In short: shambolic, expensive In full: The literature said energy drinks at every station, not just the one at Crammond. These were dished out in cups which would maybe have been a better idea for the water also as bottles with no sports caps are a waste - you can't run with those! The dog leg at 9.5 miles was one of the most demotivating depressing bits I've ever run on and the dog leg at the last mile was just cruel. Since no money was spent on water, energy drink or goody bag perhaps a better course could have been designed by spending money shutting more roads. Oh and the finish - what can I say. There was a long straight after the finish line which could have been used as a cool down area instead of having channels directly at the finish. It would have given space so runners can cross the line. I sprinted to the finish line only to have to stop dead and walk over it. Initially there was only 1 channel open and runners were getting a row for jumping the barrier into the other 2. An officious little pr*ck to the left of the channels refused to let a female race marshall take crates of water to the finish line like she asked as he said that runners would get 2 then. This same 'OLP' told my husband, who was spectating, to stop handing out bottles to finishers stuck at the line. My husband has run races before and realises that people need water immediately on finishing. Not 20 mins later. Finally, segregate runners and shoppers at the finishing area. There were so many people milling around that no-one could tell where you were meant to go for your goody bag and so some missed out, although you might argue that this was no bad thing given the recycling that was in it. The Great WInter Run was the same price and people complained it was expensive but it came with chip timing, adequate hydration, long sleeved t-shirt and a proper goody bag with goodies in it. I intend to write a strongly worded letter to the organisers and I advise all runners who feel cheated to do the same. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Firm but fair, makes others seem easy. In full: Well organised by a small efficent club. No wonder it was one of the Welsh Championship races this season. Excellent goody bag and cheap as chips. Great way for a maschochist to spend a Sunday morning. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Pretty flat, potentially fast course, big entry race - lots of local support In full: If you like Big Races this is a good one to do. Course is surprisningly flat but a bit dull and industrial once out of the Georgian centre of Bath - particularly as two laps, spectacular location for start and finish however. Organisation seemed pretty good this year. Adequate drinks and water stations. Lots of spectator support even for 2hr + runners - it helps get you round. The only downside really was the entry fee. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: The collapse of the inflatable finish said it all In full: They were unable to start the clock on time but did not tell anyone at the finish so people would have gone home thinking they had done a PB when in fact their actual time was 4 minutes slower. I only found out because a friend of my won a prize so we stayed for the prize giving otherwise I would have been blissfully unaware. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: I In full: It was very badly organised but this seems to be an Edinburgh theme. The Edinburgh marathon last year was just as bad for the start and finish. The highlight of my race was ducking and just missing the road barrier which they just managed to lift at the start of the race! Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Well organised race, challenging course, amusing announcer, and although the hill is testing, a very enjoyable run!!! In full: Not much to add to the above really, just that having been to the tennis championships regularly over the last few years, I could have kicked myself for forgetting the harsh hill in the middle of the course is! LOL! Still, once you get past that, its a walk in the park so to speak! :-) Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Good course - Shame about the organisation In full: I course was as flat as you could get round Edinburgh and I didn't mind running through the industrial estate or past the finish and back again as you can't expect it to be all waterfalls and hanging gardens in a city race.
That was the nice bit, now for the criticism. I left my house in what I thought was plenty of time to get to the start only to find practically every road to Ocean terminal closed and the ones which weren't closed jammed. 10 minutes before 9am I parked my car and ran to the start only to find it had been delayed for 15 minutes as half the field seemed to be in the same boat. This was the only bit of common sense the organisers would show the whole day.
When the race started (again no gun or hooter) I managed to get through the start gate in about 2 minutes 40 and there were quite a few bottle necks which you come to expect but don't really like. My main problem with the route was that there was still bottle necks several miles into the route when the runners had thinned out.
The water stations were at about the right distances but weren't always obvious, especially the one at 3 miles. I didn't see any energy drink and given that I was about in the middle of the field it was pretty poor if they'd run out already.
