In short: poor organisation and too expensive for what you get! In full: Race itself is ok, but once you get over that finish line thats when things take a tumble, t-shirt and medal a lot worse than last year, cut backs made but yet a steeper race fee! Not the same without the grandstand finish Date of review: June 3, 2011
In full: I was looking for a fast, flat marathon which, baring the weather, this should be. Drinks stations were plentiful and everything ran smoothly until the end. Being around the 3 hour mark I was spared subsequent problems at the finish. Many people have reported problems for friends and spectators but this did not affect me either as I was on my own so I was lucky.
The fact that it goes out of the city for most of the run makes it a potentially fast run but will spoil it for some who are looking for the big city feel and some sightseeing.
If it is always windy in Edinburgh then changing the course to give some shelter would be good. I have never ran into anything like that before for the last 8 miles.
In short: Organisation not as good as last year In full: I did the Edinburgh last year and enjoyed it so much i was keen to do it again this year. I was so dispointed with the organisation this year.I got to the start in a Taxi from the B&B iwas staing in. The Taxi driver told me the organisers had not told them which roads were shut and were to drop any runers so we were dropped a long way from the start and i sore at least 3 other taxis droping in the same place. The start was good and i enjoyed the race itself but the Finish was a disaster.Last year at the finish the spectaters were grate but it was such a dispointment not to have them at the end.also last year the goody bags were ready sorted into sizes and so quing was to the minmum.I can not beleve the organisers have ever ran a marathon or they would know after 26.2 miles the last thing you want to do is stand in a que.I will probaly do it again next year but hope the organisers take on bord some of the coments made. Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: rip off In full: This is billed as a city marathon-its not!A mostly dull boring run,no city landmarks.The dreadful finish area has been well documented,the long trek to the bus,the cramped ride back to the city-dont the organisers run themselves?What an anti climax after all the effort .Too expensive and badly organised-never again edinburgh for me and I advise other runners to go elsewhere. Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Nice route, shame about the organisation In full: This was my first marathon and having done half marathons before (including the Edinburgh Half Marathon) i thought i knew what to expect.
Living in Edinburgh, i'd trained on the race route and knew the course inside out. Its a lovely route with nice scenery. If it wasn't for the 35mph headwinds against us in the last 5 miles i think i'd have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Apart from the organisation. Edinburgh let us down on the day. The mile markers were small and located high on lampposts - so much so that i didn't even spot one until maile 7 (i'm presuming they were there before that) - but you know, that's not too much of a tragedy. My biggest disappointment was the finish area. My spectators were not allowed anywhere near to the race finish line - so i crossed the line alone. For your first marathon, this is very demoralising. Then i had a 15/20 minute walk to the reunion area. The pack/medal/t-shirt stands were ramshackle to say the least and spread out down an entire street. I took over 5 hours to finish (damn wind) and by the time i got to the t-shirt stand, they only had small or extra-large left. Its not difficult to order the correct number of tshirts and ensure everyone takes the right size - it was written on your running number!! I luckily was in the right place at the right time as they found the last box of mediums and fought for mine amongst the crowds. Once you'd walked the length of this street, we were all squashed single file through a barrier and left to find the reunion area. We runners had no idea what was going on or where to go! My mum climbed a wall to meet me at this point as it was so inaccessible for spectators. We then had to find my dad and boyfriend in the reunion area. Mobile signal was a complete wash out. By the time we were all reunited, it was half an hour after i'd finished. Not good. This race definitely lacked the grand finish - if ony they'd left the end in Musselburgh Stadium. I know that had its problems too, but i was a spectator last year and thoroughly enjoyed it!
