Hill training if you live in the flatlands

So - I live somewhere pretty flat (York) and shortly I'm going to be moving somewhere even flatter (Cambridge).
I'd like to be able to run up hills!
That means trying to train for the hills, in order to be able to enjoy them when I get the opportunity.

Training tips welcome.


  • Only a short drive to Royston, some nice hills to run up and down at the Heath
  • mrcharlymrcharly ✭✭✭
    I won't have a car- although I see there is a train station there. Thanks for the tip.
  • I wonder whether we can simulate the uphill run by changing the shoes.
    For example, we can invent shoes with heel lower than forefoot. With this kind of shoes, we can training uphill run even in the flat lands.
    Why don't people make these shoes?
    I'm engineer but not in shoes industry.
    Just my 2 cents.
  • Sorry, this idea has no sense. Forget it.
  • add resistance by dragging a tyre?
  • SorequadsSorequads ✭✭✭
    Treadmill, multi-storey car park, stepper in the gym?
  • mrcharlymrcharly ✭✭✭
    Multi-storey car-park is a good idea. Are there any in Cambridge?

    I half expected someone local to tell me about some building with a handy staircase. 
  • There are the Gog Magog hills south east of Cambridge and some hills around Wimpole Hall to the west. If you run to/from the Wimpole parkrun you should be able to find a route with a hill or two on the way.
  • mrcharlymrcharly ✭✭✭
    Thanks for that, Chris, that's a really good tip. Running distance from the city, too.
  • Run into a strong headwind, repeatedly.
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