In short: Why not run through more of Edinburgh. In full: With such a beautiful historic city, why did we not get to see it? A route taking in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle, Prince's Street, down through Leith to take in the Royal Yacht Brittania would have been much better.
Transport into Edinburgh for the start of the race was poor. The earliest train from Fife got into Edinburgh at 0900, but was 10 minutes late, making for a rush to the start line.
The race itself was organised and marshalled really well. And we should thanks all the volunteers for there hard work.
Ok the handing out of goodies at the end was a bit chaotic, but again well done to the guys there too.
However, the last thing runners want is to be standing waiting to get out of the finish area through a small gap in the fenced off area. An issue that was made worse by family and friends all gathering around blocking the way. Keep the family and friends in the big field set up as the re-union area and keep the short walk there a runner only area.
In short: Flat course may see me back In full: 1st ever marathon so was jazzed to be there. started off promising. Ok atmosphere to the start line and an ok route out of the city. Then along the water front things got congested and terrain was far from road worthy! boring dull and no real support bar the cheerful crowd hanging out the back of the garage showroom. 13 to 17 could have been anywhere and 17 to 19 was awful! needed trail shoes for the multi terrain and renegade animals. Up and backs galore really were off putting and slightly demoralising. 20 to 26 were exciting as the finish was nigh and I appreciate the organisers cant control the weather but man those winds nearly had me off my feet, noticeably slowing my time. Most disappointing was the finish as already mentioned and that fact my hubby and babies couldnt watch at any point.. i finished with gusto thinking my boys would be shouting at the "big screen". i actually burst into tears when i found out it wasnt working although i suspect that also had something to do with the fact I had just finishing the furthest distance ever run! i swore never again at the end but having seen my split times I think this course does lend itself to quick times (as long as the wind stays away)just needs better finish and more cheerful support crew. Over priced for the poor goody bag (Worse than most half marathons completed)and not sure of the point of having my t shirt size printed on my number if you you are going to offer 2 sizes bigger and one smaller(luckily i lost weight training so the size smaller actually fits a treat). Medal is uninspiring although my non running father commented today that it was a good weight! a good introduction to the heady heights of 26.2 but could do better. Date of review: May 29, 2011
In short: should of stayed at home In full: think its all been said before for a festival of running it was badly organised and no fun. Spending £45 for a tee shirt and medal which was for the half marathoners was out of order we had run 26 miles for that :< Bangers said about the cheating. Our club runners are not fast and we saw some guy cross the road and go the other way. He didnt get stopped or anything so when we got back to our expensive hotel (the prices were more expensive for runners and not general tourists we found out) we figured out that his finishing time would be around 3 or 4 hours. By the looks of him there is now way hes a 3 hour runner more like 6 or 7 hours. I don't see the point in cheating in any race what's the point, it just hacks runners off who've put in the time and effort for training to do well in races. we didnt see the mens shower and had one in the hotel. We didnt see many signs telling us how to get to buses. Advertising it as the fastest marathon in the uk should of also meant a well organised marathon too but it was seriously lacking. The best part of our weekend in Scotland was going to the pub afterwards and talking about what marathon we'll run instead of Edinburgh Marathon next year. Ive known better organisation at childrens runs. Marshalls were not enthusiastic in anything and most of the time didnt look like they knew what they were doing. it looks like the oirganisers made a lot of profit on this oneand if they don't buck up their ideas they won't be getting any next year :<
In short: Never again In full: I Will not be recommending this race to anyone. Not one person in the ladies changing rooms, or in the bus queue had a good word to say about this race. 7 mile headwinds is always going to be tough on a slight incline finish, but then it's down to the race organisers to make that vanish from the minute you see the finish line, and beyond. Hotel prices tripled. No-one checked you had a race number before you entered the start pen - a free race option for some people. I witnessed a chap turning round and crossing over, somewhere around the 14 or 15 mile point due to lack of marshalls etc. Ok, he cheated, but it just does something to your brain when you witness something like that. Benches and people blocking the run path. Way too narrow run path for that many people. So many bottlenecks in the first 2 miles so we came to a complete stop. Poor run surface in the woods loop. Finish tunnel bottleneck took half an hour before squeezing through tiny exit area, rammed with 'spectators'. Miserable T-shirt hander-outers. Overpriced refreshments at finish. £6.50 for a burger...really??? One medal ribbon for all race distances. No date on medal or t-shirt. Medal nice shape - different to other marathons. As always, t-shirts way too big for women anyway - tho nice sport fabric. Would be nice to see a juicy apple in the goody bag. Or something savoury. Who can face another sugary drink at this point? It felt like a long wait til I reached the water table. And even longer til I got my bag, and could then add my recovery drink powder to the water! If this was your 1st marathon (or intended to be your only marathon) please do another one. This really is not a good example.
