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
In short: I am rating on my 6 miles of the relay. Much fun, great for beginners. But the £20 per person is pretty pricey, though the tshirt (complete with haggis running across the front) and medal (huge and heavy) make it worth the cash.... In full: I am from Edinburgh, so am totally biased, but I think the marathon is great - and having a relay too means it is a really mixed race. Definitely be back again (I did it last year too). Though they need to sort the loo situation!! Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Did the Relay - Too few toilets. Buses were far too early. In full: I did the second leg of the relay. We had to get the bus at 08:15 even though the first 7 mile leg didn't start until 10:00. It was a long time to wait in the rain. The toilets didn't arrive until ~10am and there were only two! That was for the ~1000 relay teams. Queing for ~45 minutes for the toilet is not fun. Date of review: June 17, 2005
In short: Worthwhile In full: In parts very stunning with a good atmosphere and the full range of weather conditions for those bored of the London Marathon's full-time sunshine this year! It was also good to start and finish at Holyrood Park. Not as hilly as feared but there are some cobbled sections.
On the minus side, there were too few portaloos at the race start and the course had too many hoops. However, it's a young event and will only get better. Date of review: June 16, 2005