This is a great ‘Grass roots’ event hosted by Tronium. It is a great 26.2 trail miles over the Greensands way starting in Dorking. An out and back course with one mighty tough hill about 800m from the finish line. That was an absolute leg burner!!
It was (and still is) early days in my marathon running exploits. My first being Loch Ness Marathon (2:59) in Autumn 2011 and my second was Edinburgh Marathon (2:59) in Spring 2012. I got this idea that maybe it would be good to continue on this numerical pattern where the final digit of the year should equal the amount of marathons for the year. That way it will be very easy to track how many I have done in the future. So with it being 2012 and only having one marathon to my name for the year, I needed to book in another one! And so the search began. After achieving my target 2:54 in Edinburgh, I continued on with a general training plan, it consisted of the structured speed sessions, long runs and tempo sessions. Although I didn’t have a target race to train for, the enjoyment of running and keeping marathon fit (and continuing to strengthen) was motivation enough. I came across the website of Greensands Marathon about 2 months before the start date. I liked the idea of it- Hilly, challenging, off road, almost guaranteed rain… what wasn’t to like? I continued on training and kept it in the ‘back pocket’ as a potential race to do. Time passed, training continued and the Monday evening before the race I signed up! It was game on!
The trip out to Dorking on the damp, chilly, typical English morning went hand in hand with the setting of the start and what was to come. The registration hall was filling with dedicated people, who seemed very accustomed to the organisation and requirements of the low key marathon. People were kitted up in trail running shoes, packs, poles and Buff Bandanas. This was a lot different to the road running marathon starts I was used to. But I liked it and was excited by what was to come. I laced up my road shoes, stuck a couple of gels in my shorts and was ready to go.
I liked heading into this event with no real time pressure or major goal- mainly as I didn’t know what to expect for my first trail marathon. My goal for the day was to push hard until the end and finish.
I took a quick look at my watch which registered 25.9 miles… so I ran over the finish line, straight into a easier paced ‘cool down’ job, making sure I finished with 26.2 on the clock. Wouldn’t want to skimp on the Sunday long run after all!!
A highly recommended Race! http://www.trionium.com/greensand/