In short: My first marathon - had a brilliant day but... In full: My one hope is that the organisers take notice of the comments made here. Good things: the route in the main (I liked the coastal section and the hills weren't too bad. The estate near the end had loads of support for us.), the people, the marshalls were very encouraging, the water with sports caps and energy drink pouches, my time! Bad: lack of loos, the expo, goody bag, £3 for a programme (didn't bother), the end, the gun going off with no warning or countdown. The lack of a results service is unforgiveable.
I think there should be a big marquee for drinks and food after for runners.
I can't see how the race could cope with double the runners. I like the idea of a loop around Haymarket so that the field may be a bit thinner by the time it reaches the cycle path. But it needs the support of the local council. Close more roads and show off the city.
In short: Ediburgh Marathon In full: An enjoyable event. However I agree with the comments about the lack of toilets. I had a bad bout of the runs and tried to hold on while in the queues. Eventually I had to head for a bush and just about avoided doing a "Paula" in my pants. Phew!!! Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: My most enjoyable Edinburgh Marathon. In full: My 18th marathon and a new PB. with this in mind its easy for me to be cockahoop. I managed to knock a minute a mile off my London 2005 time, so I'm bound to say that I thought that the route was better, less congested and the weather conditions helped. However, I sympathise with anyone still running after 12.45 when the heavens opened, I don't think that I would my comments would have been as positive if I'd been caught out in that. I agree with the previous comments about the start, toilets, finish, results service, cobbles, doubling back, mile markers etc., The comments about the organisation are also very noticeable. Has anyone else made the connection with the number of leaflets that we received in the closing weeks appealing for volunteers? I believe that they clearly underestimated that part of the proceedings. I thought that the atmosphere at Ocean Terminal (one of the relay changeovers) was excellent, it was a great lift. I have to say that, if you do your homework, then the centre of Edinburgh is on a hill, if you are running on the coast for half of the race, then you have to get from sea level to a hill somewhere towards the end. Logic says that at some point in the last few miles you have to go uphill. Unless you cut the Firth of Forth out of the route its unavoidable! As for the boring bits... I remember running through the Isle of Dogs in the early '80s, before the Docklands redevelopment, how boring was that! The event needs time to develop, but it can't afford to stand still otherwise, like previous Edinburgh Marathons, (I ran similar - now defunt - events in 1985 and 1999) it will disappear from the racing calendar.
One plus point is that, I changed, met up with my wife and walked to Waverley station after the race. I was there 35 minutes after crossing the finishing line, something that would be impossible at London or many other events. Also on the plus side, what a joy it was not to have to run up Arthur's seat this year. Whilst the views were spectacular, its not what you want to do in the first couple of miles of a marathon. And to think that the event organisers were delighted that the course record was smashed by eight minutes... common sense should explain why that happened!! I'll be back next year and hopefully the organisers will take heed of some of the comments.
In short: I signed up as one of the FLM rejects hoping that this would live up to its billing as a potential rival to FLM. Not in my lifetime. I think Nottingham was better. Main gripes: few toilets, late results if not Edinburgh resident. Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: Overall good event, but some tips for the organisers as per previous ratings by others In full: Agree with most comments I've read so far. Lack of toilets at the start, poor organisation of where to stand and how to get in the pen! Mile markers, I missed a few as they were too low down. Some sharp turns and did not enjoy having to run on the cobbles, plus being told by the marshall to get off the pavement and run on them! Quite expensive entry fee and not a very a very impressive goody bag. Lack of toilets on route. Disappointed about the results. I live down South and can't get hold of the Evening News to review the pictures and results. I've e-mailed the organisers to see about getting them on the website, still waiting to hear. My third marathon and didn't quite manage my target time but still another one under the belt, not sure if I will do it again, might give somewhere else a go. And agree with someone else's statement that I thought the medal was a lot nicer than London. Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: decent enough race let down by poor organisation esp at start (unbelievably few toilets - were they being saved up for the G8 summit?), In full: Start area should have been a lot better. Everyone should have been summoned to the pens earlier and the signs showing predicted times should have been clearer and the areas larger. I'm sure that last year's was better organised. Don't think they should even think about increasing numbers until they get the basics sorted out. The finish was a bit of a shambles. It should have been larger with more helpers to hand out medals, take off chips, deal with baggage, etc. I thought the expo was a good addition to the event. I expect it will be larger in future years. Delay in availability of results is inexcusable. I'm sure that it is entirely unrelated to the fact that the Edinburgh Evening News is one of the main sponsors and they had a results supplement with the Tuesday edition. If I was from outside Edinburgh I'd be a bit pissed off. Route was fine although not keen on the doubling back sections. Good support esp at relay changeover points. I thought the route was pretty flat. Didn't notice the hill at the end - shows the state I was in! Date of review: June 15, 2005
In short: Toilets poor, but thanks to the scenery the race has great potential In full: As others have said, there were very few toilets at the start, fewer, per runner, than any other race I have run. Can't someone work out a formula for how many loos one needs per 1000 runners? Shouldn't be too difficult. But apart from that, as long as you got back before the heavens opened, it was a good race. The runners were particularly friendly, the scenery was, in places, spectacular, and the atmosphere was good. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Toilets poor, but thanks to the scenery it has potential In full: As others have said, there were very few toilets at the start, fewer, per runner, than any other race I have run. Can't someone work out a formula for how many loos one needs per 1000 runners? Shouldn't be too difficult. But apart from that, as long as you got back before the heavens opened, it was a good race. The runners were particularly friendly, the scenery was, in places, spectacular, and the atmosphere was good. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: My first marathon and it was great! In full: Agree with other comments about the loos and the expo was tiny. I loved the cycle path as it made such a change to running on city streets. The people were lovely and the support brilliant, even when it threw it down the locals were still out in their macs giving out jelly babies. I wouldn't do it again as I've other races to run and other cities to visit, but I enjoyed it and I will look back upon my first marathon with fond memories. Date of review: June 14, 2005