In short: In full: First proper race for this 36 year old who can't normally see the point of running without a hockey ball in front of her. Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, very appreciative of the marshalls who supported and encouraged even the back markers...might just do this again ! Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: More like 7.7 miles !! According to our GPS and our splits this race was 7.72 miles In full: Please please check and double check the distance because I've done this two years running and if you took the measurements literally I did the last half mile at 10 minute mile pace !! not bad for an 8 minute miler :o)) who was sprinting. Fellow atheletes all bear this out. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Two laps with one fair climb, twice !!! In full: Its largely uphill for the first 4 miles then down for 3 then a repeat - one big'ish steady climb at 3 miles then again at 10. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: My first ever race at the age of 41. well organised well marshalled and lots of encouragement from marshalls from 7 k onwards when you need it. A very positive experience. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: Top notch for the wanna-be runner. Queens Square was a great 'Runners village', and the crowds were amazing. Cheers. In full: First competitive race, well I say race as I really only wanted to complete the distance but for the beginner the crowds helped me keep the legs moving. The flat course was ideal for beginners and looking forward to outdoing my 2'03" next year. The water and energy stations located exactly where I needed them. Fantastic, though my sore knee is stating otherwise. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: first time in this event,and loved it....one of the best ive ever ran,if not the toughest.. In full: found the downhills harder than the uphills,loved the scenery....never saw nessie,but what i did see was a very well organised event,and will be back.. Date of review: October 3, 2005
In short: really fun race In full: Its a really fun race quite hard on the old legs so probably not the best to do as a first race. hard for overtaking in parts due to tight bridal paths but scenery great friendly marshalls cheap & good goodies at the end. Date of review: October 3, 2005
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