In short: Good race, shame about the traffic In full: I would definitely do the race again, mainly because it’s a good distance and time for FLM but it’s not my favourite. I don't like the 6 mile loop you have to do twice and I hated the traffic that built up. By 10am, there were lots of cars trying to pass and it became annoying. One girl had her water bottle knocked out of her hand by a wing mirror. The race could also do with at least one more water station.
On the up-side, good organisation at the start and finish. Plenty of toilets, friendly marshalls and a well marked course. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Well Organised, Friendly and scenic run In full: Bedfordshire has a fine selection of road races, many put on by the local clubs. Biggleswade AC does a great job. Marshalls friendly and effective (no problems at road crossing) as you would expect as a number are RW forumites as well ! Sometimes get hugs from the water marshalls :-)Decent goodies, very good price and if only they could have prevented the gale in the finising quarter mile, it would have been perfect ! Not an easy race but well worth doing Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: More Marshals Required otherwise a pretty good race. In full: Overall I was pleased as I ran my quickest time for 3 years. The hill wasn't too taxing and the conditions were good. My only gripe is the lack of marshalls at certain junctions. On 3 occaisons, I had to scoot across the road in front of cars without a marshall to be seen- once in front of a bus!!!
PS Nice cake at the end Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Was this a road race or an obstacle course??? In full: There can't be many spare cones left in Scotland as they seemed to be every 2metres for the 1st. half of this so called race. Am beginning to dread the full marathon in june in edinburgh if this is the type of organisation to expect. Was using this as a training run, thank god. Don't mention on course toilets to me, couldn't find any. The routes shown to get access where gridlocked by 08:15, (Ferry Rd.) had to ditch car in Industrial Estate as was never going to get to start if using offical car parks. Loops during run totally demoralising, the one @ 12miles was criminal. I managed to run across the finish line into the ensuing shambles, not a happy bunny. Won't be back to savour this event for a long time. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Organisers should be banned from this event next year In full: Everyone else has said it all I think. Imagine having to wait in a crowd to cross the finish line. Official times will be about 20 mins after we crossed the line. I cramped up in the wait to be processed for a time, water, banana and empty goody bag. Im sure some will suffer injury and illness after the long wait in the cold. Never ever again. As somebody else said, What happened to our cash? Next year may be better, but lets face it, they couldn't do any worse if they tried Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable out-and-back run along cycle path from Morecambe through Lancaster along the River Lune. In full: A perfect pre-FLM run. Frequent water stations, nice marshalls, and only a couple of short stretches on open roads. Will definitely return again. Sincere thanks to the organisers: you should be proud of your event (and long may it continue). Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Could do much better In full: Disappointing outing, poor organisation; agree with all previous sentiments - did not represent good value at all. One of the poorest races I've ever done and it was practically on my doorstep. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Well organised, beautiful scenery and very enjoyable. In full: My first 20 mile run in prearation for the FLM! Well worth it although there could have been more water stations along the way. Cakes at the end of the run were more than welcome! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: i would only do this again.purely because i come from edinburgh.. In full: where do i start? i am ambarrased to come from edinburgh and be associated with this very badly organised event. signs near the portaloos denoting starting pen times...but it was a shambles...hundreds queing for loos,people not knowing where the start was,no stewards in sight...a barrier almost falls on runners who are having to duck underneath..very poor boring course with too many switchbacks..crap goody bag,no t-shirt...fees too costly...lack of atmosphere..need i go on? Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: My first half-marathon, so nothing to compare it to - but personally, I had a great time...! In full: OK - so I was at the back of the pack, so didn't experience any of the problems at the start or the finish. But come on - give the organisers a break - it was the first Edinburgh half marathon ever, there was bound to be teething problems. If it wasn't for them there wouldn't be one at all...! I'm sure they'll learn from the mistakes, and onwards/upwards for 2007. Date of review: March 27, 2006