In short: Flat scenic half marathon but ran out of water at three water stations In full: I did the half marathon, normally I would have targeted a PB as it's a great, fairly flat course, but I had a bit of an off day. The race is very friendly with a nice atmosphere but it was a disgrace that the final three water stations had all run out of water - not good at all and it's just as well the hot weather didn't last for the whole race or people would have been really struggling. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Stunning scenery, serious PB potenial, flawless orgaisation. In full: Never ran such a small race before (200ish) and a bit apprehensive, however everybody you spoke to was incredibly friendy.
The scenery was really good - hills, sea, bit of forest. Not many people out on the course and you will run on your own in parts, but hey-ho. Superb, family atmosphere at the finish line.
Real PB potential - depends on the wind on the coast, if it's calm or behind you, PB is on. if it's a headwind, maybe not. Really only two climbs (not big ones) and the biggest one is only 3 miles in so quickly forgotten.
Exceptionally friendly staff.
If you fancy a race in Scotland with great scenery, more distilleries in a 20 mile radius than you can shake a stick at and the chance to run your fastest ever marathon, go for this one. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: A shame the later water stations ran out ... Fast and flat, but exposed to the winds In full: Overall, this was a *reasonably* well organised race - not quite as good as the organisers seems to think - that offered very good value for money. The strong head- and cross-winds for two thirds of the course made achieving a fast time a real challenge, although the course is mainly flat and in the right weather it would have excellent PB potential.
The race organisation was wanting in the provision of toilets at the start of the race (I think the swans in Cooper Park pond might turn yellow over the course of the next few days ...) plus the lack of water at the final three water stations for marathon runners finishing in the second half of the field. I'm sorry that I didn't get there sooner as well, marshalls, but there's no need to be huffy when I ask when the next station that has some water is going to be! (The majority of marshalls were both encouraging and efficient, and I suppose I was the umpteenth person to ask where the water was, but ... after 20+ windy miles my forbearance gets a bit depleted.)
Otherwise this was a good race - I would happily pay an extra £5 or so entry if it meant that these problems were avoided. Oh, and if someone turned the wind machine off ;-) Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Lovely route. 2nd year in a row I've had a PB here despite strong head winds. Will be back next year. In full: This is my local race and it seems to bring out the best in me as both times I've run it I've got a PB (3:10:07 this year). There's a few undulations and a couple of tough hills, but nothing too bad. The big problem this year was the strong head wind for the majority of the course and this definitely added a few minutes to my time. The finish in the Cooper Park in front of Elgin Cathedral is special. The anonuncer did a sterling job giving most runners a namecheck. Looking forward to next year but hoping for a less windy day. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: A nice friendly race in a great part of the country In full: Ran this for the first time this year after the Dundee race was cancelled. Really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. Plenty of drinks station around the course - never seen so many in the second half of a race before. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Great run through country lanes, villages and towns. In full: Small marathon with around 158 runners (although half and 10km later in the morning which attract more people). Good mix of club runners and generall runners although most people do finish sub 4:30. Starts in the city before going along country lanes, through old fishing villages, past Silver Sands holiday park and Lossiemouth airbase, before running through Lossiemouth itself - very popular with golfers. Around the harbour area and back onto the country lanes before returning to Elgin itself. Plenty of long stretches of flat / undulating road with a few inclines thrown in although these aren't too bad. Water stations every couple of miles with water in bottles and they don't run out! T-Shirt given out in the town hall before the race when you pick up your race number. Medal, banana and orange juice carton at the finish + tea etc in the town hall I think. Commentator generally announces your name and number and where you're from. Excellent organisation from all involved - plenty of marshalls showing you the way and water stations well manned. Only downside was no date on the t-shirt although the medal does says 2009. Well worth doing especially if you want an uncluttered run so that you can run at your own pace. Date of review: September 15, 2009
In short: A splendid race with great Scottish hospitalily In full: Perfect weather on a PB course. Start and finish in Elgin book-ending a flat scenic course.
Enjoyed this marathon immensely and it has the imprint on how to stage a top event. The organisers prioritise the runners laying on an imaginative and varied route ranging from urban, coastal and rural. Plently of marshals at all the junctions, and they did a great job supporting the runners and managing the traffic. Water stations were regular and stocked with the handy sized bottles. Loved the mile markers counting down rather than up although the first few felt a bit daunting!
Crowd support on the course was a little sparce, but their were some thar popped up regularly enroute to give that vocal cheer that makes a difference to tired runners.
Running commentary from the race MC as we came down the home-straight, and a medal, t-shirt and plentiful free refreshments for all finishers.
One thing that I wanted to add that distinguishes this event from most is the generosity of the organisers. A number of us from the 100 Marathon Club came to celebrate a friend's 100th marathon at Moray, and for her to be awarded £100 worth of gift vouchers by the organisers was both symbolic and touching. The people behind this event came across as the most genuine that you would like to meet, and I would love to return for another stab at this next year. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Beautiful scenery, excellent organisation and low entry cost. In full: Ran this as my second ever marathon yesterday (Sun 13th September 2009). An excellent course and with an amazing number of thoroughly supportive marshals. Water stations at 3 mile intervals approx as well. The only thing that could improve this would be a technical t-shirt (and availability of XL sizes) rather than the cotton T-shirt provided but I appreciate that this would likely add to the cost. Date of review: September 14, 2009