In short: Good Race but no goody bag In full: This was my first full marathon and I would recommend it to anyone. It was nice running with the half marathoners but you really do notice the smaller field on the second lap.
Things that could be improved:
Chip Timming would be good.
Some energy drinks on the second lap
Running on the main road needs to be safer. More so on the second lap. Alot of cars and lorries did not slow down and could not be seen until on top of you as you were running in the same direction. A conned off running lane would improve this.
A goody bag or a free T shirt would be nice as £20 is a bit expensive for just a medal.
Overall a really good race and day. Would do it again. Oh the hills are very mild and you hardly notice them. Good crowd support even on lap two. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great event that's starting to feel very established and can only grow from here. In full: 2nd time at this race for me. really enjyed the day, meadows is a fantastic venue for it with a good broad road to start on and the best finish line you could hope for with a long downhill for a good strong finish. Organisation was very good and atmosphere also. Yes the course is tough in places but it's a great route (when you can see the sights through the mist) and has some long gradual downhills to balance things out. Really enjoyed the day and with the heavy rain out of the way before the start it was perfect conditions for running as long as you watched your footing. Definitely make this one a regular on my running calendar and it's right on my doorstep. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Good fun... In full: Enjoyed race. Bit chaotic at start. Good marshalls round the course. km markings all over the place. Some big hills! Good for a charity training race, however, don't expect a pb. Worth doing as a good workout. No real big problems. Happy event :-) Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Favourite 1/2 marathon ever In full: THis was a great race. The course was beautiful, the marshalling was awesome. Support along the course was some of the best I've seen before - it's nice when people cheer for strangers! Even the runners were friendly - checking if people around them needed a water bottle before throwing it away. A couple of hills were a nice challenge - but it is a nice course to run if not the best runner. Overall I would recommend this to anyone. Wonderful race - thanks to the organisers.
In short: Enjoyable race..weather spoiled crowds In full: Solid, professional organisation made participation easy and enjoyable for a novice like me. Shame about the downpour at the start!! I agree with some of the other posts, how come so many registered but didn't run? You missed out on a great experience for a bit of rain. My only (minor) gripes were the narrow 'funnel' parts of the course made everyone slow up and putting the drinks station at the bottom of the toughest longest climb, why not at the top? Luckily I had trained running the queens drive hill section so knew what to expect. Nasty shock for those that didnt know what was coming! I can't wait to enter next years event and hope it gets bigger and better. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Worth the trek In full: I'd never been to Edinburgh before and it was a great way to see the city. Weather was just about perfect. Cool enough to race but with the downpour having stopped just prior to the start. Excellent organization and atmosphere. The hill at the 5km mark could only be described as "challenging". Will be back next year Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great race ... weather only added to the atmosphere In full: The weather added a new dimension to the race - the Castle looked very atmospheric in its misty cloak. I enjoyed this race - great scenery, an organised and uncrowded start, run & finish. My only gripe is my race pack going AWOL, and my new number not being updated on the system so I am listed as a non-finisher even though I have the photo and aching muscles to prove that I finished. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great race, great weather In full: Thoroughly enjoyed the race. Second year of participation and definitely up for it again. Didn't even mind the big hill and knocked 8 mins off last years time. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: I really enjoyed this race - it's definitely converted me to racing!! In full: For first time racers it's an excellent course -beautiful scenery - I am slightly biased however as I'm originally from Stratford-Upon-Avon. I would definitely do this again - will be signing up for next year! Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great fun In full: A great race very well organised - forthside half marathon organisers take note! Second year of doing it and took 3 mins off my time. Re. the goody bag - where was the pasta to go with the sauce? Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Overall a good course and good organisation In full: This was my first half marathon and I was concerned that I might get lost around the route, it was well sign-posted although the mile markers could have been bigger!! Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Great course and views to match In full: First time out on Bluebell but really enjoyed the course, the scenery and the river crossing to finish. A credit to the organisers. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: I loved this race! In full: After some of the doom and gloom I'd read about this race in the past (steep hills, too hot, no annual medal etc) I was more than pleasantly surprised.
The organisation of the race was excellent - it was always really clear where to go even on complicated turns. The 'hill' was not at all steep on the way up (though a killer short sharp 14% descent the other side). The 25th anniversary medal was a nice touch. The supporters were in some ways better than in London (though obviously fewer of them), especially the mad hippy women with the jelly babies who kept yelling 'you're fantastic' and the dancing gent. The Greenway is a great surface to run on and not at all dull - great for overtaking! Even the second loop generally was good for giving me an idea of how far it was to the finish (I like to know these things). And it was amazing to hear my name being called out as I approached the finish line.
My only slight suggestions for improvements would be: - Sports drink on the second lap for marathoners (for those who don't have a handy fiance stationed at the 13 mile mark). - Chip timing (I missed the London qualifying 'good for age' time by 8s!). - More bottles at water stations (doesn't need to be all of them, perhaps just an extra one around the 6 mile mark). Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: fantastic In full: In terms of hills, hard work and scenery, this is possibly the closest to a fell race that a road race can get. Long downhills followed by tough climbs meant that my splits varied from 6 mins to 12, which beats steady paced monotony any day. The organisation ran like clockwork, I've never seen so many marshalls and water stations, and there's even a pub and a cafe (both open first thing on a Sunday morning) at the start/finish line. What more could you want? An iconic T-shirt maybe? You get that too. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: Good race & very friendly atmostphere In full: Good extras to race - childrens races and soft play plus much mentioned cakes! Bum bag instead of t-shirt made a nice change. Well done to the organisers. Date of review: May 9, 2006
In short: First one really enjoyed it In full: This was my first half marathon and was quite nervous about it. Once got going just went with the flow and tried to do best. There were peopel along the way that helped to keep you motivated. Shame about the weather but manged 2 hrs 6 mins which for a first one isn't half bad i don't think. Date of review: May 9, 2006