2009 Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon

31st May 2009.

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31/08/2008 at 13:47

well the organisers have taken on board all the feedback and im crazy enough to give the 26.2 another go  !!!!!.....anyone else like to join in for another 9 months of chocaholic talk ,wine and running ??...ya know ya want to !!!! xx

Entries for the 2009 Albert Bartlett Edinburgh Marathon will open on 1st September 2009. After delivering another great event in May this year, it’s expected that entries will grow significantly again for the 2009 event.  Entries for the 2008 marathon saw a dramatic increase from 5,450 entries in 2007 to 10,230 entries in 2008, a remarkable 85% growth. 

Main Changes for 2009

Firstly, we would like to say a big big thank you to the 2,800 runners who completed the post race runner survey. An impressive 91% of marathon runners and 96% of relay runners said they would recommend the race to a friend. We are not content to rest on our laurels and are committed to producing an even better event in 2009. We have studied your feedback in detail and introduced a range of improvements to ensure that we deliver an even better race in May 2009.

Key Changes:

·         To ensure that a top quality event is delivered and to ensure that the runners get a quality experience entries will be capped at 11,500. This will allow for a modest 20% growth to ensure that a top quality race is delivered. 

·         Changes to the start and finish areas. We are making significant changes to the start and finish areas to give more space to runners/supporters and to ease congestion.

·         We have removed the ballot entry system. Entries will be on a first come, first served basis. Entries will close when we reach 11,500 entries or 15th January 2009, whichever is soonest. To secure your place please entry early. The result of Flora London Marathon ballot is taking place earlier so we will get a rush of entries in October due to our offer to all Flora London Marathon rejected runners.

·         There will not be a compulsory EXPO for 2009. All running packs (timing chip, running number, final competitor instructions) will be posted out to UK runners.

·         The compulsory Expo will be replaced with a pre race party/Ceilidh (mini EXPO) in the city centre. This will be a lively, sociable occasion which will give you a true sense of Scotland historical capital. We are in the planning stages of this at the moment and will inform all our runners in due course through the eNewsletter.

·         Many runners commented on the uneven surface on the entrance to Gosford House around the 17 mile mark. We will resurface this area to make it flatter and easier to run on.

·         We will have more shuttle buses for spectators and runners and are also introducing other changes to make the shuttle buses a more efficient service.

·         Goodybag. We are replacing our cotton finishers t-shirt with a technical Asics running t-shirt. We are also aiming to significantly improve the quality and quantity of the content of the goodybag.

31/08/2008 at 14:15
Hi Amber!!!
Its a 'maybe' for me at the moment but see how things plan out!!!
Molly XX been here too long!!
31/08/2008 at 15:08

HHHMMmmm- probably, dunno, will decide after loch ness. The trouble was that this year, I was soo worried about injuring myself and screwing up the marathon, that I didn't do as many shorter races. OH will probably kill me, too!

OK, put me down as a "probably-maybe".

31/08/2008 at 20:24

Hey there Amber, as you know I've done this one for the last 2 years but not next year. So I am supporting and not running. Not planning on running any marathons next year, just a couple of halves, some 10K's and more smaller off road stuff and cycling instead.

Hi Molly & Tricia  go on girls get in there and apply......

31/08/2008 at 20:55

Hi guys! 

I agree with  what  Bungee just said  and also will give this a big wide swerve in 2009.  10k's and halfs I enjoy doing, but  marathons......no thanks and  probably never again!

Interesting,  in Amber's post at the top though,  that the organisers have listened  to people and seem intent on making some good improvements to the race for next year, so well done to them I'm sure it will be a good event and best of luck to all who will be running!

31/08/2008 at 21:50
Hiya Amber et al. Not for me I don't think, but shove me in the supporters lounge please!
31/08/2008 at 23:14

Probably count me in.... I think

01/09/2008 at 07:54
I will be entering again and have just spread the word on our club thread
01/09/2008 at 08:47

That's it.... I'm in Want to aim for a 15min PB... maybe

01/09/2008 at 09:08

Thats it Smout think positive, I reckon you'll be on for a PB anyway whatever it may be

BarcaBri I know I will do another marathon again, just not next year lol There are ones abroad I fancy doing and maybe down south, its the commitment to the training that I am fed up with so fancy a rest from that! I'll be lured back in 2010 no doubt and I'll keep applying for FLM every year as I have a wee soft spot for that

hiya bedshaped, fancy meeting you in the supporters lounge  thought you might be running this one instead???

01/09/2008 at 09:18

Well thats me in too very strainghtforward entry !! ....so just you and me and fox so far smout !!

treated myself to ne of there asics training t shirts too ....glad they got rid of the cotton ones

 bungee reakon we will get lots more on board when we tel them about our great supporters lounge with babysitting facilities !!!!!

01/09/2008 at 09:29
Hmmmmmm, not sure yet.  Didn't do it this year but did miss the lack of focus of not having a strict training regime.  I'll give it another couple of months to decide.
01/09/2008 at 10:19
I'm glad to see that the organiser seem to have taken on board a lot of the feedback. I'm going to wait to see if I get into London or not before entering Edinburgh. If it's a rejection from London then I'll definately be entering Edinburgh, just to see if they have taken the feedback on board!!!
01/09/2008 at 10:31

I'm definitely doing it next year and have entered this morning! So no excuses over the winter! I learned a few lessons this year about how not to run a marathon so I'm looking forward to 2009.

Lesson 1: Don't try and make up for time lost in the first few miles by running fast for a few miles with the idea of making the time back then settling back into my target pace. I now realise the stupidity of that one as I had a good 11 miles to contemplate the agony and despair and how I wished I hadn't done that! 

01/09/2008 at 10:41

yeah  steven  i agree its good to have the structure of a marathon training plan ...i miss it .....didnt think i would

i have to admit wasnt impressed with the organisation of this years event and wasn't going to do it again ...but the changes are exactly what i was looking for ....i  also think an optional pre race party in the city centre is a brilliant idea !

welcome aboard once again Greg !

01/09/2008 at 10:57

ha ha @ the supporters lounge with baby sitting facilities  

Oh you've got the marathon bug again Amber

There will be a fair few people doing the same thing re waiting on London entry Leslie, I did both this year and even though they were 6 wks apart, I was racing inbetween aswell and it took a lot out of me come Edinburgh. This year I am hoping I DON'T get in lol

01/09/2008 at 10:59
Amber - as it turned out this year I would have struggled to be marathon fit for a couple of reasons so in a way I am glad I chose not to do it before they kicked in! 
01/09/2008 at 11:11
Amber I can't help myself! Despite the pain and suffering back in May I know I can seriously improve on my time and I feel as though I have some unfinished business to take care of!
01/09/2008 at 11:20
LoL yeah i know bungee !.....Im getting restless for a challenge .....like Greg i have unfinished buisness ..im STILL chasing  that 3.45 !
DCB
01/09/2008 at 11:36
I'm in as well.  Let the fun begin!
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