Edinburgh Marathon 2014

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02/01/2014 at 12:10

Although I don't expect this thread to rival the Brighton Marathon one (!) which is already many pages long, I think that there is some value to have a space that you can post about your training experiences of a particular race.

So this is for those of us who are going to Edinburgh for the marathon this year.

Edinburgh will be my second marathon. I did Brighton last year and got the time of 4 hours, 54. So this year I am hoping for a PB .


02/01/2014 at 13:21

Hi Kathy. I'm doing Edinburgh this year it will be my first Marathon. Training is not going great so far. Started with a broken wrist now having trouble staying clear of colds. Hoping that something will click soon and I will feel like I can run again.

02/01/2014 at 13:48

Edinburgh is going to be my very first marathon as well, done 2 half marathons in the Autumn and training is going pretty well so i'm confident.  Goal is a sub 4 hour finish so that's what i'm training for .

Just a quick question though to people who have done it before, a very special lady friend of mine will be coming up to watch me do it.  What are the facilities like at the finish line for her and how easy is it to get around to the different sections of the race, don't want her getting bored, that's all.  And what's the best way to get back to the centre of Edinburgh after you finish the race?

02/01/2014 at 19:00

Hi Kevin. When did you injure your wrist? It takes about 6 weeks to mend, doesn't it? Have you researched the exercises you can do with that injury?

Hi Simon. I wasn't sure about getting back post-race, as well. There are nearby bus routes, but I have got a EMF bus ticket back to the city centre in case that was more convenient. Spectators can also get a ticket, I think from the start to the finish and then back to the centre. You can see the details on the website.

02/01/2014 at 20:45

Kathy. Had the cast off about 6 weeks now so gradually getting back on track. It was a dodgy break so wasn't allowed to run or cycle for 6 weeks, it has been hard work getting that fitness back. Just got back in from a run 10mins ago and feeling happier, only ran 3.5miles but it's the best I've felt for weeks.

02/01/2014 at 23:09

Hiya, I'm signed up for Edinburgh too... I did the half last year but going for the whole thing this time.

Training so far has been a bit less than it should have been but hopefully it'll settle down at work within a week or two and I'll be able to follow a program properly!


Has anyone else got a half-marathon planned for the run-up to Edinburgh? I'll be at Alloa aiming for sub-1:50 for hopefully scraping in under 4 in Edinburgh a few weeks later..

03/01/2014 at 10:29

Kevin, good start back, then

Hi Pineapple. The half must have been good if you want to do the full one.  I found it useful to do a few races as part of my training.

I didn't manage to do a race longer than a half though. Has any one done so and found it helpful?

03/01/2014 at 11:02

I did have a good look through the EMF website Kathy yesterday after i posted, got the bus tickets for us both, booked into the Crowne Plaza as well and now just have to sort out the train tickets up from Grantham...expensive but should be a fantastic weekend hopefully.  

I did 2 half marathons end of last year, the Robin Hood one and the Worksop one, haven't really looked into doing a half early this year but it's probably a good idea just to show me that my half times have improved from last years best of 1:59:27, all the longer distance runs, i'll be doing in the training regime only.

03/01/2014 at 11:53

Hi, I'm signed up for the marathon again, did it last year but it was a bit of a blur as had stomach problems though I can say there were plenty of toilets along the way, also doing the 5k the day before

03/01/2014 at 13:16

Kathy, yes not a bad start beginning to feel like a runner again, just need to stay clear of injury.

Pineapple, I plan to do a half in the build up somewhere possibly Sleaford as its about the closest to me in Feb/March.

pinkbug, fingers crossed your stomach will be fine this year

Simon, have you ever done the Sleaford half?

03/01/2014 at 15:02

Kevin, no i haven't, i was looking at that this morning and pondering doing it but i was hoping to do a warmer half marathon in April time, 4 - 6 weeks before, which is what my training program asks for.

I was looking at the Grantham half marathon as well which i think is middle of March.

03/01/2014 at 15:40

Simon, it should be a good weekend Are you staying until the Bank Holiday Monday?

Hi Pinkbug, I hope that this year it will be better for you. You are brave doing the 5k the day before.

03/01/2014 at 16:14

Yes i am Kathy, catching the train back on the Monday, think i'll be a bag of nerves on the Saturday when i come up as well.  If anyone is looking for a running buddy for the marathon and looking at a 4 hour finish, let me know as i'll be on my own so it'll be nice to have someone to help keep the nerves away pre-race and help keep the pace and push me.

03/01/2014 at 16:19

Hi everyone.  Have signed up for this as well and it will be my first marathon after a couple of halves last year.

Also looking for a 4 hour finish ideally but my lack of longer races makes it hard to predict.

03/01/2014 at 21:33

I am hoping for 4 to 4.5 hrs if my training goes well. Might prove difficult as I haven't run a half for over a year, will just have to see how it goes


04/01/2014 at 15:17

Another Edinburgh victim here! Also looking for a sub 4 finish and would pleased to meet up with anybody hoping to run at similar pace on the day. 

This'll be my second marathon, although I'm thinking of attempting the Belvoir Challenge in early March, so could be the third. Belvoir is mostly cross country so more of a training experience rather than a race for me.

04/01/2014 at 16:26

Hi everyone.

It seems that most of you are going for around 4 hours time. I will be way behind

04/01/2014 at 16:31

Hi all, I have also entered EM 2014, it will be my second marathon (first was Berlin this past September, did 3.51), hoping to run 3.50-3.45, but let's see how the training goes!

Good luck with training, when is everyone starting their plans?

04/01/2014 at 18:25

Hi Paupau. Yes, good luck everyone with your training.

I am currently getting training fit before starting my training! Then the 16 week countdown starts Feb 10th. But I will probably start a week before then, so I  have a bit of leeway.

04/01/2014 at 19:10

What sort of time are you hoping for Kathy?

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