In short: Quite possibly the worst organised race I have ever done!!! In full: The only redeeming feature of this run is the section along the coast at Cramond. I agree with the bulk of what has been written before but will also add my stuff:- 1.Complete cock-ups at start - delay that many people didn't know about as most people were inside in the warmth of Ocean Terminal - which I am sure has a PA system. Couple this up with the toilet queues across the start - which no one took any notice of - I spent the first couple of miles trying to get past 2 and a half hour runners who obviously started at the front. Add to this the bottlenecks in the first mile round Ocean Terminal - why was the barrier down at the back of Ocean Terminal???? 2. The route - why on earth couldn't a route be organised that doesn't involve numerous "out and back" sections that are just there to make up the distance? The one at 8 or 9 miles was ridiculous! If it wasn't for the bottlenecks at the start this would have great PB potential but the amount of time spent slowing to walking oace in the first mile or so throws this out - hence the "2" grade above. 3.Value for money? No chance - I too thought the stuff must have fallen out of my goody bag and was also left wondering where my money had gone. This was assuming you could find out where the bags were being handed out from. I was also looking for the energy drinks at the water stations - they were only present at one. I have been to miles better organised/provided for races for far less money than this. Someone, somewhere has made a few bob from this. 4.Complete cock-ups at the finish. When I finished there was only one line open for finishers which was eventually increased - there is no way at all that the results will bear any relation to the real runners times and placings for the vast majority of competitors - standing in a queue for 15 -20 minutes at the end of a race is no way to recover. My girlfriend couldn't even run over the finish line as the queue was 20 yards back into the course. 5. Late finishers - I understand that there has to be a cut off point somewhere but it appeared that the very last finishers had virtually nothing in the way of finishing support at all - when we left to walk back to the car there were still a few stragglers coming in but the finish had been packed away - they paid their money too - even the ones that started in completely the wrong start point and caused slow downs at the beginning.
I am told that its the same organisers as the Dunfermline half marathon but I can't say I believe this as I have ran Dunfermline 3 times and always found it very well organised. One would think that a city that organises a successful marathon would be able to put on a better show than this shambles. It is my home city half marathon and I have to say I am ashamed of it. Unless there are serious changes made to the organisation then I will not be running it again. I had friends that ran this as their first half and I had to apologise and try and convince them that it is not normally this much of a mess. Whoever was in charge of organising this needs sacking. Lets hear some comments from the organisers to try and explain the shambles!!!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: T In full: This was my first long run of the year and the weather was perfect although a little low cloud cover. It is an undualating course with lots of areas to do so good ground work on your running. I really enjoyed the run, but I had to work hard for it, I completed the run in 68 minutes which I felt was OK. If the weather had been a little kinder it would have made the event a lot better. Theres also lts for your supporters to do whilst your running up and down. I will be back next year. Thanks to the Grizedale support staff. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: poor lack of organisation at end spoilt an otherwise good race In full: as others have said the end was the worst i've ever seen only just able to cross finish line the goody bag was good but contents were missing Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Good race, hill at 14 and 20 miles a bit grim, the best distance marking I have seen. Support fair, but it was Mothers day and the day after the clocks went forward!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: A good run In full: A little gem of a race. The low number of starters could put people off but it shouldnt. There are a good range of finishing times, you just have to like running on your own during the race, but it does make the occasions when people pass a bit special !. Scenery lovely, marshals excellent, and even though you're on open roads, you dont see many cars. It is a little undulating, but that just makes it interesting. Overall, a really enjoyable way to spend a sunday. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Poorly oganised. I'm glad I didn't have to travel for it. In full: Its easy to criticise, but hey, I paid my money so I'll have my say.
Other people have already covered the main points: not enough toilets (but then what race does); segregation at the start was so poor as to be non-existent - putting the toilets beside the (completely) inadequately sized 'expected time' zones was just a bad idea. Why did we have to run behind ocean terminal? That was a bottle neck waiting to happen. What happened to the sports drinks which were promised? The goody bag! When I got back to my car I thought the contents must have fallen out en route because all I could find was a bottle of water, an energy bar and a bunch of advertising leaflets.
I'm probably just in a bad mood because I expected to so much more from a race which made great claims about itself, was heavily advertised and clearly very well sponsored. I'd do it again, but only because I happen to live in Edinburgh Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: As a back of the pack runner, I was disappointed that some of the drinks stations packed up before all the runners passed by. Also no energy drinks left. Positively, the bike marshalls were superb. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Well organised, pre London run but really need to look at the car congestion around the finish before there is an accident In full: Very scenic and worth the trip. Have ran the last 4 years as a training run for london, always well organised and well marshalled. Might be fun to actually race one year!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Poorly organised with a real backlog at the finish. In full: The race was let down badly by poor organisation. For example not enough loos and those that were there were located in the holding pens. Start delayed by 15 mins which was ok in end as I was desperate for loo! There was only the energy drinks available at one water stop. The finish was a complete mess and I had to wait for ages just to get my number taken and then get the medal. Goody bag was rubbish and the inclusion of a T shirt would hve been nice. Overall I would say that the race has potential but needs far better organisation. Date of review: March 26, 2006