In short: They didn't tell me about the hill at 21 miles In full: Everyone talks about the hill at 17 miles but that was fine. The surprise at 21 miles (though shorter) nearly killed me. Glorious scenery for my first marathon Date of review: October 8, 2008
In short: Good scenery & organisation In full: Glorious scenery, challenging route and value goodie bag. An excellent day out. My only complaint was the toilets at the start made it a bit of a rush. Date of review: October 8, 2008
In short: Brilliant from start to finish In full: Breathtaking scenery, fab atmosphere, PB potential, great goody bag. If I ever do a marathon again, I will definitely consider this one. Date of review: October 8, 2008
In short: Challenging! Will be back again. In full: My fourth time of running this event and I can never tire of it. The scenery, warm welcome and all around experience makes it a must for any one wishing to tackle a challenging course. Date of review: October 8, 2008
In short: Fabulous race - beautiful scenery - now if they could just flatten a couple of the hills... In full: Very friendly race in a beautiful setting, perfect weather and the best goody bag I've had this year. I had a smile on my face almost all the way, even going up the hills. Is this one of my all-time favourites? It is now. Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: How could you not love it? In full: My first marathon and I think I might have been spoilt forever!
Beautiful setting and course with views to take your breath away and ease the pain round every corner. Enough hills to take your breath away too.
Organisation was flawless and the enthusiasm of those at the drink stations, especially the kids, was a joy. The area embraces this event and you get the feeling that they really want everyone to go home with good memories .... and tell everyone else what a fantastic place this is.
The stadium finish makes you feel like a 'real runner' no matter how far down the field you finish and the goody bag actually lived up to its name.
All this AND cheap beer in the pub later ... does running get any better ;-) Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: If only all races were run this efficiently... In full: Top marks have to go to the organisers of this superb race. I know I won't be alone in taking my hat off to you. Well done and thankyou for making my first full one a memorable one. Not to say its an easy course though! If you crave a challenge as opposed to monotony, if stunning scenery matters and clean air to breathe enroute (makes a change to traffic pollution) then make this one to do next year. The remote, rural start with pipers leading the way (not all of the way though!) was surreal. The route was breathtaking in every sense of the word, with genuine support from small pockets of people. And the finish...as said by others, finishing in a stadium makes you feel as if you've actually achieved something. Special praise must go to the tireless commentator(s) with typical Scottish wit, humour and staying power. This is how you do a race. Other organisers take note and learn some lessons please! Thanks very much guys Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: Fantastic Race In full: Well orginised race, finishing on the track was a nice touch and made me feel like a pro. The route is beautiful with a couple of tough hills but no suprises.This was my first marathon and I will definatley do it again.My goody bag included 3 bananas, 3 muffins, two tins of soup, pickled onions, beetroot and a Scottish flag. fab!!! Date of review: October 7, 2008