In short: Thoroughly enjoyable race. Killer hill to start with though. In full: A small and friendly organised race. A bit cramped at the start but OK. The hill over the first kilometre was almost too much. The middle of the race was over rolling hills and through glorious fields. Did the hill at the end at breakneck speed (& a bit dangerous) but I actually got a new PB so very pleased. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Chaotic organisation - car parking, start and water stations a disgrace. In full: Probably the most disorganised race I've ever taken part in. The car parking arrangements were a complete shambles - I had to leave my car after the race and come back three hours later! The start was a fiasco; a lot of runners couldn't find the line so when the gun went a lot of runners were heading the wrong way. The drink stations were so undermanned that you couldn't get a drink and the poor volunteers manning them were overwhelmed. The changing and baggage handling areas were a joke. The changing room was hotter than a sauna and the baggage area was manned by two people. Going to the toilet was impossible. Whoever is responsible for the organisation of this event needs shooting. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: 3rd time on the course that has definitely been made easier. Start was a bit chaotic, not enough loos or space. Managed the realy much better and I didn't feel it intruded on the marathon at all. Will be back, oh and 43 mins off last years time In full: I know Edinburgh is more expensive and people thought the expo wasn't that great (it wasn't really) but ITS NOT London. I am sure if we turn the clocks back 22 yrs London made its mistakes too.
As a local I feel proud to take part and think we need to get behind it. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Didn't notice much talked about hill at the end In full: Friendly atmosphere, nice scenery in places - quite rural. Good starting and finishing at leisure centre, loos on top floor empty! Only gripe is the water people weren't on the ball, not always ready with the cups so I missed a drink at a couple of stations. Oh and the finish funnel/tunnel, whatever it's called was very slow to get through. Overall v good though. Will return. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Excellent event, better organised than any I've ran before In full: Great flat but scenic and interesting course. Definate PB potential if your training has been good (unlike mine). A nice different to the norm memento too. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Tougher than expected, not the most scenic - and a *very* long first mile!! In full: I hope someone has got the common-sense to go and measure that first mile and put us all out our misery. WAY long! And this was a HILLY course and I'm used to 'em. That last one as you turned the corner was a killer. Yes, I did run all the way up .... only just though! Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: A good race, well organised. In full: First time I have run in Long Eaton, but not the last, Handy to start from the leisure centre my friends that came to watch had plenty of things to do whilst waiting for me to get back. The last half mile or so is visable from the finish so was good for spectators watching people coming in. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Would rather have been in Glasgow (but I'm a Weegie) In full: I have to admit first that I only ran the relay and not the full Marathon. The course is fairly tough towards the finish with a steady climb up the hill for the last 3 miles. The marathon relay was not especially well organised. Relay runners were charge £20 each (£100 for the team) for which we got our goodie bag, but very little support and info. We had no information about how the change overs would work - although in practice they worked pretty smoothly (as long as the run being handed on to was there to run). We were charged extra if we wanted to use the bus service to the change over points, and the map to help you find where the change over points were was somewhat vague. In general there seemed to be a reasonable amount of local support out cheering runners on, but the field itself was quite quiet and subdued. There are probably better reasons to come to Edinburgh than this marathon (as the Weggie joke goes: the train to Glasgow!) However, this marathon is still young (an should get better with age and experience), gets in several of the city's big sites and Glasgow is less than 50 mins on the train when you are finished. Also if they can fix the weather for the future that would be fantastic. The mix of heavy showers and baking heat wasn't the best. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Good organisation, loads of water stations, felt exposed running on main roads which were not closed. In full: A good race and very well organised. Friendly considering the number of runners. It is a shame that it is run at this time of year, it is always too hot. I also do not like running for such a long time on the busy Watling Street road. There is little shade and the cars are very fast with little protection for runners. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Superb race In full: Done this one twice - altho last year was a new route. Bit challenging but a great race. For those who like freebies there's a t-shirt, beer and burger/hotdog back at the local pub(near finish area). Always seems to get fully subscribed so is v.popular. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: Bettered expectations In full: Right, not gonna get the negatives as the main part of my review unlike most other runners. I wasn't expecting it to have quite such a great communal feel which it did, all good spirits. Great weather always a bonus, no problems in the line up either. Started bang on time. Great feeling all around, it was a great atmosphere with all ages enjoying the day, loads of happy kids mixing with serious runners. Plenty of water stations with great marshalling, lots of support from them (young and old), Police did well to block traffic too. Course is fast bar a couple of gradients. Scenery isn't great but will be different next year on new route. The finish was great to be tunnel visioned by great cheering crowds either side of run in. Slight confusion on run in at end with Joe Public walking their dogs on the path by the swings in the park, I wasn't sure if I had gone the right way! Yes, traffic was marish but where is anyone on a rush on a Sunday? The smart people waited and chilled in the sun on the grass! Positive day, and I'm just mainly happy as I got a great time. If anyone to do with the organisation reads this, well done, for £12 it was well done, except I am jealous the kids medals were larger than ours! Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: No family meeting point at the end of the race, a bit cramped at the end also. Walkers could have moved to the side, a bit of a pest when they hold you up on a narrow path. Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: THE up and coming marathon In full: Brillant organisation especially at the water stops, relay change overs etc. Also the marshalls & supporting crowds were inspirational. The course varies from the scenic park and Princess street with the castle to the sea side.
Furthermore, the organisers seem to have taken on board the feedback with regards to the course, and the new course seems to have helped dramatically.
My only gripes are more toilets particularly at the start and benches / seats in the changing over.
However, enjoyable marathon and ideal for a first timers like me!
Well done and thanks to the organisers for a great event Date of review: June 12, 2005
In short: good, but could be better In full: Good race ,spoiled by some poor planning. why was everything at the start/end so crampt Hollyrood park is massive so make better use .Toilets a bit sparse .Course not as hard as expected except last 2-3 miles but still managed to take 6 mins of pb, despite getting cramp at 17 miles .Will do again, but hopefully will be better organised Date of review: June 12, 2005