Hamburg Marathon 2010

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06/10/2009 at 12:52

Now that the London rejections are out, and I've got my tacky red plastic virgin mac, I was looking for an alternative.  With Brighton also full, and the Scots wanting £2.50 just to pay to enter Edinburgh, I thought I might give Hamburg a pop.   I have heard quite a few good reports about it, and really enjoyed doing Berlin a few times, but any views one way or the other ? 

06/10/2009 at 13:16

I love running Hamburg and have done it a few times now. I have also run Berlin. Both races are excellently organised and enjoy enormous and very enthusiastic support all the way along the route. I have to say that I prefer Hamburg. The support there is more personal and warmer and it's an excellent time of year to run.

I can warmly recommend Hamburg. It's a fantastic place to run.

06/10/2009 at 13:48
Right back at ya, slack al.  Entered Paris as the London alternative.  Do feel just a little bit conned even though you volunatarily let your fee go in return for a jacket ?  My jacket fits nicely though.
06/10/2009 at 16:34

Another recommendation for Hamburg.

I did it in 2005, and loved it. Huge event, perfectly organised and enthusiastically supported by (they estimate) more than half a million spectators.

Nice city too. We found plenty to do over a long weekend, then hired a car and had 2 or 3 days outside the city.

The course is dead flat. Some of it is a little dull if I'm honest, meandering around the suburbs, but there are plenty of interesting places too, like the dock area, and through the city centre.

Go for it.

02/11/2009 at 15:02


anyone know if this sells out generally? I like the look of it, but can't commit just yet

02/11/2009 at 17:59

just read the below from the official website...  does anybody know of anyone who has been rejected under this selection process?  Don't think I can handle another rejection this year   

Entrant Selection process (runners only)
Starters will be selected by a selection process after the registration deadline has expired. All entries will be sorted according to time categories. There will be a fixed number of entrants allocated for each time category (3; 3,5; 3,30; …6 hours for first time runners). Within each time category there is also a set quota for women runners. Should a time category be over-subscribed the organizers of Marathon Hamburg will apply a selection process which will be restricted only to the respective time category and will not affect other time categories. The selection process applies only to individual entries and not to team and other group entries which will be treated separately. All walkers and entrants who meet the following criteria will not be affected by the selection process: (i.e. are guaranteed a starter place)

02/11/2009 at 19:03
No - this is new to 2010. There hasn't been an entrant selection process before.
05/11/2009 at 10:43

robejo - did NYC Marathon at the weekend and spoke to the Hamburg guys at the Expo as am keen to do this one next year.

Didn't ask specifically about the selection process, but the guy mentioned that as a foreigner I was almost certain to get in if I applied shortly as I believe they have a quota for overseas runners that is more generous than for domestic entries. He also said that although the entry closes for domestic entries fairly soon (end of Nov I think?), foreign entries are accepted into next year. That said, am literally doing my entry in the next five minutes to be safe!

Have only heard good things about this marathon. Flat, fast course, yet has good crowds. Well organised (is Germany after all!) and reasonably cheap city to get to (from UK anyway) and stay in. If you were looking for another London alternative, I can definitely recommend Paris. Amazing course and great crowds, although slight downside is cost of accomodation.

Who else is in for Hamburg?!

26/11/2009 at 00:37
It's a bit ambiguous to say the least. I have registered online and received the following e-mail:

Dear Participant!

Your online registration has been processed under the order ID XXXXXXXXXXX.

Pending the receipt of your final payment of 93,50 euros,
you are registered as follows:

Blah, blah, blah...

Your account/credit card will be charged the above amount in the next few days.
The charge can be identified by the reference "XXXXXXXXXXXXX".

Thank you!

I also now appear in a list of 'participants' on the website. This would all see to imply that I have secured a place, but I would like to know for sure before booking flights and hotels. Also, if I don't get a place in the marathon, I don't want to miss the opportunity of entering the Barcelona marathon. Can anyone shed any light on this?
26/11/2009 at 11:10

If they've taken your money and your name appears on the participant list, I reckon it's a fairly safe bet to say you're in.

For what it's worth, I went through this process some weeks ago and haven't received anything other than what you've mentioned (by email or post), but am working on assumption that I'm in and have booked flights.

Can always enter Barcelona as well, I have! Am running that as part of a solid training plan for Hamburg (where am trying for Boston qualifying), and there is still sufficient recovery time between the two (so says Hal Higdon anyway)...

