Run The World With RW - 2004!

Our finest trips ever: run with us in Switzerland and at the ING New York City Marathon!

Posted: 11 March 2004

Enjoy running? Like overseas travel? Like the company of other runners? Think you might be able to tolerate the company of RW staff members on their best behaviour for a few days or more...?

Great! Runner's World has been enjoying your company on foreign training and racing trips for over 15 years - and we love it when you tell us that the feling is mutual.

This year we'd modestly suggest you should cancel all your other travel plans and come away with us - because we've created our most mouth-watering trio of events ever. Fights are already breaking out in our offices over who will go on which trip...

Here are what are undoubtedly our two finest travel packages, just for you in 2004. We run them in conjunction with Mike Gratton's 2:09 Events.

RW Swiss Trail Week and Alpine Marathon Events, Davos, July 23 - August 1

If ever there was a tour for superlatives, this is it. Magnificent scenery, fantastic trail running, superb walking, excellent races - Davos has the lot - a truly superb holiday for runners and families alike. The week of sociable running cumlinates in the multi-thousand-strong Swiss Alpine Marathon - a choice of 30K, 42K or 78K trail races along the beautiful Dischma Valley and - for the longer races - up to the the glacier-lined Kettshutte and Scaletta Pass at 2606m.

Find out more!


RW New York City Marathon Experience, November 7, 3-6 nights

New York is a marathon not to be missed - it really is the most complete marathon experience: a classic course through the five New York Boroughs crossing the impressive Verazzano-Narrows Bridge at the start and the Queensboro Bridge at 15 miles, sensational views of the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building at halfway, then the incredible crowds when you enter Manhattan on First Avenue...

The RW package not only gives you a guaranteed entry (UK runners can only enter via a UK tour company or charity), a tip-top hotel and all the help you need from RW staff in marathon week itself - but you can also call on RW staff for training advice from the moment you sign up. That's something that until now, money just couldn't buy!

Find out more!


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I would like to enter the Dublin Marathon. Since London, which was my first, I've got the bug! So can anyone forward some contact details for Dublin? Anyway, thank you all for your help. Have a great running season.

Regards Sam
Posted: 06/05/2004 at 12:34

Check the following:

The site doesn't seem to be quite up-to-date (blurb about course map available at the end of March - unless they mean '05!)
However there is a link to online registration, see:

Good luck.

Posted: 06/05/2004 at 19:02

Thanks for that! I have now entered. Hopefully see some of you there!

Have a great weekend.
Posted: 07/05/2004 at 09:26


I ran this last October and apart from it being on a Monday (that's us Irish for you)it was a very enjoyable race. Starts & finishes in the city centre with a good watching crowd but once out of the city it is a bit quite, but very pleasant, nice medal & T-shirt at the finish.

Phoenix Park is the highlight, running past the deer and near to Dublin Zoo (where, so they tell you the original lion in the MGM caption came from).

Posted: 12/05/2004 at 15:40

Entering is usually no problems although this year is the 25th anniversary so it may get a bit busier than usual. Ran it last year and found it quite enjoyable - I'm still thinking about doing it this year. I'll decide at the end of August after my first 1/2 marathon. If the time looks alot better than last year then I'll probably do it.
Posted: 13/05/2004 at 12:42

btw - if you're feeling fit and enjoy smaller marathons then check out - nice small marathon held at the end of august in the Irish midlands. It can be a bit warm but there is a good atmosphere from the locals. It's a pretty flat course and takes in alot of countryside rather than the usual city scenery.
Posted: 13/05/2004 at 12:46

Hi all

I've entered for the Dublin marathon. I've never ran a marathon before (infact i've only recently completed my first 5k race) I'm quite scared about what i've gone n done so if anyone has any motivation tips or anything useful to share with an absolute running beginner who can make completely rash decisions to enter a marathon on a whim then please pass them on.
Posted: 18/05/2004 at 23:26


Best advice i can give is to slowly increase your weekly mileage, no more than 2-3 miles a week and take each mile slowly.

I also started from a 5k base when i first ran London, and finished in 4:45, by gradually building up.

This web-site has perfect advice, under the training section, for marathons and Dublin is a good race to do as a first, not too crowded, but nice atmosphere.

Hope you do well.

Posted: 19/05/2004 at 08:43

Thanks RR for advice.

How long did you train for prior to your marathon?
Posted: 19/05/2004 at 19:08


I started training about 4 months before the race (when i found out I had been accepted) and had a fairly loose training schedule, which allowed for a gradual increase and also for limited training time, due to work.

