In short: Fab scenery & very friendly people, hills at end hurt! More toilets please!! In full: This was my first marathon, the experience was amazing, such encouraging spectators. The course staff were fantastic, so friendly and encouraging. Holyrood Park provided a dramatic visual ending to the challenge, am delighted with 4:43 in that heat!! More toilets would have been handy as queues were big so had to sneak in a cafe at start, and a bush at end! Maybe toilets on course not all at relay crossovers so they're not as congested for marathon runners who would rather not add 10 mins to their time?? Well done brave lady seen 'doing a Paula' on Portabello Beach area!! Date of review: June 14, 2006
In short: Great course – shame about the weather In full: First marathon was the blistering heat of Blackpool last year. Thought it would be cooler in Scotland this year. Need to think of a new plan for next year. I was worried that such a large number of runners would make the route very congested but actually it was really good – enough people to make it always busy but enough space to run past others or more often than not, to let the others pass me. Thanks to all the enthusiastic marshals and the folks with the hoses and jelly babies. Only real complaint was having to travel to Edinburgh on Saturday to collect race number, especially with all the road works on the Forth bridge. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: a beautiful city, lovely people, but could be better organised In full: as with most races, there are bad points. Edinburghs is the organisation, from the inaccurate mile markers, to the handling of the water and lucozade. where were the sport caps? why different flavours when we had been told just orange? better spacing of stations might not go amis.
a great day was had, especially meeting so many lovely people from the forums. I managed to run the time I was aiming for, despite the heat and the hills at the end! the course, in most parts, was scenic. you cant have 26.2 miles of glorious views in any city, so a few miles of indutrial estates is acceptable.
i will be back, as i really enjoyed the whole weekend. next year though please dont have the relay, or at least stagger it so that you dont get people barging past marathon runners when they have just run 20 odd miles and are feeling knackered. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: improvemented from last year, but still more required In full: Challenging route not helped by tough conditions, although the blame for that can hardly be laid at the organisers doorstep. Expo was MUCH better this year. Start area was MUCH better this year.
Route still need improvement. Mile markers either non-existent or WAAAY out. Incredibly bad value. Poor quality medal, goody bag, and TBH, badly designed t-shirt. Geoff Sim (Race Director) seems to be taking his ball home. But if he cant find a major sponsor in Edinburgh, maybe it is time for him to pass the mantle on to somebody who can organise the proverbial brewery event. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: great marshalls (thanks!) and nice sights but more toilets, less entry fee and why did we need to go all the way to ocean terminal to register? but thanks to all the support the last 60 mins were horrible in the heat but matched my time from 2005 Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Again! In full: First time marathoner, didn't get the time I was hoping for as took it easy in the heat and am really proud that I ran the whole way- albeit very slowly. Thought the course was lovely, though the hills at the end and the extra bit at the end of Promenade at Portobello was a bit soul destroying at the end- thank goodness for the hose pipes. Atmosphere at the end was still great even when I staggered across the line. Thanks to the brave massage people who I'm sure had to deal with some pretty manky feet!!! Date of review: June 13, 2006