I have to agree with everybody else's comments about the finish, I can't believe its so badly organised that you have to queue for 5 minutes just to inch your way over the finish line to queue another 10 minutes at the other side before you even see any water or have your position taken. I was fortunate enough to have an earlier finisher give me a bottle of water & banana only for him to be told off by the man handing out the water that it would mean someone at the end would miss out because he had taken 2 bottles! Have these people never organised a race before, do they not know that people need water as soon as the cross the line not 15 minutes later and some people need 2 bottles and they should order more than 1 per head just in case?
After all that I got my goody bag which I can't say was worth the wait, especially given the £20 entry fee.
Organisers - advice for next year: T-shirts for race finishers if you are going to charge £20. Championchips - People don't mind taking time to get through the start if they know that this time is taken off at the end, it would also solve your finish problem which both your planning for and staffing were completely inept. Road closures - 15 minutes before the start is plenty of time if you are using parking by the start area as a selling point. Organisation - Try looking it up in a dictionary before next year, they're aailable from all good bookshops and should cost a fraction of the money you raised from this event.
In short: hideous shambles! In full: boring boring boring, shambles at the end, where did all our money go? into banners i suspect advertising the illustrious sponsors. which is a bit odd. and the goody bag?? i get more goodies after my normal long run than this.. a measly banana, some water and a vile nutrigrain bar?? oh, and some flyers for the illustrious yet conspicuously absent sponsors... hope the organisers are listening. otherwise had a nice chat with girl whilst waiting about 20 mins to get over finish line. that was the highlight/. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: needs to improve but.............................. In full: has to be said and has been ..parts need attention 1. finish area - if they go for champ chip it will be 75% better 2. Water stations- maybe a couple more 3.loops 4.pa system
if the above were better and im sure the organisers will attend to this it would have been ok i know that the route was totally accuarate ,measured by Hugh Jones (former london winner and AIMS secretary) probably the best measurer in the world for those of you with GPS 's , if you deviate off the shortest line a few times it will distort it.
Casualties - i beleive trhat 3 people were taken off course in Ambulances including the guy at finish line but all are ok
Lack of First Aid - i saw them at every water station
sure the barrier at start wasnt a good way to get it off smoothly but im sure with a lot more attention to details and reading these ratings will make it 100% better in 2007 Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: What a shambles. I think i must have done a different race to the one marketed In full: Very bad organisation. I think most of it has already been said.
One thing i can add is that my partner came in the top 10 which should have received a prize (according to the adverts.) We went to the presentation where there was a lot of back slapping and self praise. But other than that no one had any idea of who had come in after the first 3 nor if there were any prizes.
Wont do it again and feel like complaining under the trade descriptions act. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: My first half marathon; couldn't get started during 1st mile due to bottle-neck hold ups (very poor route planning); couldn't cross finishing line at 2 hrs as 10 deep in bodies queing for "goodie bag" (which I never saw - but at least got medal) In full: A plea to the race organisors: please use our money to buy race chips for accurate timings; plan a route that actually allows runners to run (too many bottle-necks and sharp turns); move the "goodie bag"/medal section more than 2 feet from the finishing line!! Couldn't get over the start line quickly and couldn't actually cross the bloomin finishing line at the end due to mass of bodies standing waiting to be moved through "exit" points. Will try this next year as everyone deserves a second chance (suggest that the Edinburgh half race organisors have lunch with the Great North Run organisors and ask for their help in planning a professional event). Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: I`m a beginner and it really did my head in to run past the finish ater being told I only had a short way to go. I did a personal best but I didn`t like my head being messed with and it was a shambles getting the goodie bag and getting out of there. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: A dog's breakfast In full: This was my first ever organised race and I was totally put off by this event. However, having read others' comments I'll give this running caper a second chance - sounds like Glasgow's the better option? Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Killer hills but great scenery and friendly organisation In full: It's shorter than the advertised 10 miles (9.35 by my Garmin), but the course was well-marked and scenic. Killer hills, but nice downhills to balance them out. Couldn't find the advertised post-race refreshments though (maybe I was too slow?). Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Learn from your Mistakes..... In full: Hopefully the organising team will look here and take on board all the 'constructive' critism that we are leaving. In brief - room for improvement at the Start/Finish and in certain sections of the course namely the 2 out & back bits. Alas I wasn't going to mention it but my 301 also measured it as 13.3 - nevermind. I will come back next year however, if only to see if it has improved - which I'm sure it will have. Date of review: March 27, 2006