In short: Great crowds and good scenery, especially along the water. In full: Overall, I fun race on a challenging track. The volunteers were great and the crowd was very supportive throughout. The energy drinks were plentiful. One suggestion would be to give away a gel or banana around mile 20 or so.
On the downside, I didn't check a bag, but that looked like a complete mess. They gave out running numbers by projected time and then seemed shocked when everyone was looking for their bags at the same time. Might be better off splitting the bags up a bit and maybe doing bags by color or something. Also, the standard complaint on toilets was very true. There were not nearly enough toilets at the start/finish. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: I really enjoyed it. Mostly positives mixed with few grumbles In full: Organisers, please don't read the praise as well as the grumbles as you did a good job.
What a location to start, run through and finish at. Who cares that there was a bit of an incline? In the past they ran round Arthurs Seat. Now that is a hill.
Good Marshalling. There was enough fluid stations for me. Plenty of good encouragement from Spectators. The weather turned out to be fine. Good goody bag and friendly, helpful people at the finish. Enjoyed the Ice Cream van on the way out of the public area.
Grumbles. Toilets as usual. Not enough. I ended up being one of the offensive individuals relieving myself in public. Expo wasn't good. T-Shirt is a trainer rather than a wearer.
I enjoyed the day, the event, the scenery and the experience. Congrats to all involved. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: I am rating on my 6 miles of the relay. Much fun, great for beginners. But the £20 per person is pretty pricey, though the tshirt (complete with haggis running across the front) and medal (huge and heavy) make it worth the cash.... In full: I am from Edinburgh, so am totally biased, but I think the marathon is great - and having a relay too means it is a really mixed race. Definitely be back again (I did it last year too). Though they need to sort the loo situation!! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Did the Relay - Too few toilets. Buses were far too early. In full: I did the second leg of the relay. We had to get the bus at 08:15 even though the first 7 mile leg didn't start until 10:00. It was a long time to wait in the rain. The toilets didn't arrive until ~10am and there were only two! That was for the ~1000 relay teams. Queing for ~45 minutes for the toilet is not fun. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: The worst organised Half Marathon of the 6 I have done so far. In full: Not really that impressed, took ages to get the certificate posted simply because not able to stay the whole afternoon after the race - it wasn't too much to ask. The route marking was non-existent,in absence of this, the marshalls could have been more attentive. Large parts of the route run on busy roads where motorists didn't seem to care. A bit scary. Also - hand written race numbers says it all. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Great for beginners In full: A nice course with good scenery. Good for beginners. Better signage would have been appreciated. Start a bit crowded. All for a good cause. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: A good effort In full: The 40th anniversay race mug made my day.
Lack of parking around Willen Lake was a bit of an issue; there aren't many ways to get to places in a town built for the motor car (Milton Keynes). A course I run around regularly - very flat and fast. Suits beginners but this type of race will always appeal more to serious and semi-serious runners. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Crowded streets In full: The BUPA-branded races are slickly organised. However, the narrow streets of the city centre combined with 15,000 runners don't make for PBs. There was also an odd split of runners - the mass start went off in three waves but there were plenty of slow runners in the first wave and they held others up. I can only imagine this arrangement was for the TV cameras' benefit. The bulk of the race was up a rather dull highway looping round Old Trafford. I love Manchester but there could have been better use of its many famous and beautiful landmarks. Date of review: June 16, 2005