In short: Good route, great support, loved the hosepipes! In full: I live in Edinburgh so I'm glad that everyone got to see the city at its best. The stretch from Cramond to Newhaven and the start and finish were especially good, but Seafield Road was torture. (Those people sitting in their cars opposite Carpet Right and waving their cigarettes under my nose at 19 miles nearly tipped me over the edge!)
I didn't think the course was that hilly, although I agree that the last three miles is a terrible place to have one of the biggest climbs of the day.
One gripe - the pushy relay runners who barged past in the first couple of miles. Why couldn't the relay start an hour after the main run?
Great support, especially in Leith and Portobello. An enormous thank you to the marshals - and those people in Portobello with the hosepipes ... legends! Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Very hot, but scenery made up for that In full: My 1st marathon and well pleased to make it under the 4hrs. Have to agree with others that the last 3-4 miles were definitely hilly. More organisation @Portobello required to keep people off the course and also generally to keep relay folk to the back. Needs support to grow and some course adaptation. Loads and loads of potential, may run again Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: This was my first marathon, had an excellent time which I am really pleased with considering my training runs only ever reached 15 miles. Edinburgh is a great place and everyone is very friendly. In full: The organisation was extremely good, the marshalls and volunteers all done a great job, they each can give themselves a pat on the back. There was alot of support from the crowd. Overall Great and well done to everyone. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: New Route was far better than last Year, definitely hope it's on next year as I'll be back ! A PB was on for me at 24 miles but unfortunately the heat got the better of me and I just missed out. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: execellant day out suberb course In full: really enjoyed my day would recomend this to any one, very friendly and helpful marshalls, loved the bit along the coast. brilliant Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Advertised as flat route, PB potential. Far from it, 3 mile up hill finish! In full: Heat played a major factor in not acheiving my target time. The number of competitors was not overwelming, giving you space to run. Race plan went fine until 18 miles, major difficulties thereafter. Mile markers not consistant, marshalls calling out incorrect distance to the end, difficulty in taking on different flavoured energy drinks. Tried these and paid for it near the end. Love to go back, but for a holiday only. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: My first marathon so a wonderful personal experience. Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters. Organisers, some basic errors. In full: Areas for improvement as witnessed by a back-of-the-pack runner: * Many more toilets at start needed(see Nottingham or Reading halfs) * Start organisation - relay runners obstructed start for 4:30+ marathoners * Water stations - needed earlier than mile 4 in hot weather (learning from GNR ?) * Lucozade - first station ran out ! This was a dangerous error. * Weaving through people at beachfront at 20-22 miles was not fun * Pricing not competitive, T-shirt should be wicking at that price point * Typos in magazine, web site limited, merchandize limited * An Englishman I met wearing a George Cross shirt was upset by abuse.....just remember the economic realities of today.
Overall a way to go to reach the professional organizational standards seen at the major half marathons, but this event is worthy of investment if better management is put in place.
Thank you Edinburgh and Scotland. I enjoyed my visit...please take my comments as a desire for your Marathon to continue and to improve :-) Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: I'm melting! In full: My first marathon and the first time I've run in heat like that! I was doing well for my hoped-for time in the first ten miles but it was down hill from there (or rather up hill!). I didn't cope too well with the heat and drank so much that I got a killer stitch and cramp.
I agree about the odd flavours of energy drinks-small but significant if you have a sensitive tummy.
The crowds were excellent (but it hurt in places where there was no support). The people of Edinburgh are lovely and the city is stunning. Writing my name on my top was a good idea: I felt famous!
Well attended by forumites and I even got to meet a few...what great support they have given in the past few months. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: A bit too hot In full: A severe lack of toilets at the start resulted a 35 minute queue. Very friendly marshalls. Found some of the mile markers seemed in the wrong places. Not enough lucozade at the first station. Fantastic support from the crowd. Date of review: June 13, 2006