I'll be doing it again next year to improve my time, but to be honest i'm only doing the Edinburgh one because i live here. I wouldn't necessarily make the trip otherwise! Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Popped my marathon Cherry - loved it, loved it loved it. Tough as anything last 6 miles due to wind and horrendous after finish organisation! In full: Firstly this was my first marathon 46 weeks after getting off my fat arse trying to get fit. Start from the back of the back (purple pen on regent) was great, plenty of room and steady. No stopping or pausing due to congestion. Crowds were great in the concentrated areas they appeared. Nice run along the promenades and through a few villages/towns. The blast out into the sticks was fine. The deviation through the estate at 18 mles and then the 'up the road to come down again' deviation were a bit annoying and done to make up the miles (although to be fair the crowds on the second deviation were a god send!). Last 6/7 miles hardest thing ever. Not because of the course but because of the wind! No fault of anyones there. Last few towns before finish had some great support and loads about 800m from finish and with hindsight I think that was because it was the closest spectators could get to the end. Awful situation of crowding after the finish line. Poorly organised medal collection, goodie bag collection, t shirt collection and baggage collection. Awful bottleneck onto main road and up to reunion park. I wwas glad I hadnt brought my family up from Birmingham to watch! It was my first do I loved it. A grandstand finish infront of spectators with a large finish/reunion area in the same place would make it bob on. So, its special because its my first and its also an all time favourite for the same reason! Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Finish ruined everything In full: Course generally good although the broken ground through the farm was hazardous and easy to trip on.
Support was clumped on the roundabout at the end rather than the finish itself so like others friends failed to see me at mile 9 and 26.
However, the finish was diabolical. First, a long straight walk with no-one in sight. Then a left turn into a long narrow road where blockages built up for each collectible: Goodie Bag (not that I ever found this), Water, Lucozade, Medal, T-Shirt, Baggage. Took 15 minutes and more to pass through and then at the end, a fence forcing everyone to filter through a single file path to the side.
No easy way to the finish line for supporters, fortunately I'd carried my mobile so was able to arrange to meet at the train station.
This was a long walk up the hill (15-mins again)but as the official buses were here, the latter was not really any more attractive.
You wouldnt mind all of this if you hadnt passed the finish line on the run out and knew it was a long road that should have made it possible to demonstrate the same efficiency as the Mall area after the London finish.
From talking to locals, I understand that the longstanding organiser unfortunately passed on and this coincided with some health & safety issues preventing use of Musselburgh racecourse. Sympathies but next year, the organisers will need to really focus on improving the finish. Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Poor Finish In full: The start was well organised and we all set off at a reasonable pace. The course although not terribly exciting, does the job,it only has the effect of another one ticked off, there is nothing about the course that makes you want to return.
My wife and friends got the train to the finish as opposed to the over priced shuttle buses which were always going to be a nightmare. They managed to see a bit of the race near the round-about at the end, but when they tried to get to the finish they were told by a steward that there was no access due to health & safety!!!
So from setting off until 45 minutes after the finish they didn't see me run a single stride. As I came along the finish, I thought my time quite respecable but I couldn't understand the lack of people and support - why was there a grandstand with seats and nobody in it? had everybody got bored of waiting????
I met up with my friends in the school field where they looked particularly miserable and my wife some 15 minutes later as she was getting worried. Apparetly the screen wasn't showing the end of the run as a fox had chewed through a cable???? PLEASE!!!!
Not a spectator event, the exact opposite in fact, bless them they bascically spent all day carrying my change of clothes around.
Wouldn't do it again and wouldn't recommend it to anybody else. Date of review: June 1, 2011
In short: Organisers must respond to feedback - this could be so much better In full: This was my first marathon, and suitably tough at the end. Friendly in the beginning pen, and everyone I chatted to on the course was the usual friendly running type. And unsurprisingly the support was thin along the way. I could tell the route was not a scenic one from a Google map check but it was great to have local supporters out in their front gardens and bus shelters. Did the 5 ladies in the pink hats and the lady with the saucepan travel by TARDIS? And the support at the Longniddry panhandle was hugely appreciated. They made up for the fact my wife only saw me 1 mile in and could not get to the other view spots because of thee train timetable. Thanks to the Oxfam ladies at the end with spare T shirts - that stopped me from complete collapse from wind chill - we needed bin bags at least to protect us at the end - or even foil blankets while we struggled through the bottlenecks described elsewhere.. Was it true the fox ate the big screen cable? Did Scot Rail run any additional services along the Dunbar line - if so, did they tell anyone? Did anyone think putting the meeting alphabet posts so close together was really a good idea? What was wrong with a racecourse sized finish area? Well done on the bus service - yes, it took 20 minutes to walk there - but all the notices said so, so I was prepared - the queue looked daunting, but it moved through quickly. Perhaps put up Disneyequer signed "Wait from here 10 minutes". I'll not do this marathon again, but it has not put me off - having done the training. And Edinburgh was a nice hilly city to walk around that night and let the muscles recover :-)