Race Date: Sunday 27th May
Race Report by Kim Bateman
Edinburgh Marathon is famed for being ‘flat and fast’ and ideal for a first marathon attempt. A late May marathon always runs the risk of being warm but we needn’t have worried. The day started in true Scottish style; grey mist and 10 degrees. Starting in the capital, the first 4 miles wind downhill, taking in some of Edinburgh’s most famous sites before heading along the east coast on an out and halfway back route.
My race plan was quite simple: don’t go out too fast! This was easier said than done on the downhill start but I soon settled into a steady pace, appreciating the gentle sea breeze and crowds gathered along the promenade. At mile 9, I reluctantly ignored a gin sample station, turning my attention to the beautiful scenery. The Edinburgh Marathon route is truly stunning!
At mile 15 I began to see the leaders on their return leg which provided a mental test. However my legs felt strong, my pace remained steady and I found myself sticking with a small bunch of runners. Mile 17 was the turn around which included a small, unexpected detour into a wooded area and along a gravel path. Needless to say, it was nice to return to solid tarmac and knowing I was now heading home. It was at this stage that I was beginning to tire, not used to racing such a distance. Perfect timing to pass Emma and Vikki who both provided a much needed “GO STRIDER!” Thanks ladies!
Mile 22: The wall. I had been warned about this but I did not expect the hit of exhaustion and nausea. During this mile, I promised myself I would never run a marathon again. Mile 24 I changed my mind. Heading back towards Musselburgh, the crowds were fantastic and carried me towards that finish line and I can happily say I crossed the line with a smile.
All together, a fantastic event. Very well organised, beautiful scenery and the perfect choice for a PB or first marathon.
7667 runners took on the full marathon distance as part of the Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend, and the winner in a time of 02:13:33 was Kenyan Joel Kipkemboi Kiptoo. First lady was fellow Kenyan Caroline Jepchirchir, running a personal best of 02:47:35. Four Striders were also part of the field, their results are given below and as part of the official results here.