In short: Disappointing In full: Start was OK & support I thought was good in the populated areas. My main gripe was the organisation around getting to & from the start & finish. You'd expect better for the cost of entry. If I do another marathon it'll be a smaller one, closer to home and organised by runners. Date of review: May 28, 2011
In short: Ist time marathon runner felt let down by the organisation and support at the end of the race In full: It would have been lovely to run around the streets of Edinburgh for longer, but the sea views were lovely- the sea 'breezes' were not! :) Having run the full marathon, it would have been so good to have my one and only supporter there at the end of ther race. I needed a hug! By the time I fought my way through the queues of people who didnt really know where they were supposed to be and met up with my husband I was thoroughly cold and miserable. I thought I would be elated having accomplished what I had been training for for months, but I just felt daunted by having to treck for what seemed like miles to find the reunion area and the shuttle buses, bit of an anti climax. Supporters area let down by the failure of the big screen. I had planned on returning next year with some more friends to take part in the team event, but am put off by the organisation. I dont think I could bear to end another race like that again. Date of review: May 28, 2011
In short: ok till the finish line In full: Agree with others comments. Mix ups with the shirts (different colours for half full & other events might have helped). Baggage thrown from lorries into the mud, exits from finish dangerous, spectators not allowed at the home straight. Too few coaches home & too long a hike to get them. Little atmosphere. Give this one a miss until the organisers get their act together. Date of review: May 28, 2011
In short: A decent run...but really spoiled by the difficulties at the finish. Nightmare to find my family and a long walk from the finish. My charity wasn't treated especially well either I hear (Guide Dogs) In full: This was my first marathon and I enjoyed the experience of the distance. But, it is not spectator friendly and the organisation at the finish was ridiculous. I got my medal and correct t-shirt (wrong size though) with no problem, unlike some people. Long walk to the reunion area, and then to the buses (busses according to the sign!!). I will say that although the queue for the shuttle buses was enormous, it went down really quickly. Nobody checked tickets though.
I heard that my charity had a bit of a problem in the reunion area and were made to move location because they had dogs (Guide Dogs) and they weren't supposed to be in the park!! Sounds a bit over zealous to me. Also, a steward wasn't very helpful to my supporters when they tried to access the finish area. Just told them they couldn't go in, with no offer of help for where to go. Quite bad when you consider 2 of my 3 supporters are visibly pregnant!! I find it difficult to complain about people who volunteer and give up their time to enable these events, but that seems out of order to me.
Overall, the race was decent, organisation wasn't what I expected and was disappointing. I don't know if I would travel that far again for this particular race (from South Wales). Date of review: May 28, 2011
In short: run itself was ok, finish organisation was terrible In full: i entered this race after my mate had been banging on how good its been in last years. weve both been disappointed and doubt i'll ever do edinburgh marathon again but will support mate cause she always runs in it obsessed with running for charity. we'd both taken time off work, paid for airplane flights etc, accomodations, sorted out things at home etc and were looking forward to a great run we'd been training for since we paid for our entries - entry wasnt cheap but the things shes always brought back and the talk about it was all good so we thought itd be worth doing this year. Both looked for pbs this year, she's got them over the last years. i dont like big cities but edinburgh is great. lots of things to see and do, friendly locals and loads of tourists from everywhere. for a big marathon i was a bit shocked by what was sent in the post, nothing except the race number, was that it. least the right tshirt size was on there etc. no idea what pen i was supposed to look out for but mate explained but even sdhe didnt know where the pen was going to be except regent road and wasnt sure if the colour were in the same order as last year. only way we found the expo was to follow others walking in the opposite way with sports carriers bags. we'd gone to the wrong place in edinburgh expecting it to be in the actual city. but the expo was on the outskirt near the palace. not very inspiring or welcoming.there were a few stalls and only saw two selling stuff but didn't see sellers and some stands. help desk wasnt helpful and information stuck to the boards didt help with my questions. not many runners in the expo when we went in the afternoon on saturday was it ever busy the weather for the race was crap but the set up at the start was o.k. got a bit lost from london road to regent road. plenty to look at in places, the power station was not that inspiring but a landmark o know how far we had to go. plenty of people to cheer but very thin in some areas. mile markers were minute missed a few or could be missing. bit weird with relay runners join the pack in places and had to slow down when some of them sprinted to join directly in front. gos house area was not good to run. water stations ok disappointing finish are running on same road and only runners and marsalls allowed at finish. no signs to say where bags were. people giving out the tshirts and stuff looked like they didnt want to be there even thoguh i found out later they are all getting £15 for doing it. tshirts in wrong sizes or givem the wrong tshirt and im a bit p*ssed off i was give a half marathon tshirt i did the marathon. told to contact the organiser still waiting for them to reply, exchange tshirt whatever. medal had no date was it the same for all the events cause the ribbon looked like it was. i had to describe my bag didnt the people know that the bags had corresponding numbers on them. my bag was black like the other 30000 of them. great organisation that was. no fun getting past security to find mate in reunion area. took ages to get there. scree wasnt working. no shelter. meet and greet markers were too small and bunched up together. didnt see any signs in the reuinion area for stuff. didnt see signs for showers. only found toilets from long queue and then saw them for myself. talked to some of the marsahls to find out what theyd been doing and they said that theyd never do it again. theyd nort been given proper instructions to what they were supposed to be doing. theyd been given a box of goodies but then told that theuy werent for them. found that some of the bus drivers didnt know where they were supposed to be going. bottle neck around reunion area up to the long walk back to buses for edinburgh. could be doing without miles of walking after running in a marathon. marshalls didnt know if they were supposed to stop cars and were having a discussion when we were trying to cross so even the car drivers were getting annoyed. the queue for the buses was long and nobody was checking the bus tickets so it was pointkless spending money to pay for them. our bus driver didnt know where he was to stop and we had a walk to regent road.
the organisers should read everyones reviews and act upon them if they want to have good reports next year from the runners that actually turn up.
edinburgh is a nice city and would be good if more of the marathon is run in it. the locals didnt know it was going on.
the mementoes are good in theory, every one appreciates a medal and tshirt for finishing a marathon but needs to be looked at in relation to quantities, dates to be added, different medal for 5k to marathon, right tshirts given out for the right race
the course is a really good one but shame the spread of suuport is limited in areas
this years race looks like a money making scheme and nothing to do with organising a great marathon for runners by runners. ssort the problems out and the entry fee will be worthwhile. dont sort it out and you will lose the number of entries and will look like cheapskates who know nothing about hosting a good event