meadowsmarathon

RUNNING FOR CHARITY

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Thanks to this wonderful event, I was able to raise £400 for Cancer Research UK through my VirginGiving page, for a cause that's become incredibly close to my heart this year.
It was such a wonderful event and I thoroughly enjoyed myself running the half marathon (although my legs are only now slowly starting to regain feeling...)
Just wanted to say you guys did such an excellent job especially on the day itself. The cheerers and route marshalls along the route were particularly excellent -three cheers especially to those wee boys handing out water, they were SO encouraging and I don't think I would have made it through those bits without them there!!
Thank you so much again! Looking forward to the run next year!

Thanks for such a great event. Well organised and stewarded from start to finish. Big shout out to the Scouts (that rhymes....what are the odds?!) handing out the water. Encouraging throughout and did a great job! Would definitely run this again, no question.

Just wanted to say great work, it was my 5th meadows marathon and the best yet.
Thanks especially to the two female marshals standing on the bench by the road on the stretch between Middle Meadow Walk and the tennis courts. They were incredible. After 60+ marathons/halfs, rarely have I experienced such enthusiastic support. Well done on a great event.

Last Sunday I ran in the full marathon and was very impressed at the set-up, organisation and running of the event. As my first ever marathon I was very nervous, but the atmosphere on the day was great; thank you so much! Many thanks for a truly great day.

What a great choice for my first ever half-marathon - I'll be back next year. Special thanks to some of the super-quick marathon runners lapping me repeatedly for the extra encouragement! (All the volunteers were awesome too!)

...The only thing that kept me going was the lovely, smiley and supportive stewards and the crowds who were just wonderful. Those young men and women were fantastic. Every lap I looked forward to seeing that familiar smiley faces and getting a wave, it made the lap system bearable. The way they smiled and cheered as I went past, I kept thinking I must have Jennifer Ennis or Mo Farah behind me! It made the race for me, those lovely young bright faces giving up their Sundays to make this work and cheer us on. I hope they know how much we appreciated them, I tried to say thank you where I could.
The Scouts (or cubs maybe - at my age I can't tell the difference!) did a wonderful job of handing out the water - the best hander-overers I've come across. When I saw those faces eagerly proffering water, I had to take a cup every time I went past and they collected all the waste ones after. Big green ticks all round for a job very well done guys.
Most awesome were the women walking for Water Aid, they were carrying some ridiculous amount of weight round with them. Total heros every one of them. Respect ladies, respect...

A massive thank you to the Meadows Marathon folk for making it such a great event, well organised, friendly and a real testament to young folk.

...Potterow as a headquarters was excellent. It was large enough to accommodate everyone and their needs. It was warm, friendly, had plenty of toilets, changing areas and kit holding areas. Lots and lots of volunteers on hand which was excellent, and they were easy to find in their hi-viz jackets. You can enter the races on the day, and it was a quick and easy process. Potterow is also right next to the start/finish area so no long walks necessary. Having the event in town meant people could get public transport there, and not worry about finding somewhere to park their cars. The Meadows is a great place to have a race - fast, flat and scenic. It is also "off the roads" so no need for road closures thus eliminating the need for police etc. It is compact, and doing laps makes it better for anyone not feeling well or if they get an injury - if they need to drop out of the race, it is a short walk back to Potterow and the organising committee. It is great for chip timing as runners can analyse their performance afterwards and see if their splits were consistent or not. Family and friends can support you on each lap which makes a huge difference. All in all, it always has a lovely relaxed and fun atmosphere - great for taking away race-day nerves. The whole team should be congratulated on what you do each year.

Thanks for all the hard work you have all have put in to this year's Marathon. This is my third one and I really do appreciate how much hard work must go in to putting an event like that on. Also please do let all the stewards know that they do a fantastic job keeping our spirits up round the course!

...Things went like clockwork - the best organisation I've seen, it was great. Registration was incredibly efficient and swift. I really liked the way they kept things simple and cut down on waste and costs; it was a clean, lean system and it worked really well and focussed on raising money for charity not paying for admin and advertising. By using the student facilities in Bristo Square, there were ample toilets and great facilities - best ever. I DID NOT HAVE TO QUEUE FOR THE TOILET ONCE! The toilets were real toilets, not porta loos. They were clean with all the bits and pieces a civilised toilet needs and they did not smell. With a cafe and shops round to cater for your every need, this was spot on...

My husband and I have been doing the NHS choices 'couch to 5K' program, so we ran the 2015 MM 5K today as our final run of the training. Our first race ever! I loved all of the encouragement along the route. I can't wait to find out how much money was raised overall. Great job, everyone. Hope to see you next year.

Fab day, well organised, very friendly and great support on the route from all the marshals and spectators....got a PowerWalking PB too....;O)

...Well, I had my first race in 18 months today - the Meadows Half Marathon in Edinburgh. I picked this race partly because it's perfect timing for the Lochaber Marathon but also because it's not your usual run of the mill big business marathon. The Meadows Marathon, half and fun runs is organised entirely by Volunteers from Edinburgh Universities and you can tell! (in the best possible way of course!)...

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