Well done to Craig Richardson ran a PB in the Edinburgh Marathon, he reports:
“I woke up on Sunday morning 25/5/14 and looked out of my hotel window, the weather was not what you can call the best for running a marathon, wet and cloudy.
After a breakfast of porridge and banana I set off for the start, a short bus ride saw me join the thousands of other runners competing in the marathon.
I must admit that on the way to the start my mind was not on the race and I felt a little disinterested, but once at the start the atmosphere changed everything, I was now looking forward to the race.
At 9:55 the race got underway to what was now clearing skies and no rain. The marathon course makes its way out of the city centre to the coast at Leith, then it follows the coast to the 17 mile point where it loops around the grounds of Gosforth House to join the coast road again and finish at Mussleborough.
I crossed the start line and felt in good form, as the miles passed I felt good. We hit the coast and there was a slight head on crosswind but nothing too hard to deal with. The 10K marker came and went and so did the half way, still felt good, making use of the water and energy stations really helped make sure I kept hydrated and carbs topped up.
I had a finish target of 3hrs 30mins which worked out at 8mins per mile, as we went through the 18 mile mark the sun came out and gave us perfect running conditions. A quick check of my watch gave me the info I wanted, still on for the 3:30:00.
Coming back down the coast towards Cockensie and Prestonpans the crosswind I was hoping would give us a slight push had dropped completely. Now coming up to 23 miles and I noticed my pace had dropped slightly and negative thoughts started to enter my head, but a quick telling off of myself soon got them out of my head.
Approaching the outskirts of Mussleborough and the crowds started to build, at one point the road became very narrow due to the amount of people watching.
Running past the race course we took a left turn and there was the finish line in site, this gave me an extra boost of energy and I headed for the line picking up more pace as I went.
I crossed the line with a time of 3:33:27 a new PB, knocking 5 mins of my previous PB (London 2012) and knocking 11 mins off my previous Edinburgh Marathon time in 2011.
The Edinburgh Marathon is really well organised with a great atmosphere, the locals come out in force to cheer you on. I would recommend Edinburgh to anyone looking for a PB or running a first marathon.”