First-timer's Marathon

Which would you recommend?

13 messages
14/06/2005 at 13:20
Although I'd love to do London, realistically it's unlikely to happen so which other marathons are suitable for first-timers (ie friendly, not-too-serious etc etc)?

14/06/2005 at 14:04
Why is it unlikely?
The Evil Pixie    pirate
14/06/2005 at 14:21
i did Abingdon (Oct) - I was last in 7rs and they drove out to 24m to give me (and the 2 ladies I was running with) a mars bar and drink
they were fab
and the year before they had 2 ladies finish in a slower time

it's a nice semi rural course and flat so that's good but little support outside of the forum!

enter FLM anyway you may get in - I got in 1st time!
14/06/2005 at 14:23
Abingdon, without question. Better than London, too.
14/06/2005 at 14:26
Blackpool.
14/06/2005 at 14:41
Dublin
14/06/2005 at 17:59
New Forest was my 1st.

Would also recommend Lochaber & Dublin.
14/06/2005 at 20:11
Paris - easy to get into, and not really that far away. If you can get cheap air tickets from a local airport. then it's not that much more expensive that travelling to London.

and they serve wine at the 23rd mile.
14/06/2005 at 20:27
Dublin. Friendly support, start and finish close to city centre hotels, and loads of slow fat Yanks to overtake......
Iron Snorks    pirate
14/06/2005 at 20:29
I agree with chimp blackpool is tops! although london is excellent, i got in first time too.
16/06/2005 at 19:27
Thanks for suggestions!! Have tried 3 times through London ballot and been chucked out each time (their loss!!), but will try again this year. Still feel that 2006 has to be my marathon year, so will look into Abingdon and Blackpool etc.
H.
17/06/2005 at 08:24
Berlin - It's similar to London in terms of the size of it, the support and it's flat. Entries are open until it fills up so no question of a ballot. The next one's this Sept though so may be full and/or a little soon?
17/06/2005 at 08:34
London if you can get in. My first was Dublin and would recomend.

You have time to train for this year if you want too (end of Oct).

As a rule try and pick one with a field of over say 2000 (check previous results). That way you're unlikely to be running on your own for any of the course.

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