In short: Fantastic race, tough and hilly but glourious scenery!! Will be back. In full: My first loch ness marathon, but really enjoyed the whole event, from the fantastic views to the pipes and drums at the start. This is a tough race with some killer hills, but still only finished 1 minute outside my pb!! Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: A superbly organised event. In full: One of the best races in the UK and a great alternative to a big city marathon. All the good points about the race have already been described by the other runners on here. This is how a marathon should organised - Edinburgh take note!!! Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: Tough but Terrific!!!!!!!! In full: Everything about this makes it a great event. important to do your training though - it's not for the faint-hearted. a big thank you to organisers, marshalls & Jen the massage lady - you were brilliant!! Date of review: October 7, 2008
In short: For a first timer I felt great to compete, and complete even though I was about 20 minutes slower than expected. The hospitality in Inverness exceeded my expectations. I can't think of a better way to see Scotland for the first time. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: An excellent alternative to a big city marathon In full: Despite the remote location, Inverness is accessible by budget airlines and train. Spent three days here to break up the journey, and really enjoyed my stay.
This marathon is run point-to-point which I prefer to out-and-backs/loops. Something about being abandoned 25 miles from Inverness, and having to rely on your running to get you back to civilization. The transportation to the start was organised efficiently - the bus journey allowed you to chat with other runners which helped to dispel any pre-race nerves. Once at the start, we had an hour to prepare, and everything seem ordered with plenty of toilets, good communication, baggage collection, and a structured start.
Weather was cool and dry - perfect. Sufficient water stations and the added bonus of lucozade sport stations at 5 mile intervals. Clear course markings, traffic free, and plenty of marshals and medical help points.Little pockets of support and thanks to the house belting out the loud Scottish music, and large crowds cheering us on through the last couple of miles in Inverness.
The route is quite varied and incredibly scenic. With the Loch regularly in view, this did help to distract from the pain and tiredness. A friend described this as a PB course although I would say that the first few miles felt up and down with that hill at 4 miles knocking me out of my stride. There was a flat mid-section which allows you to finally get into a rythym. The hill at 17/18 miles was not as bad as reported but did drag on a bit. The final 6 miles were nice and flat but the damage had already been done - the final mile around the back of the stadium was mentally tough as you could hear the announcer's commentary of the finishers - however, once inside the stadium, you were treated to a grandstand finish which felt glorious to this exhausted soul.
A beautiful medal, decent t-shirt, 2 tins of soup that made the journey home, a great post-race meal with live music entertainment. The pre-race pasty party also had music entertainment, and there were a few bargains at the small expo with registration.
This is a very special marathon with lots of nice touches by the organisers. Inverness and the surrounding areas were completely behind the event, and I've never met so many genuine and friendly people. This will be on my list again next year. Thanks very much to everyone who were involved. The only thing I'm not too sure about is what to do with the Scottish flag? Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: One you MUST do....! In full: Chose this as my first marathon and absolutely loved it. Had an 800 mile round trip with the family so was a major undertaking but everything about Inverness was great for us all.
As for the race, the transport to the start was so well organised and I could not believe how amazing it was at the start line as the weather had come good too.
The first few miles were nice and compact with a few ups and downs but incredibly pleasant. Alongside the loch the long stretch there were so many folks to speak to and everyone was so friendly.
As for the hill, I was ready for them and managed ok, only after the hill did I realise the effect they had made...! The last few miles were mainly flat and downhill, all the support coming into town helped most of the pain disappear.
The finish was great, so well organised and plenty of goodies for immediate recovery and the family on hand. All in all, a perfect end to a perfect day.....plus it's the most work I've ever had to do for a jar of pickled onions.....! Date of review: October 6, 2008