In short: A fantastic day In full: Running a pb by 4 minutes and feeling great at the end helps of course! But it was suberbly organised from toilets (what a difference having men's urinals makes to the queues) to the start, the course, drinks stations, marshals, medals, everything. And the support along the course was wonderful and almost constant.
The atmosphere was outstanding. Apart from my first marathon, this was the best race of the year. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Fabulous event. From start to finish, simply a glorious race. Staggering scenery, fantastic organisation, wonderful people! In full: Fifth marathon in a year, first time here. Great location for a marathon. Big city races are all well and good, but this is quite simply extraordinary! I should have run slower so that I could have taken in more of the sights. The course is in excellent condition, with the vast majority being fast flat or downhill good quality road. The rest is tough hills (again road), that are mostly short steep wee b****rs, but one long hill that is a bit harder. Mind you, they all have downhills as well!! Good support from the local communities along the way, especially once you get back into Inverness. Cracking t-shirt and goody-bag (shame there was no beetroot this year!!) and a free BBQ at the end as well. Fantastic value for money in my book. Hopefully injury free next year and I'll go for the sub3. Well done BLNM organisers! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: 10k - PB achieved so well chuffed In full: Generally good race, would have preferred to start in high street, like last year. Starting in the narrow side street meant the predictable fighting for places and trying to avoid parked cars and traffic calming gates. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Faultless... In full: In my 6th year of running, and this was without question the best ever organised mass-participation race I've taken part in.
No queues to speak of, no delays at the start (spot on time..), a clever chicane at the start so that one you got over the start line thigs opened up, well supported (bring ear plugs...), perfect drink station, my chip and watch time identical (odd how this often not the case !), interesting/safe and well demarked course (I think the twisty bits at the start and finish rather clever..) etc etc
Thanks very much for all involved ! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: My first half marathon. Was worried about the hills but they weren't as bad as I feared. Delighted with my 1.38. Great race overall, good atmosphere and faultless organisation. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: If this isn't a PB course then I'm not sure what is. In full: Great course, nice and flat apart from the hill towards the end, good support, good organistation. As long as you get a good place at the start you'll do well. Managed a PB by two and a half minutes whilst running with an injury so it must be quick!! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: 10.6k race over 3 laps In full: The extra 0.6k was added due to part of the course being repaired on the day. Course a bit sparse and monotonous 3 laps. Got to look round the Glenn Miller museum afterwards too! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: excellent race, congestion at start only downside In full: fantastic race really enjoyed myself. this is my second 10K and took 8 mins off my first time(think the downhill bit helped!!) excellent goody bag. only downside was the congestion at the start... definately back next year. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Legionnaire's disease is NOT transmissable by food!!!! In full: Another great 10K from the Baxter's folk, and the goody bag just seems to get better with each year. The repeated scepticism about whether to eat the Baxter's products got tiresome though (There is a Legionnaires' outbreak for the non-locals)! My only complaint is the same as everyone elses' - the bottleneck for the first 2k. The timed starting points were missed, bring them back next year. I'm happy, I did 5 minutes faster than last year and a PB to boot! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Difficult to fault so I won't In full: Thoroughly enjoyed it and have wracked by brains to find anything that I could criticse. Yes people do get too optomistic with their starting position but apart from the obvious walkers it is difficult to control. My local race so I know the course off by heart and that little hill by the Galleries still catches me out.