In short: Good race, but ... In full: the course is very hilly, the start at 1pm is at the hottest time of the day and I could have needed energy drinks at the water stations. Moreover, water in small plastic cups is hard to drink while running. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: one of the best experiences of my life In full: fabulous, but needs more loos at the start. I was still in the queue for the loo when the starter gun went off - a bit scary Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Good beginners race although a little hilly at the end In full: Glorious scenery, a festival atmosphere, brilliant weather and pipers at every kilometre. The start was a little chaotic and I had to avoid a number of (very) small children who darted right in front of me but otherwise an excellent race and day out. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Well organised, frequent water stations, good marshalling & friendly locals all made this a good day. Drawbacks - no sports drinks or the like at the water stations and a 1pm start on a hot day, but otherwise a great race. Recommended. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Excellent, well organised run around a scenic country park In full: Beautiful sunny day. Well organised 5.1km run around Mugdock Park, north of Glasgow. Mildly undulating course on trails/tracks through the park. Well signed, water station half way round, Pipers at every km mark! Scenic; lochs, castle & highland cows! This run had a very diverse entry, lots of kids who enjoyed the event, walkers, and runners of all abilities. Seemed particularly suitable for beginners. Very energetic warm-up at the start (only the kids and some fitties kept up!) and a commentary to greet you at the finish. Good fun event for all the family. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: A very enjoyable day, well organised and the medal made for a very good momento! In full: The race day was a lot hotter than forecast and added to the hilly section, it was tough going for the middle part of the course. The steep downhill was more of a challenge than a help and was a poor reward for the uphill slog beforehand. The course was interesting all the way round and a very good test. It was probably the most challenging of the courses I have run so far. The crowd gave good support all the way round and especially in the finishing straight. The medal was of a good standard and is a nice momento of a very enjoyable day. The only criticism would be that the late start makes for a very late finish for the full marathon runners and by that time there are very few people left to give the runners any support. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: tougher than I thought, but still a great day out In full: I concur with the others: hills were worse than I thought, and Start was too crowded. But friendly atmosphere, good weather, well-marshalled, welcome drinks, and plenty of good-natured support.
Afterwards, it's a fun day out for the family, although the lemurs were a bit sleepy this time. Previously they have been more lively but mustn't grumble. My son's doing a project on rhinos so good field work for him.
And there's even a free road train to carry tired limbs back to the entrance. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Good organisation, poor medal, no enegy drinks! In full: Good organisation, started on time. Plenty of loo's on course. Very hard first marathon in the sun, starting at 1pm far to late in the day means a late finish!
Was aware from the pre race literature that only water was available so had to carry our energy drinks/gels for the duration of the marathon. Disapointing medal compared to Bristol and Reading halfs but admid they were much more expensive.
Pity that the run in was being dismantled before the last runners were in.
Race marshalls generally very good. Plenty of drinks stations. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Good organisation, start time too late, could have done with sports drinks In full: Not as flat as I had expected there seemed to be quite a few hills. Organisation generally very good although I arrived at the start over 10 mins before kick off and had to climb over railings to get into the paddock, even then I was on the wrong half-marathon side of the road - definitely too crowded at the start. Both start and finish well supported and charming. Could definitely have done with sports drinks on second lap would have made a big improvement. Also start time too late as it was the hottest part of the day and would have been nice to have more time in the afternoon before heading off home. Overall OK but won't do it again. Not a PB course either. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Fantastic!!! Rod Berry you are a star In full: Drove two hours for this race, I would have driven for four, it was great fun. Good course with magnificent scenary, beautiful weather and fantastic people what more could you want. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: great marathon run. one for the calender. In full: cant understand some of these negative comments from runners. this i felt was a cracking run more flat than i expected, you could pb this. ok, company does get less on the secound lap, but most marathons do.and what a great run in, along the cycle path. yes it did seem long and endless.but isnt this all part of the battle.as JB says "its all part of the process".stay fit, see you next year. Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Very friendly race through some nice scenery, In full: First 10K for some time so happy to plod along towards the back. Slightly congested start meant I started off slow but the undulating first half limited the amount of conversation with follow competitors !!! Definitely do it again next year - knees willing Date of review: April 25, 2005
In short: Worth doing once in your life, esp. if you're a motor-racing fan. In full: Got a PB - well organised, although the queue to get in was a bit much (but understandable considering the number of entrants). It made me realise how much I like hills...... Date of review: April 25, 2005