Which marathon would you recommend?

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Jul 2015
10:16pm, 10 Jul 2015
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100forRNIB
My guess why Snowdonia is so tough is that the bastard hill between 22 and 24 miles is just at the worst possible time. If I recall the last decent climb is a lot earlier at Windermere?
Jul 2015
10:27pm, 10 Jul 2015
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Surrey Phil
I guess distance from home might have something to with it. They've both been said already but my own choices would be Halstead or the Kent Roadrunner.
Jul 2015
10:28pm, 10 Jul 2015
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Hills of Death (HOD)
and mile 2 to 5 and 13 to 15 apart from that its flat ;-)
Jul 2015
10:43pm, 10 Jul 2015
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Hills of Death (HOD)
Having run both (not sure you've done Windermere Foxy :-) ) I think Windy edges it but maybe I had a bad day
Jul 2015
10:54pm, 10 Jul 2015
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jdarun
I rather enjoyed Chesterfield last Sept, slightly hilly but not too bad, plenty of local support, not a big field though it might be larger in 2nd and subsequent years.
Jul 2015
7:33pm, 11 Jul 2015
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westmoors
Thanks for the suggestions so far. Please keep them coming.

I'm not necessarily looking for "small", just not the huge numbers where I can't run my own race. For a half, a field of about 5,000 is my upper limit.

As for location, I would be prepared to travel to get my best time.
Jul 2015
11:13pm, 16 Jul 2015
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run free
Garden Spot Village Marathon: gardenspotvillagemarathon.org

In the heart of armish country so it will feel you have stepped back in time. Each check point is a banquet. The start has warm drinks and the end has another banquet of food + massage + spa. I'd say there were about 2000.

My report can be found here (http://tyregirl.com/1/archives/04-2013/1.html) - it is a multi-part but you can just look at the pictures.
Jul 2015
12:41pm, 21 Jul 2015
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Mrs Jigs (Luverlylegs)
I am with WW - White Peak, small and friendly, low key,along a trail with a gentle incline for the first 17 miles and a terrific down hill section around 22 miles leading to a flat finish.
Jul 2015
1:04pm, 21 Jul 2015
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Joe Hawk
The PICNIC he he
Jul 2015
1:07pm, 21 Jul 2015
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Joe Hawk
Oops did you say PB, White Peak is a good better if the weather is good. The trail is good and hard if dry but it is exposed so can be subject to wind. I ran this year and was only 30secs off my PB which I set at London

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