In short: A friendly local race and my 19th run. In full: I have supported this exellent race for many years and see the same old faces time after time.
It is disappointing that the route will be changing, but it is understandable as much of it is on busy roads. I am sure that whatever is decided, it will still be an exellent race and well supported. This year there were 275 finishers, compared with last years 250 entries.
Thank you Two Saints for keeping the race going for so many years! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Shambolic organisation and grossly overpriced In full: What can I say? Apart from reiterate the following, all of which made the Forthside Ediburgh Half the worst organised race I've ever run: (1) Delayed start; (2) No audible PA system - no idea when race actually started; (3) No clear idea of where runners should line up - and no one to ask; (4) First mile was dangerously congested; (5) Marshalls seemed thin on the ground (and let two children with a trolley (?) run right in front of me, nearly injuring us all); (6) No sign of the promised energy drinks at the water stations; (7) Water stations on one side of the road only, leading to yet more congestion; (8) A dreadful, dreadful finish – runners were unable to get over the finish line, having to stop dead, then wait for ages even to get some much needed water; (9) No Championchip thus no accurate finish time; and (last but not certainly not least) (10) The (not so) "goodie" bag!!!! Need I say more – a banana, a bottle of water, an Alpen bar and a medal? Where did my £20-odd go?
On a positive note, I got a PB (which is fab, considering that most people think that the course was longer than 13.1 miles…). I'll have to be persuaded to go back next year and truly hope that the organisers respond to the comments made by runners.
In short: fairly well organised, good marshalls In full: only problems: the start was slightly delayed and an interesting rabbit-warren housing estate stretch mid-race but I'd probably do it again next year! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: could be good race let down by poor layout and control to start area In full: poorly organised at start not set up to handle numbers entered assembly area not marshalled toilet queues across area and no control to encourage seperation by ability Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Poor organisation let down a promising event In full: Fellow runners (and sufferers) have already reported in good detail the failings of what at the outset had seemed an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning. A very early start time on the same Sunday the clocks went forward should have been an omen. Closing most of the main roads into the event also didn't bode well as I approached the event. It was hard to believe that in the immediate vicinity of Ocean Terminal was the massive space which accommodated MTV not so long ago. This would have been a far better space for the start/finish, 'race village' than the cramped space we were all forced into. Have run a few 1/2s previously and had to spare a thought for those running it for the first time who were denied the opportunity and relief after 13 hard miles of being able to RUN over the finishing line. Instead they had to queue for the privilege. Personally, it took me 3 mins queueing to get over the finish line and a further 8mins or so to have time recorded (for what purpose...! Where are the times posted? Does anyone know?) It was a full 15 mins after I stopped running before I managed to beg some water from over the railings penning us in and was about 30 mins before me and those around me made it to freedom and more chaos with the handouts area mobbed by spectators. Got my medal nicely wrapped up in polythene, though did consider using the wrapper as a thermal blanket as by that time body temperature had dropped considerably! The near empty 'goodie' bag could also have been adapted for said purpose. Never mind, a long walk back to where I had abandoned the car earlier helped me warm-up and slacken off very tight and cramped muscles. Met some runners heading for a 3hr finish on way back. One poor soul asked me if the finish was staight on or did she need to run round the back of Ocean Terminal again - didn't have the heart to tell her that she had another mile to go once she got round the back - think she would have given up then and there! Hope she managed to finish. As for the drinks stations, only spotted two official marshals at the 3 mile mark who just couldn't cope with the numbers (3500+!). Had to join the general melee to help ourselves to bottles. Criminal if they ran out for the slower runners. In essence, the race is a really good concept and apart from the industrial estate and the soul-destroying dog-legs it has the potential to be a really good event. On Sunday however, over-ambition overtook common sense and proper care for those taking part and the organisers must put their hands-up and admit that things weren't as they could be. Sadly, no pronouncements as yet - maybe they're dealing with all those e-mails! As for the Evening News report on Monday.... which race were they at?! Where were the thousands lining the route - or did they mistake the crowds at the finishing line as the spectators?! Thanks to those who did support us - much appreciated by me and fellow runners. Made us feel human and not just a race number.....
