TUI Marathon Palma de Mallorca

Oct 2010 - My big challenge...

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07/03/2011 at 16:39

Snake-hips - as GeeeM says - you can pick up your numbers on the morning - some of my friends did this as they were in the same boat too.

They went straight to the pub when they landed

28/04/2011 at 09:39

  I am interested in doing this marathon.

I recently ran London in 5h 28m and am wondering what sort of times are run here. I don't want to be the last to finish by about an hour!!!

Does anyone know what the average time is.


28/04/2011 at 11:45

Also are there any reccommendations with where to stay


28/04/2011 at 11:48
Some great hotels in along the strip by the marina, had one last year with a sea view - just can't remember the name, was just past the Hard Rock Cafe. They are about half a mile from the start and some great eateries in the old town.

Good luck WR
28/04/2011 at 11:57

Cheers Whitehead runner.

Did you do the race?

28/04/2011 at 12:01

That would be a great location WR!

We stayed in Illetes, (about 40 minutes away on the bus) which is a quiet town on the coast. I think I paid £200 for 4 nights B&B for 2 people - we stayed on for a few days afterwards so it made a great chill-out location to rest the legs

One piece of advice - check out the bus network, it's very cheap, frequent and easy to use - you'll save a lot of money compared to taxis! I even managed to convince my girlfriend to use it - and she hates public transport

It's a brilliant day - battling with 'ze Germans', I'd do it again this year but am off to Snowdonia instead!

28/04/2011 at 14:10

I ran the Palma Marathon last year, thoroughly enjoyed it. I stayed at the Hotel Meliá Palas Atenea which is on the harbour front, so perfectly positioned for registration, the start of the run and also post race celebrations.  

I ran it in 4 hours 12 minutes and loved the scenery of Palma, especially the first 13 miles of it, the 2nd half of the race not as picturesque as the 1st.

I flew into Palma Airport and like GeeeM, I used the bus service to get into Palma itself.  The bus is extremely cheap and reliable.

I'm hoping to enter the Galway Marathon this August and I've just done the London Marathon, a fantastic event.

Brush up on your German before you go and you'll be okay! 

28/04/2011 at 15:27

I saw an advert for this marathon in one of my running magazines. Thomson do packages at a reasonable price and I'm thinking of taking my hubby. However, I've also been recommended to do the Amsterdam marathon.

 Palma and Amsterdam are both on the same date which is the day before my birthday! It's my first marathon so i wantt to make sure it is a good one. However, i can't make up my mind which one to do. I've been to Amsterdam before on a social visit but not to Palma although the flatness of Amsterdam is appealing as is the scenery of please!

28/04/2011 at 18:03

I think this is a decent, fast course. I did the full, the wife did the half. First half is a bit'up and down', but on the 2nd half of the marathon, its pretty flat, and there is some run to run in - unlike some big marathons - so its a good marathon if you want to improve on a time.

 Last year we booked a room for the week (Thursday to Thursday) for about £150 off laterooms and we did our flights seperately - £190 for the 2 of us return on Easy Jet.

We stopped at a little place just outside Palma called Portals Nous - the room was cheap, but the cost of living was quite high here, not like the more popular resorts where prices are competitive, and was very much a 'German orientated' resort.

Bit of a role reversal this year - I'm doing the half, and the wife is doing the full. We are putting our package together ourselves as it seems a bit cheaper than the organised packages.

28/04/2011 at 20:16
Thanks Payless - your comments are really helpful.

The package with Thomson comes to about £700 for two of us so its useful to know it is cheaper to do it separately.

Also, as it is my first marathon, its useful to know the format of the might be a little advanced/fast for me by the sounds of it and perhaps more suited to a 2nd or 3rd marathon
28/04/2011 at 21:06
I stayed in the same hotel as Ged, it was excellent - I didn't run due to torn thigh muscles but would like to go back, though can't make it this year.

A taxi from the airport is quick and cheap - about 20 euros I think.

I have stayed at Ca'n Pastilla before which is near the airport and you can get a room cheaply there- i would say doing it independently is cheaper than a package.

Good luck WR
29/04/2011 at 16:04


 When you enter, I think you'll have to put your best time/predicted time, and when you get your number, it should tell you what starting pen you are in, based on that.

 The idea is that the quicker runners will be in a pen towards the front, and each pen behind should be runners who are possibly slower than the pen in front, and so on, so you should be running with participants of a similar standard.

The run is quite busy on the first half, as it has the half marathon runners in as well, but in the second half there is plenty of room.

My wife is doing the full, and its her first too, and I think its good course for a first one as the 2nd half is also pretty flat, (apart from a cheeky incline at 23m !!) the scenery from mile 18 ain't bad and you can focus on the sea/sights, and at about mile 24 you can see the cathedral in the distance, and this picks you up as you know the finish is in sight.

30/04/2011 at 18:55
I intend to go back to do this marathon, I have unfinished business!!
30/04/2011 at 22:23
thanks for the advice above by the way, will check out flights.
01/05/2011 at 07:56
I flew with easyjet last year from Belfast for £51 return, hard to beat!
09/06/2011 at 14:51

AD2502:  I ran the half in about 2h 20m last year, then we went for a coffee to get out of the rain.

By the time we got back to our hotel (which was just off the course of the eastern loop - the second half of the marathon) there were still runners who must have finished around 5:30 or 6 hours.

At the time I reached the split of the half and full marathons, there were plenty of marathon runners near me so they must have been 5 hours or 5-hour plus finishers.

09/06/2011 at 14:59
WR:  You are soooo unlucky with this event.  Let's hope you get to take part and complete it in 2012.
10/06/2011 at 19:48
Cheers Andy but Palma not a bad place to be stuck for a few drinks!!
13/06/2011 at 20:30
Too true.  A man after my own heart!
22/08/2011 at 23:28

So, I'm doing the 2011 version in 8 weeks time and would appreciate some information

Have read back on the thread which has been very helpful but specifically:

What is available other than water at the refreshment stations?

I see you can leave your own food (or presumably drinks) at certain points on the course. Has anyone tried this? Does it work?

Is there a course profile anywhere? Tried the link to one on here but it didn't work for me.

Any feedback would be much appreciated. 

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