In short: poor organisation but a race with potential In full: Only new point I can add to comments is that I emailed the race director a week before the race. In my email I specifically asked about how they planned to record timing as there didn't appear to be a chip system. I was surprised to get a pretty hostile response to what i thought was a fair question, politely put. I was told in no uncertain terms that this was a professionally organised race, and was basically made to feel I had no right to query them. It was not a nice email to receive.
Then the race happened and we all know the problems that emerged.... I really hope the organisers apologise, particularly for the end of the race as the farce of holding people in pens as we waited, freezing, for a man to pointlessly take a note of our numbers, was just too much. What on earth are they going to post as times? Better if they didn't bother.
I come from Edinburgh and wanted this race to be a success. It msut get sorted for next year.
Oh and I liked most of the course - I didn't mind the mix of the sea front and an industrial estate, but I agree with others that the tacked-on bits where you double-backed just to make up the miles were not great. But getting a flat course in Edinburgh is difficult, so I'm not complaining that it avoided Arthur's Seat! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Fun, Muddy, Fun, Windy, Fun, Rainy, Fun, Hilly.....and lots of Fun In full: I enjoyed every part of the race, the mud, the rain, the hills, the wind, they are all part of the challenge. The organisation was like clockwork excellent buses to the start, great marshalls, who provided excellent support on a rather wet day. The tea and cakes were excellent. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Chaotic In full: What a shambles queuing for toilets in runners holding area.. not being able to cross the finish line due to the masses waiting to give in numbers, collect medal, and oh the banana and water, and the goody bag wasn't worth the wait! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: My first trail race and first real hills. Really enjoyed it. In full: First 4 miles of this race were a real killer, all up hill. After that it was undulating with a fast downhill finish. An undiscovered area of the Lakes for me. I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Criminal organisation. Dangerous overcrowding. Expensive. What a farce! In full: Everyone else has said it all. The race director should hang his head in shame. People train hard and travel great distances for capital city races. This race was not a good avert for Edinburgh. I guess the race director must be driving a sports car as i couldnt see anything else that they could have spent 40,00 x £20 on during the day. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Chaos In full: The end was beyond comprehension. I heard a rumour that the course was longer than 13.1 miles - not sure how true that is but would be interesting to find out! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very hard, but good, muddy fun. In full: The people organising it were very helpful. I really struggled with the endless hills at the start, and then found it difficult to get going after that as I was too scared of falling in the mud/rolling down a hill, but did find most of it really enjoyable, and the scenery was gorgeous. Have to buy new trainers to run in today, but will be back for Killhope etc after some hill training. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Great sunday morning well spent In full: A very well organised local event; good enough for Witney Road Runners to turn out in force and clean up on the medal stakes but also great for beginners. My 3 non running mates all made it in under 1 hour. Medal and T-shirt were nice as was the banana, water and optional BBQ. Well done to the organisers who managed to keep the allotment traffic to a minimum - I hope it gets the go ahead for next year. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Re-motivated me after a couple of rough years, was like being a kid again running through woods and across fields. Not the easiest of courses, but a sense of humour and no desire for a PB will get you through. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Forthside Fawlty Towers In full: This race was a complete shambles from start to finish.
Serious problems included: (1) no chips, therefore no detailed time splits; (2)there were not nearly enough toilets at the start and the queue for the toilets crossed over the start line; (3)the start was completely shambolic with people of different levels mixed in amongst each other and was delayed for 15 minutes; (4) water stops were not signposted and there were not enough people manning them; (5) not enough toilets along the route; (6) certain roads were not completely closed off and the route was too narrow so it was often necessary to run against the traffic; (6) there were too many 180 degree turns on the route - in particular a bizarre turn away from the finish when everyone was in sight of the finish line; (7) the area behind the finish line was way too small. This meant that a lot of people couldn't even get over the finish line; (8) also as a result of the tiny area behind the finish people had to wait about 30 minutes to get their medals; (9) very few spectators and hardly any feeling of an event.
In short, apart from the nice scenery in the second half, this event has nothing going for it. Unless you live in Edinburgh, and want to experience Fawlty Towers organisation, I would not recomment doing this race. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Poor organisation In full: To pay £22 for a race that is not chipped is shocking. You could not even cross the finish line at the end as there was a huge bottle neck of people waiting to have their number written down. Lack of toilets and no sign of goody bag! Come on, sort it out! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Good weather thankfully but many organisational problems left some bad feeling In full: BAD POINTS: - No clear starting noise (we only realised it had started when we got to line and clock was already 1:40 gone!) - Bottle necks really early on so that people had to walk for a little bit to fit through - No toilets around the route - too many loops! e.g. The bit at the end where we had to run past the finish then loop round for an extra mile was torture! - Queuing at the end- people trying for a sprint finish literally crashed into the masses waiting to get checked off! It got really cold and not enough water being handed out. Think my 'official' finish time will be about 10 minutes longer than what I timed myself! - No t-shirts in goody bag! Very dissapointed! GOOD POINTS: - staff were friendly and encouraging all the way round - There was an indoor shopping cetre to keep warm before and after event - Parking on-site was good and well organised - Very flat course so good time was easy Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Quite challenging - but good fun for a Sunday morning In full: I agree there were a couple of administration problems but I;m sure they will sort them out for next year. Great run, really friendly and the hills weren't too bad! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: The chaotic organisation has been covered by others. Enjoyable run but, as someone from Edinburgh, embarrassed it was so badly organised at start and finish. In full: Incredible that in an area like Leith, with so much open space, that the start was confined to such a small area and that the first stage was run through so many bottlenecks. There were more toilets at the start of the Inverness marathon, which must have had a quarter of the number fo the runners and began in the middle of nowhere! The course hadnt been properly cleared of rubbish/hazards (dumped building materials, road-work signs) - dangerous with such a congested pack early on. Cramond part was a great run. Got in in under 1 hr 30, so didnt experience the congestion others did and feel very sorry for them. This could be a great event - please get it right next time. Date of review: March 27, 2006