Just after a bit of starting area advice for Paris... I'm running as part of a charity and there are six of us in total - all aiming for different times. I'm in the Purple start pen aiming for 3.45 time. We're staying in a block of serviced apartments which is supposed to be approx 20 mins away from the start line on the Metro, with the nearest station being VOLTAIRE on line 9. The charity organiser has said we'll probably aim to leave the apartments at about 7.30am - I feel that might be a bit late? I'm always stressing about being late for everything anyway but I'm thinking the sheer volume of runners and supporters means we'll surely have to wait quite a while for a Metro we can actually squeeze onto, plus I've heard hideous reports about seriously long queues for portaloos and issues getting into the right start pens etc. On the flip side though we don't want to be hanging around for too long beforehand getting chilly and nervous!
Any advice about the start area and how long to leave for the Metro and how early to aim to get there etc would be gratefully received (apologies if this has been asked before)
Ha - not had that one feature highly in our debates... His counter-argument when I point out that there is no letter 'R' in the word is to ask where the 'R' is in 'Tomato' - unfortunately I have no answer for that...
Morning all - another newbie sticking her head up and saying hi...
Just signed up to do Paris on behalf of a small local children's charity so very excited. I ran the Rome Marathon for them a couple of years ago so very happy to be joining up with them again.
In terms of me - I'm 36, married with an 8yo daughter. Been running for about 3.5yrs now - started off on a C25k programme and got hooked on 10km races for a few months before increasing the distance. This will be my third marathon (Rome in March 2013 - 4hr 17m; Manchester in April 2014 - 4hr 10m). I was planning on going back to Manchester next year and focusing on getting a sub-4hr until I got this opportunity. Does anyone know whether Paris is a good one for that aim or not - I know it's a wide, flat marathon so on paper it looks promising but a buddy from my running club (who I am matched quite closely with in terms of experience and times) ran Paris this year and she found it so crowded that she struggled to get a decent time at all and ended up coming in at 4hr 29m. Both Rome and Manchester are relatively small in terms of the field of runners (I think Rome had about 9k and Manchester is about 5k) so I'm slightly concerned that in comparison to those, Paris is going to feel quite claustrophobic?
Anyway - just focusing on getting my running back on track before Christmas - we're in the throws of selling our house at the moment and had our buyer pull out on us a couple of weeks ago so running has taken a slight backseat over the last few weeks as a result. House moving and marathon training may prove to be a fatal combination