Hell of a Hill course review – 15/10/15

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

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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

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Its really horrible, I dont think we’ll be able to run this part. And it gets worse round the corner

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And then worse again

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Just round the corner tho I think we can start running

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Round that corner and we get a flat bit. And our first tower – the Pigeon tower

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And flatness!

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Then you see this looming

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It starts getting steeper

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Then we’re probably not running much longer

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These steps are just at that height where its too high

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At the top its pretty pretty tbf

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Then its downhill, this bits pretty gravelly which I found really annoying to try and keep a pace on

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Then the path turns to this

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It spends the whole next part changing between the two willy nilly. You get a lot of bits like this turf wise

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Then a bit more offroad

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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

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Before it starts to creep up again – and as it goes into the woods it gets weirdly steep

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Then just as it seems its about to flatten out you see this

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Theyre horrible and if they are in any way wet they get really muddy and slippy. And high.

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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

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And after a short downhill

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We’re at the end. We’ve just come from where the guy is walking

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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