In short: Please sort out the start, otherwise a good day in the sun In full: Last year I blamed the runners for the problems at the start (it was raining and we all wanted to get rid of our gear at the last minute) but this year there was no such excuse. Were the rerlay runners thick or just plain selfish? and where were the marshalls to direct them to their correct starting position? I also question the mile markers, some seemed way out, in fact there were two at thirteen miles approximately 100 metres apart. For the cost and the aim of the organisers to make this a major event such simple things must be addressed. That said I hope that the race can continue as Edinburgh is a lovely city and the course is far more scenic than London. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: OK race - really needs more support from the public, without relay stations support would only be start & finish In full: Far to hot for really fats times, the energy drinks were far to close to the water stations & with the hot weather they should have distributed more water stations. Did not appreciate being yelled at by an offical for taking 2 lucozades at the finish, a simple explanation that they had not bought enough for everybody would have been fine. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Everything was ok apart from the start - we got mixed up in the relay runners who shouldn't have been lining up and ended up starting without the big crowd ! In full: VERY DISSAPPOINTED at the start - we queued for our pen and dutifully tried to join the marathon, but got caught up in Relay Runners lining up ! We weren't the only ones and dribs and drabs of us finally got through them to start ! The organisers really should have made sure no relay runners were lining up before every marathon runner had started !
Apart from that it was ok, although the shambolic start kind of spoilt it the whole thing for me ! Date of review: June 12, 2006
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