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New York Marathon 2011

Central Park with ½ a mile to go!
Central Park with ½ a mile to go!

The NYC marathon is rightly regarded as one of the top five marathons in the world, a highlight in many runners’ career, with a field (the largest) of around 50,000 running through the city’s five boroughs to finish in Manhattan’s famous Central Park. This year, Murdo Macleod was fortunate enough to get an entry and had a brilliant time. Many thanks to the organisers, the New York Flyers and to Alan Gardner in particular. Murdo took a camera around with him and you can see his photos and report below.

Place Gender Pos Age Pos 5K Split 10K Split Half Split 30K Split 40K Split Time
Murdo Macleod 16235 12518 1436 00:27:10 00:52:33 01:51:02 02:43:33 03:48:32 04:02:36

52,000 entrants, 47,438 starters, 46,795 finishers including 1,814 from Great Britain.

Murdo said: “Neil Page and I both entered the lottery draw for this marathon in 2008. Neil was fortunate enough to get in first time while I didn’t but having entered for the next two years got an automatic entry on my fourth attempt.

In summary, this is the world’s biggest marathon with over 50,000 entrants and 2,500,000 spectators on route. The weather this year was perfect, clear skies, cool (if cold) breeze and the administration was slick and well organised. The route is a point-to-point taking in New York’s five Boroughs starting in Staten Island and visiting Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and finishing in Manhattan’s Central Park. The route is hilly, particularly the five bridges you cross, the long straight Streets and Avenues are inclined and the last section in Central Park is distinctively humply. Link to route map here.

Met up with Alan Gardner from the New York Flyers (he ran with us in Edinburgh while holidaying here) who very kindly escorted us at the expo and hosted us at the Flyers pasta party. This also included a superb talk by Bart Yasso illustrated by slides of his many adventures. We were made very welcome and can’t thank Alan and the Flyers enough.

I had a great race; following Aicha’s advice, I took in the brilliant atmosphere and simply enjoyed the event. The support is constant and very vocal (lots of whoo-hooing!), the Boroughs (even sections of them) have their own personalities and the architecture and scenery is unique. There are toilets and water/Gatorade stations every mile from mile 3 and gels were handed out at mile 18. Nicola came along to support and I met her twice on route and at an agreed point after the finish. It all went without a hitch, no injuries, fatigue or getting lost! Of the “big” marathons I’ve done, this was by far the best. The main plus points are the unique and scenic setting, the excellent organisation and support but most of all the New Yorkers themselves who are welcoming, helpful, friendly, very supportive and justifiably proud of their marathon.”

Photos etc: “I’ve included some photos and personal thoughts and experiences from this race that may be of interest particularly if you’re thinking of doing it in the future (which I would highly recommend!).”

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