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
In short: Much improved from last year and enjoyable race In full: Enjoyable race despite the tropical weather. Only complaints would be lack of energy drinks and water on course was warm. Other than that very enjoyable with loads of support and well organised finish. Date of review: June 1, 2012
In short: Getting there (so were British Rail) In full: First time back since 2008 and its getting better! The transport post race still needs to be improved- but that would need everyone to use the buses and leave cars miles away- doubt that will happen. The road surface at Gosford is ok- can't see the problem for half a mile(??). Out and back courses are not everyone's taste but that's fairly clear before entering. Ok you could start earlier but really the weather on Sunday was unusual for Edinburgh (very unusual). I thought getting through the finish etc was really clear and easy. The start was relaxed without the hassle- plenty of support without the place being overcrowded. Plenty of water and Gels plus all the local hoses and drinks etc. Yes the relay was a bit of a pain but not too much hassle. This is a relatively fast course (NO Hills) and a good marathon- particularly for the first timer- enough crowd without being too busy. But it could be better with either the transport being sorted or being in the city. Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: Over inflated numbers and it's not really Edinburgh is it ? In full: My second marathon and a hope for a personal best were dashed by the weather and the demoralising turning point. Whilst the people who turned out to support were fantastic there weren't many. Poor by comparison with Liverpool which is a proper city marathon.
It was like we were being rushed out of the city as quickly as possible.
Most of the running surface was excellent...but there were bits like th farm where you got gravel in your shoes.
Well documented too that the start time was far too late meaning the slower runners like myself were caught out in the hottest part of the day. And at the Turning point the water station was packing up. Out of supplies.
The run in to the finish was good. But had no idea where to go. No one came up to me. No one showed me where to go. Eventually found the medals and then the baggage trucks. The goody bag was a joke...bought an Angus Burger for nutrition which didn't agree with me. Then the long long march back to the bus up the hill in the heat. Was that really necessary ?
FInally, the numbers. I read 23 thousand. But it wasn't was it. That was probably runners for the whole weekend. I read 12 thousand. But it wasn't surely. Was that including the annoying relay runners who sent you flying ?
On the plus side Edinburgh is a great city and it would have been nice to see a bit more of it on route. Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: despite other comments, I really enjoyed it!!! In full: There are still some basic improvements to be made but I enjoyed this run more than I ever thought I would enjoy a marathon!
Firstly the negatives - the toilets at the start! When i got there at about 09,40 it was chaos, although there were loads of toilets most of them seemed to be locked, presumably already out of order?
Secondly, there were no (and I mean zero) marshalls at the start to tell you were to go, which is not as obvious as it sounds in a big race like this.
Apart from these niggles, I found it be a very pleasant route, down out of Edinburgh, through a very nice seaside town and out along the coast, then back again to finish in Musselburgh Park.
Plenty of support in the residential areas, regular water stations & gels being given out nearer the finish.
It was hot (which personally I enjoyed) but comments about starting earlier to avoid this seem a bit silly as we are not in southern Europe but Scotland, and it is just as likely to be snowing next year!
I recognised that getting back to Edinburgh was going to be an issue so my wife drove to Musselburgh and parked just up the road from the bus park.
All in all, I really enjoyed the day out. Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: Just not runner-friendly enough! In full: CONS - started too late (far too hot) - some sections were just too narrow (e.g. the beach promenade). I started in the black pen and at some points I was literally reduced to walking (or stopping - v painful!!) because there was just not enough space. There was also traffic at some points ?! (running alongside a big smelly double decker bus is not nice). - the road surface was dubious especially the track at Gosford house (totally wasn't expecting it or prepared so late on in the race) - because of the sheer number of people, the promenade section was really uncomfortable (couldn't see the big bollards in the middle of the path until it was too late) - getting to the buses post race was a bit of a task. After walking (slightly uphill but felt like Everest!) there was a massive queue to contend with. - bus tickets should be included in the price - there were some downhill bits at the start but couldn't get past anyone because there were just too many people - out and back along what is a boring stretch of road anyway(mile 17 to about 20 I think) was hardgoing - felt never ending. Makeshift water station at Gosford helped (those people are so kind they deserve a medal) but there should have been a proper station
- Locals really friendly - Marshals friendly and did a great job - city is great for post run celebrations!
p.s. phallic medal is too bizarre!!! Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: A decent race but some organisational flaws need addressing. In full: Edinburgh 2012 full Marathon: The route is scenic, but could perhaps do with having a little more of Edinburgh in it - although I have to say that in the towns along the route we did get some great support, and the ordinary people who got their hosepipes out were invaluable! I found some of the emails coming through from the organisers beforehand a little confusing, I think some paperwork coming through with the running numbers would have been better. Drinks and carb gel stations were plentiful. The main problem was the finish area. You had a job locating the baggage lorries, and the transport options back need to be improved. The medal and the shirt were top notch though! Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: poorly organised and transport back was just a joke In full: While i accept everyones comments about not being able to help the weather i do think that the race could have started at 8am instead of 10. I'm not sure if this is to make more money or what the deal is but on a hot day like sunday was (and it appears it quite often is hot in Edinburgh at the end of May) starting a marathon at 10 is just silly. If people really want to run the race, they'll be there for 8am just like all those running the half had to be.
The relay was just annoying.Fresh legged people running in and around you, cutting you up at 20 miles was really frustrasting.
The goody bags were poor. Yes there were some half decent deals in the electronic one, but really a little square of oat bar after 26.2 miles? Maybe there were bananas at the finish line, but i didn't see any, which seemed strange. First race i've been to where they didn't give out bananas!
The buses were just ridiculous. While i get that a walk after such a run is a good idea, that distance and the lines for the buses was just ridiculous. I also wondered why i'd bothered to pay for a bus ticket in advance when no one was bothering to check them! Why couldn't the race have finished somewhere in the city? Maybe there is an obvious answer to this question... Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: Great race for first marathon In full: Maybe I had been scared off by tales of problems at previous Edinburgh marathons, but I found this to be a well-organised race, with great support from the public, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.
The only thing I could think of as a "problem" was the rather long walk to get a bus back to my car, and the long queue for buses back to the centre of Edinburgh. But Edinburgh is a city that has totally screwed up everything to do with transport, and that's hardly the organisers' fault.
A couple of degrees cooler next year might be nice! Date of review: May 31, 2012
In short: Great run with brilliant support In full: First marathon. I thought it was well a organised race with plenty of water and gels on a baking hot day. Lots of first aid stations which felt reassuring. Out and back section gets a bit lonely between 15-18 miles but the scenery there is beautiful and the support towards the finish was amazing. Good finish area, nice t-shirt and the biggest medal ever. A little expensive but overall a great race. Date of review: May 31, 2012