In short: need more loos! had an engery needed medical attention waited for 55min before someone came not good enought had to pull out at 19.5 miles if only the first aid had come quicker i would have been able to complete my run Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: disappointing scenery, no times posted along the way, poorly organised start, and no local support In full: this race was no different from the luton-leagrave full marathon. i came to southend -on sea to run around the fields ? the beginning was quite possibly the worst organised i'd ever seen. the start wasn't even marked, and the scene at the leisure centre was pure chaos. The endingn was also an afterthough, the fun run was obviously the focus of the day, and none of the local merchants seemed to appreciate 3000 people would be there. Again, no food or drink on the course or after except for a bit of water which i've come to expect from the U.K. bring your own style. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Why didn't the organisers make more use of the Historical centre? I can run along wooded paths on my training run! In full: I really did get bored with the scenery - if your in one of the best historical cities you think you would get to see more of its rather than go through suburbia and run along tow paths!
Other than that I can't really fault the organisers, they could have dished out larger waterbottles at the feed stations (250ml per 3 miles is a bit stingey) or have more regular feed stations.
Can't see what the fuss is about the start (other than the lack of toilets). I tuned up at 8.30am and there was plenty of space at the start. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: challenging - especially the uphill in the last 2 miles, but great scenery and very friendly In full: compared to London (my 1st) this was a great chance to stretch your legs and run at your own pace. The uphill in the last 2 miles wasn't appreciated, and spectator support around the course was patchy, but v friendly, organisers. More loos most definitely required!!!! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic weekend in a brilliant city In full: My first marathon and I had a great time. Nice scenery through the city streets and along the coast. Final slightly uphill section through housing not quite so pleasant, but the local support here was at its best. Loved the home made showers. The fitness expo wasn't as big as I expected and I can certailnly see why so many people have complained about lck of loos. I joined the mass exodus of men and women to the trees and bushes. Worst part for me was those cobbled streets, ouch! Overall, a fantastic experience. Not even the flight delay on the journey home spoilt it. Well done Edinburgh, I'll be back. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Good enough run but baggage facilties and start very poor and let the event down. In full: The baggage check in was ridiculous and completely undermanned. Despite arriving an hour before the start and allowing 25 minutes to check my bag in I missed the start along with several others, given that the organisers were acknowledging the problem with the baggage checking, why couldn't the start be delayed 10 - 15 minutes?
The first couple of water stations were also well undermanned.
Well marshalled, good start/finish setting and reasonable course but missing the start spoiled my day somewhat. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Nice start and finish. Hard last 3-4 miles road run. Water stations better than last year but not perfect. In full: The start and finish of this race are great but of course where you really need the help at 10-13 miles there is scant public support because it's all busy main road - ie. not a nice place for supporters to hang out. The water stations were better than last year but still not as good as most previous SARHMs - give out either bottles or cups but don't mess about trying to pour water from 1/2 litre bottles into cups to give out, it takes too long. Of course will do it again though, as every year. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Lack of baggage storage a big minus. Good job it wasn't raining. In full: Have done this a few times before and there always used to be an Epsom Coaches Coach especially for baggage storage. Marshals were friendly and encouraging although there were a few dodgy road junctions without marshals. I took my own water but as it was a hot day think another water station would be welcome. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Much Harder Than Expected , Amazing Support In full: 1200ish runners , prize money , strong to weak competitors. Great fun but much harder than expecterd , massive bank after 5 miles and very up and down and hard on the body. Aching this morning.Great challenge ,better than the leeds half i did ealrier last month Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: A real let down. Took my family along for support and kids fun run. However, no fun run and had to pay parking fees for them to spectate. In full: Course was fine and a good circuit: However, i felt really let down by this event. I included this in a weekend trip from Cheshire visiting my family. Having persuaded my brother, his family and my family to turn out, i find that he's charged £8 to park as a spectator, despite having race runners in his car. Having accepted this and parked up, we then discover the advertised 1m fun run isn't taking place. So i have 2 disappointed ladies and 3 disapoointed children on my hands, having persuaded them to come along specifically for this. A third let down was on the course itself. Either i've got a hell of kick finish or the mile markers were hopeless. My splits for the first 4 miles ranged from 6.40 to 7.40 and then a last mile of 5.30! I may have varied a little but i'm usually pretty even paced around 6.45. How hard can placing reasonably accurate markers be?
Overall, a real let down. Particularly for the kids, who were really looking forward to a 1m run. There's no such thing as a 5m fun run for a 9 year old! I will be passing this feedback onto the organisers. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: The atmosphere is great but weaving up and down the racecourse isn't the most inspiring route In full: This is a great race and having run it twice now - once as a complete novice and once as someone who now regularly runs - it offers a good atmosphere and a pretty flat route.
Keeping most of it on the racecourse is a shame but does keep it fairly flat - it's just not that inspiring to run.
Great day out though! Date of review: June 13, 2005