In short: Excellent Race - possible the friendliest marathon in the UK In full: I did this marathon on a whim, and was not sure whether or not I would drop out as the field size was a lot smaller than most other marathons I have ran. I am glad I didn't.
The expo, albeit small, was well organised with friendly staff and great food and entertainment at the pasta party. On race day, the transfer to the start area was very well organised, as was the parking in and around the finish area (free on a Sunday, though 10 minutes of extra pain could have been avoided if it was clearer what residential streets were closing).
The race itself was totally flawless. The started runners were gee-ed up by a pipe band and a pretty cool helicopter 'fly-past' by the race film crew. The course itself was undualating, but not tricky. The first 15 miles can be ran fairly quick to save for the few of minutes that you will inevitably loose on miles 16-19. The fact that I managed a 15 minute PB on this course with less training than my previous marathon suggests that the majority of the undulation actually decreases the pain in your legs. The profile is actually downhill for the first 4 miles, sharp uphill for a mile downhill for another 4 miles, pancake flat for 7 miles, sharp uphill for 3 and downhill for the last 6 (what comes up must come down). With typical Highland weather in the autumn, this would have been a more testing run than what it was but it was perfect.
Did I mention the top-notch goody bag with lots of nice Baxters food, cracking medal, and Saltire flag.............. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: A very well organised run through glorious scenery. In full: Once again, this was a well organised event through beautiful surroundings and finishing in a small stadium, where everything you needed to recover was readily on hand, including a great goody bag. The course has a few hills to test the legs, but it just makes finishing all the more satisfying. The organisers, sponsors and volunteers should all be very proud of themselves. Date of review: October 5, 2008
In short: brilliant In full: This was my 1st marathon and what an experiance, great organisation and buietifull scenery. Hillier than i thought but that made it a better feeling, loved it all and well worth the trip from torquay, see you next year. Date of review: December 10, 2007
In short: Fantastic scenery and good organisation make the trip well worthwhile. In full: Great race but got caught out a bit by the course being a lot tougher than I had envisaged. Can't remember any flat bits and would not have been looking for a PB had I had known what it was like. Plenty support on route and at stadium finish, nice medal and tee shirt. Only gripe was that it was a bit chaotic at the toilets at the start and due to the rush didn't get much chance for pre-race preparation. Date of review: October 29, 2007
In short: Third year taking part in the 10K had a FAB time In full: A fantastic setting - a superb course, well marshaled a really enjoyable event - here is to next year Date of review: October 27, 2007
In short: A great race, well organised, fairly tough course In full: If you want to try a marathon I would recommend this one, it is well organised, the course is a bit up and down, you have to save a little bit for the hill at 18, hot food afterwards, great scenery, good support when you venture into occupied territory. Date of review: October 22, 2007