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 :-)
In short: Came over from Canada to do this race and was very disappointed by lack of spectators.. In full: Good start to the race but the organisation left a lot to be desired at the finish area. Big screen was not showing the race finish line so my family did not get to see me finish and the shuttle bus service was an absolute disgrace Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Nothing special In full: I think I ad high expectations for this race. Edingburgh is a gorgeous city....however we saw non of it. My main gripes: 1. 8am was too early to start the Half 2. No atmosphere on the course, no spectators and no entertainment 3. No smile when you got your medal, just sulky looking teenagers 4. lots of people got the wrong t-shirt, some ding the Full got the Half T and vice-versa 5. my bag had been kicked around at the bag collection, so much so that it was under the wrong number range, had to wait 30 mins while other bags were taken and mine was visible 6. the very long walk and then very long queue for the shuttle bus back to Edinburgh was just plain horrendous 7. charity village? I had no idea where this was and so gave up looking....
Over all the course was technically easy, mentally tough because of the dullness... Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Good race ruined by poor organisation In full: As a runner, I enjoyed the race, but it is definitely not a course for spectators. My family saw me at the start, then that was it for almost 5 hours. Despite buying highly priced bus tickets, they were unable to get anywhere near the finish - and the bus (the first one to leave the start) took so long to get them to the reunion area, they were unable to find anywhere before the finish to stand. So they stood in a field looking at a non-functioning screen broadcast T in the Park with no sound! Then it took me almost 40 minutes to squeeze through the narrow passage to walk the half mile back to them. By this time they were seriously worrying that something awful had happened to me - and there was very poor mobile reception in that field. Out on the course, things were much better, although the weather was lousy. That was hardly the organisers fault. At times, though, the course squeezed through some very narrow gates/ spaces and I had to slow down several times as there was simply not enough space - and this was well after the initial start crush. Some of the road/ path surfaces were pretty rough too, especially in the forest loop at the turning point. There were plenty of drink stations, but the same can't be said of mile markers. If they were present, they were so small as to be invisible. The organisers have not given much thought to transport issues. It seems that public transport into Edinburgh on a Sunday is almost none existent. I was simply unable to get from our friend's house in Fife into the city centre by public transport. We had no alternative but to drive -- but then the finish is miles away. Musselburgh is a really poor place to finish the race. Transport links are very poor - the entire town was closed and/ or gridlocked for most of the day. The race organisers' busses were miles from the finish forcing runners to walk over a mile at the end of a marathon. Whose bright idea was that. So, despite enjoying the actual race, the organisational problems are such that I won't be back next year.
In short: It'll do organisation spoils the runners hard work In full: My first crack at a full marathon, run with my a friend who did London about 7 years and swore never again...
Some initial credit for the organisers - the London Road start seemed to be well organised. Starting in the blue wave, we actually started running well before the start and carried on over the line - no bunching or slowing (quite rare in my experience).
Course is scenic in places, industrial in others.
The finish line problems are well detailed in other reviewers, so I won't go over them again. To me, it just seemed the organisers made several decisions on the basis that "it'll do" and had little interest in delivering a good day for the runners.
No spectactors at the finish? "It'll do". Small and very congested immediate post-race area? "It'll do". Long walk to the (over-priced) shuttle bus? "It'll do". Medals with no year? "It'll do".
I'm sure you get the idea.
A huge thanks to the spectactors who did go out around the course, especially around 25 miles. Having my name on the front of my t-shirt was the best £8 I've ever spent.
I would like to give the organisers a second chance but the race fee plus travel & weekend accomodation costs are just too much to stomach if they don't deliver a second time. My marathon money will go to somebody else next time.
GSI Events - you are the weakest link. Goodbye. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: what a waste of time and money, arranged a weeks holiday around this event, this race disappointed me so much it spoilt the whole reason for holidaying in scotland In full: this was my 8th and least enjoyable marathon,the start was frantic and the course too small to accommodate, a lady in front of me got pushed over almost causing a major tumble [almost mirroring the scene in run fat boy run]. the water stations where poorly set out[ i missed my scheduled drink at 12 miles because all i could see was energy drink and i'd run past before i'd noticed a small amount of water at the end of the table,the race course map indicated both drinks at this station not lucazade[which i dislike] and oh a bit of water at the end.then we were promised amazing scenery lots of support, mmmmmmm!!!!! wy wife was only able to catch me at mile 5[she said this was the worst spectator, unfriendly race she had been too!!] then the views, this was not edinburgh it was the sea, grey tarmac and a bit of country side,thank goodness i ran the 5k on the saturday, now that was a nice stroll in the park with some great views of EDINBURGH, the weather was a bit rough but hey it is scotland. then the finish, how much fun do the organisers think it is that having ran the most boring marathan ever, we then have to stand like sheep waiting to be dipped, whilst people around me were either sick or fainting, how there was not a riot i have no idea, then the slow walk to the reunion field, it took me 40 minutes from crossing the line to meeting my wife in the re-union area, what a disgrace!!!! then that walk and queue just to get away, i have done the london marathon and the great north run, both huge events, you expect a little heavy traffic but this undescribably bad. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Fast but poor oragnisation at finish In full: For the half marathon,The course was ok but it didnt stay in edinburgh instead it was outward bound couse which started nowhere near the centre of edinburgh and went out. The organisation was okay at the start but the finish was very poor, there was no atmosphere because family and friends were not allowed to watch the finsh instead they were miles away at the reunion area. Heading towards the reunion area you had to walk miles and then you had to fit through a small gap where it should of lead to the reunion area where the meeting area was but instead everyone seemed to meet where all te runners came out so you couldnt move because of all the ignorant people. The reunion aea was very poor there big screen was broken and there were hardly any stalls there. We paid for the bus tickets from the organisers and they made the bus stop miles away and where they dropped oyou off was nowhere near the start where they said the would drop you off and the price they charged was extortion! Date of review: May 30, 2011
In short: Must try harder........ In full: OK, the start was not the best but I can live with that however the finish was awful - no spectators allowed therefore no atmosphere! Then to top that off what seemed like miles and miles to walk for a bus back to the centre - uphill! Yes, after we had just run a marathon! Date of review: May 30, 2011