In short: A lot better than last years reviews made it sound. In full: Great day and I thought that the organisation was superb. Yes the heat was tough but there was no shortage of water a locozade to keep you going. Struggled the last few miles with cramp settling in but got there in 3h 50 m. Only critisism would be the cost and fact you need to go to the exbo to collect your number. For £39 I would have expected it to be delivered to my home address. Date of review: June 11, 2006
In short: Even better than London!!! In full: Yes it was hot!
However, in my opinion: Organisation was superb, range of scenery kept it interesting, marshalls were pleasant and very encouraging, Fellow runners created a good atmosphere, plenty of water and energy drinks at well spaced intervals.
All in all I had a really good run and enjoyed the marathon experience! Will definately be back next year.
In short: Good route, decent atmosphere in the later stages - too hot!!! In full: Nice course, probably faster route than last year, more downhill stretches. However, since it was so hot, that was difficult to appreciate. Atmosphere a bit quiet in the early stages, but much better towards the end. A big thank you to all these people who got their hosepipes out, very welcome and refreshing showers! Points to improve on: there were absolutely no bands or any official "cheer leaders" along the course, which didn't really help the atmosphere. Also - not exactly sufficient toilet facilities. Since these were restricted to the relay changeovers, one would have needed to stand in a long queue to use them - not ideal. They could have come at shorter intervals. Again - thanks to pub owners and a few other private and public places for helping out in times of need...
Overall - it is an enjoyable race and I would definitely do it again. Although it is maybe the one day of the year where I would be quite happy not to have a scorching hot day... Date of review: June 11, 2006
In short: MUCH better organised, well done for getting your finger out and rising to the challenge. Thanks to all the marshalls and first aiders on a ridiculously hot day. I had a great time Date of review: June 11, 2006
In short: No safety pins with the numbers, very little advertising - people in shops didn't know where and when it started. Start chaotic, and volunteers didn't know In full: No safety pins with the numbers, very little advertising - people in shops didn't know where and when it started. Start chaotic, and some volunteers didn't know until the day before what they were doing. I was going OK until 17 miles and then strugggled. 3:52:23. Lots of water stations but could have done with one at half way. Date of review: June 11, 2006
In short: My 3rd Edinburgh - tough in the heat this year so no PB, better organisation this year, agree about lucozade too close to water. Still expensive compared to other marathons.Big thanks to Marshals and supporters - well done. Date of review: June 11, 2006
In short: Organisation was spot on this year especially at the beginning and end. The sports caps on the water did not materialise and given the hot weather it was hard from mile 18 onwards! Marshalls , crowds and fellow runners all great. No PB as too hot! Date of review: June 11, 2006
In short: Improvement on last year In full: Organisation at start was much better than last year. The start pens seem to work well and city centre venue had a definite buzz. Organisers can't do much about the heat (apart from move to different time of year but then again this is Scotland!). Route was good - mostly scenic. Plenty of water stations as far as I could see. Great support and excellent stewarding. Got a PB so am a happy boy. Hope Council supports event next year as would be a shame to lose this from the calendar. Date of review: June 11, 2006