In short: To be fair, there were some bad points (lack of toilets), but the course was well laid out/marked/marshalled (and it was a nice medal!). In full: The Good:- I liked the course. It wasn't flat, but wouldn't that be a bit dull? At the same time it wasn't mountainous either so respectable times were certainly possible. Unlike some other people I liked the 'contra-flows' (you got to see some runners head on!), and the long bit by the sea. The cycle path bit I found a bit narrow though. I think the atmosphere was great and there was some nice encouragement from the locals towards the end. Water in squirty bottles and Lucozade was great.
The Bad:- As mentioned already, there was a woeful lack of toilets at the start. There were only eight situated prominently, where I queued for maybe 50 minutes, changing in the queue and giving my bag to a friend to 'bag-drop', before starting 10 minutes after the gun. If we hadn't had timing chips it would have been a disaster. The loos were paperless (that doesn't mean they clean your bum by computer) and they wouldn't flush. Portaloos are never luxurious but these were filthy, probably through overuse. The 'Expo' was a bit of a waste of time. Why not just send out numbers and chips? Was this just a way to try to flog a few pairs of running shoes to a captive audience?
As for those mile markers; I saw most of them ok, and I'll admit, it looked like 300m to go until you got a bit closer (it was 800!).
So, half the price, five times the loos and I'll be back; otherwise.... Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Very good friendly marathon. It is clearly still growing and will no doubt improve year on year. I thought the organisation was fine and thanks to all the volunteers. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In full: As Edinburgh was my first marathon i really enjoyed it and i cannot wait to do it all again, the only one thing i would like to say is there were not enough toilets, i was still queing for the loos when the race started, i had been stood there for 30mins. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Embarrased to say I'm from Edinburgh. In full: Perhaps I was expecting too much, with my only previous marathon being London, which seems to run like a well-oiled machine, but I thought the organisation at my home marathon was pathetic, especially considering how much they charge. 1 The start. How easy is it to get to at 8 O'clock on a Sunday morning? I'm not wanting to walk for a mile or two when I am about to run 26. The pens at the start were a joke. The one for runners aiming to do 3 to 3.5 hours was only 4 metres long!! Who decided that? The lack of toilets was ridiculous - I suspect the Queen will have to buy a new hedge soon with all the watering it got from desperate men. The mile markers were tiny - a single orange piece of A4 paper - easily missed. The handwritten signs near the end did nothing to give a sense of a professionally produced race - and were misleading. On entering the park at the end one sign said 300m to go (queue big finishing spurt), only to find 400m down the road a sign saying 400m to go. The baggage organisation was pitiful, with most people finding it easier to find their bags themselves. The lack of any catering facilities near the finish was also poor - I'm sorry, a couple of burger vans after a marathon is not inspiring. And having to wait until today (Tuesday) before results are available is pre-historic. Just to prove I'm not completely negative, I thought the course was good and reasonably scenic (Edinburgh doesn't have any grim housing estates - they are all in Glasgow!) Rant over - It has taken me 48 hours to summon up the energy.
In short: Relay - but it made me desperate to do it for real soon !!! In full: Toilets, toilets, toilets - As a relay runner doing the first leg, I had a lot of hanging around to do and the lack of loos (and loo roll) was particulariy dispiriting after a while. The section I ran was gorgeous - apart from the cobbles which made me terrified of slipping. I was no where near the real runners but I saw the a lot of tired marathoners being passed by furiously sprinting team members at the end and did think it must be very offputting after running for 5 hours to have some fresh eejit going hell for leather past you, but I was thrilled to be able to take part in something like this without having to do the whole thing.
I actually thought it wasn't bad value for money as we only paid 20 each but got to experience a bit of the marathon feel. Most of my team vowed to do a whole one in the near future - watching the marathoners crossing the line was a very uplifting experience - even for a spectator.
I thought the expo would have been less of a disapointment if it hadn't been hyped in the emails and on the website and as I am not from Edinburgh I traveled through to get my numbers etc in advance and it seemed a bit of an unnecessary pain in the neck.
Still - they are learning I guess and I will def do it next year. The marshalls were fantastic - despite the ones who were smoking - nearly every one I passed had an encouraging word.
Sugar was very weird thing to have in a goody bag though. Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: My first marathon, great atomsophere, could have been organised better In full: Very enjoyable, my fellow runners got me round. In parts the scenery was great, but a lot of it was around the coast, and when it started raining, -that didnt help!!Oragnisation was quite poor at the start-not enough toilets!! I said i wpould never do a marathon again, but im already planning the next one!And yes, i will do this one again..a great experince in all Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Boring route, expensive, no toilets, no results In full: I live in Edinburgh and was positively ashamed for the city if this is the best route they could come up with. 10 miles along the hideous industrial coast FFS. Ten toilets for 11,000 runners -- bloody disgraceful for 40 quid. Start was a _TOTAL_ shambles, no pens, first 10 miles was trying to weave around people. No result for 72hrs!!! Route map and profile was an absolute joke - illegible. On the plus side, the medal was quite nice and the cours is pretty flat apart from the last 6 miles -- what were they thinking??? Date of review: June 14, 2005
In short: Having read many of the reviews I would question if those full of critisism have been involved in race organisation. Be grateful that there are those who volunteer to provide these events for everyones benefit. In full: Thanks to the organisers and volunteers for a great day. The support on the course and at the finish was very encouraging. I agree more loos and a little better layout to enable runners to get to the start would be worthwhile, particulary if the race is to grow year on year. Loved the support from the Edinburgh people during those last two or three tough uphill miles from beach to volcano! Thankyou Edinburgh. Date of review: June 14, 2005