for a marathon. I live here, so I may be biased, but I've also done 5k, 5-mile, 10k and half-marathon races in various parts of the town. (I say 'various', but they always seem to include Willen Lake!)
Tenjiso - in my extensive marathon career... Okay, four to date, and two of those were the Beachy Head too-hard-to-be-a-proper-marathon (slightly more hilly than a MK underpass)
I've never actually done a longer race as part of my training. The furthest I've raced is a half whilst marathon training. Given that you shouldn't really be 'racing' a 20-miler properly but treating it as a long run, the only advantage you have to doing a race is lots of company and a medal. The downside is you have to fit your schedule around it, travel, cost, etc. If the disadvantages outweight the advantages for you, just go for a 20-mile run instead.