Much better for the half-marathon (about: 2013)|
R. M. from Edinburgh (5/14/13)
2 previous marathons
| 1 Regensburg Marathon
Pros: Really well organised and also has pacekeepers starting from 2.59 up to 3.59 as well as there being pacekeepers for the half as well. Both half and full marathon start at the same time with around 500 full marathon runners and 2500 half marathon runners. Spectators for first lap are very cheerful as well as there being bands playing as well. The run goes through the old town of Regensburg which involves narrow streets however if you are running around a 3-3.30 pace it never felt congested.Also, the whole route is very flat and fast meaning if you want a P.B then you can definately get it here! If I can remember correctly, there was an incline in the 1st mile for approximately 30metres so not too painful! Water and energy stations were provided every 5km and sponges were given in runners pack before the race and there were water buckets provided for this.
Cons for full marathon: Spectators almost disappear for the second 13.1 mile lap and for the 3-3.30 pace you almost feel as if you are out running on your own which can be quite soul-destroying. Also, it was sometimes difficult to remember exactly which way to go due to there being no spectators (almost went wrong way at one point only to be shouted at by a marshall). One part of the course involved running around the 'Continental' tyre (main sponsor of half-marathon) test track which was around 1.5km. There was no spectators here at all and this was mentally quite tough. Despite this, there is a large crowd waiting for you at the finish where there is lot of food and drink available to help recovery. To conclude, this is no big-city marathon (London, New York, Amsterdam or Berlin) but it is still highly enjoyable and due to there being little congestion, a good choice if looking for a P.B. Would recommend it and would do it again!
P.S. from what I have read, some years the weather is very hot (above 25c) however this year was around 12c however the organisers dont have control over that!