71000 applications for 45000 places minus charity and tour firm places that can be filled after the ballot. why do think the odds of getting through the ballot even with those factors will be a lot less than 50:50!!!!
God I thought this thread had gone to the big thread in the sky a long time ago. I'm not from Edinburgh so maybe not the best person to ask. I'm from beanoland about 80 miles north. I can think of a few things off the top of my head. There is the sweatshop running community which has a shop inn Leith which isn't massively close to Morningside but open to all shapes and sizes. No real commitment needed just turn up and run. Pretty popular near where I stay and the Edinburgh shop seems to go out on a Tuesday night and a sunday morning.
Parkrun Edinburgh also seems pretty popular although I really don't get the point of parkrun at all if truth be told. That starts and finishes at silverknowe (sp) and goes out and back along the river. Edinburgh marathon festival 5k and 10k round holyrood park are not too far away.........
Of more use might be some of the groups run by jogscotland. There are literally millions of them in Edinburgh and from a look on the map a couple of intermediate groups not too far from morningside. She is also maybe a bit more likely to meet folk who stay locally at them. Have a wee search on.
I'm not staying right on top of the finishing line. I'm a few metro stations north and right on the lake in a place called De Witts. I'm staying a week and found the hotels near the start pretty expensive. The place I have got is pretty much a self catering apartment which is fab for me. I like home comforts. I'm not known for travelling and running well and tend to do better when I can create life as close to being at home. Having a flat where I can hide from the world, eat my favourite tea and have a normal brekkie on race day can make my mind play a few less tricks when the running starts. It is costing me £600 for 7 nights which is a bit pricey but nearly as pricey as most other places in Chicago.
If there are a few of you travelling have a look at airbnb. I've booked with them a few times and was looking at Chicago I just couldn't get anyone to take a booking at the time I was looking. There were only a few flats that were in my price range as a single traveller but if there are a few of you it could save you a fortune as the cost of a 2 or 3 bedroom flat would be a lot less than 3 hotel rooms in the same area. Airbnb rents out private flights and is pretty like Hoseasons if you haven't heard of them before. I've gone with them a couple of times in different places and they have all been OK so far.