Edinburgh Marathon 2013

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23/07/2012 at 20:42
Evening All,
Who is all up for Edinburgh again? This will be number 6 for me and at the moment am planning to try for a sub 4.
Previous results have been 5:53, 5:09, 4:59, 4:44 and 4:14 last year. One more try then I think it will be halfs for me from then on.

Who else is in for the madness that is Edinburgh again? or first time?
24/07/2012 at 00:06
Wow that's great improvement on your times. I'm doing my first half in September, the GNR and a local one in October too. I've entered the ballot for London but chances of getting a place are slim to none. This one might be an idea for my first marathon, I love Edinburgh. Is it a nice course around the city? X
24/07/2012 at 21:13

The Edinburgh course doesn't feature much of the city at all. It starts by the centre, heads out to Meadowbank then back to Leith at the beach, out to Musselburgh and beyond then doubles back so not a lot of Edinburgh in the course. 

The course is quite flat though and organisation is getting better - only comment I would have is to train in all kinds of weather as I have done it in hailstorms and 28 degree sunshine and no way to predict until the week before.

Goos luck with your GNR and October runs - let us know how you get on an whether you decide to go for Edinburgh

05/09/2012 at 21:26

Heard that Edinburgh is a great event, so I've booked in - my first marathon.  Done a few halfs & felt pretty good at 2hrs 26mins. 

Good to know that the info is right and it is flat - had my training all mapped out with hills! (Have done a few events that were so not flat)

Hoping to do this one in 5hrs ish - but to get round will do me fine.

28/09/2012 at 18:33

I entered as a back up to London and now I have my rejection looks like its on - bit nervous about the organisation  - is it so bad at the end and getting back to the city?

29/09/2012 at 07:31

I think the journey back to the city is getting better - it is a bit of a walk back to the buses from the finish but I only waited 5 mins once I was there this year. 

29/09/2012 at 14:17

I live in Edinburgh and will have nothing to do with this whole event. I ran the relay a couple of years ago and it was so badly organised. Our team only got one medal and we had to argue to be allowed back in to go back and get our medals which had no year or race event on it. Everything about this event is about doing it on the cheap. The Bupa 10k and Rock n Roll Half goes through the City Centre so no reason the marathon can't other than £££. There is very little crowds out to support and being run along the seafront is very exposed to the wind. It is a flat and fast course though. Having run Dublin last year though I would have to say it is 100times better than Edinburgh.

01/10/2012 at 20:15

Evening all

Im back again this year, enjoyed last years despite the heat so have some unfinished business. I found as my first marathon it was a very good experience with good organisation and support. Also a great city so will make a weekend of it again.

Ive got Liverpool in a couple of weeks so will have something to compare tt with.

02/10/2012 at 08:48
I don't see the point in doing the same event repeatedly. My plan is to do 2 maras per year - one 'home' and one 'away' - until my body gives up. I did manchester earlier this year and berlin 2 days ago. 2013 will be edinburgh and amsterdam. I've registered for edinburgh but the comments on here so far make me question whether that was a wise idea. But all events are very different - hard to imagine anything better than berlin or worse than manchester. If you do just one mara in your life, make it berlin.
02/10/2012 at 22:24
Hi folks,
Just done Baxter's marathon on Sunday as my first.
Already looking forward to Edinburgh (even though the legs are still hurting). Hopefully I improve my time over the faster course.
Think I'd rather hailstones than 28 degrees.
06/10/2012 at 10:31

Organisation for Edinburgh has improved over the years - this will be number 6 in edinburgh for me. Only thing I would say is very little of the route is in Edinburgh. Starts at Regent Road/London Road and heads past arthurs seat and the parliament then out of the city to Meadowbank, leith and Musselburgh so not one if you want the city atmosphere/scenery. 

I am also doing Liverpool next week and Disneyworld in January so should be nice and prepped for Edinburgh (in theory) - might aim for a sub 4 then "retire"

20/10/2012 at 13:54

Unbelievable coincidence SweatySock.  I have exactly the same plan and did the exact same marathons this year and am doing the same two marathons next year - assuming my achilles tendonitis disappears!!

07/11/2012 at 12:24

I've signed up for this event next year as I wanted a relatively flat marathon to go for my PB. It will be my 6th marathon, having done London x2, Berlin, Paris and Halstead & Essex (highly recommended rural run). My PB was in Berlin a couple of years ago and I agree with SweatySock it's a must do for slick organisation and an ultra fast course - although you can't beat London for atmosphere, Paris sits somewhere in the middle for me. I have relatives in Edinburgh and I've been to the city lots of times so really for me it's about the run. Will think about Amsterdam in the Autumn as well.

07/11/2012 at 17:07
I want to do this but I need to make the missus agree to the thousand mile round trip.
10/11/2012 at 22:19

Evening all, mind if I join you? I did Paris and Amsterdam this year, and Edinburgh's on the to-do list for next year, although I'm going back to Paris next year, so I'm not planning to go flat-out in Edinburgh.

Elliott - Amsterdam 2013 entries open on Monday, although there's stacks of time before it fills up.

11/11/2012 at 13:38


Last tried and failed to run this marathon in 2008. Couldn't get beyond 15 miles in training without suffering various injuries and ended up not taking part. Have been competing in sprint triathlons since then but always felt I had unfinished business. I promised myself I wouldn't enter until I could get beyond 15 miles. I've managed a couple of 20 milers so far but going on for another six still seems impossible.


23/11/2012 at 22:43

Unbelievable right enought BigChief.  In fact, it's quite uncanny.  I wouldn't worry about the achilles tendonitis.  I've heard it's highly over-rated and nothing to worry about.  

01/04/2013 at 10:24

I did Paris in 2012 for my first. It was very congested and as a result had to spend much energy and time weaving in and out of people, especially the last 10 kms. Time was 4.14. Hoping Edinburgh will see a big improvement on that time ( theoretically I am in better shape).

04/04/2013 at 12:44

Tiny request - if you are doing the Edinburgh marathon would you please consider participating in my study which you can find on the Spring marathon thread as MSc Research Project requires marathon runners - no electrodes!

It's about using a positively focused self-talk technique to increase your resilience and positive affect (that's the strong positive moods that you can control).

It is straightforward and might just provide an additional tool to conquer the mental aspects of tackling a marathon. Drop me a line if you would like more details.


19/04/2013 at 15:21

First marathon for me having trained for the local Gloucester Marathon that was cancelled at end of Jan (due to snow). Pretty comfortable with HM with a PB of 1:39 but not sure at all what I'll be like over the 21m mark. Trained way too hard for Gloucester and realistically was on my last legs and glad it didn't go ahead. Have taken a more measured approach to Edinburgh (plus light evenings help) so will see how I get on. In to the last few training weeks now with the 18+ miles to come. Feeling more comfortable at the moment and my speed is still there (it had completely gone by the time I got to end of Jan for Glos)

First mark is to finish but would like to think I'll be between 4:00 - 4:30 in terms of time. We'll see!

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