In short: After last years race what a massive improvement. Plenty of water and energy drinks. Maybe could have done with the energy drinks earlier. People on route deserve a pat on the back.. Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: beautiful and gentle route but badly planned with double backing and lack of water stations in areas In full: I really enjoyed it as a first time runner but I felt the planned route wasn't very good when you had to double back on yourself. There could have been more water stations in some places, especially through the estate where there wasn't a sea breeze. The atmosphere was great with more support than i expected from spectators. Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Emotionally charged first time marathon In full: Key points pretty much as everyone else has said: no sports drinks (bad) long walk to the bus (bad) phallic medal (???) 10am start (could be earlier)
crowd support (fantastic! thanks for the hosepipes) scenery brilliant stewards
It was my first marathon and the heat bothered me (but nothing could be done about that apart from perhaps an earlier start). The crowd support was amazing and it was such a boost to hear people calling my name. I really struggled miles 15-20 due to lack of crowds, but again, not much to be done about that! The stewards were fantastic (thanks to the lady who let me sob on her shoulder at the end!)
Will I do it again? Don't know. Will I ever do another marathon? Don't know.
I love Edinburgh and knew that the route wasn't much in Edinburgh, however it does remind me a little of a Ryanair flight... Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Excellent race - earlier start needed! In full: Probably just reiterating what others have said but really enjoyed Edinburgh as my first marathon with only one or two complaints.
The major problem is that the later start for the full marathon meant that we were running in pretty much midday heat. This would explain why over 35% of starters did not finsh - a very high dropout rate. Considering the hours and massive effort people put in for training for a marathon this is very disappointing. Obviously the organisers can't do anything about the weather but they can mitigate it by having a sensible start time and running the half marathon second or on the Saturday.
The other smaller problem was the distance from the finish to the buses - I really struggled to walk the mile or so uphill and if you've injured yourself a bit then it's even worse.
Overall had a great time - lovely views, lots of great support, friendly atmosphere and a super city! Date of review: May 30, 2012
In short: Shoddy organisation didn't ruin a fun weekend - it needs someone in charge who can turn it into one of Europe's must-do events because it just isn't at the moment. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Great first ever marathon in a fine city In full: Good course, my first marathon but can safely say I've run far hillier halfs and what not. I thought the course had it's moments and some of the coastal scenery was nothing short of brilliant.
Very warm on the day but no shortage of drink stations and no problems with running out of water as far as I could tell. Friendly locals with hosepipes, kids with super-soakers, you name it, if someone could wet you with something they would. Fantastic local support and especially towards the latter stages when I was beginning to wilt in the heat! Couple of drum bands on route which I loved, was fantastic and really lifted the spirits. Good organisation, no problems with the finish - a bit better signage is a small gripe.
Overall a great place for a visit and a marathon. Even though it's a long old way from Norwich I can't say for sure that I won't be back sometime. Loved my marathon debut, a return is most definitely not out of the question. Date of review: May 29, 2012