In short: The sun shone and the wind blew(a lot!!) for this challenging but enjoyable and well-organised race. Was very tempted to use the donkey in the field at 6 miles to get up the hill!! In full: Well done marshalls for the fantastic organisation and for preventing us from being run over by the aggressive drivers of Bedfordshire - why won't they wait?! My first time at Sandy, definitely up for next year but will have to put in some extra hill training!! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Not bad for a first time in this location In full: I think most points have already been covered,timing chips and better organisation at the end where I thought we would get some high five energy drinks. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Valid criticisms but some positives In full: Previous criticisms are all very valid but there were a number of positives as well: 1. 3,500 to 4,000 for a first running is pretty good and shows there is a demand for an Edinburgh Half. 2. Marshalls and volunteers 3. Good support on route 4. Organisers have said they'll take on board and sort out concerns raised. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: a good 10k race. In full: i enjoyed this race,i managed a pb so am pleased, wimbledon hill not to bad, down hill all the way home. i would have liked to been warned about car parking charges, but a good morning, many thanks to all. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: We'll be talking about this one for a long time to come. In full: Here goes. 1) Chip timing - a must to help alleviate the choas at the finishing line. 2) Clearly marked expected finishing times at the start, so that we know where to stand. 3) Get the portaloos out the way of the race track. 4) Keep a large area clear at the finishing line for runners only. Everybody was wandering about at the finishing line. The first thing I got handed to me when I finished was a sales leaflet. 5) Get all the goodies into the goody bag and hand it to the runners as they leave the finshing area. After picking up my leaflets, I firstly managed to find the banana stall, then got a bottle of water, then a medal about five minutes later. Get all the stuff into the bag beforehand. 6) The start of the course will never be able to cope with the expected 10,000 runners the organisers are hoping for. It is far too narrow round Ocean Terminal and bottle necks will continue to occur. Some of the 180 turns are naff as well. A need to reassess the course. 7) Results please. 60 hours later and still the same webpage. Does it take that long to process 3,500 results. No doubt the guy with the clipboard noting down the finishers will be off his work this week with writers cramp. I will do this again next year and I suppose we should be thankful that someone decided to organise this. What's that song "Things can only get better" Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: A friendly local race and my 19th run. In full: I have supported this exellent race for many years and see the same old faces time after time.
It is disappointing that the route will be changing, but it is understandable as much of it is on busy roads. I am sure that whatever is decided, it will still be an exellent race and well supported. This year there were 275 finishers, compared with last years 250 entries.
Thank you Two Saints for keeping the race going for so many years! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Shambolic organisation and grossly overpriced In full: What can I say? Apart from reiterate the following, all of which made the Forthside Ediburgh Half the worst organised race I've ever run: (1) Delayed start; (2) No audible PA system - no idea when race actually started; (3) No clear idea of where runners should line up - and no one to ask; (4) First mile was dangerously congested; (5) Marshalls seemed thin on the ground (and let two children with a trolley (?) run right in front of me, nearly injuring us all); (6) No sign of the promised energy drinks at the water stations; (7) Water stations on one side of the road only, leading to yet more congestion; (8) A dreadful, dreadful finish – runners were unable to get over the finish line, having to stop dead, then wait for ages even to get some much needed water; (9) No Championchip thus no accurate finish time; and (last but not certainly not least) (10) The (not so) "goodie" bag!!!! Need I say more – a banana, a bottle of water, an Alpen bar and a medal? Where did my £20-odd go?
On a positive note, I got a PB (which is fab, considering that most people think that the course was longer than 13.1 miles…). I'll have to be persuaded to go back next year and truly hope that the organisers respond to the comments made by runners.
In short: fairly well organised, good marshalls In full: only problems: the start was slightly delayed and an interesting rabbit-warren housing estate stretch mid-race but I'd probably do it again next year! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: could be good race let down by poor layout and control to start area In full: poorly organised at start not set up to handle numbers entered assembly area not marshalled toilet queues across area and no control to encourage seperation by ability Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Poor organisation let down a promising event In full: Fellow runners (and sufferers) have already reported in good detail the failings of what at the outset had seemed an excellent way to spend a Sunday morning. A very early start time on the same Sunday the clocks went forward should have been an omen. Closing most of the main roads into the event also didn't bode well as I approached the event. It was hard to believe that in the immediate vicinity of Ocean Terminal was the massive space which accommodated MTV not so long ago. This would have been a far better space for the start/finish, 'race village' than the cramped space we were all forced into. Have run a few 1/2s previously and had to spare a thought for those running it for the first time who were denied the opportunity and relief after 13 hard miles of being able to RUN over the finishing line. Instead they had to queue for the privilege. Personally, it took me 3 mins queueing to get over the finish line and a further 8mins or so to have time recorded (for what purpose...! Where are the times posted? Does anyone know?) It was a full 15 mins after I stopped running before I managed to beg some water from over the railings penning us in and was about 30 mins before me and those around me made it to freedom and more chaos with the handouts area mobbed by spectators. Got my medal nicely wrapped up in polythene, though did consider using the wrapper as a thermal blanket as by that time body temperature had dropped considerably! The near empty 'goodie' bag could also have been adapted for said purpose. Never mind, a long walk back to where I had abandoned the car earlier helped me warm-up and slacken off very tight and cramped muscles. Met some runners heading for a 3hr finish on way back. One poor soul asked me if the finish was staight on or did she need to run round the back of Ocean Terminal again - didn't have the heart to tell her that she had another mile to go once she got round the back - think she would have given up then and there! Hope she managed to finish. As for the drinks stations, only spotted two official marshals at the 3 mile mark who just couldn't cope with the numbers (3500+!). Had to join the general melee to help ourselves to bottles. Criminal if they ran out for the slower runners. In essence, the race is a really good concept and apart from the industrial estate and the soul-destroying dog-legs it has the potential to be a really good event. On Sunday however, over-ambition overtook common sense and proper care for those taking part and the organisers must put their hands-up and admit that things weren't as they could be. Sadly, no pronouncements as yet - maybe they're dealing with all those e-mails! As for the Evening News report on Monday.... which race were they at?! Where were the thousands lining the route - or did they mistake the crowds at the finishing line as the spectators?! Thanks to those who did support us - much appreciated by me and fellow runners. Made us feel human and not just a race number.....
In short: Nice scenery - shame about the organisation In full: Enjoyed the race and the route, but really shocked by the organisation. They definitely needed more staff, not only for the end, but for handing out water bottles. Often had to stop to pick up a drink, instead of being able to take one as I ran past. Queued a long with everyone for water and medal, getting cold and not being able to stretch as we were squashed together. Never saw a goodie bag or an energy drink. Even the family fun run didn't go smoothly. A friend from work ran it, and despite being advertised as 5k, the race actually turned out to be 3k. Date of review: March 28, 2006