In short: Has great potential - but such poor organisation!!! In full: - Very confusing start - Almost got crushed at the gates behind ocean terminal - Got one thimble of high5 energy drink during the race - So many dog legs - Shambolic finish - but thankfully the goodie bag made up for it!!!
...and I'm still waiting for my tee-shirt. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: What a joke, What a waste of money,Never again!!!! In full: What the hell was a motorbike doing in the middle of the runners at the start.. 11mins in and the lead car came past me!! we were all told to move over and stop so it could get past us. It got stuck under a barrier at the back of the shopping centre where we started.What a horrible place to start from too. Far to narrow. This caused such a back log of runners trying to find some space. It was stop start for the first three miles. Back runners complained of a lack of water. Crossing the finish was not the end of the nightmare..some runners were faced with over 20mins wait while two guys noted nunbers..some runners couldnt even cross the line due to the runners waiting.. Not worth a flight up from London. Date of review: March 29, 2006
In short: Not bad for a first time in this location In full: I think most points have already been covered,timing chips and better organisation at the end where I thought we would get some high five energy drinks. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: Valid criticisms but some positives In full: Previous criticisms are all very valid but there were a number of positives as well: 1. 3,500 to 4,000 for a first running is pretty good and shows there is a demand for an Edinburgh Half. 2. Marshalls and volunteers 3. Good support on route 4. Organisers have said they'll take on board and sort out concerns raised. Date of review: March 28, 2006
In short: We'll be talking about this one for a long time to come. In full: Here goes. 1) Chip timing - a must to help alleviate the choas at the finishing line. 2) Clearly marked expected finishing times at the start, so that we know where to stand. 3) Get the portaloos out the way of the race track. 4) Keep a large area clear at the finishing line for runners only. Everybody was wandering about at the finishing line. The first thing I got handed to me when I finished was a sales leaflet. 5) Get all the goodies into the goody bag and hand it to the runners as they leave the finshing area. After picking up my leaflets, I firstly managed to find the banana stall, then got a bottle of water, then a medal about five minutes later. Get all the stuff into the bag beforehand. 6) The start of the course will never be able to cope with the expected 10,000 runners the organisers are hoping for. It is far too narrow round Ocean Terminal and bottle necks will continue to occur. Some of the 180 turns are naff as well. A need to reassess the course. 7) Results please. 60 hours later and still the same webpage. Does it take that long to process 3,500 results. No doubt the guy with the clipboard noting down the finishers will be off his work this week with writers cramp. I will do this again next year and I suppose we should be thankful that someone decided to organise this. What's that song "Things can only get better" Date of review: March 28, 2006