In short: Very Very Hot In full: This was my 1st marathon but very pleased I chose Edinburgh. The day was really hot with one of the water stations running out of water but the terrific atmosphere pulled you through. Great finish at Musselburgh racecourse. Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: shambles at the end of the race In full: It’s called the Edinburgh Marathon, but it should be renamed the Scottish Coastal Marathon as at no point did the city itself come into play, which was disappointing. It could be brilliant if they took a leaf out of Paris or London’s book. The race itself was fairly well organised but crowds were thin on the ground due to the remote location of the run. The wind (howling hurricane) really took its toll on everyone on the return leg, but you can expect this with running on the coast most days, the weather was a major part of the race. Drink stations were well run, but the end of the race was a complete shambles, the runners were funnelled through a small area to collect, medals, goody bags and then your belongings after which you hit a metal barrier which allowed one person at a time out! This was a disgrace as family and friends were stood on the opposite side which backed onto a road and it was crowded and unsafe. There was a meeting point, but due to the confusion most people seemed to miss this, my wife with a pram and child came to meet me at the end, but we could not find each other. Runners then had to walk about 2 miles, to catch a bus back to city centre! Why the organisers thought it was a good idea to finish the race in the middle of nowhere and make runners walk miles to catch a bus I will never understand, Once at the bus area, you had to join very long lines to wait for your bus and after running a marathon, this was the last thing anyone wanted to do.
In short: could be so much better In full: i would only recommend this marathon to people who live close to Edinburgh or East Lothian. Compared to every other big city marathon that I have run, this is a real disappointment that seems designed to cause as little disruption to the city as possible, this is why it rushes you out of the city, down by the seafront and out to East Lothian. Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: Reasonable course but could have been much better organised! In full: Supposedly the fastest marathon in the UK and although it felt reasonably undulating I did not notice a general overall downhill feel. Knee problems slowed me down from mile 17 and I struggled with a painful last 9 miles so psychologically didn't feel my best on the day. The coastal route was reasonably scenic and you certainly cannot blame the organisers for the weather but the route felt a little contrived and just knocked together to make the mileage fit. Crowd support was good but sporadic and the finish area was an absolute joke due to total mismanagement. Love the city and love the people but unlikely to run this event again unless the organisers get their act together. If GNR, London and Dublin can all put big successful running events on that make me want to run them again then why can't Edinburgh? Date of review: June 4, 2011
In short: Kind of laid back and low-key but that's fine by me In full: I thought there were improvements on the previous year eg baggage lorries were much closer to the new finish this year; also not running on those bouncy mats at the finish was a real treat. It's not London and it doesn't pretend to or aspire to be either. The Edinburgh marathon is more relaxed and support is better if the weather is. However the t-shirt is horrible. It does not even commemorate that you have run a marathon on it though, come on. I will come back but would like a nicer shirt please next year. Date of review: June 4, 2011
In short: Very poor organisation. Terrible for family and friends to watch. Doesn't take in the sights of the city. Very windy. Awful finish. Expo weak. Directions and marshals pre race not helpful. A great shame Date of review: June 4, 2011
In short: Disappointing In full: I quite liked the course. It is fast and flat with a few undulations in the second half. The start is quick and un-congested. Unfortunately we all suffered with the strong wind this year which I suppose is always a possibility on a coastal route. What let this race down was the lack of atmosphere mainly due to the supporters could not being able to get around the course. It really felt like a low key event. Actually it felt like the organisers had organised a marathon at the lowest possible cost. There was no heart or personality to the event. It was a bit of a 'non-event'. The finish was congested and I believe the spectators were unable to get to the finish line to see their loved ones. The big screen had also failed so they couldn't see them cross the finish line. Our medal confirmed the race was run to the narrowest of margins, a cheap design very similar to the 5K/10K/Half medals. I believe some runners didn't get medals or t-shirts. It wasn't a complete fiasco but it also wasn't anything special and that's a shame when runners have trained so hard. One big positive though, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to visit. I wouldn't recommend this marathon especially if it's your first and you want it to be special.
In short: A race worth doing once In full: A race worth doing once but for anyone else traveling from further than glasgow it's not worth more than once. disapointingly it didn't include any of the obvious sightseeing oportunities (castle etc) but rather went out and back along the seafront for 20 miles. super fast course but for slower runners it could be really demoralising seeing people 10+ miles ahead of you. n.b. downhill overall, so i'll always feel like there's an asterix next to my time. Date of review: June 3, 2011