Any help appreciated!!
I've ran 10ks for a few years and did my first half marathon in the cold, wet & snow in Milton Keynes in March in 1hr32. I set myself the goal of doing my first marathon this autumn and I'm just wondering if any ones has any advice/experiences regarding the 3 that I have in my shortlist. Any comments would be helpful!!
Amsterdam 21st October Pro- Nice scenic canal route, finishes in Olympic stadium
Con- I've heard there isn't much support on the route
Dublin 29th October Pro- Close by
Con- Route seems a bit dull, cold
New York 4th November Pro- Sights, New York
Con- Very Expensive, Closing date soon
Amsterdam is probably my favourite at this point, as I need to get a move on before they all fill up soon. I really want to do my first marathon in a big city so that's why I've shortlisted these 3.
Dublin is dire mate honestly
New York the best of the three by far
New York is a ballot, and you have to get to the start hours before it actually starts, and hang around (in November). I understand the support is fantastic, but that hanging around in the park for hours beforehand really puts me off.
I've no knowledge of Dublin at all.
My only personal experience of the three is Amsterdam, and you don't get to run along the canals - the roads are too narrow. You do run an out-and-back section along the river, though, and you do get to finish in the Olympic stadium, which is quite a buzz (same goes for the half mara). The course is almost completely flat, which may be a pro or a con.
I don't think Amsterdam fills up quickly - if at all - so no need to rush if that's your choice.
If you're thinking about autumn marathon's abroad - are you open to others ones?
My sister ran Amsterdam and really enjoyed it but said it was a little lacking in support at times.
Have you thought about Berlin or Chicago?
How about Frankfurt in late October? Munich or Cologne too? Also in October - Vienna marathon, Austria, and Lausanne in Switzerland, Berlin's actually my favourite race, done it 5 times, so pencil it in for next year. Not to be missed. Best thing about Dublin mara was the Guinness afterwards. It can be pretty cold and windy there, plus in the first part of the race there's lots of walkers getting in the way. Amsterdam as has been said is flat but not a lot happening. Whatever you do, pick a big race, when the going gets tough, and it will, it's better to have lots of runners around you than being on your own which can easily happen in a smaller race.
If money's not in short supply there'salso the Toronto Waterfront marathon in Canada. Or Honolulu if you would rather have warmer weather. Plenty more to choose from, search on AIMS Marathon Calendar website. Best of luck - I always think your first marathon is the best - because you don't know what's waiting for you out there, on every following marathon you know exactly what you're facing! Enjoy it.
Hi Guys, thanks to all of you for your comments so far! Berlin was my 1st choice but it sold out before I could apply for it.
Thanks Wilkie for the comment about New York, i'm not the biggest fan of the cold so the standing around wouldn't be my cup of tea! I think Amsterdam is still my favourite so far but definitely up for other suggestions such as Athens which I'll look into!
Just seen that Ultra Ironwolf- I'll look into them also!
Hi James - have you decided which one yet?
There are still places available for the Lausanne Marathon. A lovely (out and back) course between the lake and vineyards, and reasonable support along the way...
Hi Einepik and GCE, (and the others after my last post, sorry completely didn't see I had more posts) decided on Amsterdam- traning's going great and can't wait for it! Thanks for your help!
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