Since I ran London in 2001 I have done 3 more marathons and I'm due to run Amsterdam in October, but i still use the same training plans and have now got down to 3:32, with no injuries.

Posted: 20/05/2004 at 08:17


Well done on deciding to enter. That's the easy bit!

Serious advice: we can all throw in random nuggets of wisdom, most of which I'm sure will be useful, but you do need a solid foundation to start from. It's pretty essential to follow a training schedule, particularly for your first one. There are quite a few of these about, some on this website if you hunt them down (click on the training tab at the top of the page). A lot of us have used the hal higdon training plans ( successfully, and I'd recommend you taking a look and/or buying one of his marathon training books. It's a personal thing, but I prefer the hal higdon novice plan to most others I've seen because he keeps it simple. The increasing runs are based on mileage alone rather than too much faffing about with intervals, weight training, hills, fartlek, speed training etc. All of things are useful, particularly for a serious runer, but for a newbie, they can be confusing and off-putting, and frankly I wouldn't biother with them at first.

Following a plan ensures that your training progresses. Typically, you start with fairly low mileage and gradually build up to a peak about 3 weeks before the race. There are good reasons for doing things steadily, and you need a training plan to guide you.

The HH plans are all 18 weeks long. For the Dublin marathon, ususally the end of October, you'll be starting 'serious training' round mid-June, so you're timing is just right. As long as you can run 3 miles (and you can if you've done a 5K race) then you're ready to go. Before the 18 weeks starts, you need to be just keeping your fitness levels up, running steadily.

My own story is typical of a lot of runners - ran a marathon only about 6 months after starting to run. It's actually not that sensible(!) but it IS POSSIBLE, and many thousands of us have done it. It's tough, and often frustrating and depressing when things go wrong, BUT building up the miles, and running new longer distances each week, is absolutely exhilarating, and incredibly exciting. And the sense of achievement at the end is just one of the best feelings ever. It really is an investment. It virtually ruins your life for 4 months, but after it's over you feel incredibly enriched by the experience. You'll feel more self-confident, more motivated, and will probably have much higher self-esteem.

I'd really recommend it. I'm just an overweight, ageing plodder, never destined to be in the first 75% of finishers, but even I can enjoy these things, so I'm sure you can.

I'm also hoping to do Dublin, so I'll follow your progress. Come on Agnes, you can do it!

Posted: 20/05/2004 at 09:00

Hey RR & Andy

many thanks for your advice. I've been feeling a bit mad for considering such a thing but you's have given me much more positive feelings - cheers for that. I will look up info re HH.

I've been panicking a bit because I had a bit of a knee and lower back prob and although i still done the 5k in an ok time for me (35.40) i was having serious doubts if I had enough time to train- but seems like i have. i'm not too bothered about time I just want to DO IT!! I don't even own a watch. Do you think this is a bad idea or should I be timing?
Posted: 20/05/2004 at 22:47


A watch would be helpful, to make sure that you are getting enough time on you feet on the sunday runs, but you shouldn't be a slave to it. You've got the right attitude in that you just want to do it, as that removes the pressure of getting round in a certain time.

Good luck with the training, I'm sure you will do yourself proud.

Posted: 21/05/2004 at 09:22

Agnes, a watch is useful to measure progress, but not essential at all. Your objective in a first marathon should be just to get round the distance, no need to worry about time. Apart from anything else, if it's your first time, it's hard to know what time to expect.

Re your back/knee trouble, make sure you're using the right shoes. Bizarre though it may sound, the wrong shoes is a common cause of knee and back problems.

Posted: 21/05/2004 at 09:25

Hi. Signed up to do Dublin too with one of my friends. It'll be the first marathon for both of us. Anyone tell us what the course is like - hilly? flat? We fly back to england on the weds. Will we be in any state to enjoy the hospitality and guinness on the tuesday night?
Posted: 21/05/2004 at 11:48

The organisers call it flat, but the course does undulate a bit, and they tend to reverse the route each year, but you always get a long hill at 20 miles (not steep, but very long).

As the race is on a Monday you are ok to enjoy the Saturday night out, especially as it's an Irish Bank Holiday weekend and on Monday night just about every bar has live music (always worth a stagger to as last year one bar in O'Connell street was giving a free pint to Marathon runners).

Posted: 21/05/2004 at 12:17

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