City marathons are a total different beast from trails and ultras, and the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon offers a unique chance to see the Island city from streets that are usually teeming with black-and-yellow taxis, cars, bullock carts and the odd Bombayite. Between Victoria Terminus, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Haji Ali Dargah and the Sea Link bridge, the route takes in a load of great sights and locations – despite there being a little bit of re-tracing your steps.
Living in Mumbai, this has become my local race and the only city / road marathon I’ve taken part in for ages. This year was my third year in a row at the race – so I felt it was a good time to do a wee write up.
By Thomas Watson