In short: this is the capital city of our country and they hosted an embarrassment!!! In full: my oh my oh my..... It stared terribly and got worse from there. Who What Where and Why's are the questions on every person's participant's/payer's lips..... I mean seriously people... who thought that snaking the start line round a bend through queues of people needing the toilet WAS A GOOD IDEA? Who in their infinite wisdom thought that the beautiful town of EDINBURGH would be best respresented to visiting runners and families by taking them on a coned off tour of sh"tsville and the back end of a shopping centre!!!! WHY WAS IT ON THE DAY WHEN THE CLOCKS CHANGED?? WHERE WAS ALL THE PROMOTIONAL WORK IN EDINBURGH? I mean why did we spend 20 pounds of our hard earned taxed money to struggle for air in a rugby-scrum-like first few miles only to enjoy a mauling of a finish...... Thats if you finished??? SERIOUSLY....THIS IS OUR CAPITAL CITY !!!! To first time runners, the course was a shambles with demotivational loops and double backs that were not conducive to pacing oneself... The energy drink stop(S) included 1 isotonic stop that was easily missed by many. WHO'S SADISTIC MIND WAS BEHIND THE IDEA TO LET THE RUNNERS CATCH A GLIMPSE OF THE FINISH LINE ONLY TO TAKE THEM FOR A MERRY WEE DANCE DOWN AND ROUND THE ROUNDABOUT???? 'GOOD'ie bag? I could think of other four letter words to replace GOOD that would be more appropriate....
Come on Organisers... post an explanantion/apology and make sure there are plenty of reassurances to your budding running fraternity so that your huge margins are maintained for 2007!!!
In short: With no disrespect to the wonderful friendly marshalls and organisers it is very much an average event that will appeal to average weekend runners, but poor value for those at the sharp end. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Are they all like this... In full: My first ever half round my old hometown and I thought it was great. This was despite cramping up on the downhill stretch and hobbling over the line. Will definitely be back. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Good to use as a practise run, however watch out for those hills!! In full: I would definately recommend this to anyone training for a marathon, even the hills will add extra strength to your training; and the cakes and tea afterwards definately helped!! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Great as a pre-London run In full: Could have done with some water at the finish, the last hill is a bit naughty, but a very good race. Nice scenic (mainly) course, good marshalling, and distance markers were spot on. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: A massage at the end was very tempting! In full: Great run and tremendous scenery - particularly from the top of one stonking great hill. One arrow too few meant that quite a few people went on a diversion which added a mile to the distance. Very friendly and encourging marshalls, but there were only 3 water stops on the 20 miler and I would have appreciated 2 more. There no mile markers which made judging my timing very difficult. Could the marshalls wear mile marker bibs at appropriate places??? Would definitely do it again. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: fabulous race, great scenary and excellent organisation In full: everyone should do it! really friendly race, lots of water stations and a great t-shirt. Flat out and back along disuesed railways, cycle paths and alongside the river bank. will definitely be back Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Great course let down by poor organisation. In full: This is the second time I have done this race and they really need to improve the water stations [lots of cups but no water].The water station at 8 miles has to to be one of, if not the worst I have come accross in over 20 years of competitive running.It is also the first time I have finished a race and there has been no water at the end. Orange lucozade is no replacement and just makes some runners feel bad. I won't say much about the "lucky bag" medal which has found its way into the dustbin, though the sweets were nice for the journey home. It is a shame that such a race has fallen well below the standard one would normaly expect. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very poor organization In full: I have to agree with almost everything that has been said already. I was lucky to have finished before the "jam" at the end had really built up. How on earth are they going to record peoples times? Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Think most of it's already been said... In full: Just wanted to add my ratings. For the guy who's worried about the full Marathon don't be. That event is in a different league. Main gripes were the lack of chip, lack of t-shirt, lack of drinks, lack of space on the course and lack of organisation at the finish line. Have done first time events before (including Coventry last year - disorganised but you could tell they were trying and it will be better this year). There really is no excuse for yesterday in a city this size. Must try harder next time... Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: If only I'd worn my fell shoes... In full: Fantastic race, really well organised. Had mild panic attack at start when thought I should have worn fell shoes but had decided against given the distance and recent dry weather...ho hum..still, 16 deeply muddy miles later I finished feeling exhilarated, had such a great time will definately be back - it's character building stuff!! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Good race, shame about the traffic In full: I would definitely do the race again, mainly because it’s a good distance and time for FLM but it’s not my favourite. I don't like the 6 mile loop you have to do twice and I hated the traffic that built up. By 10am, there were lots of cars trying to pass and it became annoying. One girl had her water bottle knocked out of her hand by a wing mirror. The race could also do with at least one more water station.
On the up-side, good organisation at the start and finish. Plenty of toilets, friendly marshalls and a well marked course. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Well Organised, Friendly and scenic run In full: Bedfordshire has a fine selection of road races, many put on by the local clubs. Biggleswade AC does a great job. Marshalls friendly and effective (no problems at road crossing) as you would expect as a number are RW forumites as well ! Sometimes get hugs from the water marshalls :-)Decent goodies, very good price and if only they could have prevented the gale in the finising quarter mile, it would have been perfect ! Not an easy race but well worth doing Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: More Marshals Required otherwise a pretty good race. In full: Overall I was pleased as I ran my quickest time for 3 years. The hill wasn't too taxing and the conditions were good. My only gripe is the lack of marshalls at certain junctions. On 3 occaisons, I had to scoot across the road in front of cars without a marshall to be seen- once in front of a bus!!!
PS Nice cake at the end Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Was this a road race or an obstacle course??? In full: There can't be many spare cones left in Scotland as they seemed to be every 2metres for the 1st. half of this so called race. Am beginning to dread the full marathon in june in edinburgh if this is the type of organisation to expect. Was using this as a training run, thank god. Don't mention on course toilets to me, couldn't find any. The routes shown to get access where gridlocked by 08:15, (Ferry Rd.) had to ditch car in Industrial Estate as was never going to get to start if using offical car parks. Loops during run totally demoralising, the one @ 12miles was criminal. I managed to run across the finish line into the ensuing shambles, not a happy bunny. Won't be back to savour this event for a long time. Date of review: March 27, 2006