In short: My first marathon, really enjoyed it, Excellent support from crowds. In full: Found no problems with the organisation but maybe thats because I didn't know what to expect as it was my first marathon. The crowds really were encouraging and helped me get to the finish (as well as my running partner). Would like to run this again but want to experience other marathons too. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: This was my first marathon outside of London in 11 years. Overall, I really enjoyed the experience. A great city and friendly atmosphere made it enjoyable. Unlike London, my family and friends could identify me around the course and at the finish. In full: Many good points - Edinburgh is a wonderful city to visit. Not too many participants, but enough to make it feel like a big event. I think it has some way to go to live up to the hype in terms of organisation, course etc, but perhaps we expect too much now that London is so efficient. However, if they are going to continue to charge such a high entry fee it needs to improve for next year. I really enjoyed marathoning outside London - I had forgotten what it was like! Didn't think the course was too slow, although cobbles in a number of places doesn't help. I'd definitely go back. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Nice evening run with a friendly feel and beer reward. In full: Perfect antidote to the Leeds half marathon - nice country lanes and canal-side towpaths. The finish is a bit sadistic (big Z round the school field, in front of all spectators / finishers) but at least you feel you've earned your bottle of beer. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Undulating in parts (unusual for the fens). Couple of miles on farm track, which was very pleasant. Brilliant marshalls. very well organised. Plus you get a warm glow knowing that your race entry goes to the local hospice at Thorpe Hall. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Lovely course, good atmosphere, below average organisation In full: The Edinburgh Marathon bills itself as a big city race but doesn't deliver. That isnt too say I didnt enjoy myself but there were many aspects where a local town race would trump this event and with an entry fee of £39 the value for money rating is low low low.
Basic things like having a baggage tent drop off that can only accommodate 4 or 5 people at a time, placing portaloos along the start line showed a bizarre lack of forethought, a route map on the details and website that needed a magnifying glass. Mile markers that looked like they had been borrowed from a village fete 5k and worse still was only 7 drinks stations in total for the whole race a couple of which had run out of lucozade.
These moans belie the friendly atmosphere, good crowd support, lovely course, very igood medal, encouraging marshals. This does not rate as the worst race i have done, just somewhat disappointing for the money and hype.
Would I do it again - maybe. The impetus would be going back to Edinburgh, not doing the marathon.
The city and course potential deserve better event organisation and attention to detail. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Expro average, toilets and baggage a shambles, good friendly marshalls ok route but the sections of cobbles were a bit much, organisers PR was a disgrace In full: Potential to be a very good city marathon but a course that is diverted up kerbs and across grass verges to avoid car park entrances is unacceptable. Also the same old story regarding the toilets but how many is enough ? Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: Great atmosphere at start and finish as the park is perfect for spectators. Miles 10-12 a bit tough due to stretch of 'A' road and the hot/sunny weather. Marshals on course were very helpful. Use of chip timing this year was an added bonus. In full: The 25th anniversary next year should be even better with course changes promised in order to take in central St Albans. Date of review: June 16, 2005
In short: This race has everything - except the much needed shower. I just laughed the whole way around Brilliant. In full: No chance on the PB. I lost my shoe in the mud once and got stuck twice again nearly waist high in the stuff. This is pure fun - it makes you feel like a kid again. Brilliant!! Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: A nice well organised run that deserves our support In full: Challenging is the right word for the hill its also good practice for the Wycombe half 4 week s later.A nice race run by the local sports association to raise a few bob, let's get it up to the max entry next year. Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: Was thankful for the rain pouring on me with 2 miles to go! In full: Was a fab event - just missed my target time having not banked for the hill in the last mile, but loved the route overall. Agree with all suggestions regarding toilets, arrangements at the start - their longest time zone was 4 hours and over as far as I can see. And where was mile 22 marker??! Also felt it was very expensive compared to all other races I've taken part in. Hope they continue to learn and improve the event in years to come. Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: My first race. Didn't disappoint - will definitely be back next year. In full: Didn't realise quite so much of it would be on the racecourse but it did help early on with findng space to run. Fantastic support, especially on the little uphill bit at Castle Street. Seemed pretty well organised although I have nothing to compare it with. The aerobic excercise at the start was much less than 20 minutes, but suited me as I couldn't see what I was supposed to be doing anyway! Date of review: June 15, 2005