In short: The weather is the unpredictable element. Was scorching hot 2012 but can be wet & windy. In full: I really enjoyed the support from the very friendly and welcoming Scots. Lots of sweets and extra water being handed out and people using hoses and sprinklers to help us on our way. A lovely atmosphere and great potential for a PB as the course is mostly flat. The weather is a the unpredictable element as in recent years it has swung from scorching hot to wet and gale force. Be prepared for anything. Not one for the dressing up brigade as only one or two people went in fancy dress. Would recommend this run to semi serious runners and beyond and would definitely do it again. The organisation would appear to have improved from previous years with a little way to go until perfect but excellent nontheless. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Amazing scenery, Amazing local supporters, friendly runners In full: I have just completed the Edinburgh Marathon and it was the best day ever. Yes it was hot, but the terrain was not too challenging which made my whole experience enjoyable. The local support was the best I have encountered and I would recommend this race to any runner or any standard. I am sure PB's suffered due to the heat! Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: On a cool day this race coud seriously increase your chances of a personal best. In full: This race was brilliant. The weather was excellent, although it was extremely hot and only got hotter as the race progressed. Nevertheless the marshals provided copious quantities of water and gel bars to ensure that the runners had enough to keep them going, and it was certainly needed. By the halfway point some runners I passed looked to have hit the wall, probably due to the effects of dehydration, so I was glad of all the extra drinks and gels on offer. (I certainly took on more in this event than I normally do, and in that heat I'm glad I did, otherwise I may well have taken even longer to finish.) The event was very well organised - my only regret was that I didn't manage to get a new personal best. Anyway I finished the event, albeit in a slower time than I had hoped for, but despite that little disappointment I really enjoyed doing this race and would seriously consider doing it again. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Definate improvement, but could do better In full: Finish area much improved on last time, but could do with some signage especially on how to get out ! Oh and please come up with a better medal or just don't bother. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Could be great if transport links improved, they need to use the Racecourse for the finish. In full: A lot of the more negative comments are pretty fair.
The race and route itself is excellent and fast. No where near as dull as I expected. Its not a city centre marathon like London but the loop out along the coast is fast an open and the crowds along the route were incredible and this is a big benefit of a looped course. I like the 2012 medal and the t-shirt is a tech fabric so good to wear to the gym (almost as good as Survival of the Fittest Ts).
Couldn't believe the numbers doing the relay, seemed like 1 in 5 or so, (do the half marathon or the 10 k the day before??) but they didn't annoy me that much.
However, getting into Edinburgh on a Sunday morning is tricky as there were no extra trains put on. So the start has to be at 10:00 which if its hot then you are in for a long day. Great atmosphere at the start but the first few kms were on thin roads so slow. Good organisation with bags and I thought plenty toilets though agree there was room for more.
Finish area was superbly done. BUT you do have to walk miles to get to the buses and you have to PAY FOR YOUR TICKETS even though my driver couldn't care less about them. That said the bus departure are is a large park and ride.
Basically, the organisers need to pony up and use Musselburgh Racecourse for the finish and have the buses leave from here. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: No complaints apart from the weather!! In full: Agree with previous comments, more toilets required on London Road, and PLEASE can i have a t-shirt that fits could get two of me in the small, wish they would cater for ladies!!
Apart from that thought it very well organised, workers and supporters outstanding and finish area much improved. Praying for rain next year. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: What fantastic local support In full: I pb'd at the race and achieved my goal of sub 3 hours which means I never have to run a marathon again!! hurrah to that. I couldn't beleive the support along the way, the people were fantastic, rigging up hosepipes from their homes to cool us down and cheering and shouting like their lives depended upon it. Really kept me going and I wouldn't have pushed myself on had it not been for the support. Personally, I thought that the oragnisation and atmosphere were great. My only gripe was leaving the medal collection area and really struggling to find the baggage area as a first timer - signage could have been much better. I only say this because I couldn't really walk and was very dazed so somethign mroe obvious would have helped. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Getting better but still not value for money In full: It was my second year doing it and there was definetely improvement from last year but the organisers have a bit more work to do to make it excellent race.
I can't believe some runners are complaining about weather and not being enough shade...not a lot the organisers can do about that one I'm afraid. If we want to keep on complaining about British weather we could go on for hours and hours :D
There was plenty of water this year and I'm always taking my own energy stuff with me so I wasn't really bothered about there not being enough gels etc. I don't trust what they give on the day anyway and prefer to use my own things that I konw will work with my stomach.
There were too few toilets at the start. There is space for more and with the amount of runners they are getting in they should double if not triple the amount of loos at the start. People must have been late to the start line.
The course...it's nice and easy and definetely better second time around when you know what's coming. For people wanting to run in Edinburgh City Centre I'd recommend Rock'n Roll half marathon which I think is run in April. It's more scenic, very hilly and no chance for PB. I personally do prefer running away from the city and the cool breeze from the sea was nice.
I'm planning to do it again next year. Date of review: May 29, 2012