In short: My first half-marathon, so nothing to compare it to - but personally, I had a great time...! In full: OK - so I was at the back of the pack, so didn't experience any of the problems at the start or the finish. But come on - give the organisers a break - it was the first Edinburgh half marathon ever, there was bound to be teething problems. If it wasn't for them there wouldn't be one at all...! I'm sure they'll learn from the mistakes, and onwards/upwards for 2007. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Tough course but great preparation for FLM. Lovely scenery to take your mind off any aches and pains. Well organised though maybe could have been more water stops en route. Post run tea and cakes were most welcome! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Could have been better! In full: Most of my comments have been stated in previous summaries. I only managed to get water at the first station and my husband had no water at all!Eventually managed to pick up a half used one just beyond 8 miles - this needs to be much better organised. Same goes for the toilet scenario - more needed on route as you cannot always be sure to need just when the loos appear and may get caught short - as I did - enough said - apologies to spectators!! Run with husband til approx 11 miles when I sent him on his way - he crossed the finish line at least 6 mins before me and yet my number was taken first - not much hope for an accurate (ish!!) time need chips - thankfully had our watches. The end was just absolute chaos but unlike some I actually managed to sprint across the line. My main gripe though is the loops - the one through the park (don't know the name as not from area) was plasant enough but the one at 9½ miles was a bit grim but the one right at Ocean Terminal was awful, you get a second wind when you think the end is nigh only to have this knocked out of you by a loop and at these points it is very demoralising seeing those other runners heading back and the congestion, well others have already mentioned this. Due to a larger than expected field, narrow course in parts and and hazards (cones etc) and shambolic start it was not possible for me or hubby and possibly a number of others to get PB's but then how accurate will our times be. Would do it again as compared to my training area that is not a hill(!)but organisation must improve and if possible get rid of the loops!! Also get chip timing - I regularly do the Great Cumbrian Run in Carlisle - much smaller field,less expensive to enter, good "goody" bag and chip timing - though they have had similar water problems in the past usually because runners up front take more that one bottle. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Quite hilly. Time keeping issues (finish clock 3mins slow). Poor start organisation. In full: Thanks to all the marshalls and organisers - an enjoyable race, hope you raised some good funds. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: hugely disappointing for a first half-marathon In full: Same as the others as far as organisation, loos but especially water stops and energy drinks. I was in a world of misery at the last mile or two which would have been alleviated if I'd been able to take on water and the promised energy drinks earlier. Final 10 min cold wet wait for a bottle of water and a bar....outrageous!!! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Absolutely the worse organised race that I have every ran in In full: I have raced in many big city races of varying distances and spectated at several more. The worse of the those looks positively fantastic in comparison to yesterdays rubbish. No thought had gone into this event and if the organisers didnt think the course or their skills were up to the job of looking after 4000 runners, they should have capped the entry at a far far lower number. I dont know how they think they are going to atract top runners in future years and there is certainly no way on this earth that 10,000 runners could fit on this course. To give you an idea of how bad it was, we had to run around the back service entrance of a shopping centre and the barrier fell on the lead car and the elite guys had to then duck under this barrier. Several helpers then had to physically hold the barrier up for the rest of the runners and the lead car with the clock then forced its way through 4000 runners back to the front (but there was no point because the clock was broken!). The congestion was so bad, people were running on the stones in the flower beds and i saw people knocked to the ground in the crush in the first couple of miles Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: poor organisation but a race with potential In full: Only new point I can add to comments is that I emailed the race director a week before the race. In my email I specifically asked about how they planned to record timing as there didn't appear to be a chip system. I was surprised to get a pretty hostile response to what i thought was a fair question, politely put. I was told in no uncertain terms that this was a professionally organised race, and was basically made to feel I had no right to query them. It was not a nice email to receive.
Then the race happened and we all know the problems that emerged.... I really hope the organisers apologise, particularly for the end of the race as the farce of holding people in pens as we waited, freezing, for a man to pointlessly take a note of our numbers, was just too much. What on earth are they going to post as times? Better if they didn't bother.
