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Athens Marathon 2018 - who's in?
I've just signed up for The Authentic Marathon / Athens on Nov 11th 2018. Anyone else thinking of doing this or has signed up? It'd be great to hear from you if you're doing it! 30 weeks and counting!
I am planning to do this one (my second marathon), but I have had some problems getting confirmation of my entry. Have you got yours? I paid and registered in April (the date of the original post), but can't find an email to say that I am in! Quite worrying, especially as I get no reply from any of the social media contacts or email.
Anyone else had this problem?
My confirmation email went into my spam folder and it was only by accident that I checked. Have you looked in your spam folder or equivalent?
martin smith 51
Hi there , I’m in , this will be my 7th year in a row doing Athens , can’t wait , fly from Manchester on Friday 9th November and back on Wednesday 14th , Yorkshire marathon in 2 weeks first though , you should definitely have a confirmation email Anthony
Hello Martin, how exciting to find someone who's run this before! It must be good if you've done it 7 times? (Blimey!) Does this race have pace runners? I've just emailed them to find out but doubt i'll get a response so it's great to hear from you. And for the record, just how bad are the hills in the middle section? What time bus to Marathon do you catch? Am thinking it's going to be a reasonably early start on the Sunday. And I'm thinking we're on the same flight from Manchester on the Friday!! It'll be the trainers that give us away!!!
martin smith 51
Hi there gje , I don’t recall pace runners from previous years , not sure it’s the kind of race where pace runners is necessaryif u no what I mean , it is the Authentic marathon and the Greeks are very proud of it so it is such a privilege to run the historic course from marathon back to the original olympic stadium in Athens , the hills aren’t steep hills it is just a very gradual climb from mile 13 ish to 20 , the last 6 miles is pretty much all downhill into Athens , the bus u catch on the Sunday morning to marathon is the road u ran back on , u will notice it going gradually downhill with the blue line in the centre of the road , I normally get the bus about 6am , the last bus is about 6.30am , most hotels in Athens do an early breakfast , me and the other half are on the easyJet flight at 07.55am , there is normally loads of runners on the flight English and Greek , I will be wearing my 2017 shirt which is a yellow adidas one , the shirts have been fantastic each year , great quality and styling , the hospitality of the Greeks on the day of the race is amazing , not the most scenic route but when u run through some of the small villages the support is great , where are u stopping ? , let me know if u want to know anything else , weather , tavernas etc , cheers Martin
hello martin, thanks for such a useful response, you've answered all those niggly Qs i needed to know to put my mind at rest. I'm an old fashioned "find joy in the journey" type marathoner so have no PB ambitions at all - my pace runner enquiry was because the only time i've time i've ever followed one I was startled at the (positive) difference it made to my last 6 miles. I've been doing my best to train on hills but am expecting this portion to be testin but what will be, will be! That said i really am looking forward to this event (tremendously) so am trying to not get too overexcited (yet). BTW, at the finish in the stadium, i assume other halves can get access to it & cheer us over the line?
martin smith 51
hi gje , yes other halves can watch runners come into the stadium , my other half is doing the 10k so will be in the stadium to hopefully see me finish , the best place for your other half as a vantage point is on the left hand side of the stadium when u look into it as this is the side we run in ( lower down is probably better to spot each other as it is a huge stadium ) , the expo for your race no etc is well out of town , the tram to delta falirou where the expo is takes well over an hour , my advice would be to get a taxi , depending on where u are stopping in Athens it is quite cheap ( from our hotel about 7-8 Euro’s each way ) if u go to the expo on the Saturday my advice would be to go as soon as it opens as it gets incredibly busy and u will be queuing to get in and it becomes a chore instead of been enjoyable , I have now started going on the Friday after we have dropped our things off at our hotel and then Saturday is a chilling day , where are u stopping ? , let me know if u need any other useless information , cheers Martin
Martin, you're a mine of useful info, thanks for these v valuable tips! (especially the EXPO bit. i find them a bit overwhelming at the best of times so will make an early start.) I'm staying at the Radisson & like you, I'm planning to have a relaxing Saturday with my feet up. Forecast is looking good currently: 18c & sunny
martin smith 51
Hi gje , is yours the radison blu ? , we are in the Athens gate hotel which is in crawling distance ( after the marathon ) that is from the Olympic stadium where we finish , think your hotel is a bit further out , if u get time on the fri aft or sat go down to the stadium and watch them setting up , it is an awesome sight , there is a museum in the stadium ( not visible from outside ) which is under the stands on the left hand side as you go in which is well worth looking at , it is home to Olympic torches from the games going back many years and old photographs , only a couple of Euro’s to get in and u can get headseats for commentary as u walk round , weather has been warm every year at the start of the race ( mid 60s ) at 9am , though it is unpredictable so be prepared ( sun tan cream at the start) if it’s looking warm , it did rain last year all day on our last day ( Tuesday ) so that turned into a marathon drinking session , don’t know if ur planning on doing the acropolis , if u have time ( don’t know when u fly back ) leave it till after the marathon as it is hilly and tiring walking round it for several hours , cheers Martin
martin smith 51
that’s the yorkshire marathon out of the way 3.58.34 , now bring on Athens , hope the weather is going to be better than the heavy rain we had in york , think I’ll be realistically looking at about 4.10 in Athens but it also depends on the weather
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