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I am looking for a spring marathon for next year (my first) Has anyone done this event & if so would it be suitable for a first timer (not too many undulations!)
I'm looking at this one as well for a potential first marathon and I'm local so would be very convenient. Should have done the half this year but couldn't in the end (just as well as it was such a grotty day they curtailed the full marathon and only allowed people to run the one lap for the half).
Eager to see if it's suitable for a slow first time marathoner!
And me, hopefully get some replies. Stratford my place of birth & also conveniant for me to get to!
yes its a nice course
mainly rural, a few odd inclines, can be lonely at times, i think its a 2:30 cut off at 11.5 miles were the Half and full splits
ohh ok sweetheart
seeing u taught me all i know i'll heed
Personally I'd pick a different one, I've done the half twice and hated it both times, especially the Greenway. Nothing wrong with the event per se, I've just really really not enjoyed it. And had two rubbish races.
Now I'm tempted. Missed out on London and this looks a reasonable first marathon. Not too far from home either. I'll have a think.
What's the Greenway?
Thanks all for replies.
Bit worried about the 2 laps as I did the Ashby 20 in March & found lap 2 tough. Think fear of the unknown is sometimes a good thing! Just wanted something local as I will be driving back after & live about 45 mins away. Still sounds promising though!
Ps,According to website the greenway is a 5 mile traffic free path running out of central Stratford (cycle network) Looks scenic but running it may be a different matter, just hope there's not too many cyclists using it on race day.....
It's a dusty track if it's dry but it's OK I promise you! The main reason for the cut off is to stop all the London rejects thinking "I can do this" when they're not prepared to actually TRAIN for it.
I really enjoyed it. The support was great and I would recommend it as one to pop your cherry on
Nice one liverbird. I was going to do Manchester flm this year but pulled out due to injury (when you see the reviews thank god I did although it cost me 40 quid I couldn't get back!)
In terms of my training its case a case of building up the milage VERY steadily & not go mad & knacker knee like I did in Feb, luckily in my case recovered.
Stratford my prefered race for next year especially as its my birth town!
I first met Liver Bird at Home town shakepare fm
Thanks for info, might be worth doing that as it will be my first flm!!
ure humour LB was always special
i never will forget u -
even at Chester that year u made us feel human