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Downhill Marathons - Whats Allowed ?

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May 2013
6:33pm, 5 May 2013
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katypie
Hahahahahahaha what a dick I am. Clearly that's what marDH stood for. How embarrassing.
May 2013
6:37pm, 5 May 2013
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Son of a Pronator Man
The London Road start is where the faster runners go ( more likely to be making GFA), so that makes sense.
May 2013
3:07pm, 6 May 2013
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ClaireT
This is what PoT said about their decision to classify Loch Ness as downhill:

We follow the convention used by the ARRS (www.arrs.net) that a course is downhill ("Statistically Invalid") if it drops more than 5 metres per km on average -i.e. about 210m in a marathon.

Looking at the course profile:
lochnessmarathon.com

the net drop of the Lochness Marathon is over 210m therefore it is classified as downhill.
May 2013
3:44pm, 6 May 2013
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K5 Gus
Thanks for clarifying that Claire, 5m per km is obviously a lot more than the IAAF 1m per km, so I'm guessing that not many others will fall into that category.

Did they also say why they have suddenly decided to follow the ARRS convention ? Loch Ness results have been on Po10 for years without this classification.
May 2013
4:00pm, 6 May 2013
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Jovi Runner
make sure you type that web address correct when looking for ARRS info or you could get a very nasty surprise! :)

On a more serious note, that would make my Thessaloniki marathon not be classified as downhill be the ARRS definition.
May 2013
10:09pm, 6 May 2013
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ClaireT
K5....I have asked the questions...awaiting response
May 2013
10:26pm, 6 May 2013
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ClaireT
So here is the reply from PoT

No it's not a new rule, the previous ones should have been classified as downhill too - my Runbritain colleagues have made the corrections.
May 2013
10:29pm, 6 May 2013
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K5 Gus
Thanks Claire

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In the last week or so the Power of 10 website thepowerof10.info has re-classified Loch Ness marath...

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