/ Trail Marathon Wales
The trails are in Coed-y-brenin forest.
I have done Langdale Marathon and Snowdonia Marathon a few times, so I can run hills quite well.
Anybody got any inside knowledge of how hard this will be? Route profile? Or general info on the types of trails in the forest at coed-y-brenin.
Starting my training today...eeek!
Any tips on running a marathon on a forest single track.
I have good trail shoes and planning on training in Delamere forest.
Plenty of time to train for the Half :)
It was won in 3:03 last year by Andy Davies who consistently runs around 2:25 for a marathon, so a good 40 minutes off the pace as an idea.
I had an entry last year but didn't run. All feedback was good, a mix of wide trails and forest trails, fairly fast running, lots of gradual climbs.
Helsby RC have plenty of hill and trail runners too: http://helsbyrunningclub.wordpress.com/ who are also great :)
Thanks for the suggestions - tempted with a running club!
I was initially worried about the 4 hour cut off! Then I read at 20 miles...phew!
Thanks for the info :)
In that case I should go into full recruiting mode! If you fancy Helsby - Wed 6:30pm Sports Club, Monday Castle Park Frodsham. Loads on the blog. Just come and give it a go, no need to join till you like it. Loads of free races in the winter too.
Get some practice on the terrain, especially the downhill as it can be quite technical.
Get some good sunglasses that allow you to see in dappled sunlight - running out of the sun, into the forest while avoiding tree roots and ruts can be a challenge. They're good eye protection too from branches (although depends how dense it is, I guess an organised marathon will be on fairly well established trails) - Felt like I almost lost an eyeball on this morning's run through the trees!
Get your quads used to the pounding they take on the downhills. Some people think compression wear helps, but see what works for you.
Don't step on a wasp nest and get stung 6 times (did that on my first ultra)
Yes, I too have nearly lost an eye running! Cut my neck instead!
Thanks for the advice
I was about 35 minutes of my half marathon best of 1:59:30.
Well supported and a really good atmosphere.
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