In short: Top organisation, tough course in places, nice t-shirt! In full: I've now done this race two years in a row and like it a lot. Holyrood Park is a bit of an uphill slog but it made my result all the more pleasing - 46.40, nearly a minute off my 10K PB. I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Wow !! Where do I start about this race? It has the lot from hills, woods, roads, canals to a river crossing at the end. A must do race, get it in your diaries for next year .... loved it !! In full: I must also say the marshalls were the best I've come across, thanks a million !! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Not for faint hearted, but worth having a go, but don't expect PB. In full: I had a crisis of confidence and nearly didn't do it, but glad that i had a go. I was one of those at the back,but kept going. Not easy to get an even pace going because of terrain. The marshelling and organistion was excellent and very encouraging. The river crossing was fun and a light relief after all the effort I had to put in to get round and you didn't have to run far to finish. Road running will never be same agian. Thank you to all the volunteers who organised it and made it a race to remember. Hope to do it next year and improve on time. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Very enjoyable not to hilly either In full: My first half marathon there was good organisation throughout, was great to do a lap of the town at the start first. Good also to have several loo stops. The finish area was lovely, big enough for many spectators. I really enjoyed it and was pleased with my time Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Nice local race In full: Nice local race. The course was mildly challenging in places, a few inclines and lots of twists and turns on the cycle paths, but this was more than made up for by the great organisation, the excellent marshals and kids from the rugby club high fiving the runners! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great, sunny race with nasty hill In full: Second 5k I've done and amazed that I was faster than last time, given that evil 3k hill and all. Very well organized and a fun day out. Didn't get hair gel myself. Just a couple of shampoos. Oh, well. Maybe next year I'll get to tame this crazy mane... Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Great day for a good cause In full: My first ever run, I really enjoyed it. I must admit I did walk at times, and I got stitch about halfway round. But I enjoyed the day, raised a few quid and got Don Goodmans autograph. It was a good taster for me to what running is all about and I'm determined to have another go at a 5K and go onwards and upwards from there. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: enjoyable - but bloomin wet! In full: I did enjoy that - got a PB, and the t-shirt at the end is a good'un - mars bar and bananas much appreciated as well :o)
Pity about the weather though, cos although it was good for running in, it did dampen (sorry about the pun) the atmosphere and the supporteres were in dribs and drabs, but still very much appreciated!
Had a bit of a problem finding the start too -I know that sounds stupid, but because we'd driven in the opposite way to where the start was set up, there weren't any signs to show you where to go! (Did ask some helpful marshalls though and we got there eventually!)
In short: relaxed atmopshere In full: Yes the course marking could be better and there were occasions when there were obstructions and very tight changes of direction. however, the overall atmosphere made it a good event and if you like mutliple laps - which a lot do - then that was also good. overall I would recommend it and the charity aspect is very improtant. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Excellent In full: A pb, mars bar and banana, I can't ask for more. Pretty race with enough ups to challenge. Well organised. A tight start and finishing on wet grass the only slight concerns but can't see what else could be done so overall 10 out of 10. Will be back next year. Well done to the organisers. The woman who decided to bend over and tie her shoe laces just after the start with 800 people trying to get into their stride in a narrow lane nearly took out more runners than a hand grenade, not the best of ideas I feel. I must practise leapfrog for next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Call that undulating? :) In full: Was hillier than I expected but that's what you get when you use vague words like undulating! My Garmin reckons on nearly 2000 feet of elevation gain over the course. That however is the only gripe and who really cares?
The scenery was a pleasant surprise, the marshalling was excellent and very encouraging (especially the two guys shouting out numbers somewhere near the end). The support by the rugby club was uplifting. The whole event was very well organised and offered excellent value for money. The wet sponges were very welcome and a nice touch.
I was five minutes off my PB but that can be attributed to the hills!
I will be adding this one to my calendar for next year.