In short: I was disappointed.... In full: The cost £22 - £25. It started far too early 9am and with the clocks going forward really made it 8am - no consideration for people who had to travel. The start and finish were a shambles, I was unable to cross the finish line as I had to wait in a queue for 8mins!!! The course - run out the road half way, then turn and more or less back the same way... boring! it took in no Edinburgh sights what so ever you could have been running in any city docks area. BUT the biggy for me NO T-SHIRT!!! and the goodie bag was pants!!!! Bit of a shame.... Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Utter shambles; a joke In full: It's all been said before but, for me, the finish was a total killer : 30 minutes to clear the area by which time I was really really stiff. Did not appreciate the pot holes on the route nor the doglegs - the last dog leg was outrageous ! And, as for the goody bag, well words fail me totally, Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Very disappointing. In full: I found the 'dog-legs' sole destroying and find it hard to believe that a full circular route could not be identified. Putting toilet facilities in holding pens was poor organisation! Lack of water at stations and the process at the end was pure chaos. For the entry fee, champion chips should have been provided as the finish times will not be anyway near accurate. Appreciate the apology from the organisers, but I don't think I could bring myself to do this again! Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Failed to attract top local runners to compete, but then again, compete with who? 3 African athletes should not these days credit an event with 'inter/national field publicity'!! Many low key rural 5k's attracts larger elite fields and top runners. In full: Dear Reader
I entered, ran and completed the Edinburgh Forthside Half Marathon this year (2006). Although just back from injury i enjoyed this event and the course was flat and most of the time scenic.
I've just surfed the web in search of full result listings - unfortunately I was unable to find theses?
in comparison to other big city half's it lacked spirit and promise's. The event compared to more low key 5 or 10k events i've competed in in the past with the only difference being the number of runners. Well invested publicity contrasted with a pre race start that lacked something which might well have been also something to do with that hour lost to people via clocks moving forward! body clocks suggested 8 a.m. and not 9 a.m.
Lacked promise's - goody bag, what a disapointment - (water & energy bar?), energy drinks at water stops not included as promised, international and national field promised. A few Kenyan or Ethiopian athletes (3 I think) with probably big apperance fees doesn't equal an international field. Many low key 10k's in the most rural of settings will have much bigger elite fields. A top city half Marathon should attract top local and national runners. I was disapointed that the lead in this event saw just few elite leaders then quite a gap - it would be nice to see that gap being bridged by top national and club runners clocking between 64 and 74 minutes. In this occasion very few top male athletes were attracted to compete - but then again, compete with who? It was encouraging however to see many of our top women out there.
This could have potentail - to summarise - a large big fun run with 3 or maybe 4 well paid elite athletes.
In short: great route, nearly all off road, with some good "downs" as well as some tough "ups". The slippery/muddy conditions made the going very tricky.Would be a really good summer event! Date of review: March 29, 2006
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