In short: Nice scenery - shame about the organisation In full: Enjoyed the race and the route, but really shocked by the organisation. They definitely needed more staff, not only for the end, but for handing out water bottles. Often had to stop to pick up a drink, instead of being able to take one as I ran past. Queued a long with everyone for water and medal, getting cold and not being able to stretch as we were squashed together. Never saw a goodie bag or an energy drink. Even the family fun run didn't go smoothly. A friend from work ran it, and despite being advertised as 5k, the race actually turned out to be 3k. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Nice medal, but shame about the organisation In full: Everyone deserves a second chance, so let's give a second chance to the organisers of this race. Whilst the course is flat with scenic Forth views, it hardly showcases Edinburgh's architecture via taking us through (half-developed) trading estates. Also thought some of the road surfaces were dreadful - potholes gave major risk of ankle injury. As for the goody bag, I gave up queuing but obviously didn't miss out. And yes Championchip next time please. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Good race, well supported. Needs chip timing though! In full: A well organised event, other than the rather shambolic timing system. But all involved were very good humoured and friendly, and it was a pleasure to run. T.shirt and medallion thing much improved on previous years too! An enjoyable day out. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: I think it's all been said! In full: Champion chips would surely solve the frantic and furious scribbling at the finish. I'm used to lining up and waiting for the start of a race but not at the finish! A less than amiable official was shouting at us to 'move along' - wouldn't I have loved to have been able to! Luckily one of the spectators handed me a bottle of water. I can't imagine where the entry fees went; certainly not into the goody bags or the organisation. On the whole the course was good although less than scenic in places. Everyone deserves a second chance - these people have a lot to learn if they want this race to become a permanent fixture on the calender. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Lucky I live locally, if i'd travelled far to this event, i'd be rather piqued!! In full: Well I think its all been said before, closed barriers, invisible energy drinks, no chip timing, rude marshalls @ the end (i witnessed one chap shouting at a runner for holding the finishing channels up whilst she shared some of her personal water round!), pathetic "goody" bag and the worst (un)organised finishing procedure i've ever seen. I ran the Lasswade 10 a couple of weeks ago, & it was 10 times better organised!! (& they had a free buffet @ the end!) Hopefully if the event is staged next year, the organisers will have learnt by their mistakes this time... I'll do it again because I love running! p.s. why not try the 7 Hills of Edinburgh race in June, there you'll see a well organised & ultra friendly race. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Good atmosphere, but in reality a rip off. In full: Admittidly I showed up for the race slightly late curtasey of TFL, transport for london. It took me over 2and a half hours to get to wimbolden tube station from dollis hill, zone three on the Jubilee line without any delays, and had to get a cab from the station to the ground as was running late. As a result I started the race 2 mins after the gun start. As a result my timing was off in the official result. This anomoly was due to the fact that no chip timing was in operation. For £15 surley this should have been set up or at least an accurate system of timing set up.
Appart from that the atmosphere was good with the weather not to bad for running. The hill is a chalange but not as long as everybody makes out. Admittidly I only ran a 44 minuate 10K which is considerably slower than the time it took me to hit the 7mile marker in the hastings half marathon which is 8 miles all uphill, but that was due to a bad cold and lack of a warm up due to public transport. All in all not a bad event if you dont mind travelling for 3 hours from north london on public transport, getting ripped off with a £15 price and having innacurate timing. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: tough off roader - hills and mud - everything a race needs In full: a well organised point-point tough off-road hilly run with lots of mud over the first section which even trail shoes struggled to get grip (yes, i did go over). Shame about the awful weather at the start but once out of the clouds got some glorious views of the Downs. Seemed to be mainly serious/club runners out on the course but i'm sure that may have been partly down to the poor weather. Nice cakes and tea at the end to help the revival process. Well worth adding to your running diary Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Let runners organise it next time! In full: How pee-d off am I that I paid £20 to get a medal, a misnomer "goody" bag and NO finishing time recorded for my first half marathon! Have complained to "organisers" as this race was so poorly organised that I thought it must be April 1st. There are no excuses for the shambles that occurred - if you allow 3500+ runners to enter, you should be able to cope with them. There are plenty of other experienced event organisers out there who could give advice! Date of review: March 28, 2006