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 ?
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.
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.
anyone know if this sells out generally? I like the look of it, but can't commit just yet
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)
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?!
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)...
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.
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.
all quiet since january...
who is still going? how is training going?
any more news/info from/on Hamburg?
Interested to hear from anyone else who is going over.
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...
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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