In short: Nice atmosphere and attractive course In full: This event proved challenging as it was was advertised as 'flat', set off downhill then level, and then surprised us with... UNDULATIONS! Undulatory, the tricksters! Caught me out anyhow (which isn't difficult). Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Fantatic - There is no other race like it! In full: If your club does not enter this race - join another club! This is THE running experience. Absolutely fantastic. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: the course organiser must have a great sense of humour - how many hills? In full: Disappointed at lack of sign posts to free parking. Had driven for 1.5 hrs to get there and had topay £6 to park. Didnt see a start banner either. Just seemed to be lacking finishing touches, probably too busy fitting all the hills in!!! Only 2nd half, very tough. Feel good factor after though. decent crowds too - thanks! Wont be back thou, have an undulating phobia!! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Great race, fantastic finish In full: This is my local race, I was wondering how well they would cope with the increased numbers, but it turned out to be a great run and a fantastic finish inside the castle grounds. The only slight annoyance were the occasional cars trying to nose their way through the mass of runners - if the race gets any bigger it would be great to have the route closed to traffic. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: good course but could have been better organised In full: this was my first marathon the last three miles could have been flatter and the access to holyrood park was not good enough after the roads were closed leaving some people with a long walk from the city centre Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Well-worth running this In full: So over 400 people register on the day, David Bedford starts the race and over 1000 people finish. I think I can live with a crowded start! Thanks to the organisers for a great event and I look forward to next year. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Southend but no sea In full: A strange experience. Firstly the positives: David Bedford starting us off; friendly marshalls; good drink stations; plenty of sponges; quick results; lots of space in the car park; finish on a running track. Secondly the negatives: the baggage storage - I gave up and left my stuff in the car, but this meant running clutching my car keys; no predicted finishing times at the start so the first mile or so was spent finding the right pace; too much of the race was in competition with cars and at times was dangerous. I've run plenty of half marathons before and mainly 'undulating' ones but I found this very flat one tough going. The section across the small road/farm track into a head wind was challenging and the last section up the long hill was a test of will-power. Overall a positive experience, even though I got a personal worst, but it taught me not to eat a strong curry the night before a race. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: could have been better organised toilets were a joke many runners including myself used the bushes at the start In full: scenery was great course was not as hard for my first marathon water stations few and far between chaotic at the end with the medal hand outs and goody bags- Expo was dissapointing Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Huge Let Down! In full: Organisation was pathetic. Why they didnt just send the numbers out I don't know. Very small changing facilities, about 10 toilets in total start was a shambles. Very expensive to enter.
They was practically no crowd, apart from one mad woman on a bike with a sign who kept appearing every 5 miles, freak!
Course was ok for the first 3 miles then it was running through a path next to a river, along the promenade doubling back on yourself all the time which I hate, then suddenly appearing at the finish. Only about 2 water stations in the first 8 miles.
This is no race to do if you miss out on London, very depressing, im suprised I didnt drop out due to sheer boredom.
In short: Managed a PB conditions good, would like to see more water stations could be difficult near the end of the race if the weather was much hotter. At the end baggage handling and changing facilities could be improved. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: good fast course In full: the expo was a little poor on saturday not many stands. the chip and number could have been sent out in the post and would have saved a 0230hrs start on saturday for my flight. good clear markers, great course, friendly marshalls, public supportive. the end was a bit of a shambles. stood around in rain to collect medal/t-shirt/ banana/ drink. tent for collection of bags too close to end and not enough room to get past the tabels quickly. some people then began getting changed in this area which made it worse. the exit from the bag collection was the packed with relatives. no room to get past and had to fight my way to changing tent. the start/ expo is not on a bus route. from the town centre a good 1.5miles and on way back all up hill. no near train/ underground stations. the day before the race not good especially as most hotels don't let you book in until 1300-1400. how about a shuttle bus from main rail station to start/ expo and back to assit next year??? Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Great - although I agree with the lack of loos!! In full: Prettier than I expected save for the trip around the shopping centre and industrial estate near the end - and the run through people's front gardens! I know the guy with the hose meant well but we'd all just been soaked at least twice!! Bit dissapointed with the expo but not really got anything to compare it to. Enjoyed the first 3 miles in terms of running around 'touristy' Edinburgh - Princes St etc. and hearing the bagpipes - maybe something like that would have helped at mile 22 onwards?? All in all, considering I didn't even know Edinburgh had a marathon until I didn't get accepted to London, I would def do it again but maybe a bit more for the money would be good - I don't think I'm alone in that one either!! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Good once the race started! In full: Very expensive and had to buy the magazine as well! Professes to want to be a big marathon - it has a long way to go, but can learn. Not enough toilets and amazingly the mile markers were a long way out at 23 and 25. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Great course, poor expo and only a small changing bag considering the rain! In full: Overall a top race in a top city. Sadly the expo was poorly supported by running gear outlets. I'd travelled up by plane and intended to pick up my energy stuff there. Had to go to a shop in Dalry St. Also no seats in the changing tent and it was raining heavily. shame they dont use Meadowbank stadium anymore, it was a fantastic venue in the past. Still a great race just needs a little attention to the runners comfort! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Really enjoyed this 1st attempt at a half; slow time of 2h10; but who cares? The hill was nowhere near as bad as the one of Trowse 10K, just no time to recover to look good for the finish!! Date of review: June 13, 2005