Race report: Edinburgh Marathon Festival

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Going up to Edinburgh to take part in the marathon festival has been on the top of my list for a long, long time now. It’s only been a matter of weeks since I ran in the London Marathon a haven’t done a great deal of training since then so this was only ever going to be an excuse to check out Edinburgh and have some fun. The Edinburgh Festival is a weekend of running, starting with the 5 and 10k on the Saturday and ending with the half and the full marathon on the Sunday.

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Rich, Ewan and I headed up on the Friday night for our epic trip. The drive took us 6 hours and we didn’t get there until gone 11pm. Thank goodness for the lovely owner of the B&B, who kindly waited up for us. Rich was running in the 10k on the Saturday morning so we were up quite early to see him off. The 10k takes place around the beautiful Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur’s seat. He said a lot of the course was flat apart from one section which was quite hilly. Anyway, he managed another fab PB (around 50 minutes). We spent the rest of the day mooching about in Edinburgh, watched the gun go off at 1pm outside of the castle.

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On the Sunday it was Ewan and my turn to run in the marathon and half marathon, respectively. Ewan, who crazily runs lots of marathons (I think he’s as mad as a box of frogs), was aiming for a PB as close to 4 hours as possible. I realised pretty much an hour into our journey that I hadn’t bought my TomTom GPS watch, but it wasn’t the end of the world because I was just going to use the half marathon as a training run anyway. Besides, I had my Nike+ app (or so I thought).

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In true Scottish style, the conditions on the morning were pretty horrible and I was drenched standing around waiting for the race to get off. Here’s how the race went:

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Ewan achieved an official race PB of 4:13. I loved Edinburgh, but next year I think I’ll do the 10k on the Saturday so that I can spend some more time checking out the city!

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The verdict: DIVA rating 4/5

rating 4 of 5
Good points:
– Nice coastal route
– Started in a central location (easy to find)
– Starting pens
– Nice medal and really good goody bag with a decent technical T-shirt
Bad points:
– The finish is nowhere near the start so you have to organise your own transport or book the buses, which is not ideal when you usually just want to get back and shower
– Really early start (8am on a Sunday)
– Not overly keen on loopback courses

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sian

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