In short: Why I enjoyed 20 miles (21 miles actually, as several of us went the wrong way) so much I do not know. It was hard, but great fun and a very, very friendly race. See you next year. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: A muddy, hilly and well organised event In full: Another great success for Overton Harriers - well organised and supported by local marshalls, whose enthusiasm wasn't dampened by the weather conditions!
Welcoming atmosphere to all who took part. great training run for those training for a spring marathon
In short: Good run - well organised In full: Well organised, great atmosphere. Weather was against the race for the day but the going was fine once you were doing it. The twice round laps made it a bit repetitive and once you got to the 5k bit it was slightly demotivating to know that the Fun Runners had had their fun and were heading off in one direction whilst you went around and did it again!"! But - no other way around it - bets use of the course there. Excellent run after the Winter break and will def do it again next year - escpecially as it's just over the road!! Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Update In full: This is my second post on this one but fair play to Race Director/organisers - they have put a message on their website basically saying it was a 'king shambles. For me, their recognition of the issues and that they will take them on board probably means I will do it again next year (but you only get one second chance!) Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: One of the more scenic rural races. In full: The hills were not to demanding.This course has PB potential.This was my fastest half for 2 years. A pity about the 2nd rate memento. However the trophies were good. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Too many runners trying to squeeze into a small start. In full: I lined up at my hoped for finish time, what a mistake, I was slowed down from the start by slower runners in front of me. Last year with fewer runners I managed to get through quite early on, but not this time. A personal worst. On a positive note the support around the course was great, but it didn't make up for the disappointment of my poor performance which was only slightly better than last year. I may try again. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Reality check In full: Yes, there were some serious short-comings which have already been well reported which need to be ironed out should the event be held again. I suspected it was going to go pear-shaped when my runners pack (for a 4000 entrant half)arrived with no chip. But: 1. Thanks to all the volunteer marshalls and helpers who did their best under trying circumstances. I hope they will not be discouraged from helping again - without these good folks, there is no race. 2. This wasn`t the Edinburgh half, it was the Forthside half, so no more nonsense please about the course missing the delights of Edinburgh`s sights. 3. There was no T-shirt advertised, so why complain about not getting one? You pays your money, you takes your choice. 4. My goody bag consisted of the bag itself (a duffle bag thingy which my daughter intends to use for school gym), water, cereal bar and banana - what else do you expect ?- Pandoras` box ? 5. I arrived from Aberdeen 90 mins before the start, and was on the road North 10 mins after I finished. A little bit of common sense and resourcefulness would solve certain issues. Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: I simply love this race - my only quibble was the long queue in the cold to get my bag from the collection tent. But everyone should run this route! Here's to next year Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: good course, nice event In full: Better directions from the car parks to the race start would have been good. Following other people generally works but a couple of 'race this way' arrows in the high street would have helped. Loo queue moved quite quickly (even though it was HUGE) although a lot of people of bith sexes seemed to prefer the woods and bushes! Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: I was disappointed.... In full: The cost £22 - £25. It started far too early 9am and with the clocks going forward really made it 8am - no consideration for people who had to travel. The start and finish were a shambles, I was unable to cross the finish line as I had to wait in a queue for 8mins!!! The course - run out the road half way, then turn and more or less back the same way... boring! it took in no Edinburgh sights what so ever you could have been running in any city docks area. BUT the biggy for me NO T-SHIRT!!! and the goodie bag was pants!!!! Bit of a shame.... Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Utter shambles; a joke In full: It's all been said before but, for me, the finish was a total killer : 30 minutes to clear the area by which time I was really really stiff. Did not appreciate the pot holes on the route nor the doglegs - the last dog leg was outrageous ! And, as for the goody bag, well words fail me totally, Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Very disappointing. In full: I found the 'dog-legs' sole destroying and find it hard to believe that a full circular route could not be identified. Putting toilet facilities in holding pens was poor organisation! Lack of water at stations and the process at the end was pure chaos. For the entry fee, champion chips should have been provided as the finish times will not be anyway near accurate. Appreciate the apology from the organisers, but I don't think I could bring myself to do this again! Date of review: March 30, 2006
In short: Failed to attract top local runners to compete, but then again, compete with who? 3 African athletes should not these days credit an event with 'inter/national field publicity'!! Many low key rural 5k's attracts larger elite fields and top runners. In full: Dear Reader
I entered, ran and completed the Edinburgh Forthside Half Marathon this year (2006). Although just back from injury i enjoyed this event and the course was flat and most of the time scenic.
I've just surfed the web in search of full result listings - unfortunately I was unable to find theses?
in comparison to other big city half's it lacked spirit and promise's. The event compared to more low key 5 or 10k events i've competed in in the past with the only difference being the number of runners. Well invested publicity contrasted with a pre race start that lacked something which might well have been also something to do with that hour lost to people via clocks moving forward! body clocks suggested 8 a.m. and not 9 a.m.
Lacked promise's - goody bag, what a disapointment - (water & energy bar?), energy drinks at water stops not included as promised, international and national field promised. A few Kenyan or Ethiopian athletes (3 I think) with probably big apperance fees doesn't equal an international field. Many low key 10k's in the most rural of settings will have much bigger elite fields. A top city half Marathon should attract top local and national runners. I was disapointed that the lead in this event saw just few elite leaders then quite a gap - it would be nice to see that gap being bridged by top national and club runners clocking between 64 and 74 minutes. In this occasion very few top male athletes were attracted to compete - but then again, compete with who? It was encouraging however to see many of our top women out there.
This could have potentail - to summarise - a large big fun run with 3 or maybe 4 well paid elite athletes.
In short: great route, nearly all off road, with some good "downs" as well as some tough "ups". The slippery/muddy conditions made the going very tricky.Would be a really good summer event! Date of review: March 29, 2006