The course starts in the heart of Edinburgh city centre and starts downhill through the streets before heading towards Arthur's seat, around this part is very congested and very tight as there are runners coming towards you on the other side of the road, once through you make your way out of Edinburgh, through Portobello towards Musselburgh and given the weather this year I was very surprised to see so many people out on the course cheering you on.
Once in Musselburgh you run alongside the track that you will be finishing in about 16 miles, the support around here is as expected amazing as this is also where the half marathon comes through earlier in the day to finish. Heading out you go through Prestonpans, Cockenzie and Port Seton before heading out on a very long loop with very little support aside from your legs, it's this loop that can get to a lot of people, especially as you make the return and know how far it is to get back to the finish line that you passed at what seems like an eternity ago. As you get to the Haven holiday village you know that the support will be coming back to you but if you've made the mistake of walking because the support wasn't there earlier (like I did in 2018) it's very difficult to get back into a rhythm. You head back for the final 7 miles with a potential of strong headwinds, this year (2019) we had standard winds of 14mph with gusts of up 35mph to face us on the final leg of the journey. The last 3 miles are brilliant though as you remember that you only have one more water station to get you through, after that the support hits you as a thunderous applause greets you on the final part of the track, don't get carried away though, you still have a whole mile left as you run alongside the Musselburgh racecourse. Crowds line both sides of the street and you know you are getting close, you have one corner left and there it is, that large blue entrance to the runners village.
The weather this year was a little bit of an odd one as the rain came down hard whilst we waited for the gun, the rain soon stopped and then it was very warm and as mentioned earlier the winds were very difficult to negotiate. The overall organisation of the event was top draw, bag dropped in seconds and collected in seconds.
I have ran this marathon 3 years in a row and would highly recommend it to anyone, even if support is your thing this is definitely a bucket list marathon