In short: over priced and over hyped. my first marathon and i really enjoyed the run but can't help thinking that the event could have been so much better. no slight on the volunteeers who were cheerful and committed. In full: Enjoyed my first marathon but felt a bit let down by the event organisers.
I counted 11 toilets at the start and barely saw one on the way round. Felt really sorry for people caught short (esp. ladies).
The whole event was overhyped in my view. The expo was small and of negligible interest. I thought the starting line up was going to be around 10,000 - perhaps just as well that it wasn't as getting to the right time-band at the start was somewhat difficult/impossible.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city but from mile 3 ish onward we seemed to be running down through streets and pathways, hemmed in a bit with no view or interesting features. The waterfront however was nice once we had got to it. I would just like to have seen a bit more of the bweautiful city.
A big thanks to the people who set up the water sprinklers outside their houses at around mile 24. Much appreciated. Water stops well manned byut a little too infrequent for me. Only saw one vaseline stop but thakfully it came at the right time!
Nice medal and t-shirt but £39..... come one, you can rent a lot of portaloos with that type of entry fee.
Having had that rant, a big thanks to all the volunteers who manned the event. You did great, I just think that the organisers need to beef things up for next year. Date of review: July 8, 2005
In short: Great event, good friendly atmosphere. Enjoyed it. In full: My first marathon so a PB! Did the relay last year but if anything, enjoyed this more. Great course in the main with good local spectator support. Drinks stations and marshaling all excellent. The split start between full/relay runners seemed to work very well and the hill at the end wasn't as bad as I feared. Points about toilets at beginning, cramped finish/exit, no seats in changing areas etc will hopefully be addressed for next year. In all, a great event, try it! Date of review: June 29, 2005
In short: Great experience, course very nice In full: Organization was slightly chaotic. Race started and people were still queuing at the baggage tent! Not enough toilets. Apart from that people were very helpful and welcoming. Date of review: June 29, 2005
In short: Well organised, nice run, but where had all the toilets gone? In full: First full marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed the event.Pre-race organisation and the race itself was very good. My only criticism concerned the lack of toilets for runners and also the log-jam at the finish line as everyone tried to get their bags. There was just nowhere to properly warm down and compose yourself before collecting your kit. Date of review: June 24, 2005
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