In short: Enjoyable day out!! In full: Enjoyed the first 20 miles but then it got too hot and the lack of support mile 16 to 22 made it hard work as a long out and back where you could see for miles how far you had to go seemed hard work. Extra water stops put on and good support from locals with the hose pipes and jelly babies out, many thanks to them. Date of review: June 7, 2012
In short: A great venue for your first marathon. In full: A great venue for your first marathon. My only criticism is the section just after the turn, where we had to run on a loose-surfaced track, which was energy-sapping. This section ought to be replaced by a tarmac section. Date of review: June 5, 2012
In short: Fast run, poor roads, no atmosphere In full: This was my first Edinburgh half-marathon and, fairly or not, I'm comparing it to my experience just a few weeks ago at the Reading half. The Edinburgh start was scenic - Arthur's Seat, Holyrood etc - , but just a few km out, it was nothing but potholes, avoiding parked cars and running on far too narrow streets. Compared to Reading, the atmosphere was quite subdued.
The finish at Musselburgh was cramped and the journey back into town was an unwelcome end to the race.
On the positive side, the weather was great - if a little too hot towards the end - and I managed a PB. So it wasn't all bad. If only it started and ended in Edinburgh, it wouldn't have been such a logistical nightmare. Date of review: June 3, 2012
In short: above average race In full: this was a very hot day, it took me more than 90 mins more than usual to complete this marathon but it is a fast course - just not for me on the day. the only points i would make is that i like to park at the finish on a point to point race then travel to the start however with the roads closing at 8.00 for the half marathon it ment a very early start for me. the half being moved to the sat would be very benificial. its also a very long walk back to the car from the finish line. all in all - would i do it again : yes. but i would take another marathon if it was closer to home. it wasn't anything special im affraid Date of review: June 1, 2012
In short: A great weekend of races for all ages In full: I'd lowered my expectations of the race having read previous years reviews on here, but I was pleasantly surprised, and find the amount of negativity on here a bit surprising.
I found the best bits to be the support around the course: people bothering to come out of their houses with drinks, jelly babies, hoses etc really makes a difference. Pipers, drummers and pubs with music all helped to provide a great atmosphere.
Some bits of the course were lovely and other bits so so - there was enough variety to avoid complete tedium!
It was a great weekend being able to watch the 5 and 10k races on the Saturday, along with the kids races - and it's great to see kids getting proper medals and t-shirts.
The hub was a bit of a disappoitment - was expecting more in terms of stalls, physio, massage etc.
Yes, it was a long walk back to the buses with a big queue, but it didn't take hours and was smoothly organised.
A massive thanks to the Red Cross who helped me at the finish - I was in a bit of a state and they did their job well - on a very busy day for them.
Would I do the marathon again? Not personally as it hasn't got enough pull over othere marathons, but we are definitely thinking about a family weekend away next year with the kids joining in, and my and my husband doing a race each day. Date of review: June 1, 2012