In short: This event will grow and grow! In full: Highly recommended - the organisation is as good as you will find in any of the "top" half marathons but without the huge number of entrants making it impossible to run in the early stages. In fact, the broad start in the park means you get into your running stride almost immediately and even starting fairly near the back I was over the start line in less than 1 minute.
The first half of the course is great - very pretty. Nothing you could seriously call a hill, but lots of gentle ups and downs to make the running interesting. The second half is a lot duller - flat and mainly along main roads - but quick. Finish is great, with hordes of spectators cheering everyone on.
Marshalling was flawless, and they have obviously taken to heart previous criticism of the water stations - I've never seen so many in a 1/2! Really enjoyed my day. Date of review: June 18, 2005
In short: Loved this race. In full: Very little to moan about, the start area was a bit congested. Could do with a few directions in the race pack to help find the course. I came in from Farnham, and left home at 6.30 to get there early(just under 2 hr journey) and had no probs with toilets etc. I left after prize giving and SUPPORTING later runners and had no probs getting out of the CP. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: too flat for me- flat doesn,t equal speed In full: organisation was excellent. some people here have completely lost the plot. Get there in good time, find the toilets, locate the start. oh yes & read the start sheet.If you can't do this go out for a training run. Car drivers have it too easy. I had to get up at 4.30, all you drivers had to get up at 7.30 on average and you couldn't manage it.Regarding changing, i was in a changing area with 3 other people. we had 4 toilets between us. No queue- absolutely excellent! Yes, the baggage area was a problem but you could all see that. They could have had more people on but there were lockers. But the moaners didn't bother looking. The organisers can't do it all for you. Only problem was too flat. I like hills. My fault, i knew it was flat before i came. Excellent race! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Beware the hill at 10 miles In full: Great atmosphere in a very scenic setting. My first half and an all round good experience. Very well marshalled. The water from the sponges did taste a bit funny though. I think they had previously been used to wash down the army vehicles !!! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: A great experience!!! In full: This being my first marathon, I was very nervous, but the organisers were great, the supporters along the way were really friendly, and giving away jelly babies and setting up sprinklers for us. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the relay runners sprinting past the VERY TIRED marathon runners in the last 6 miles. But, overall it was the best race i've done so far, and i'll definitely go back next year!! Date of review: June 17, 2005
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