In short: Crowd support lifted this event above its class. In full: Crowd support was fantastic, given poor weather at the start. Lack of toilets was a huge problem. Results service was poor; had to wait 4 days for chip time. I've paid a lot less for a race and got a much slicker event. Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Overall a reasonably good race. The weather conditions were perfect on the day. A bit of rain in the morning probably kept some spectators indoors. Organisation was good, but severe lack of toilet facilities at the start. May do again, but not sure! Date of review: June 21, 2005
In short: Not enough toilets but otherwise great. In full: My first marathon. Glad to see plenty of water and isotonics for us slow coaches (very worrying reports from last year). Great course 50% gentle down hill followed by 10 miles of flat with a killer hill at the end which turned out to be not too bad. Well organised. Weather changable but pleasant. Very happy. Date of review: June 20, 2005
In short: A great experience!!! In full: This being my first marathon, I was very nervous, but the organisers were great, the supporters along the way were really friendly, and giving away jelly babies and setting up sprinklers for us. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the relay runners sprinting past the VERY TIRED marathon runners in the last 6 miles. But, overall it was the best race i've done so far, and i'll definitely go back next year!! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Great crowds and good scenery, especially along the water. In full: Overall, I fun race on a challenging track. The volunteers were great and the crowd was very supportive throughout. The energy drinks were plentiful. One suggestion would be to give away a gel or banana around mile 20 or so.
On the downside, I didn't check a bag, but that looked like a complete mess. They gave out running numbers by projected time and then seemed shocked when everyone was looking for their bags at the same time. Might be better off splitting the bags up a bit and maybe doing bags by color or something. Also, the standard complaint on toilets was very true. There were not nearly enough toilets at the start/finish. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: I really enjoyed it. Mostly positives mixed with few grumbles In full: Organisers, please don't read the praise as well as the grumbles as you did a good job.
What a location to start, run through and finish at. Who cares that there was a bit of an incline? In the past they ran round Arthurs Seat. Now that is a hill.
Good Marshalling. There was enough fluid stations for me. Plenty of good encouragement from Spectators. The weather turned out to be fine. Good goody bag and friendly, helpful people at the finish. Enjoyed the Ice Cream van on the way out of the public area.
Grumbles. Toilets as usual. Not enough. I ended up being one of the offensive individuals relieving myself in public. Expo wasn't good. T-Shirt is a trainer rather than a wearer.
I enjoyed the day, the event, the scenery and the experience. Congrats to all involved. Date of review: June 17, 2005