In short: The race was ok but the organisation at the finish was terrible. In full: The race is ok. It's pretty much an out and back run. On the day we were blessed with sun and rain, but most significantly a ridiculous headwind as we turned for home at 18miles. This was endured pretty much until the finish. However, that's weather and that's an uncontrollable variable. What was controllable was the finish line farce. Spectators were told not to watch the finish at the finish line, but rather watch it on a big screen in some field somewhere. Fair enough. Except that the big screen wasn't working. Nice one. As for the runners, it was about 20 minutes after the finish before I even had access to a drink as this area was a long walk from the finish line. Then we had to negotiate the long un-signposted walk to the "big screen field" where the spectators were (not watching us finish). This was probably another half mile at least. There was then a ridiculous trek (an hour at least) back up the road to locate the pre-booked buses. Despite having paid for these we didn't use them as there were queues of thousands of people trying to get on them. In the end we managed to cram onto a train back to Edinburgh. Most people weren't so lucky. Ridiculous. I would only do the race again if I was assured the finish had been sorted out. Otherwise, no chance. Date of review: March 17, 2012
In short: I'd rate it highly if you turned at 1/2 day and ran back to edinburgh.. In full: I did this race in 2011, + Edinburgh is a good city + T Shirt is really good (one of the top ones i have !) + Numbers are posted ahead of time..(so you dont have to worred about getting tired and hastled the day before) - walking 2 miles from the finish to the buses..(i'm not kidding!) - waiting 20 mins for my baggage(i did 309.. dunno what it was like further down the field) but maybe that was becuase they were only just sorted from the half.. - not enough water stops - course is right on course.. it is flat. but when is it not windy by the sea.. i'd suspect it is always windy for this race..(but maybe / maybe not).. - there is an gravel section + lots of toilets at the start..(but then they said if they catch u peeing in the bushes they take your number so their better be!!! + quick start.. (we for the 3:30 and faster.) as their are two starts. so.. for me.. they really need to finish this race in the city centre - for organisation..i gave 2 is that it was very windy and a few barriers were knocked over by the wind.. they should have know this.. the weather was forcasted all week( i noted at least 2 runners knocked over).. I think edinburgh is like cardiff... they want a marathon but dont want the city centre closed.. Date of review: November 15, 2011
In short: The race is going fromn bad to worse ! In full: Organisation was terrible - especially the ending in a small street no where near big enough for the event, and definitely no grandstand ending as advertised. From what I can see it can only have been to maximise profit as in previous years it has ended in musselburgh race course right next to the small road !
The course itself, it maybe the fastest course, but is also the most boring. It starts in central edinburgh and heads straight out into most uninteresting roads. You plod out endlessly only to turn round and plod back - not good.
For the half-marathon the only sportsd drink available was at 11.5 mile mark - a bit late in the day for that!
I have does this event a few times now but wont be doing it again, the organisation & course gets worse every year. Date of review: August 17, 2011
In short: Edinburgh should be ashamed of its marathon In full: This is not an Edinburgh Marathon. It is a coastal run that starts in Edinburgh but does not even finish there. It is difficult to get to the start and the finish this year was a shambles designed for 1000 runners, not 10000 or more. Transport from the finish is a joke. Give it a miss unless you enjoy waiting and walking after 26 miles of running. Incidentally, they don't even give you a dedicated marathon medal at the end. It was just a medal. Soooo disappointing. Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Obviously twinned with Cardiff Half Marathon - i.e. dire In full: All the bad things about this marathon have already been said, repeatedly, and in some detail. They're all true. Date of review: July 5, 2011
In full: Started with an early start at 8am. The first half of the race was quite nice running around the palace at the bottom of the royal mile and arthurs seat, but the second half of the run was quite dull along the sea front. That last three miles was the worse - running out on a pointless bit of road, to turn round and run to the finish. Spectators were not allowed at the finish line either. The goodie bag at the end was quite exciting and the t shirt was good quality. The baggage collection point was chaotic - with bags thrown on the floor (dont leave anything valuable or breakable as a few looked like they got trodden on Date of review: June 15, 2011
In short: Disappointing In full: Was really looking forward to this great city but never saw it the finish area was awful my t-shirt was not even for a marathon finisher, would love to come back but only if the course and finish changes. Date of review: June 13, 2011
In short: If only it were in Edinburgh... and organised... and cheaper... In full: Should be renamed 'pikey village in Scotland marathon'. My personal favourite was the derelict factory, though the power plant does rival it. While it started so well - the pens were great, and firs few miles lovely, after 3 miles we left Edinburgh never to return. Even if you wanted to at the end there were no extra trains (Sunday service, 1 per hour), and the roads clogged. Not to mention the fact spectators were BANNED from the finish.
All this for the princely sum of £42, you couldn't make it up! Save your money and do a great half (Reading), or a well organised marathon (Nottingham), this one is not worth your time. Date of review: June 13, 2011