Edinburgh Marathon

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12/10/2012 at 23:18

Hi All

I am running in the 2013 Edinburgh Marathon and this will be my first one.

What am I to expect? Is it good?

Kind Regards


Ps Anyone else running this as there first Marathon?

13/10/2012 at 21:03

It's fab.  I did it this year and loved it.  The first 5 miles are gently down-hill so don't get too carreid away with your pacing.  Genreally good crowd support in most places and apart from the gentle down-hill at the start it's pancake flat.  Hope you're training goes well.  

14/10/2012 at 04:41

Thanks Mitiog, well done for completing it.

How many ruuners are there?

15/10/2012 at 16:56

Last year there were around 12,500 entrants so it's small comapred to London but there are other events on over the weekend too.  See http://www.downloads.edinburgh-marathon.com/Marketing/EMF2012MediaPack.pdf for some info on last year's race.

15/10/2012 at 19:53


Thankyou very much .

I'm so lookig forward to it.

Kind Regards


17/10/2012 at 09:20

Hi Gary,

I'm running it in as my first marathon too. Failed to get through the London ballot and it's local so I thought I'd go for it.

What time are you hoping for?

As you'll see if you trawl through these forums, organisation has proved a problem in the past: water got pinched one year, finishing area chaos the next - but sounds like they learned lessons this year. And of course there's pros and cons to any race.

The biggest dissapointment for me is that pretty much the first thing you do is run out of Edinburgh, but as mitiog says this results in it being a lot flatter than it otherwise would be.

See you at the finish line!

17/10/2012 at 18:22
Hi Cormorant

I also got the dreaded magazine through my door.This will be my first marathon and the time is not really important, but I would love to do it in less than 5 hrs.

Like Stockholm has said, If i train hard then my time should be around 4:10ish.
As for the route I think it looks nice,and I really like the thought that it is downhill for the first 6 miles.
I'm going to stay for the weekend fri,sat,sun and have seen some nice hotels not far from the start.
Yes,see you at the finish line.I will be the one on the stretcher.lol
17/10/2012 at 18:33

Im doing this as my first marathon too!


DOnt take too long booking your accomodation if you need it!

17/10/2012 at 18:47

So have you started the base training yet?
I am going to book this weekend.
17/10/2012 at 20:51


Edinburgh is a great place to spend a weekend so I'm sure you'll have a good time even without the marathon.

I'm hoping for around 4 hours, but anything over 13 miles is unknown territory at the moment so who knows.

Don't hog the stretcher, I might need it too  - but hopefully neither of us will need it before the end!

17/10/2012 at 21:17

Hey hey hey!!

Edinburgh this year was my first and it was TOTALLY amazing!! Stupidly hot! support was brilliant, and the medal...well... looked like a willy!!

I have just completed my second marathon of the year, and my advice would be carry a hydration belt!! saves on the worry should a water station dry up!! also get in plenty of long (20-23 miles) runs ahead of the race.

Stay for the weekend, enjoy the lovely city, nice italian the night before, Brilliant!!


17/10/2012 at 22:37
Gary Annett wrote (see)

So have you started the base training yet?
I am going to book this weekend.

Yeah i started back at the beginning of september/ end of august from scratch as I have transitioned to midfoot running having previously been a heelstriker. got up to 4x 3.5 runs a week so not long before I start a extended marathon plan. Going to start it beginning of Dec to factor in possible injury time and hopefully run a couple more 20 mile runs than stated in the marathon plans. Im basing my running on a Hal Higdon Novice 1/2 plan and will be running in my beloved Luna Sandals

Not sure wether I should carry my hydration belt on the day as I roughly need about 1.2l of water an hour to stay hydrated as I sweat like a beast!?

Edited: 18/10/2012 at 15:19
18/10/2012 at 20:20
Thanks for the advice green tig.
Will have to invest in a belt. I have a North Face one which has two small bottles and also a place for Gels but don't know if that will be good enough.
And well done for completing it already (Jealous lol).
I hope the weather is nice, but like my time it will be hard to predict.


I have just received a Great running plan from the Famous Shades, who Is a legend among the forums I do believe.(Thanks Shades).
Going to kick start mine around the same time, however I am currently doing 25 miles or so a week just for a bit of weight loss.

Really looking forward to it, And I hope all of us on this forum can keep communicating on how we are doing from now until the big day.
19/10/2012 at 19:26

im hoping this will be my first full as 4 rejection from london and desperate to do the full distance for my son autism group. Iv done robin hood half on 30th sept and doing london kilomarathon on 28th oct then i will enter edingbrough. Im hoping on under 5 hours to.

19/10/2012 at 22:35

Yes Im really looking forward to it too. I hope Im ready for edinburgh but I feel a little rushed. Hopefully I wont get any injuries for my first one. Fingers crossed.

20/10/2012 at 07:17
I'm going download a training plan . Put up in my room so my partner can force me out of bed on cold mornings.
22/10/2012 at 11:32

Where is the best place to get accomodation, is Edinburgh city centre too far out from the end of the marathon?

22/10/2012 at 13:57
Really got to start getting motivated one think's.
I'm looking at stopping in central Edinburgh at the Novohotel which is not far from Princes street and the start line.
The cost is ??480 inclusive of breakfast woop woop.
But that is for 2 adults and 2 children.
22/10/2012 at 14:07
My partner says we staying on the out skirts as well expensive staying in especially as U as a runner will not get breakfast before the race
22/10/2012 at 20:06

it might not suit everyone but ive booked the premier inn in the city centre just a few mins walk from the start line, i like them because they have a king size bed as standard and ill want a good nights sleep! and their cheap

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