In short: Good course, good facilites, friendly marshals and water station personnel In full: * Likes: > Course - fairly flat, but challenging all the same, especially with a tough wind in your face for the last (uphill) mile. > HQ - Excellent facilities > Organisation – well organised, number etc sent out in good time with clear instructions/directions > Organisation – plenty of marshals, all friendly & efficient. > Organisation - good number of water stations with plenty of sponges
* Opportunities for improvement: > HQ - let down slightly by poor signposting and overcrowding - need to know where alternative toilets/showers are (if any) > HQ - shame about the (undermanned) baggage store - I gave up and put gear in car - great idea but needs a different layout (also suggest queue elsewhere than in crowded corridor) > Start - no idea where start was, fortunately followed the herd and found it. > Course - not keen on the farm track which was full of pot holes and had a loose surface. > Course – some narrow sections along pavements > Course – this is the Southend 1/2M – where is the sea?
* In general, a good event which I would consider running again. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Great scenery and lovely people - hard core crowd were appreciated but not quite value for money. This is the most expensive race I've ever entered but didn't quite get monies worth In full: This race completed the set for me having already raced the distance in London, Dublin and Cardiff. Edinburgh was slightly disappointing in some areas. The expo was very small and took only 10 mins to walk around. The kit bags were half the size they should have been especially considering the chances of inclement weather. Had to leave out a towel to put dry shoes/clothes in. The goodie bag was full of stuff that mostly went in the bin. Water stations were good - but got a bit confused with the combination of water and energy drink - would have liked them to have been separate. The organisation at the finish could have been better - queueing for medals, no photo's, waiting in line for kit bags whilst we got very very wet and cold. Not enough loos - I was struggling at 20 miles needed a toilet and found 2 cubicals at 20 miles but engulfed with relay runners and had to wait 3-4 mins to get in. On a positive note - all the marshalls and helpers were very helpful the course was mostly very scenic but didn't like the back and forth along the seafront. I appreciate this was done to try and flatten the course out. The cobbles were hard but unavoidable if you wanted to run through the best parts of the City So overall an enjoyable weekend, just a few moans, but hope the organisers take them on board. Probably won't do it again because there are many others I would like to do. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Still got some way to go to be a "big one" but we've done our first marathon In full: First ever marathon in 4:48 (we think!) The Good: Running for the RNLI - they were superb and looked after us fantastically afterwards - but we're glad we weren't just abandonned like all the non-official charity runners. Scenery out by the Coast was beautiful and at that stage it was still sunny. Princes street and the castle was nice as well but the rest was a bit of a let down - the cycle track bit psyched me out and two contra-flows close together were not pleasant. Great support from the locals and it was nice to have a bank of support at the relay changeover points. Nice medal - we think it's prettier than London's!! Ditto finisher's t-shirt Marshals - very supportive and helpful - many thanks to everyone that gave up their time to help out. The Bad: Scottish Weather - need we say more!! We were by Portabello when that last big storm came and that made for a damp and unhappy few miles to the end. Mile markers - we missed a lot of them and our GPS says we ran 27.6 miles (and we were close to the start) The start - we struggled to get into the pens with the aim of working backwards to where we should have been but the race started while we were still in the 3-3.5 hour band. WHERE were the pipe bands etc - they all seemed to have stopped when we went past and we needed them. Toilets - not enough at the start and not enough round the course. We could take 20 minutes off our time for queuing on the way round. Results - where are they???? EXPO - we were expecting something bigger and better - where were all the big names? Finish- having to take your own chip off after 26 miles and then prod someone to take it off you is actually very hard work!! No real system and we agree with the other comments about the contents of the goody bag - it may have saved a trip to the supermarket but the sugar - truly bizarre!
Above comments are made in the hope that the organisers will be able to improve things as the marathon gets older. However we did enjoy our day despite it feeling a little parochial and despite now missing a substantial number of my toenails I'm very pleased to have completed a first marathon! Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: My 9th marathon. Course compared favourably but obviously not as well as London. Although organisedation at start could hav been better and event was sporadically supported, there was a friendly atmosphere and I would recommend to friends. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Great people involved but some sloppy planning In full: This is my second time at this run and frankly it was better organised the first time. The enhancements to the course (i.e. taking out the climb up Arthur's Seat) were good but contraflow running is very demoralising. Using the cycle path is fine but it needs to be later in the run when the runners have thinned out (i.e. not after 5 miles or so). The support was excellent and the people were very friendly but PLEASE more loos next time. I'm maybe feeling a little generous as I knocked 19 minutes off my time this year but still only 3.48... Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Loved the people, not enough loos In full: Everybody' s talked about the loos so I'll not bother, except to say I agree. Expo was ok, better than the last for me at Blackpool. It should have been explained to competitors that because timing chips were being used people didn' t have to start exactly on time, this would have prevented the bit of panic at the start. Loved the spectators, enjoyed the contra-flows (it's nice to see other runner's faces rather than just their backsides). Water and sport's drink stations were faultless and well provided for. Yes the hill at the end was tough and I felt for the people who had to walk it, but living in Cumbria I' ve had plenty of hills to train on and so it gave me an edge over others. I was surprised to see women in the men's changerooms but I didn' t really care at that point and I just got on with what I had to do.
