The ugly side of the London Marathon 2019 #NotInclusive

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May 2019
5:06pm, 7 May 2019
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Raemond
Brussels isn't *totally* flat, G. It's not the ardenne, but it's not Eindhoven either. It does start and finish right next to my office though :D

If you want a good flat city marathon that's not too crowded Eindhoven is pretty good, usually about the same time of year. The half is horrible, though. Don't do the half.
May 2019
5:50pm, 7 May 2019
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EvilPixie
She's been given it now!
May 2019
6:03pm, 7 May 2019
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KeithL
I would say from memory that about 2/3 tarmac 1/3 reasonable wood paths. Not pancake flat by any means but nothing horrible.
May 2019
12:22pm, 8 May 2019
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HappyG(rrr)
Oh cool Ally. Can I add you to my sticker book?!

57.5Dop, the gettup I wore was an affectation of Guinness World Records - who wears a Glengarry hat except the Royal Regiment of Scotland? The "under the kilt" debate was had with GWR and they very quickly accepted it and that trainers instead of brogues was ok, and no sgian dubh, for safety reasons. Otherwise it was a very *full* Highland dress outfit!

I'm surprised it's so much off road. The guy that's organising it is very much a road runner. I'll check that he knows. Thanks guys. :-) G
May 2019
1:48pm, 8 May 2019
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Ally-C
Whatโ€™s the sticker book anyway?๐Ÿ˜€
May 2019
2:08pm, 8 May 2019
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Sam Jelfs
HappyG - It's not trails, but it's not all smooth tarmac either... To give you an idea, and hopefully the link works, but this is looking down along one of the forest paths.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.812437,4.4843702,3a,75y,135.56h,83.57t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sAF1QipNwZWsnaeAEDObB5stgvvjkeJUQ5PNTLqNKQ9Vh!2e10!3e11!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipNwZWsnaeAEDObB5stgvvjkeJUQ5PNTLqNKQ9Vh%3Dw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya124.497246-ro-0-fo100!7i10240!8i5120

And don't forget, this is belgium, so there is also cobble stones to deal with!
May 2019
2:09pm, 8 May 2019
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Sam Jelfs
or not - try this

tiny.cc
May 2019
5:24pm, 8 May 2019
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HappyG(rrr)
THat did work and thanks. Those hard trails look ideal - in the trees but solid paths. Cool. Might go for this then. Have you or Raemond done it? Would you say it's OK for keeping a steady pace going (I won't say PB, as I won't ever PB again, but I mean "one's best given one's ability at the time" i.e. not a total pig of a course!)??

Thanks, :-) G
May 2019
10:15pm, 8 May 2019
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Sam Jelfs
Neither of us have run it before, though I have run bits of the course. Maybe this weekend I shall try and run some of the section out of the centre and report back.
May 2019
9:52am, 9 May 2019
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Sam Jelfs
Sorry it's a link to that other site, but there is an interview with Hayley Carruthers on the blog there.

blog.strava.com

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