In short: Lots of potential marred by lack of planning/consultation In full: On the positive side, the scenery around Cramond was lovely and really nice to run through. The weather was fantastic for Scotland in March, and the facilities in Ocean Terminal were much appreciated. My parents enjoyed the day and were able to see me and other runners on the route, as well as go to the shopping centre cafes while waiting.
As others have said, the finishing line was totally chaotic, especially around the 2 hour mark (fortunately I got in 15 minutes before the worst of it and was able to finish - just! - exactly under the line). I also felt very sorry for the stragglers I saw as I was leaving, who made heroic efforts just to get round, only to be met by the organisers packing everything up.
There's a lot of potential with the course and it'd be a great place to have a race but really the organisers need to put a lot more thought into how to accomodate runners as well as spectators! I won't repeat everyone else's suggestions, but the worst thing from my point of view was the finishing shambles. Everything else is just about forgivable, especially for a first-time race (not that that really excuses it - talking to someone who had organised another race before might have helped).
I wouldn't do this race again unless I could be guaranteed more for my money (where was the goody bag/the high5/the sportscaps/the chip timing!/adequate toilets?). I am sure that the organisers will learn from it all and that there will be major improvements next year. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: How can the organisers call themselves ETHICAL ? The organisation was an embarrasment to Edinburgh In full: I was prepared for a long rant, but almost everybody else has had their tuppence worth. And the criticism is fully justified. I only saw 1 table with the energy drinks. I took me 25 mins from finishing to getting my medal. CHIP timining would be a bonus, but not if you can't cross the finish line. I feel sorry for those who travelled from far afield. If the organisers think that's a great goody bag, then they should get up to the Inverness for the Baxters' 10k & Marathon. As a local, I can not possibly see how they can cater for increased numbers next year. that course will not support it.
In short: Excellent pre FLM warm up In full: My longest run for over 15 years in preparation for the FLM and absolutly delighted to dip under 3 hours. Friendly well organised race, recommended for anyone doing the FLM. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Good fun. Flat course but windy in parts which affected me. Well marshalled, friendly and and nice red t-shirt as well as medal made it VFM. This event deserves to prosper. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Not for those who dislike mud, or hills, or wind, or fun In full: Nice race - great marshalling - tough course - great tea and cake - will do again when brave enough Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: I didn't realise how beautiful Sandy's surrounding area was! In full: Thankyou to all the marshalls the race was very well organised. My 7 year old was very dissappionted not to be allowed to run the fun run however she ran in at the end with me and made the race very special. Also I must return to walk the dog in the woods there, they look a great place to explore. Lastly thankyou to a letchworth runner called Lisa for helping me get a good time. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Great event and super organisation as ever In full: I've done this before so I knew what to expect. The small changes to the route (I missed it last year due to illness) were a great improvement. The only thing I can think of to improve this race is to organise a collection to improve the plumbing at all the toilets (bar those in the leisure centre) so they refill rather more quickly!
Tea & cake for a £1. A bargain and very tasty too! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A challenging race but very enjoyable In full: I loved this race. I knew it was going to be tough but I still tackled it head on and had a personal best. The organisation was great and the marshalling brilliant. Even though there was a lot of fast runners in the race the slower ones I met were friendly and encouraging. Altogether a great race and a lot of satisfaction at the end with a good goody bag. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Firm but fair!! In full: Hard, Hard race. But it is the Lake District so it's hardly going to be flat. It says 10 miles approx. It would be useful getting an accurate measure on it so an accurate time/distance can be obtained. Not too good value for money. No Tshirt or goody bag. Just a coaster. Had to pay £2 parking. What was the £11 entry fee for? Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A very nice idea in the true spirit of the sport In full: No numbers - just ribbons and away you go on a fully marked course, with marshals and water stations. no pressure. Good organisation- jolly marshalls. GVH got many more than expected and they cope well with the extra demand. Good amtmosphere and very helpful for all abilities of runner. It's a tough course though. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Well organised race with a trail feel to it past some interesting countryside. In full: Found the last four miles hard work. Thank you to all the marshals for their suuport. Pleased with the engraved glass makes a change from the standard T shirt. Date of review: March 26, 2006