In short: Good race marred by organisational difficulties In full: Pros - flatish with some nice downhill sections towards the end, good t-shirt for finishers, lovely to run by the sea, enjoyed watching the fast guys finishing the final 3 miles for the final there and back section. Cons - poor organisation with water promised at the start and not arriving, water running out at the first checkpoint and only lucosade at the final checkpoint. Buses were better than last year, for me at least. They also ran out of t-shirts. Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Lovely Race, great support from the public In full: This was a lovely race around Edinburgh. Just a couple of niggles …The water had run out at mile 3 but luckily, as it was such a hot day, a local gym and the public stepped in and gave out cups of water. Also I agree with the other reviews in that the distance seemed a bit off. My Garmin GPS was spot on for the first half of the race but then during the second half my watch was bleeping out miles achieved with the mile marker nowhere in sight. The race ended at 13.41 miles for me.
There are still lots of positives for this race though. The marshals were lovely and friendly and encouraging. The public support brilliant with water and various jelly sweets being handed out. The goody bag was great with mars bar, crisps, water, energy drink, apple, technical T shirt and a new magazine preview.
I would also like to applaud the new "Gold Runner" initiative. We were treated to a pre-race pasta party to meet fellow Gold Runners on Saturday night. On the day of the race there was a friendly acknowledgement with other Gold Runners and after the race a second medal plus post race nibbles. This was extremely well organised and everyone, regardless of running ability, was made to feel welcome. Everyone was really friendly.
In short: Great build up race for the Edinburgh marathon In full: Great scenic mildly undulating course. Great weather this year. Nice finish at Musselburgh racecourse with lots of cheering supporters. Marshalls were great and very cheery and supportive. Nice medal, t-shirt and goody bag too.
However there were a few issues! I wanted to run the race at 9min/mile as a tester to see if I could hold that pace at the Edinburgh marathon next month. I set my Garmin for half marathon distance and 9 min/mile pace and actually ran the race slightly faster than this pace all the way round. My Garmin beeped to tell me I had completed the distance and I had averaged 8.55 pace. This would have been fine but there was still about a quarter of a mile to go to the finish! My official time was 2hrs and one second but should have been around 1hr 57min for the pace I was running at. Something not quite right here I think!
I was certainly not a tailender but there was no water left at the 1st water stop when I arrived. I brought my own sports drink along so I was ok but other runners were picking up water bottles discarded by faster runners off the floor. This is unacceptable.
The buses back to the start at Meadowbank stadium took an age to come and the first one was somehow already virtually full on arrival!
It is a shame that the race is the weekend before the Edinburgh Kilomathon. I have entered both but it would have been nice to have had a couple weeks in between events!
These problems aside, this is a very enjoyable event with PB potential (I got mine here 3 years ago!) and perfectly timed as a build up race for the Edinburgh marathon. I will certainly be back next year as I have secured a lifetime entry! Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Excellent PB cource... In full: This is a great race and the second time I take part.
I have two major issues about this year's race though. First of all it seems that the course was a bit longer than 13.1mls, my Garmin and that of a number of other runners I and my fellow team mates spoke with, was at 13.45 when I ran across the finishing line. This should definately be checked. The second one is the organisation of the buses, we waited over 45 minutes, at least it wasn't as cold as last year. But this should be sorted for next year.
However, like is said it was brilliant and I ran a PB, which was fantastic. I'll defintately be back next year. Date of review: April 11, 2011
In short: Fast, scenic course. Smooth organisation. These guys listen to and learn from feedback! In full: Good pre-race communication. Start was silky smooth. I had no issues with the water stations whatsoever. Finish and subsequent facilities were excellent.
The biggest improvement I've see over previous races finishing at Musselburgh Racecours was the retun shuttlebus. Whilst admittedly I was on one of the first buses to leave, it was like clockwork and they took a very direct rout back to Meadowbank which was great as Musselburgh is a nightmare f you travel the "old route" through the High Street.
Only minor "gripe" was the goody bag which was very basic but I find an increasing number of races have this issue these days.
Based on my experience I'll be doing this race again in the future. Date of review: April 10, 2011
In short: Typical commercial big city race - give me a club race anytime In full: Cold, wet day. Herd-like start in Meadowbank with very limited facilities. Pleasant flat course but less scenic than you might expect. Finish less chaotic than sometimes in the past, but extremely limited changing facilities, virtually nothing in the form of free carbohydrate normally found in a goody bag, and a long cold wait for the bus back to Meadowbank. But it's the local half we all do, so probably back next year. Date of review: May 29, 2010
In short: On your bike! In full: Absolutely freezing and soaked pre-race, frozen to the core so couldn't warm up properly and subsequently could hardly run, at no time did I feel confident or comfortable running. Which is a great shame because it would have been a exceptionally fast course and with great coast line scenery had the weather lifted! Obviously these are complaints that the organisers had no power over, and on a day with great weather this would be a top event. Stadium start at Meadowbank to the finish at Musselburgh race course, taking in a good section of the coastline with a turn around at Prestonpans, it is a really flat race and has great PB potential. Funny, I didn't get any mars bars either??? Date of review: April 28, 2010