In short: whats not to love about this race?!10/10 race In full: i was firstly sold on the race entry purely on the huge medal that had been available the previous 2 years and with a promise that it would be even bigger this year it was a no brainer for me even with travelling from Devon.the thought of 17 laps wa s athought i tried not to think about and thought itl be alright on the night(or day and a very warm sunburnt day at that!) and it was.infact i actually love the route and lap idea as you get used quickly to where the start and finish line is, loo's, food and drink and where you can ease off or kick on to go up the two inclines.race was superbly organised and really good fun and probable the best way for any friends and family to see you and support you rather then just seeing you at the start and finish.seemed very friendly and laid back and dropping off a band around your wrist each lap was good to keep you focused and psychologically surprisingly useful.have signed up to next years straight away.will be the first race on my race calendar for many years.keep up the good work Ian and the team.lovely free beer at the end and free race photos is a bonus and for the constant attention and amazement my medal seems to get it would be rude not to return! Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: If a certain Danish brewer did marathons this would be it. In full: So many positive things to say about this race. Despite the 17 laps and the inclines, this was a great race to be part of. The preparation and delivery of this event is a true credit to the RD and the team. The volunteers were fantastic, as was the support. The personal feeding stations was a really good touch, as was the bottle of beer at the end. And the medal has to be seen to be believed - caution likely to cause neck ache if warn for too long. Will be back again next year. Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: ideal first timers triathlon In full: loved this race! helped that it was close to home so have been practising route for ages!! so friendly for nervous first timers like me. Excellent organisation and pre race support from the leisure centre team...thanks so much. will be back next year!! Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: Will test you beyond way beyond the "tough" races In full: A team race that will push every member of your team. Even the shorter stages can be hard work. Recce the routes ahead of the race and keep a sense of humour - you will need it. Highly recommended. Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: Great race spoiled by bad organisation In full: The race itself was great - well marshalled, decent route, friendly crowd. However, the bag drop and collection was chaos. I was in the white start and was done within about 45 minutes, but didn't get out of there until nearly 12, with people from green start picking up bags before me because the 'white' queue didn't budge for ages. Grateful to the volunteers but such bad organisation would put me off doing it again (or wouldn't bring a bag, anyway!). Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: Okay but nothing special In full: This was my 4th marathon but first time running Edinburgh. Overall an alright race (made challenging this year by a brutal wind after the turnaround point!) but lacking in support and a fairly dull route.
Shambles with the bag drop- there were 3 trucks waiting near the start area to take the bags and while walking up with my bag and no more than a 10m away they closed up in front of me (despite clearly having ample space). Along with a dozen or so other runners were directed to a minivan at the top of the hill instead, of which the driver said they couldn't take any bags and sent us back down the hill again. Eventually had to leave my bag in the boot of a random car and hope it made it to the finish! Fortunately it did, but could been much simpler if they had waited literally another 30 seconds before closing the truck...! Hate to think what any runners would have done if this guys boot filled up...
Goody bag at the end was the most sparse I have received. A single cereal bar and the usual free samples of sports drink sachets. T shirt okay but generic for all races, just 'Finisher 2015'. Considering the entry fee, would have been nice to have a little bit of fruit or something more substantial at the end.
Got a lift back to the centre so avoided the shuttle bus but it didn't look fun, and £5 charge for both runners and spectators seems a bit steep.
Basically an okay race, but nothing special. Would be disappointed if I was a beginner and this was my first marathon, but for more seasoned runners a good chance of a quick time (maybe not this year with the wind). Probably wouldn't do it again.
In short: Biggest medal in the country, free beer, free photos, lovely atmosphere. Wooow!! In full: The medal is bigger than my head and how many other races give out free beer on the finish line?! Such a positive and friendly race this is a unique race and can't be compared for class. Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: amazingly friendly supportive race with lots of good spirit and community feel In full: 17 laps may not sound fun, but they passed very quickly, Friendly marshalls, supportive other runners, community feel, like a team event with so many wearing the pre-bought fab designed teeshirts, showboating, fast course, still a few undulations, PB potential, ran smoothly, felt very welcomes as a token Northerner. hats off to Ian Berry race Director, Stuart photographer, and Cyclopark Gravesend Date of review: June 2, 2015
In short: Beautiful setting, brilliant organisation, lovely people, great goody bag...... In full: Our family of 5 sampled most, if not all the events 1/2 marathon, 10k, Junior races, Ceilidh, craft fair etc. We all had a great time! An excellent way to explore and experience and meet the folk of Campbeltown. Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: Gale force coastal downpour...great fun! :) In full: Despite the weather, the organisers were amazing and having so many volunteers and marshals lining the course was amazing. Thanks especially to the registration team who were able to give us replacement numbers when we left ours at home...2hrs away! Quirky little shoe trophy too...love it! Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: Sadly fails to showcase the city it takes its name from In full: Hometown race and had to be done once, but I feel a bit for the out-of-towners who come expecting to see this beautiful city but instead see some dull bits of Leith, Portobello prom and lots of coastal road - which is very pretty in itself but not really Edinburgh. It's also quiet and lacking in support out at the far end, which comes at the 18 mile point where most people are starting to suffer and need it most.
