In short: Excellent race. In full: Ran well for first 8 miles than rapidly slowed down with the`undulations` Excellent race but no chance of a PB. Will certainly come back for more next year. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: So-so In full: A nice run along the coastal paths, but I think the grass section is really not enjoyable. It was heavy under foot and simply one long straight. The course was more than 11km, despite the official title. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: What it says on the can - a training run. Worthwhile In full: Great stuff - well organised, good marsahalling, nice scenery, a few hills. Well worth turning up for. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: The hills were a bit tough In full: An enjoyable run made more special by the organisation, volunteers and tea and cake afterwards. Now if those hills could be removed...?? Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: Where else do you get to run thru horse manure after your cocoa and sarnies at checkpoint 3? In full: This is a glorious affair. The countryside is fabulous, the upward bits can be run if so inclined, and the downward bits are not so downwards as to be dangerous. The support is as good as it gets and the field full of runners with dazed looks on their faces out of sheer ... pleasure? amazement? exhaustion? Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: The organisation was terrible. Not enough loos, baggage facility was a joke and the finish line wasn't a line it was a group of runners ! In full: A shopping centre is not the best place to have a race like this! After waiting a good 15 mins at the finish area I had to wade my way through shoppers arriving to get my water, banana, medal and goody bag (which didn't have any goodies in it, water and a nutri grain.
The course itself had too many hairpin bends! I would still do the race again as it's my hometown but I really hope they pay attention to all the feedback ! Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: First time running 21 miles but now I know what I'm up against. After the 19th mile I found this very tough, and lonely. The traffic was worrying. Do it again? Yes! Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: So badly-organised I don't know were to start! In full: Totally inadequate loos (loads of people still queing when race started); inadequate PA system/ no communication about changed start time; no marshalls for the start. I am a reasonable standard runner, aiming for another sub-1:30, and it took me one minute to cross the start line, and another 7:30 to complete the first mile as I was dodging and weaving slower runners/barriers etc. Appalled at absence of chip timing in a mass start event, and at slowness of getting results out. It's a race a I prefer to forget and thought it was an embarassment to Edinburgh and Scotland. I travelled up from London - I won't bother again. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: Has great potential - but such poor organisation!!! In full: - Very confusing start - Almost got crushed at the gates behind ocean terminal - Got one thimble of high5 energy drink during the race - So many dog legs - Shambolic finish - but thankfully the goodie bag made up for it!!!
...and I'm still waiting for my tee-shirt. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: What a joke, What a waste of money,Never again!!!! In full: What the hell was a motorbike doing in the middle of the runners at the start.. 11mins in and the lead car came past me!! we were all told to move over and stop so it could get past us. It got stuck under a barrier at the back of the shopping centre where we started.What a horrible place to start from too. Far to narrow. This caused such a back log of runners trying to find some space. It was stop start for the first three miles. Back runners complained of a lack of water. Crossing the finish was not the end of the nightmare..some runners were faced with over 20mins wait while two guys noted nunbers..some runners couldnt even cross the line due to the runners waiting.. Not worth a flight up from London. Date of review: March 29, 2006