As I sit here at my desk (!) thinking about Sunday and how great I felt after finishing my first half-marathon, at Silverstone, I am now thinking about my first marathon.
I want to allow plenty of time to up my level from where I am currently to marathon-ready, so I am erring towards the Autumn.
I am someone who has to have soemthing to work / aim towards, I think next Spring is too far away, so I'm thinking this Autumn.
There seem to be a few around Septemeber / October, and my question is can anyone offer any words, etc, about which one would make for a good first marathon.
By good, I mean one that won't scare me off doing a subsequent one, one that people have run and found well organised and efficient, good atmosphere, etc.
I have heard the Chester Marathon is quite good.
If you're willing to travel, Amsterdam is a good one.
Very flat, very well-organised, start and finish in the Olympic stadium
Thanks Wilkie, will check it out.
Hi David, I'm based in London and more than happy to travel anywhere UK / short-haul to Europe.
Amsterdam was pretty reasonable on prices too. I have just booked the race, flights and hotel for it.
I have heard the race itself is a bit boring. Then again any run around a flat city route isn't going to thrill you much A stadium finish is nice though.
I've got Amsterdam booked too. A couple of friends of mine are running it as well and we're turning it into a mini-holiday.
I am very tempted to sign up for Amsterdam.
Thoguh I might do the Yorkshire Marathon, for charity, as my family live closeby, so would have lots of on-hand support!
I have signed-up for the Chester Marathon on 6th October.
The reviews I read are on the whole very positive and it's up north, so the family will be on close-hand for support.
And plenty of time to train.
That's really good to hear, as it'll be my first I wanted to pick one that hopefully won't put me off doing another one in the future!
And thank you for offering to answer any questions I have, I may just take you up on the offer.
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