I decided to take some pics of the Hell of a Hill Marathon I’m doing. along with Rach. A friend of ours (fellow PRAT @MaraFunRun) signed up for 5 marathons in 5 days, and suggested me and Rach sign up for the final day as we could do it as a team. He did tell us to check the course before hand, but for some reason Rach decided to sign us up before we had a chance to check it.
Big mistake really.
The course is 8 laps of Rivington Pike near Chorley. Its basically a tower on a hill. Only 55 people enter per day, 30 who are doing the 5 in 5, and 25 just doing that days race. We’re signed up for the final day. Its gonna be mental
This is the elevation
Heres a gmap – http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=5953212
And the Garmin Connect map – https://connect.garmin.com/course/5234203
After about a miles run from the car park you start the laps. Heres the first sight that greets you
Its really horrible, I dont think we’ll be able to run this part. And it gets worse round the corner
And then worse again
Just round the corner tho I think we can start running
Round that corner and we get a flat bit. And our first tower – the Pigeon tower
Then you see this looming
It starts getting steeper
Then we’re probably not running much longer
These steps are just at that height where its too high
At the top its pretty pretty tbf
Then its downhill, this bits pretty gravelly which I found really annoying to try and keep a pace on
Then the path turns to this
It spends the whole next part changing between the two willy nilly. You get a lot of bits like this turf wise
Then a bit more offroad
That bit is my least favourite part as it looks like you can go fast, but even on the dry days its been soaked, and Ive nearly gone over on my ankle even when walking it.
Theres a big flat part
Before it starts to creep up again – and as it goes into the woods it gets weirdly steep
Then just as it seems its about to flatten out you see this
Theyre horrible and if they are in any way wet they get really muddy and slippy. And high.
The dot in the centre of the shot there just to the right of the mans head in orange is a guy whos at the bottom of the steps.
Then it gets flat
And after a short downhill
We’re at the end. We’ve just come from where the guy is walking
And thats roughly 3 miles so we only have to do it another 8 times.
Theres a 9 hour timelimit, and I think its going to take us about 8hrs.
Its a month away and pretty much all my long runs are training for hills, even tho the majority of the ones here are probably going to be walked up.
If you want to see a 10 minute video of the first time we did a lap its below