In short: The weather made it a great day for not doing a marathon. In full: I was really impressed with how pretty this route was, especially on the other side of tha castle where I hadn't been before. Obviously weather was hot but I do like hot days so I'm not going to complain about that. As a slower runner, I was a bit dismayed that they ran out of Lucozade at the first Sports drink stop and there was none of the promissed sponges (which I was looking forward too). However, all the other drinks stations looked well stocked when I passed them. How gutting is it to run past a beach with everuone enjoying themselves to have to run another 6 miles! I would encourage all to have a go, even if it is the hottest day of the year! The finish was really nice, a lot better than London in that your friends can actually see you cross the finish line andcome and chat to you straight away. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Great race that would be criminal to see fold, Had a terrible run but the people of Edinburgh were wonderful and a big thank you to all the helpers, marshals and hosepipes in the last few miles In full: Despite having a mare of a run everything must be done to save this race, the council should look beyond the pounds and think of how much this brings to the city. Yes its expensive but the organisers are trying to break even without a major sponsor, not easy when the road closures cost £120,000 as for the complaints about the expro and collecting your number, the first time I ran London the expro was in a tent at Jubilee gardens, these things take time. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: YIPPEEEE In full: Poor time due to weather , but everything else superb. Loads of water and energy drinks everywhere , fantastic scenery , good atmosphere and great finish. Ended with a 3.52 due to bad cramp but even still best of my 4 marathons to date. Only downside , bit expensive and they definetly should post out your number . Coming up from Bedfordshire made it more difficult to get to expo due to flight times. Definetly do thid one folks ! Date of review: June 12, 2006
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