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I am running in the 2013 Edinburgh Marathon and this will be my first one.
What am I to expect? Is it good?
Ps Anyone else running this as there first Marathon?
It's fab. I did it this year and loved it. The first 5 miles are gently down-hill so don't get too carreid away with your pacing. Genreally good crowd support in most places and apart from the gentle down-hill at the start it's pancake flat. Hope you're training goes well.
Thanks Mitiog, well done for completing it.
How many ruuners are there?
Last year there were around 12,500 entrants so it's small comapred to London but there are other events on over the weekend too. See http://www.downloads.edinburgh-marathon.com/Marketing/EMF2012MediaPack.pdf for some info on last year's race.
Thankyou very much .
I'm so lookig forward to it.
I'm running it in as my first marathon too. Failed to get through the London ballot and it's local so I thought I'd go for it.
What time are you hoping for?
As you'll see if you trawl through these forums, organisation has proved a problem in the past: water got pinched one year, finishing area chaos the next - but sounds like they learned lessons this year. And of course there's pros and cons to any race.
The biggest dissapointment for me is that pretty much the first thing you do is run out of Edinburgh, but as mitiog says this results in it being a lot flatter than it otherwise would be.
See you at the finish line!
Im doing this as my first marathon too!
DOnt take too long booking your accomodation if you need it!
Edinburgh is a great place to spend a weekend so I'm sure you'll have a good time even without the marathon.
I'm hoping for around 4 hours, but anything over 13 miles is unknown territory at the moment so who knows.
Don't hog the stretcher, I might need it too - but hopefully neither of us will need it before the end!
Hey hey hey!!
Edinburgh this year was my first and it was TOTALLY amazing!! Stupidly hot! support was brilliant, and the medal...well... looked like a willy!!
I have just completed my second marathon of the year, and my advice would be carry a hydration belt!! saves on the worry should a water station dry up!! also get in plenty of long (20-23 miles) runs ahead of the race.
Stay for the weekend, enjoy the lovely city, nice italian the night before, Brilliant!!
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Avit So have you started the base training yet? I am going to book this weekend.
Yeah i started back at the beginning of september/ end of august from scratch as I have transitioned to midfoot running having previously been a heelstriker. got up to 4x 3.5 runs a week so not long before I start a extended marathon plan. Going to start it beginning of Dec to factor in possible injury time and hopefully run a couple more 20 mile runs than stated in the marathon plans. Im basing my running on a Hal Higdon Novice 1/2 plan and will be running in my beloved Luna Sandals
Not sure wether I should carry my hydration belt on the day as I roughly need about 1.2l of water an hour to stay hydrated as I sweat like a beast!?
im hoping this will be my first full as 4 rejection from london and desperate to do the full distance for my son autism group. Iv done robin hood half on 30th sept and doing london kilomarathon on 28th oct then i will enter edingbrough. Im hoping on under 5 hours to.
Yes Im really looking forward to it too. I hope Im ready for edinburgh but I feel a little rushed. Hopefully I wont get any injuries for my first one. Fingers crossed.
Where is the best place to get accomodation, is Edinburgh city centre too far out from the end of the marathon?
it might not suit everyone but ive booked the premier inn in the city centre just a few mins walk from the start line, i like them because they have a king size bed as standard and ill want a good nights sleep! and their cheap
sorry i dont know how much it would be for a famly room, but you can go on their site for a quote. plus side with this hotel too is you can walk to the start line and its close to plenty of places to eat out if you dont fancy their food. parking it the only issue, but then its only a few mins from the train station!
Lisa, I've stayed in the Brae Guest House just near Meadowbank stadium prior to half / full marathons in Edinburgh - quiet, friendly, and they have a family room, according to their website: www.braeguesthouse.com
Tariff might work out the same as a Premier Inn for a family, but it was suitable for a couple compared to the other B&B prices in the city centre.
I'm running Edinburgh Marathon this year, and it's also my first one! Scary stuff! Especially as I've slowed my training right down this year and have only run 10k races. Oops! Bet get moving and sort out a proper training plan for my fridge I'm going to have a look at the 'ultimate' training plans on here and Hal Higdon. Any other recommendations?
You get a tech tee with your medal at the finish. And yes, the medals this year DID look like willies. Especially from the reverse side. Big LOL!
The run along the coast is beautiful and the beach at Gullane looks gorgeous. I wanted to go paddling in it! Waist pack with water bottle would be a good idea - drink the water on offer at the water stations and refill your bottles too if necessary. Edinburgh is usually cold in May but for whatever reason the marathon day has been scorching hot for something like 4 years out of the last 5.
12,500 runners was for the whole event - the half marathon, 10K and kids runs too. I think there were about 5,000 runners doing the full marathon.
Edinburgh city centre is very expensive to stay in but there are some cheap hostels which have a very good reputation if you don't mind dorm type sleeping. Some of them do have private rooms as well. Also there are the usual Welcome Inn type chain hotels on the outskirts that are £29-ish per room. You don't need to spend a fortune if you don't want to.
This is my first marathon too..should have done it last year but due to illness had to sell my number...anyway looking forward now and any tips on training..blisters (not) will be all taken into consideration thanx ..be happy & safe running to all who read this.