In short: good race poor organisation In full: found the oganisation let this race down which is a shame not enough water stations there could have been one on the back espesialy with the heat and who let the cars on the course ? and if there was runners driveing them why didnt the know better all in all a good day but could have been beter Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Excellent small-town marathon In full: Not getting in to London, I wanted to find a marathon with a reasonable size field for my first attempt.
This is a good small-time race. Not quite the atmosphere of a big-city half or full, but some good, enthusiastic support all the way round both laps. Enough people in the Marathon field not to feel too lonely.
Water stations every two miles, with the one at 2/13 miles serving it in bottles. No sports drinks, but as pointed out elsewhere, it is rarely the organisers that pay for the drinks, but the sponsors, which is why you only tend to get them at big events. Part of the challenge of the marathon is planning how to get carry your nutrition with you.
The course certainly isn't hilly, but there is a reasonably longish hill at 7/17 miles that doesn't seem bad the first time, but bites the second time.
Yes, the start is a bit congested, but not too bad. If you don't want to be delayed, get to the front. There is no banding according to time, but hey, when does THAT ever work!
Nice medal, no free T-shirt, but I picked up a nice one for a tenner (I likes my souvenirs).
I'd certainly recommend this to somebody looking for a spring marathon that isn't London.
In short: Hills & Hoseflies, but well worth it!! In full: My first race since being at school 15 years ago. One particular hill of the like i've never before seen but great atmosphere!
Most of the village turned out to watch, schouting encouragement from their gardens, it was a brilliant experience. I'd taken the hills into account and so given myself a predicted time of 83 mins but did it in 70.20. In all totally Ace!!! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Pleasant... enough, but shame about the traffic, but very well organised. In full: OK, but suffered from a lot of traffic in places and too many sections through the industrial estates. The bits through the country were lovely - extend those parts and it will be a very nice run. Clockwork organisation, helpful marshalls, good support. I'd call it gently undulating rather than flat - brilliant parking, not quite enough loos! Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Some odd organisation but a very pleasant work out In full: Did this as a training work-out for autumn 1/2 marathon. Three testing hills but time was surprisingly quick. Difficult to judge pace as the kilometre markers were all over the place (I did the 8th km in 2m 20s!! Yeah). Nice warm morning and good to see a big entry. Pity there was no PA at the start, it was all a bit of a muddle finding where to line up and knowing when the race had started. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: A nice Half Marathon In full: The major plus points about this race were the masses of free parking, and the amount of drinks and sponge stations. Sponges are great! Thanks to those who did such a good job in manning them. Chip timing is another major boost.
There was some good support from the locals and sweet faced policewomen and a good atmosphere amongst the runners.
I liked the scenery as well - it wasn't all picture postcard but that gets dull after a bit. There was plenty of different things to look at as we ran through industrial, town, and residential areas with some nice country villages as well. It seemed easy to get into a rythym with a lot of long straightish stretches. It not totally flat but is by no means undulating.Only minus point was the medal which was a bit disappointing but a fine well organised race nevertheless. I'll certainly consider doing it again next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Finish this one and glow with satisfaction In full: A real challenge today, everyone well soaked as the heavens opened at the starting line, very misty so many of Edinburgh’s sites were hidden from the field. A great run- high on the satisfaction given the fact that it is a tough ask climbing through Hollyrood Park and the final stretch up through the grass market does sap the legs. This is my second year and I will definitely do it next year. . Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: great run to get you started In full: if your looking for a challenge and you havent run before then i recommend you try this race as it gives you experience of what to expect and isnt a big race so you wont get very nervous!
In short: A great race to take part in In full: I took six minutes off last year's time, managed to run the whole way (even the hills) and the organisation seemed better than last year - sports drink in the goody bag, and starting off in two waves cut down on the crowd at the start. Date of review: May 7, 2006