In short: My first marathon and I loved it! In full: This really is a must-do race, despite the "challenging" second half! Organisation was great and the Wee Nessie children's race was a nice touch - daughter very pleased with her medal and t-shirt. It's an early start for a 10am race, with the bus to the start taking nearly an hour and a half, but luckily not too much waiting around a very cold, wet and windy start area. First half seemed to fly by, with plenty of downhills and only one uphill of any note, but the second half was tough, with a hill which seemed to go on for ever, then finally levelled out only to be replaced by another!
Once in Inverness, it seemed a long way to the Ness Bridge (though it really wasn't), especially when I could hear people finishing on the other side of the river...The last 100m to the finish seemed almost unbearable, but I made it with a big smile on my face and emerged into the muddy quagmire of Bught Park feeling very tired, very emotional and very happy.
Fab support from spectators at various points along the route, with a special mention for the guy playing Scottish music from his car parked by a five bar gate.
No major organisational problems at all, maybe the showers could have been more clearly signposted and I didn't have the post-race meal so can't comment on that, all in all a fantastic day and I will definitely be back next year. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Brilliant - If you enjoy the Pain!! In full: Fantastic race, still feeling the pain after all the hills. Started feeling the onset of cramp at the hills between 18-19 miles, kept it at bay until 24 miles then folded like an ironing board! Got great encouragement from other runners and spectators to crawl to the finish in 3hr 21min. Soup and roll was good at the end, the showers which were in the stadium were just too far to walk to after 26.2 miles of hills!! Only done Edinburgh Mara before - that was easy compared to this!! Be back next year for more pain!! Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Hilly but very scenic route, very friendly and well organised In full: Back after a gap of four years and it didnt disappoint. The varied and beautiful scenery, along with good organisation and a very friendly admosphere makes this race special. Liked the change in the finish line and I got a personal best to boot! Friend did the 10k for the first time and is already talking of returning next year. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Brilliant!! In full: Couldn't fault it. Everything top notch - organisation, buses up to start, course (tough, but it is the Highlands!), atmosphere, fellow competitors, support, goodies. And Inverness is great.
See you next year. Date of review: October 6, 2010
In short: Amazing! In full: Inverness is a great City. The transport organisation ran like clockwork. The out riders were really professional. Drinks at the start. Great scenery. Great atmosphere. Some challenging hills but I still managed a PB of 3:32! Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: amazing, challenging, scenic,friendly, brilliant race :) In full: Aching in many places after a Pb on hills, hills and then some hills. Swore a little (lot) getting through last mile with the end in sight on the OTHER side of the river and receeding round the longest loop ...it was my 10th marathon and 1st at Loch Ness.. Truly one of the BEST, worth the journey in every respect. I'll be back for sure. Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Must-do race In full: Awesome race.An 16 hour round trip drive needs a rewarding race and this didnt disappoint.Big hills but still managed a PB by over 3 minutes - the downhill start really gets you off to a flier. Very impressed with the value - after entering many 10ks this year that charge £20 and then charge you for a T-shirt, £40 for transport, T-shirt, medal, goodie bag and a proper meal at the end seems good value, Definitely back next year
In short: Amazing race, but still aching, only thing that would make it better would be more toilets at the start and more time to get off the bus and to the start line. Date of review: October 5, 2010