In short: So badly-organised I don't know were to start! In full: Totally inadequate loos (loads of people still queing when race started); inadequate PA system/ no communication about changed start time; no marshalls for the start. I am a reasonable standard runner, aiming for another sub-1:30, and it took me one minute to cross the start line, and another 7:30 to complete the first mile as I was dodging and weaving slower runners/barriers etc. Appalled at absence of chip timing in a mass start event, and at slowness of getting results out. It's a race a I prefer to forget and thought it was an embarassment to Edinburgh and Scotland. I travelled up from London - I won't bother again. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: Has great potential - but such poor organisation!!! In full: - Very confusing start - Almost got crushed at the gates behind ocean terminal - Got one thimble of high5 energy drink during the race - So many dog legs - Shambolic finish - but thankfully the goodie bag made up for it!!!
...and I'm still waiting for my tee-shirt. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: What a joke, What a waste of money,Never again!!!! In full: What the hell was a motorbike doing in the middle of the runners at the start.. 11mins in and the lead car came past me!! we were all told to move over and stop so it could get past us. It got stuck under a barrier at the back of the shopping centre where we started.What a horrible place to start from too. Far to narrow. This caused such a back log of runners trying to find some space. It was stop start for the first three miles. Back runners complained of a lack of water. Crossing the finish was not the end of the nightmare..some runners were faced with over 20mins wait while two guys noted nunbers..some runners couldnt even cross the line due to the runners waiting.. Not worth a flight up from London. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: The sun shone and the wind blew(a lot!!) for this challenging but enjoyable and well-organised race. Was very tempted to use the donkey in the field at 6 miles to get up the hill!! In full: Well done marshalls for the fantastic organisation and for preventing us from being run over by the aggressive drivers of Bedfordshire - why won't they wait?! My first time at Sandy, definitely up for next year but will have to put in some extra hill training!! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Not bad for a first time in this location In full: I think most points have already been covered,timing chips and better organisation at the end where I thought we would get some high five energy drinks. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Valid criticisms but some positives In full: Previous criticisms are all very valid but there were a number of positives as well: 1. 3,500 to 4,000 for a first running is pretty good and shows there is a demand for an Edinburgh Half. 2. Marshalls and volunteers 3. Good support on route 4. Organisers have said they'll take on board and sort out concerns raised. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: a good 10k race. In full: i enjoyed this race,i managed a pb so am pleased, wimbledon hill not to bad, down hill all the way home. i would have liked to been warned about car parking charges, but a good morning, many thanks to all. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: We'll be talking about this one for a long time to come. In full: Here goes. 1) Chip timing - a must to help alleviate the choas at the finishing line. 2) Clearly marked expected finishing times at the start, so that we know where to stand. 3) Get the portaloos out the way of the race track. 4) Keep a large area clear at the finishing line for runners only. Everybody was wandering about at the finishing line. The first thing I got handed to me when I finished was a sales leaflet. 5) Get all the goodies into the goody bag and hand it to the runners as they leave the finshing area. After picking up my leaflets, I firstly managed to find the banana stall, then got a bottle of water, then a medal about five minutes later. Get all the stuff into the bag beforehand. 6) The start of the course will never be able to cope with the expected 10,000 runners the organisers are hoping for. It is far too narrow round Ocean Terminal and bottle necks will continue to occur. Some of the 180 turns are naff as well. A need to reassess the course. 7) Results please. 60 hours later and still the same webpage. Does it take that long to process 3,500 results. No doubt the guy with the clipboard noting down the finishers will be off his work this week with writers cramp. I will do this again next year and I suppose we should be thankful that someone decided to organise this. What's that song "Things can only get better" Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: A friendly local race and my 19th run. In full: I have supported this exellent race for many years and see the same old faces time after time.
It is disappointing that the route will be changing, but it is understandable as much of it is on busy roads. I am sure that whatever is decided, it will still be an exellent race and well supported. This year there were 275 finishers, compared with last years 250 entries.
Thank you Two Saints for keeping the race going for so many years! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Shambolic organisation and grossly overpriced In full: What can I say? Apart from reiterate the following, all of which made the Forthside Ediburgh Half the worst organised race I've ever run: (1) Delayed start; (2) No audible PA system - no idea when race actually started; (3) No clear idea of where runners should line up - and no one to ask; (4) First mile was dangerously congested; (5) Marshalls seemed thin on the ground (and let two children with a trolley (?) run right in front of me, nearly injuring us all); (6) No sign of the promised energy drinks at the water stations; (7) Water stations on one side of the road only, leading to yet more congestion; (8) A dreadful, dreadful finish – runners were unable to get over the finish line, having to stop dead, then wait for ages even to get some much needed water; (9) No Championchip thus no accurate finish time; and (last but not certainly not least) (10) The (not so) "goodie" bag!!!! Need I say more – a banana, a bottle of water, an Alpen bar and a medal? Where did my £20-odd go?
On a positive note, I got a PB (which is fab, considering that most people think that the course was longer than 13.1 miles…). I'll have to be persuaded to go back next year and truly hope that the organisers respond to the comments made by runners.