In short: Great in many ways, but a little overpriced everywhere In full: Brilliantly organised, but don't expect to see much of Edinburgh. Race is quickly out of the city and onto a pleasant coastal route, but mainly out and back. You finish about 6 miles from the start and that's when the fun starts. Plenty of water, a little light on gels and no sports drink, but a great medal, T shirt, key ring and a pretty good bag of stuff. Didn't use the bag drop but it seemed to be running smoothly, but if you paid the £5 for a shuttle bus you had quite a walk to get to them. Local busses running for £1.50 from just across the road, with little queuing. Didn't notice any pacers on the day, chip timed, but not always where you'd expect and results not very well broken down (my opinion only). My main gripe was that for £60 they could throw in your bus fare home. Enjoyed the day, some big sections of noise from crowds and a good atmosphere in places. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Worth fighting for a place In full: Have ran this race many times and cant praise how great it is from the pre race pasta party to the post race ceilidh . One for the race bucket list . Well organised , great goody bag , the t shirts were amazing this year , and the atmosphere all weekend was electric.
In short: Finally a race which puts the runners first In full: From signing up to leaving the cyclopark the race is put on with the wants and needs of the runners a primary focus. Free number swapping up to a month before the event, a partial refund for anyone who was unable to run and even letting us pick the soundtrack. The laps could have been tedious and rather repetitive but I didn't find that in the slightest, if it wasn't for the anti socialness of marathon training I would have already signed up for next year. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Friendliest Marathon Going In full: Having done this race in 2015 and enjoying it so much I returned with 25 members of my running club. It turned out to be a fantastic day out and a resounding thumbs up from everyone. From experienced marathoners to 8 people doing their first one, the orgasnisation, atmosphere and general feel of the race is amazing. Don't let the laps put you off, it allows the best support you'll ever get anywhere. Couple this with the gigantic medal and you have an event that people will return to year after year. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: hot hot hot In full: Great race, well organised all the way through to baggage collection, a runners dream until you needed to get back to Edinburgh. Good start, great support, and a pretty nice route out and along the coast. Any other weather and this would be a quick course. PB potential disappeared as the sun burst through after an hour though....it got very very warm. Plenty of water available, but saw so many people struggling with the heat and sun exposure. Because of this, it leads to my only gripe of the day, the shuttle service to take you back to Edinburgh was pretty poor...you had to walk a good mile or so to get to the buses...far from great given the conditions, and there were several people struggling and needing assistance on this trek. Goodybag was a little meagre, but a cracking medal and t-shirt. Might come back again 1 day. Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: definitely a must! In full: MoK run has pulled it out of the bag yet again!such a well organized event with stunning scenery and huge local support. The whole town pulled together to cheer runners on at every part of the 10k with a bonus well needed cool down from a garden hose shower. The ceilidh afterwards was fantastic from start to finish with a brilliant photo booth and photographs from the day featured on a slide show on the wall. I even managed to bag myself a golden ticket from the raffle which gives me entry to next year's 10k! Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Absolutely fantastic In full: Brillant race, fantastic goody bag with puma tshirt, pottery medals plus a lot more. Free coffee, sandwiches and pastries at the finishing line. Even the local coop was there giving out cookies and flavoured milk. Then the ceilidh at the end.... Wow this town knows how to organise an event. Roll on 2017 Date of review: June 1, 2016
In short: Great support and on-course volunteers, let down by poor organisation In full: I was excited about this race, as it is a local one for me, but it was let down by the poor organisation.
On the plus side, the people of Hackney were tremendous in their support - a special thank you to those out with hose pipes to cool us down and the very vocal (and welcome) support on the "undulation" at 11.5 miles!
Also, there were plenty of water stations and they handed out bottles (not the pouches which you can't open) and the volunteers all along the route were great.
Baggage collection at the end was also very efficient.
Unfortunately, the pluses were outnumbered for me by the negatives, which arise mostly from the poor organisation at the start.
There were long queues to drop baggage off - all the while with the incessant commentary barking at us to hurry to the start line.
Once we had all been hassled to the start, we were left there, squashed in in the heat with no shelter and no information at all while the start time came and went .... and went.
At one point, in an attempt apparently to stop people squashing in, the organisers actually managed to push people further in to our pen, so we started to get squashed until we yelled for people to stop - not the adrenaline rush you really need before a long race.
