In short: A bit of fine tuning required but fun In full: The entry fee was expensive, the Expo laughable and the toilets and baggage at the beginning a riot. The course was hilly but not too much but I did struggle over the cobbles towards the end. However, the marshalls were good and the atmosphere fab and I managed a PB so I am happy. The scenery along the promenade kept me going when my legs were tired. Nice unexpected goody bag at the end. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Super race, well organised. In full: A very minor crit, but the start would benefit from a loud speaker/pa system ,people at the back couldn't hear the starters dedication speech. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Worth combating rush hour traffic for! In full: Absolutely loved this! First time and didn't know what to expect. First 3 miles undulating and loved the downward feel for the last couple of miles! You sped up, whether you wanted to or not! Loved the mug and Mars bar! Very friendly and people from all over! Can't wait for 2006! Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Great trail race is nice location In full: Great location. One nasty uphill section, but a great downhill stretch to the finish. Guaranteed negative split! Looking forward to next year already. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Very hot this year good race,all on road with very little traffic not very hilly but there are some long slow climbs,plenty of waterstations and a great atmosphere if this is your 1st half then its as good as any place to start,very welcoming Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: I got a PB, so my rating is probably different to other people In full: Personally I had no problems with the organisation except for poorly visible mile markers and some dubious distances, although I would love to believe that I can do an 8:46 24th mile!!
Its easy to forget some of the problems at London:
There were still people using fresh air toilets prior to the start;
Some of the London streets are narrow;
The mid route scenary in London is extremely boring;
Getting away from the finish this year was awful, fifteen minutes in a mass of people going nowhere fast!
As has been said elsewhere, Edinburgh is a city on a hill. If you don't like hills stick to track running, surely its the different character ofeach course which makes road running more fun than the track.
I will aim to be back next year, but a reduced fee would be nice, but then the Great North Run is also expensvie and only half the distance. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Excellent race. Hope john can be persuaded to keep it going! In full: I've now done this race 4 or 5 times and actually returned my best time this year. I think I've finally got the measure of the hill at 7 miles. Unfortunately numbers have dwindled recently but for the scenery, marshalling, organisation and challenge consider this the best race of the summer. I hope John Brightmore can be persuaded to keep the race running. If anyone feels the same please send in your comments. Date of review: June 16, 2005