In short: Best experience of my life In full: Partook in my first marathon race in 2014 at Loch Ness. Had an amazing experience, the race day organisation was incredible. Quite a challenging yet not overly difficult course with breath taking scenary. Hospitality is incredible from pre race to post race food, teas and coffees at the start were an added touch. Everyone I spoke to throughout the two day festival were very friendly and have me some last minute race tips. If you only ever run one marathon, the Loch Ness is the one to do. Addicted to the marathon feeling and can't wait to partake in more during my lifetime.
In short: The organisation of the race is second to none. The scenery around Loch Ness is amazing. Lots of drinks/ energy stations en route.. Crowd support in the villages and Inerness is great, it can be a bit sparse around the Loch. marath Date of review: October 7, 2014
In short: A great race well organized, very scenic. Lots of water tables, energy drinks and energy gels available. No crowds on the route which is different. Some tough hills even if it is a “downhill” run. Will be back next year Date of review: October 3, 2014
In short: Lovely scenery and amazing organisation! In full: Probably the most organised and friendly race I have ever done! With the convoy of coaches taking everyone to the start point,high up in the mountains (beautiful!), it could have been a logistical nightmare,but it was completely seamless and relaxed. The route was lovely and more hilly than I had expected! But the frequent and well stocked water/feed stations and encouraging marshals were a great help! Also really good to see lots of first aid stations along the way if anyone needed assistance. Great medal,t-shirt and goodie bag at the end,and free soup if you wanted. I highly recommend this race and am very impressed by everything about it! No PB for me though! Might try a flatter course next time! Date of review: October 3, 2014
In short: Great marathon for a first-timer! In full: This was my first marathon, so was quite nervous beforehand. Shouldn't have worried. Stayed in a lovely lodge in Drumnadrochit, so arranged for the pick-up here. This was no problem, and was on the bus for less than a minute before we were off. Journey took about 40 mins to the start line, but the other runners were really friendly (and from all parts of the world!) Start was in the middle of nowhere, but eerily quiet and scenic. Loo queues were long, but went down quickly. Quick warm-up with Brian Burnett, and then we were off. Amazing scenery the whole way, with undulating hills and the loch on your left-hand side the whole way. Frequent water / gel stops. My only gripe was that the bottles didn't have sports tops, so I had to slow down to drink. Will remember to carry my own bottle top next time however. Great support near the end that carried me over the line. Full goody bag, any nice t-shirt too. All in all a fantastic day, with my family running in the 5K and 10K too. This just made it even more special. Definitely recommend it to other first timers! Date of review: October 2, 2014
In short: Beautiful But Brutal! In full: I choose Loch Ness for my first marathon due to the senic surroundings and wasn't disapointed. The whole event from bus pick up in Inverness to the finish was organised very well. Great support when needed, crowds gave you a much needed lift and I will be back one day.
Can someone please do something about that hill at Dores though! Date of review: October 1, 2014