After standing for ages in the heat, we eventually got going - but the field was horribly congested - I saw 4 people take a tumble in the first 2.5 miles.
Although there were around 12,000 runners, there was no wave start. In theory there were pens according to expected time, but the disorganised start meant that these were all mixed up, which meant having to weave around people, but that was difficult to do safely in the crowded conditions - and in many places, where the course is narrow, it was just not possible at all. It made it very difficult to get into a regular running pace, which was annoying and especially unwelcome on a very hot day.
I will not be back as I did not feel the race was safe - with such a large number of runners, it needs a properly organised, and marshalled, wave start with decent communication.
In short: Still a great race, but please sort the starting pens In full: This has been one of my favourite races, which I have done every year for the last few years. But I agree with the comments of others here - this year, the starting pens were not right.
In previous years, it was a model of how to organise the start of a race. E.g. last year, there were 9 waves and lots of information to count down to your start (unlike Hackney Half's awful start this year - never again). But, this year, there were only 4 waves and they seemed a bit random. It made the first k or so very congested, which was frustrating and I expect will put people off running it again. It is a shame, as in previous years the race has been so well organised and, the start aside, it was a great race and I still got a pb (with a notably quicker second half, once the field had thinned out a bit).
Good goody bag and t-shirt - although sizing was male so the "small" is huge on me. Now the race is more or less 50-50 men and women, can we not have women's shirts at the end too please?
The new course is still very good, although I miss the embankment course, where it is easier to cheer on the leaders coming back the other way. Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: This is the best marathon around In full: It's very hard to explain to those who haven't been there exactly how awesome a 21-lap marathon can be - but it's excellent. Do it. Just do it. Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: Really impressed and will be back next year In full: I really enjoyed this race from start to finish and thought the organisation was excellent compared to the various 10k races I have entered before. Great crowd support and uplifting music all the way really helped and I was very happy with the finishers technical shirt, medal and the goody bag. I got a PB over both the 5k and 10k distance so absolutely thrilled and personally I didn't suffer too much from slow runners in my way although I was aware of them - I was at the front of the green wave and by 1km I was passing people who had put themselves in the faster waves walking along. As irritating as it absolutely is, the organisers can't legislate for people who are going to put down an unrealistic time. It wasn't as bad as the Winter Run where you keep coming up behind strings of people walking four abreast with linked arms from the off! Overall it was a good race for me and I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: First timer and will be back In full: Excellent organisation at the start. I was in the second wave and was over the start line within four minutes of the official start (unlike the 30 minutes it took me to get over the line at the Reading half in April which had fewer runners). I think it is unfair to blame the organisers for slow runners in the blue wave. It is up to the individual entering to have a realistic idea of their ability but if they have not done the distance before then they may not know.
The crowd support and bands along the route were great, along with an excellent tech shirt (Reading, take note again). My race of the year so far. Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: Two main failings could have easily been avoided In full: 1. There were a large number of toilets but none of the urinal style ones which let to enormous queues. I have no idea why they did not offer these at such a large event, like every other race does. 2. The starting pens were far too big which mixed slow and fast runners together. Combined with the unavoidably narrow first few kilometres, it was extremely difficult to get past the slower runners in front. This was very frustrating and I'm sure ruined the chance of a PB for many people (fortunately not me). As well as making the pens smaller, they should have predicted finish time signs to group together runners of similar ability. Again, a no-brainer for a big event like this, even one that's only 10km.
The goody-bag was full of food and the tshirt is of good quality.
Would I pay to do this race again? Unless they addressed these two problems - no way! Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS EVENT In full: this was my second time and have already sugned up for next year.. From choosing your own number yo setting up your personal aid station, massive medal, beer and wonderful support this is a great marathon to do.. no crowds to weave through, wide flat obstruction free and no cars, kerbs, people crossing in front etc etc... excellent facilities.. Thanks!!! Date of review: May 31, 2016
In short: A challenging run, with enthusiastic and friendly organisation In full: Being a local, I wasn't keen on the route on paper, with what looked like a lot of doubling back and repetition of trails. However on the run, this was logical, and flowed reasonably well, with a mix of trail and tarmac and enough inclines to make this a challenge. What made the event for me was the 'community' feel of the event, with enthusiastic marshals, good organisation, but not too professional. Date of review: May 31, 2016