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
In short: Stunning, I don't know what event could beat it. In full: A glorious day in a beautiful place. This is also a fast course if your quads can survive the mostly downhill first half. The cool temperature and clean air also helped me to a big PB. I can't fault anything about this race. Even the bus delay was fine as there was a great atmosphere on my bus, and anything that lengthened the day was OK by me as I didn't want it to end!
In short: The best marathon to ever be a part of In full: People have mentioned the buses, well I was sat next to the toilet on one of those buses...rancid! I was sad to leave Inverness, the event is so well organised, such a great course, such great support from organisers and local villages, great value for money. This is the second time I have ran this event and I will be back for more, I have absolutely no gripes, even had a bar at the end, a pint of sheep shaggers went down a treat....brilliant,brilliant,brilliant!! Date of review: October 6, 2009
In short: You couldn't come up with a better way to get to Inverness! In full: The marathon route takes you on a point to point journey south of Inverness on a flat/undulating in parts course through idyllic scenery with the Loch in view at most times before reaching the city's outer limits at about 23 miles. The course is quick but pacing needs to be judged correctly in order to benefit from this. A bit bumpy around 4 and 6 miles, that uphill grind at 18-19 miles, and the final little hill at about 20 miles - if you have something in the tank, you can tackle the undulutations positively and overtake many who have slowed up at this stage.
Despite the problems with the buses, this event is perfectly organised. The three events attracted over 7000 entrants - a great achievement for a location as isolated as this. There was nothing but a warm welcome from the time I stepped off the plane, the pre-race pasta party (with good quality food), a friendly atmosphere once we made it to the race start (information regularly updated re the delayed race start to reassure runners), decent facilities at the start (but you are always going to have queues here with everyone arriving together and desperate for a comfort break after 2 hours on a bus!), and a free post-race meal along with live entertainment. The race was accurately mile-marked, supported with numerous marshals, drinks stations ideally placed with isotonic drinks available about 1/2 mile before water stations (bottles) - perfect for me. Crowd support was sporadic due to the inaccessibility of the course, but the villages were out in force, the gorilla was a real star, and large numbers built up as you approached Inverness. The grandstand finish befitted such a good-feel event, and I had a tear in my eye as the commentator called out my name as I came down the home straight.
The organisers have really put along into this event, and the runners seemed to be their priority at all times. I have nothing but good thoughts on the weekend, and the weather also ended up being perfect for the day.
The marathon medal is something that will be treasured, the t-shirt will be given a good airing over the coming months, and the two tins of soup will be a good post-training run meal (having survived Inverness Airport security).
In short: Loved every minute. In full: Despite some of the previous comments, I think this is a definite PB course...... as long as you've trained for the hills that is (down as well as up) and run sensibly.
I've ran this twice and had significant PBs both times - also won a prize this year so very happy.
Was on the clapped out Fort Augustus bus but the pre race hill walk seemed to warm me up and calm my nerves so not so bad in the end. Date of review: October 6, 2009