In short: Shoddy organisation didn't ruin a fun weekend - it needs someone in charge who can turn it into one of Europe's must-do events because it just isn't at the moment. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Great first ever marathon in a fine city In full: Good course, my first marathon but can safely say I've run far hillier halfs and what not. I thought the course had it's moments and some of the coastal scenery was nothing short of brilliant.
Very warm on the day but no shortage of drink stations and no problems with running out of water as far as I could tell. Friendly locals with hosepipes, kids with super-soakers, you name it, if someone could wet you with something they would. Fantastic local support and especially towards the latter stages when I was beginning to wilt in the heat! Couple of drum bands on route which I loved, was fantastic and really lifted the spirits. Good organisation, no problems with the finish - a bit better signage is a small gripe.
Overall a great place for a visit and a marathon. Even though it's a long old way from Norwich I can't say for sure that I won't be back sometime. Loved my marathon debut, a return is most definitely not out of the question. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: room for improvement in the organisation but brilliant local support In full: Considering bad reviews in previous years ,I was pleasently surprised . The course itself gives you the feel that they want to get you out of the city ASAP. The local people who come out to support are the best anywhere,and their support with hose pipes and pop up water stations was fantastic . Thankyou Edinburgh Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Briliant event, great organisation. In full: Thoroughly enjoyable course and event, the locals lining the course were magic. Their hoses, sweeties and extra water stop were very helpful. T-shirt was really nice, the medal is nice aswell (until you turn it over then it looks like something else (you'll see what i mean)). great event and would definately do this again. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Very hot day and some of the scenery was great, easy first few miles which was predominately down hill. Took 14 minutes off my PB. In full: The only downside to the event was the 15 minute uphill walk from the finishing area to the buses to take me back to the City Centre. Didn't see too much off the City centre of edinburgh on the run but I'm glad as it's full of hills and steps!! Crowds were good and the locals were out with hosepipes and jelly babies. Would do again. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Having een very critical over the water incident a few years ago and last year's fiasco, this ran a lot smoother from my standpoint so that is a well done to the organisers. In full: Plenty of water at all stops - essential with last Sunday's heat. A nice bi of inkering with the course to cut out the 20 mile mark dog leg up the hill. Finish area appeaed to be organised this tyear and managed properly. The only minor critiscism would be the distance to the baggage lorries however bearing in mind the layout of the park, that is a minor point. And a big 150% mark to Luca's ice cream parlour!! Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Great weekend, great weather and great support In full: 1st marathon for me and I enjoyed it so much I will do another one. The only hassle was having to collect my race number which never arrived by post apart from that glitch the organisation was superb Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Doesn't quite live up to "fastest marathon in the world" In full: Scenic marathon but overpriced for what it is and the course support along the way. Comments about the weather are entirely fair because they could easily avoid the heat issue by starting it earlier, and as others have suggested, moving the half to the saturday or starting it later. Not overly impressed and wouldn't return Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Good course but fairly expensive. In full: If the weather is favourable then this could be a definite PB course.... but it's a big if as previous 4 years have been scorchers. Date of review: May 29, 2012