In short: Great scenery spoilt by great incompetence In full: As background information to my comments, I would like to point out that I travelled from Germany to do the race, and spent a lot of time and money doing it. So maybe you can understand if I am a little more critical than other people.
1. There was no record of my pasta party ticket which I had ordered. fair enough.......these things happen.
2. The bus fiasco. I guess you have heard enough about this, but my comment is simply this: couldn't they of sent someone around the buses informing us of the problem? Would that have been so difficult? We waited for over an hour. The toilet on the bus was full and disgusting and........well, you know.........Why use buses at all? Why not start and finish at the stadium? Out and back course? Is it because of traffic regulations? Other cities manage it!
3. I informed the organizers when I entered the race that I had my OWN Champions Chip. Imagine my surprise when I found another race Chip in my race envelope despite this. I had already had so much hassle and was so tired I couldn't be bothered to report this, so I just ran with BOTH chips.......thinking that I couldn't go wrong........but I was wrong..........you guessed it.....
4. There are no race results and consequently no photos for me. I have no idea why. I had 2 chips and neither seemed to have worked. Hmmmmmm
All these problems in themselves are not SERIOUS I guess(except for the buses fiasco)and I am fully aware how hard it is to organize a biggish race, but taken all in all, they were more than annoying. I wouldn't do the race again because of them.
There were positive aspect of course - above all the scenery, the bagpipes and the excellent food but the organizational incompetence (which I have never experienced in any other race) unfortunately put the dampeners on those aspects. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Glad I chose Loch Ness as my first marathon In full: Good atmosphere around Inverness and the Loch all weekend. Fantastic scenery for the entire 26 miles made up for aches and pains that were brought on as a result of the never ending hill at 17-18 miles. Whilst I wasnt expecting much in the way of crowds, the villagers came out in force and really helped me along the way. All in all, a great weekend that I would highly recommend. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Tough on the legs but puts a big smile on the face! In full: My comments are along the same lines as most other peoples. What a wonderful, welcoming and beautiful race. The scenery was spectacular and the atmosphere was outstanding. The local villagers came out in force to cheer us on and provide support and all of the volunteers did a brilliant job. I got myself a brand new PB and some wonderful memories. It might take a month for my legs to recover but it was so so worth it! The organisers should be very pleased with themselves - buses shmuses. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Tough going for a first timer but great nonetheless! In full: Bus problems aside I can't complain about any of the organisation. Think the turnaround in weather overnight and the amazing scenery definitely added to the great atmosphere at the start. Great encouragement from the small groups of people along the way. My old ITB problems from months before flared up after half way, which I guess I might have avoided had I run a flatter city marathon first. Anyway still managed under 4 hours 21 which I'm happy with. I'll def be back, but not before I've tried a few others. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: The best Road Race you could enter. In full: A magical day and a good stiff course to test you out. Was amazed with the change in weather from the day before, perfect running conditions. Was slightly apprehensive about the hill at the 17 mile marker, however it was comparable with the hills I do my training runs on, so handled it better than I had anticipated, and will know what to expect next year.
My 2nd time in Inverness but 1st for the Marathon and hopefully this will become a fixture for me in the years to come, Inverness is a real nice place, so much to see and do.
A fantastic weekend, well done to all the Organisers, Stewards and all the runners taking part, a great day out.
In short: Beautiful race, fantastic support, great experience In full: Although I ran the race injured, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The scenery was absolutely gorgeous, water/fuel was plentiful and there was more spectator support than I thought there would be.
The hills are definitely not something to take lightly so you must do some hill work.
Great goody bag and post race food/massage at the finish and I loved the medal.
The only reason I'm saying I won't do it again is that it is a bit too far to travel. Maybe in a few years. Date of review: October 7, 2009
In short: Read the comments - Everyone loved this marathon and rightly so! In full: Even with the bus problems (not the organisers fault) there is nothing but glowing reports from this marathon and that surely speaks volumes!
Recovering from the Moray Marathon 3 weeks previously and with a bad bout of flu in between, I knew this was going to be a tough one and I was right. By mile 14 I was beat (I did make it to the end) but I am still positive about the run and the reasons for that are numerous.
The organisation was great.
The scenery was amazing... and that's from someone who has cycled the Great Glen Way... the road on that side of the loch affords THE best view of Loch Ness and the surrounding area for sure.
The medal is lovely.
The stadium finish was a nice way to end the run.
If there is 1 thing I would like to see it is a technical tshirt rather than a cotton one - they are just so much more useful and practical and, I am sure, would be seen at runs for years to come! Date of review: October 7, 2009
In full: Not going to mention the fiasco with the buses (oops too late ).Second time doing this marathon certainly wont be the last.Excellent marshalling,excellent support from locals,excellent weather,excellent goodie bag etc etc etc. Do it. Date of review: October 7, 2009