In short: flat route and high numbers running In full: I thought it was OK considering it was the first staging of this race and 3500 turned up for only 2000 planned. Big races like these are always going to be expensive, have long queues for the bogs and be busy at the start and end. The water was well placed, the route was flat and well mapped out with supportive marshals. I am sure it will be chipped next year for those without a watch! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Poor Organisation spoiled what could have been a memorable run.Not being able to finish because of numbers being hand written was a nonsense."Goodie bags" dissapointing.Next Year they must have better organisation and chip timing. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: As all of the above - poor organisation. And no chip for a race that costs £20! In full: They should pop over to Glasgow to work out how to organise a race. Glasgow women's 10k and Great Scottish 10k and half marathons are bigger events, cheaper, chipped, better organisation at the start of what time you aim to complete, plentiful toilets and toilets don't get in the way of the start, better goody bags and better support on route.... Pretty much all of the above comments cover these points. If the race was chipped then everyone is happy with taking a bit longer to get over the start. I got over the start at 2 mins and like many of the comments above couldn't run over the finish. I also stood in a queue for about 10mins until someone wrote down my number (How on earth are they going to figure out my time? i felt like giving them my time so they could work out everyone elses!)
Would I go back? It would need to be chipped, cheaper and value in the goody bag at the end. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Tough but worth it! In full: Great race but hard. My longest run ever and it felt like it. Went out too hard and suffer at end. Very well organised, will do it again. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Need a bit more work on the organisation, but nice and flat In full: Balls-up at the start - what a daft place to put the loos,NEXT YEAR GET A BLOKE AND LOUDSPEAKER ON TOP OF A BUS, AND PUT THE LOOS AWAY FROM THE START. Nice course though. Organisation not great overall for a capital city race. (And I got sodding parking ticket!) Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Organisers in it for the money, didn't care about the runners In full: From a positive aspect, this route has potential. It is a coastal route and extremely scenic. It may disappoint those from outside the city as it doesn't take in Edinburgh's more famous landmarks but that is not the point of this run which covers much of the delights of Leith and Crammond. Any positives however, are out weighed by a level of organisation which was simply the worst. The start was late, the was no chip, not enough toilets, confusion at the start and then at the end the queue to register your finishing position was so slow that it extended BEYOND the finishing line, I could not run past the finish! There was also plenty of people who came in after me who where registered first, I fear to see what my official time will be. I hope the organisers learn from this as they could have a really good race here. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Good race - muddy! In full: Enjoyed this race today. Very very congested at the start so took 2 miles to get going - will start nearer the front next year. Good challenging course, marshalls were excellent. Muddier than I had expected. Thanks to all the marshalls for their encouragement. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Where was the water for us 'slow coaches'? In full: (Grinders girlfriend here) My first half marathon, and all very nerve racking. I was appalled that they ran out of water for us 'slow coaches' after the THIRD MILE!! We had to search for unused or half full ones that the faster runners had used. And where was the High5 drink they promised?! Don't mention it in newsletters if you're not going to have it there. Thankfully i managed to steal a jelly baby off a lovely lady. As a first time racer, I'm disappointed (in them, I'm proud of my efforts!) and wonder where my money went? God knows it wasn't in the water for me! Tracey Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Good PB race but organisation was poor In full: The issues re organisation have all been mentioned above. I could see the issues even though to the most part they didn't affect me (started at the front, finished in 1h27 therefore start and finishing issues not a problem. Goodie bag could have had more and ChampionChip Timing should really be standard nowadays at £20 plus Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: very poor organisation, they should know better In full: Although Edinburgh is an expensive city in which to close the roads, the price for this was not worth the money at all due to the very poor organisation. Somebody thought it would be a great idea to put the toilet queues in the same place as the start line. Several bottle necks as the organisers tried to squeeze 4000 runners into one lane, and poor filtering at the finish line meant an abrupt stop into a crowd with nowhere to cool down. Just waiting and getting cold with very poor filtering of finishers to receive their medals. No chips used for timing to account for delay to start line and my number wasn't collected until 5 min after crossing the finish meaning times will be entirely inaccurate. Big disappointment for what should have been a great race. Next year I'm going back to Alloa. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Organisation was shocking - start lanes crossed toilet queues! start littered with traffic cones and barriers which due to the numbers running was a real hazard. No chip and debaccle at the end of the race on the 2 hour mark mean timings unreliable. In full: The use of water bottles without sports caps baffles me - the majority of bottles are discarded just after the water station after a couple of sips - what a waste. The race start was also delayed by at least 15 minutes and the delay at the end meant runners were stopped suddenly and allowed to get cold which is not good. The race was meant to start and finish at Ocean Terminal but you arrived back to find that you are diverted away for another 1/2 mile before turning round and heading back - poor route planning. Finally for such a well patronised and sponsored event - no T shirt! Criminal! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Over priced, badly organised, goody bag full of leaflets - where did my £20 go ? Oh, couldn't actually finish due to the queue at the finish ! In full: I took 5 minutes to actually cross the finish line due to the back log of runners. People finishing were told to slow down ! HOw on earth are they going to assign you a time ?
Organisation was awful. Best intentions where meant but it went badly wrong ! I stood for about 20minutes in a crowd at the end trying to get out - happy to not get a medal or bag or banana !
3600 * £18 = approx £65,000 - where did that money go ????
Course was too narrow. They knew it was over subscribed so could have alleviated most problems by some forward thinking and planning !
What a mess !
If you want to know how not to organise a race, ask these ! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Fast course, but poorly organised and expensive In full: Some serious bottlenecks early on made it diffcult to get into your stride, and as others have mentioned, having the loos in the same area as starting pens was a silly decision. A nice flat, fast course with some great scenery (mixed in with some grim industrial wasteland). There were good, supportive crowds of specators too. I think that £20 should get you a champion-chip timed race and a decent goody bag (a nutrigrain bar and a bottle of water... come on!). WIth improved organiation this could be a very good race. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Nicely organized and a friendly atmosphere In full: It felt really strange to run most of the Camberley 10K route, but starting and finishing in the 'wrong' place. A nice race, friendly and well-organized, and very well done the army - I could hardly lift those packs, never mind run with them. Date of review: March 26, 2006