Don' t anyone be put off by the negative reviews I' ve seen here. The people alone are enough incentive for anyone to come Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Not a good advertisement for the City of Edinburgh In full: This race had its good points, namely - a nice fe miles by the sea - plenty of water and lucozade - the support at the end was good
Unfortunately this race suffers from
- terrible organisation - no toilets at the start - poor mile markings - I used GPS and they were over 2/3 of a mile out by the time marker 25 came around - the horrible layout by the beach, it was depressing doubling back and almost too tempting to cut across the cones to save a mile. - The cycle path through the woods - too narrow and congested for the volume of runners, plus it stank! - The hills at the end. In fact the last few miles in general.
The run suffers from a lazy approach to planning, but then again what can you expect from a city that gave us the slogan "Edinburgh: The City of Edinburgh Council". Must have been up all night on that one.
In short: could be more toilets, overall happy be back next year thank you . In full: thanks to all the race organisers and helps all around the race for there support.be back next year thank you steve p Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: To be fair, there were some bad points (lack of toilets), but the course was well laid out/marked/marshalled (and it was a nice medal!). In full: The Good:- I liked the course. It wasn't flat, but wouldn't that be a bit dull? At the same time it wasn't mountainous either so respectable times were certainly possible. Unlike some other people I liked the 'contra-flows' (you got to see some runners head on!), and the long bit by the sea. The cycle path bit I found a bit narrow though. I think the atmosphere was great and there was some nice encouragement from the locals towards the end. Water in squirty bottles and Lucozade was great.
The Bad:- As mentioned already, there was a woeful lack of toilets at the start. There were only eight situated prominently, where I queued for maybe 50 minutes, changing in the queue and giving my bag to a friend to 'bag-drop', before starting 10 minutes after the gun. If we hadn't had timing chips it would have been a disaster. The loos were paperless (that doesn't mean they clean your bum by computer) and they wouldn't flush. Portaloos are never luxurious but these were filthy, probably through overuse. The 'Expo' was a bit of a waste of time. Why not just send out numbers and chips? Was this just a way to try to flog a few pairs of running shoes to a captive audience?
As for those mile markers; I saw most of them ok, and I'll admit, it looked like 300m to go until you got a bit closer (it was 800!).
So, half the price, five times the loos and I'll be back; otherwise.... Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Very good friendly marathon. It is clearly still growing and will no doubt improve year on year. I thought the organisation was fine and thanks to all the volunteers. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: twas my first half but i managed a decent time....the people were very friendly and hospitable....there were fans all round the course and surport was enormous to all runners Date of review: June 14, 2005
In full: As Edinburgh was my first marathon i really enjoyed it and i cannot wait to do it all again, the only one thing i would like to say is there were not enough toilets, i was still queing for the loos when the race started, i had been stood there for 30mins. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Embarrased to say I'm from Edinburgh. In full: Perhaps I was expecting too much, with my only previous marathon being London, which seems to run like a well-oiled machine, but I thought the organisation at my home marathon was pathetic, especially considering how much they charge. 1 The start. How easy is it to get to at 8 O'clock on a Sunday morning? I'm not wanting to walk for a mile or two when I am about to run 26. The pens at the start were a joke. The one for runners aiming to do 3 to 3.5 hours was only 4 metres long!! Who decided that? The lack of toilets was ridiculous - I suspect the Queen will have to buy a new hedge soon with all the watering it got from desperate men. The mile markers were tiny - a single orange piece of A4 paper - easily missed. The handwritten signs near the end did nothing to give a sense of a professionally produced race - and were misleading. On entering the park at the end one sign said 300m to go (queue big finishing spurt), only to find 400m down the road a sign saying 400m to go. The baggage organisation was pitiful, with most people finding it easier to find their bags themselves. The lack of any catering facilities near the finish was also poor - I'm sorry, a couple of burger vans after a marathon is not inspiring. And having to wait until today (Tuesday) before results are available is pre-historic. Just to prove I'm not completely negative, I thought the course was good and reasonably scenic (Edinburgh doesn't have any grim housing estates - they are all in Glasgow!) Rant over - It has taken me 48 hours to summon up the energy.
In short: Relay - but it made me desperate to do it for real soon !!! In full: Toilets, toilets, toilets - As a relay runner doing the first leg, I had a lot of hanging around to do and the lack of loos (and loo roll) was particulariy dispiriting after a while. The section I ran was gorgeous - apart from the cobbles which made me terrified of slipping. I was no where near the real runners but I saw the a lot of tired marathoners being passed by furiously sprinting team members at the end and did think it must be very offputting after running for 5 hours to have some fresh eejit going hell for leather past you, but I was thrilled to be able to take part in something like this without having to do the whole thing.
I actually thought it wasn't bad value for money as we only paid 20 each but got to experience a bit of the marathon feel. Most of my team vowed to do a whole one in the near future - watching the marathoners crossing the line was a very uplifting experience - even for a spectator.
I thought the expo would have been less of a disapointment if it hadn't been hyped in the emails and on the website and as I am not from Edinburgh I traveled through to get my numbers etc in advance and it seemed a bit of an unnecessary pain in the neck.
Still - they are learning I guess and I will def do it next year. The marshalls were fantastic - despite the ones who were smoking - nearly every one I passed had an encouraging word.
Sugar was very weird thing to have in a goody bag though. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: My first marathon, great atomsophere, could have been organised better In full: Very enjoyable, my fellow runners got me round. In parts the scenery was great, but a lot of it was around the coast, and when it started raining, -that didnt help!!Oragnisation was quite poor at the start-not enough toilets!! I said i wpould never do a marathon again, but im already planning the next one!And yes, i will do this one again..a great experince in all Date of review: June 14, 2005