Just wondering what your average elevation is for your local runs? I live in mid Devon and there are so many hills that whatever route I take involves elevation of a minimum of 110m on a 5k run, maximum so far has been 160m......I have driven 6 miles to the canal in order to find a flat run for a bit of relief from those hills and it makes such a difference......how about you?

Incidentally I did a charity race this morning (in pajamas) and it was the most gruelling course, with 2 evil hills which half way up I had to walk:( was planning on doing the 10k but after one lap I thought enough is enough....


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  • Ha ha - my average is about 2 metres. I live on the edge of the Vale of York and it is very flat - only 19 feet above sea level! The only thing that pass as hills round here are the railway bridges so I try to incorporate them sometimes.

  • Lucky you! Whenever I look at people's stats I keep seeing their fast pace but then I look at the elevation and it's completely different, so got me wondering what was average....

  • Ah, but I'm still not very fast either...

  • Fairly flat around this part of Warwickshire too, especially where I 'run', it's an old railway line turned into a greenway; I have nothing but respect and admiration for anyone who manages this programme in hilly terrain - wow 😲👍 lol 💃

  • I have a "split" existence, Cambridge (absolutely flat) in Winter, Cordes Sur Ciel, France (horribly hilly) in Summer. Like you, my runs in France usually have about 110M elevation during the run, then I have to walk back up the hill to my house, so again, about the same as you. I have to say it's very difficult! Some people here (the crazy ones lol) will tell you hills are our friends, but I can't wait to get back to Cambridge - 4 weeks to go!

    My Garmin tells me that this year I have climbed over 3,600 meters, and that's without my walk home!

  • Yikes! Yes, I don't buy into hills! Until you're going down them....but i don't like seeing my pace hovering around 8km per hour and then seeing friends coming at 6 something....I know I shouldn't compare but want to shout "but look at those hills!!" I suppose it just takes longer to see progress.

    Your split life sounds great! Good to have a bit of change in life:) but those hills!!

  • I find going down as hard as going up, I haven't quite got the hang of it! I'm very slow too, not even 8 KPH, I have some gorgeous views though, my favourite run is up to the hang gliding point.

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