In short: need more loos! had an engery needed medical attention waited for 55min before someone came not good enought had to pull out at 19.5 miles if only the first aid had come quicker i would have been able to complete my run Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Why didn't the organisers make more use of the Historical centre? I can run along wooded paths on my training run! In full: I really did get bored with the scenery - if your in one of the best historical cities you think you would get to see more of its rather than go through suburbia and run along tow paths!
Other than that I can't really fault the organisers, they could have dished out larger waterbottles at the feed stations (250ml per 3 miles is a bit stingey) or have more regular feed stations.
Can't see what the fuss is about the start (other than the lack of toilets). I tuned up at 8.30am and there was plenty of space at the start. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: challenging - especially the uphill in the last 2 miles, but great scenery and very friendly In full: compared to London (my 1st) this was a great chance to stretch your legs and run at your own pace. The uphill in the last 2 miles wasn't appreciated, and spectator support around the course was patchy, but v friendly, organisers. More loos most definitely required!!!! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic weekend in a brilliant city In full: My first marathon and I had a great time. Nice scenery through the city streets and along the coast. Final slightly uphill section through housing not quite so pleasant, but the local support here was at its best. Loved the home made showers. The fitness expo wasn't as big as I expected and I can certailnly see why so many people have complained about lck of loos. I joined the mass exodus of men and women to the trees and bushes. Worst part for me was those cobbled streets, ouch! Overall, a fantastic experience. Not even the flight delay on the journey home spoilt it. Well done Edinburgh, I'll be back. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Thoroughly enjoyed it In full: Despite finishing in over 6 hours due to a knee injury, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The organisation was excellent, the marshalling was superb and the crowds were very very supportive. Would definitely give it another go, hopefully with no injuries!! Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Should be a wee bit better organised for such an expensive race In full: £40 entry (and £100 for relay teams) - surely some of this money could go towards more toilets and more changing tents? The male changing tent was dangerously crowded, and as the organisers knew there would be approx. 1000 relay teams, then 2 toilets at the changeover points is a bit poor (especially as full marathon runners were expected to use these too). The amount of people running this race is increasing, so the the organisers should realise the number of facilities will have to increase. And it's WAY too expensive. Date of review: June 13, 2005
In short: Fantastic race with great organisation and exellent support In full: Edinburgh should be proud of this race. It's an incredibly practical marathon to run. It starts and ends in the same place and there are enough runners to create a good atmosphere, but not so many that you need to weave. The Edinburgh crowds were magnificent. They were well spread throughout the course and gave a huge amount of support and encouragement, even to me in my English club vest! I didn't have a problem with the toilets - I think I must have beaten the rush. Date of review: June 13, 2005