26/11/2009 at 12:18
Thank you theboynice! Now why did you have to go and put that idea in my head!!!! Very tempting!
08/12/2009 at 13:44

Hi All,

I'm signed up for this also. Anyone in the know have any suggestions for best area to stay or even a decent hotel suggestion? I'm guessing somewhere in the vicinity of the start/finish area is always a good bet!

 Any info appreciated, ta.

11/12/2009 at 09:41

also just signed up.

have just finished Luton which was a bit of a slog in the wind, so I wanted something fast, flat and temperate to go for next.

ditto for advice on accommodation.  

07/01/2010 at 10:15
Hi All,

This will be my first Marathon (after another London rejection, boo!), I have my place confirmed and my accommodation booked (pre and post race anyway).

Anyone know if the German RW has pacers at this event the way they do at the London Marathon?

02/03/2010 at 14:56

all quiet since january...

who is still going? how is training going?

any more news/info from/on Hamburg? 

06/04/2010 at 16:00
Is there anyone out there who is still going to Hamburg or is it going to be a small expeditionary party from the UK taking on all-comers?I've now completed my last serious long run and would appear to be in much better shape for Hamburg than at the same point for Dublin 2009, my first marathon.  That said, I think that breaking 4 hours for the first time may still be a little ambitious even if I am only trying to shave a further 8 minutes off.

 Interested to hear from anyone else who is going over.

06/04/2010 at 18:03
Hello Birdy123!

I think you're right - we are in quite an exclusive group. On the marathon website, you can check the list of participants and search by city. I seem to be the only person doing the marathon from Leeds, the fourth largest city in the country, I think, and I've looked for participants from Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol and there's nobody! There only appears to be 30 odd people registered from London, and half of them have German sounding names, so it looks like our country is depending on us!

Glad to hear you're feeling in good shape. My first marathon was also Dublin 2009, which I managed in 3:42. I did the Liverpool half marathon a week last Sunday to test my fitness for Hamburg, and my result there (1:34) confirms my marathon prediction time from my last 10k in November (the Leeds Abbey Dash), which is 3:20. I have to say, this seems like wishful thinking to me, but, as long as we luck out with the weather (please, no wind or rain), and the course is as flat as its supposed to be, I might stand a chance. I'd be more than happy to break 3:30.

I too just did my last 20 miler yesterday after a long and boozy weekend in Prague. Thankfully it went okay. Like I kept saying to myself as I downed one beer after another, you build up fitness over weeks and months, not days!! I'm definitely gonna be (a little) better behaved from now to the marathon.

Anyway, good luck with the magic taper. I look forward to your next post, and to hearing from anyone else headed to Hamburg.

Edited: 07/04/2010 at 03:11
08/04/2010 at 10:02

Birdy, Marcus - add me to the apparently short list of Brits running this one. Live in London, but thegirlnice is German and so we're seeing her family over in Hamburg before and after the race.

Being flat and fast, had planned Hamburg for my major assault on the 3 hour barrier, but somehow managed to break that in Barcelona last month, so have been a little slack on the training front since. I now also have a stag weekend starting in Edinburgh tomorrow. As such, just hoping to get round in as close to 3 hours as possible, without being in too much of a mess at the end in front of 'der in-laws'.

Last long-ish run today, but hoping that the hard training and big mileage I managed over the winter for Barcelona will still stand me in good stead.

Looking forward to it...

09/04/2010 at 00:24
Three hours, Master Nice?! That's really awesome - well done. You'll have to give me some training tips. I wouldn't worry about the stag weekend - you've got plenty of time to recover, provided you don't get totally trashed, fall over and break a leg...or summat!
13/04/2010 at 11:35

Hi all, I'll be in Hamburg too, with my boyfriend. We're both from London and are definitely from the 50% of non-German sounding names. Really looking forward to it. Hoping to break 4 hours - 3 hours is a very distant dream, well done theboynice!!! It's my fourth marathon, and bf's 1st... although sadly I think he's going to find it a lot easier than me, damn him. I introduce him to running and he repays me by becoming faster and fitter than me... how rude!

 Anyone know what the weather tends to be like in Hamburg at this time of year? We didn't really enjoy our first sunny run of 2010 the weekend just gone.

 Good luck everyone!

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