In short: Hot and a little bit hilly! In full: Either I'm going mad or I don't know what a hill is, but I did not think this race was flat! Long stretches of it were admittedly, and there also lots of nice downhill sections too, but there were plenty of gentle and not so gentle inclines (especially at 23+ miles) that were very testing in the scorching heat. Then again, I did no hill training so that may explain it. This was my first marathon, indeed my first ever race of any description, and despite the torturous conditions, I had a brilliant day. Edinburgh is stunningly beautiful, esp. in the sunshine and the start and finish locations were picture perfect.
I have no gripes really, although the energy drinks at the first station had run out by the time I got there (am a v slow runner). Plentiful drinks elsewhere though, even though most of them were warm! Got mixed up with all the relay runners at the start but it wasn't really a problem.
The marshalls and supporters were all fantastic and encouraging, the sprinklers and hosepipes a welcome relief. The worst bit for me was the industrial estate at around mile 10/11 - completely deserted, sun beating down, no cloud cover, no wind and seemed neverending. Also by the time I got to Portobello beach I had to weave in and out of daytrippers and sun worshippers - who all seemed oblivious to the fact there was a marathon going on.
All in all, I was just pleased to get round especially after reading about all the dropouts in the press today. I would definitely do this race again if I was ever considering doing another marathon, which up until Saturday, I wasn't. But you never know. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Very well organised on race day. Lovely flat scenic run. In full: Positively chilly after Blackpool last year, but still too hot for me. Great support from marshalls and crowd. Regular water stations. Definite PB potential on a better day. Well done to the race day organisers.
What was the expo all about? A real pain as we could only fly up on Saturday afternoon and then my envelope had my name and address on it. A second class stamp is somewhat cheaper than a taxi ride from the airport!
Entry fee was a complete rip off and yet the race still made a big loss? Something gone wrong somewhere. Perhaps the organisers and Edinburgh Council should get together for an economics lesson. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Great event, heating bill must have cost...! In full: Having done the last three, I have seen a definate year on year improvement with this year being by far the best. It would be a sin to let it fold and can only hope some major orginisation sees the potential in putting their name to it. Whoe sais it only rains in Edinburgh! Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Who the hell runs for fun in fancy dress?????? In full: 1st Marathon and a glorious city to start... Loads of winter,windy sub zero training runs really prepared me for today's heat!!!I don't think but got to 19 miles without stopping before adapting the walk/run strategy till the finish which is a PB. Great support and hats off to the Save The Rhino guy, The Womble and the bloke with crutches brandishing the huge St Andrew's flag!!!!! Fair play to you all. Only real gripes are the Relay runners..... Too selfish to let the hardcore nutters through first and delay everyone's start and then unbelievably some walking before mile 1 and even more taking on board water and glucose-gels for a 5 mile stint!!!!! Unbelievable... Other than that a memorable first and good banter towards the Croatia shirt I was wearing (Safer than the England shirt me thinks!!!!) Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: An improvement on previous years. In full: Despite the hot weathe, a vast improvement to the course since i last participated in 2004. Mile markers were a wee bit unreliable, and there are some areas of the race where support is at a minimum, but overal i enjoyed and it has definite PB potential. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: hills + heat = tough going, but wonderful support from crowd and runners alike In full: It seems I wasn't along in having signed up to Edinburgh post-London in a bid to improve my time. In the end, the weather put paid to that. Just to finish was a real achievement. Those last 3 miles, uphill all the way, with the midday sun on your back were some of the most difficult I have ever run. The race was generally well organised with lots of water, though faulty mile markers really threw out my pacing. Wonderful crowds, and great cameraderie at the finish. Date of review: June 12, 2006