London Marathon 2013: Go down Friday or Saturday?

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29/09/2012 at 09:36

Now its confirmed im in the London Marathon 2013 Im looking at hotels.  I'm oop north in Yorkshire. Would you go down Friday or Saturday? Just thinking if I go down Saturday might risk being tired etc or dehydration etc from the travel. For all you who have to stay over in London what day do you go down?

I went down in 2011 on the Friday and all was fine,  April 2012 I went down on the Saturday and ended up peeing blood by mile 16 and it all fell apart, needing toilet every 5 minutes etc and just wondered if the travel on the Saturday played a part in all this.


29/09/2012 at 12:46

i'm planning to go on the Friday, but its my first time and I don't want to add pressure to the Saturday of travelling, and either carrying my bags to the expo or detouring to the hotel en route to the expo etc..

If I was you, and had your past experience, I wouldn't want to travel on the Saturday just in case the same thing happened again!


cougie    pirate
29/09/2012 at 13:01
I've always gone down Saturday and never peed blood.
You must be doing something massively wrong for that. Find out what and don't do it again. As to dehydration from travelling - take a bottle of water with you ?
If you train and prepare properly it's no problem to travel the day before.
29/09/2012 at 13:46
Did you drive or take the train last year. Train should be more restful.
29/09/2012 at 13:50

Train, its a 2 hour journey fro Leeds. Always go first class as i book in advance so dirt cheap.

29/09/2012 at 15:26
We used to drive down on Saturday but now we get the train, it's such a good service these days. Never had any ill effects.

Even in a good hotel, you don't sleep as well as at home do you, so I'd rather not have two restless nights before the race myself.

I keep promising myself to get a cheap ticket and go to the expo on the Wednesday though, it would be nice to lie in on Saturday and take a late train, stroll to hotel and sleep.
30/09/2012 at 10:12
I am from the North West (Bolton) will be looking do go down on Friday after work,but my wife is a Teacher so may have to get back ASAP on Sunday
Not sure if I should get the Train or drive,especially when thinking about the return journey ( what time I finish the Marathon and getting to Euston)
cougie    pirate
14/11/2012 at 11:48
Warkie I've got the train a couple of times back on the Sunday.
Hardest part is getting off the train after sitting down for two hours or so !

Plenty of time to finish the race and go for a drink/meal after.

Just don't book the train time too early ? It's going to be much easier on the train than driving I'd think.

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