In short: Perfect for beginners on a fast flat route In full: Hats off to the BHF for organising this first event in the lovely grounds of Abbey Park. Three events in one made it a real family day out with jogs catering for the entire age range.
A fast flat tarmac route winding its way through the grounds make this a perfect venue for a PB in 5K or 10K. Marshalls were very good in giving encouragement and the route was well marked.
The only down side that should be addressed was the finish area. With 5K runners/joggers completing 2 laps and 10K runners/joggers completing 4 laps, those finishing the 5K should have been filtered away from the course. Those who had finished the 5K unfortunately relaxed and loitered right in the way of those going round again and collisions were only just avoided. Something to take on board for next time I hope.
Shame the advertised medal wasn't forthcoming but a certificate made a nice momento.
Overall, a thoroughly good show that deserved more support. Well done. Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: fantastic value for a run through great scenery and excellent organization In full: My first ever 20 mile run. Should set an example to other clubs on how to hold an event. To get this level of organization for only 5 pounds was amazing, and ideal prep for the FLM
In short: Heavy on the grass In full: Decent enough run although somewhat predictable as you could see most of the course and how far you had to go. Recent damp weather made grass quite heavy in parts, although day was pleasant enough weatherwise Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: lots of first race glitches but still enjoyable In full: my first half marathon so I was just glad to finish the course in a decent time - would strongly support suggestion re chip timing Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: One big hill which seemed to last forever In full: Big hill to start with and a smaller one at 5 miles. The strong wind certainly affected most people's times today. Was this because the race has moved forward into March instead of early April? Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Overall this race was badly organised from start to finish In full: I've done many 10Ks, 10 milers, Half Marathons and full Marathons and I have to say this was the worst organised race I've ever done but it was good training for FLM.I feel sorry for novices completing their 1st Half M'thon as there was no T Shir and a pathetic "goodie bag". They must be wondering what their money was spent on ! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Shambles! In full: Organisation was non-existent. The start was a coincidence - no-one showed me the pens, the toilet queues cut across the course, any gun, hooter, klaxon or whistle was inaudible. Toilets and water at three miles were (a) hidden round a 90 degree bend - the toilets that is, and (b) unmarked at bottom of the steepest climb on the course, so you could lose all momentum at just the right moment! In fairness, critics who say Glasgow races were better organised are unfair - and I'm from the West. Last year's 10k/half-marathon was run on so narrow a course I stopped en route to tell a senior-looking cop I thought it was ridiculous. Today's goody-bag was indescribable, but by far the worst of it was the finish - forget getting an accurate placing or timing, I reckon it took over 10 mins after finishing to get my hands on a bottle of water. An official at the finish was reminding people not to take more water as there was some in the goody gag - excusing an Alpen bar, that's all there was!!!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: Generally good race,but terrible organisation at start and finish! In full: This was only my second half marathon and the awful organisation at the start of the race was something i would have never expected,especially in edinburgh.I thought the organisation of the race i first run in dundee was dissapointing but this was much worse.The course was ok but the fact there was lots of bits which were addded in just to make up the distance was annoying,especialy around the 8 or 9 mile mark where the wind was blowing in your face on the way back!!As for the bags after the race....mine was non existant, one single banana was about the limit!! anyway its easy to critisize the organisation of a race with a large number of people running.Overall an enjoyable race!! Date of review: March 26, 2006
In short: One of the friendliest races, ever. In full: The Marshalls were lovely and encouraging, the course interesting all the way round, everyone seemed really happy with the race. There was some mud, but it didn't detract at all. This isn't a PB course, it is far too interesting for that. A big thank you to the organisers for running the race. Date of review: March 26, 2006