Organisation was OK for the main event but apparently the relay was an absolute shambles - both teams we had in from work had logistical problems.
Brutal headwind for the last 7 miles this year hurt many people's races, and be wary of the "flat" description. Most of the 13 to 24 mile section is rolling.
Finish organisation is good, but I'd honestly forget the rip off shuttle buses. There's a bus stop 50 yards from the exit that will cost you £1.50 to get back to the city.
"Goody bag" is absolutely laughable and it would also be nice to have a marathon finisher shirt that mentioned you'd done a marathon rather than been in the Festival. Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: Well organised and hugely enjoyable! In full: So let's firstly mention the weather.... a bit of a coastal breeze might be an understatement, but nobody can control that so it shouldn't be a factor when reviewing the event. What should be praised is the time and effort spent by the marshals and event staff to make it work despite the conditions! It was pretty miserable waiting around at the start to get moving, so it must have been quite a challenge standing around for a couple of hours. Thanks to everyone involved in keeping a smile on their face and making it a pleasant experience. As for the course, a little narrow in places, but as a slower runner, not an issue for me. I thought the promenade route was excellent and as a relative local who knows the area, I know what great views are in offer when the sun is out! Some people received a medal and some a golden trainer. I have a medal and is quite a nice memento with stickers to add your race time. Would I run it again? In a heartbeat. Parking was a real plus, massive facility very close to the start and the attendants helped get people moving after the rave by speeding up the payment process. One of my favourite 10k events so far in my limited running career! The only thing I think I would like to be considered (despite my previous comments) is maybe a unique, bespoke medal that reflects either the location or the charity or sponsors. I do love my bespoke medals and there aren't enough on offer in the East Kent events. Thanks everyone, great event overall! Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: Organisational blueprint that many other race directors would be advised to check out In full: Novel race in many ways (never done a multi-lap race like that. The organising team have really taken time to pay attention to the little details that make a difference (you can tell they must be runners themselves).
Can only iterate what's been written elsewhere, but runners of all standards will have a fun time at this race. Can't remember the entry fee, which probably means it was a bargain for all the goodies & services on offer. Lap counter on the big screen was a great idea, as I had a slight concern about mis-counting pre-race. Wasn't a problem at all, as the guy on the microphone called out my lap number as I started my last few laps anyway.
Only minor thing (and it is minor, but in the interests of full disclosure for anyone considering entering); if you are a quicker runner, be prepared to be constantly overtaking from lap 2 onwards. This might mean a bit of weaving through, and you frequently have to take a slightly wider line around the bends; won't cost you more than a few seconds per lap though, so not a real concern.
The race director standing at the far end of the course applauding every runner for the first couple of hours didn't go unnoticed either. Bravo!! Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: Friendliest event I've done In full: You'd think a multi-lap event would be one to avoid - wrong! 17 laps of a cyclopark (smooth tarmac) sounded hideous to me, but there are many benefits to this type of route: - regular sight of supporters, friends, etc, - place to leave gels, drinks, etc without lugging them round 26 miles - no "surprises" after the first lap - you know what you're getting - you see faster/slower friends and runners to keep you company on the way. Loved it! Superb marshalls and support crew too. Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: Another superb event from White Star Running!! In full: After the Larmer 20, was looking forward to the Ox races (I also did the Dark Ox on the Saturday night). White Star did not disappoint, great organisation, fantastic atmosphere (we camped overnight). Very tough race but beautiful surroundings to run in. Only thing I would ask is if there could have been an extra aid station between 4-10 miles. So glad I am signed up for their next event, The Sydling 10K Date of review: June 1, 2015
In short: They know how to host a race In full: Loved this event and everything about it!!!! Loads of car parking, easy location to find, organised, well marshalled and great communication from entry to the race.
The course itself is okay, it's not pancake and 'tourettes hill' isnt as bad as it sounds the downhill on the other side felt steep.
Very friendly atmosphere at the race for all levels or runner.
The medal is mega!!! I've signed up for next year already Date of review: June 1, 2015