I come from Edinburgh and wanted this race to be a success. It msut get sorted for next year.
Oh and I liked most of the course - I didn't mind the mix of the sea front and an industrial estate, but I agree with others that the tacked-on bits where you double-backed just to make up the miles were not great. But getting a flat course in Edinburgh is difficult, so I'm not complaining that it avoided Arthur's Seat! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Fun, Muddy, Fun, Windy, Fun, Rainy, Fun, Hilly.....and lots of Fun In full: I enjoyed every part of the race, the mud, the rain, the hills, the wind, they are all part of the challenge. The organisation was like clockwork excellent buses to the start, great marshalls, who provided excellent support on a rather wet day. The tea and cakes were excellent. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Chaotic In full: What a shambles queuing for toilets in runners holding area.. not being able to cross the finish line due to the masses waiting to give in numbers, collect medal, and oh the banana and water, and the goody bag wasn't worth the wait! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: My first trail race and first real hills. Really enjoyed it. In full: First 4 miles of this race were a real killer, all up hill. After that it was undulating with a fast downhill finish. An undiscovered area of the Lakes for me. I'll be back next year. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Criminal organisation. Dangerous overcrowding. Expensive. What a farce! In full: Everyone else has said it all. The race director should hang his head in shame. People train hard and travel great distances for capital city races. This race was not a good avert for Edinburgh. I guess the race director must be driving a sports car as i couldnt see anything else that they could have spent 40,00 x £20 on during the day. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Chaos In full: The end was beyond comprehension. I heard a rumour that the course was longer than 13.1 miles - not sure how true that is but would be interesting to find out! Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Very hard, but good, muddy fun. In full: The people organising it were very helpful. I really struggled with the endless hills at the start, and then found it difficult to get going after that as I was too scared of falling in the mud/rolling down a hill, but did find most of it really enjoyable, and the scenery was gorgeous. Have to buy new trainers to run in today, but will be back for Killhope etc after some hill training. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Great sunday morning well spent In full: A very well organised local event; good enough for Witney Road Runners to turn out in force and clean up on the medal stakes but also great for beginners. My 3 non running mates all made it in under 1 hour. Medal and T-shirt were nice as was the banana, water and optional BBQ. Well done to the organisers who managed to keep the allotment traffic to a minimum - I hope it gets the go ahead for next year. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Re-motivated me after a couple of rough years, was like being a kid again running through woods and across fields. Not the easiest of courses, but a sense of humour and no desire for a PB will get you through. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Forthside Fawlty Towers In full: This race was a complete shambles from start to finish.
Serious problems included: (1) no chips, therefore no detailed time splits; (2)there were not nearly enough toilets at the start and the queue for the toilets crossed over the start line; (3)the start was completely shambolic with people of different levels mixed in amongst each other and was delayed for 15 minutes; (4) water stops were not signposted and there were not enough people manning them; (5) not enough toilets along the route; (6) certain roads were not completely closed off and the route was too narrow so it was often necessary to run against the traffic; (6) there were too many 180 degree turns on the route - in particular a bizarre turn away from the finish when everyone was in sight of the finish line; (7) the area behind the finish line was way too small. This meant that a lot of people couldn't even get over the finish line; (8) also as a result of the tiny area behind the finish people had to wait about 30 minutes to get their medals; (9) very few spectators and hardly any feeling of an event.
In short, apart from the nice scenery in the second half, this event has nothing going for it. Unless you live in Edinburgh, and want to experience Fawlty Towers organisation, I would not recomment doing this race. Date of review: March 27, 2006
In short: Poor organisation In full: To pay £22 for a race that is not chipped is shocking. You could not even cross the finish line at the end as there was a huge bottle neck of people waiting to have their number written down. Lack of toilets and no sign of goody bag! Come on, sort it out! Date of review: March 27, 2006