In short: I always think I'll do a better time in this race - maybe I don't like afternoon runs? In full: How come that I always do better in the Winchester 10k - in February - which is hillier?! For the second year in a row I was disappointed. Always has the potential for a PB though. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A well organised, well marshalled race that has clearly been designed by runners In full: The increasingly commercialisation of running has been bugging me for some time now.. It’s not hard to find expensive, badly organised races where in the drive to make a quick buck, it’s been assumed that the runners will be happy with a handful of toilets, a few cups of water, chaotic starts and finishes, lazily thought out courses, marshals dragged out at gun point, and a muesli/energy bar fast approaching its expiry date for their £20. So it’s good to see that great little races like the Sandy 10 are still flourishing. Clearly designed and run by runners. Enthusiastic marshals, easy parking, well thought out route, Energy bar, t-shirt, & Fruit juice at the end… There was even a clock! Sounds silly – but these are the little things that quite often get missed out by races with much bigger fields, and for twice the price. Well done to those involved with the organisation. Date of review: March 26, 2006
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