Broadmeadow Marathon – 11 December 2011
Event was two marathons, 10th December was race (50 entrants), 11th was "relaxed fun run" (30 entrants).
Course was not marked, and no map. Written instructions, only available on the day, so no chance to familiarise with the route. The course was different from the 10th, so even the "two in two"-ers were of no assistance! Instructions were fairly good, with very few inaccuracies or ambiguities. Roughly two circular loops like a figure of 8, with base in the crossover. Mostly off-road, trail, footpaths, canal towpaths, byways, grass fields with a few roads. Surface very good, with the odd muddy patch. A few hills, and a few bridges. The scenery was fairly good, with good views over warwarkshire near some monument on the top of one hill. Went past Mary Ardens house and near Anne Hathaways cottage. 5 checkpoints, with water, squash and cakes and sandwiches. Free parking, Food and drinks afterwards, free Santa suit, optional dress which no-one did because of the heavy persistent rain which was forecast. Rain eventually arrived at 2pm, 10 minutes after I finished. Very good event, would recommend.
Time: A probably predictable, 5:35, but within a few minutes of someone completing his 500th marathon, indicating the slowness of a course with instructions.
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