In short: Won't be back In full: First the positives. Went there for a PB and got it. Hotel (Crowne Plaza, Royal terrace) was brilliant! Pasta supper, staff were up early for a 5:30 breakfast, and only 2mins from the start line. And that's about it for positives. Course was too narrow, causing zig-zagging for the first 8miles, Most marshals gave the impression they didn't want to be there, the bus to the finish for family & friends took the best part of 2 hours (possibly because they didn't check tickets and just let anyone on - as they did previous years). Which Muppet set-up the final road section? 4 runners wide and they then tried to drive a buggy against the flow! Less said about the finish area the better, just wanted to change and get away ASAP. Oh yes, 20min walk to the shuttle buses and yet more miserable people directing you to the buses (thank goodness for the drummers!). But the award of the day has to go to the baggage manager, who laid out all the bags on wet grass and left them there during a downpour. Thank you so much for the soaked bag I got to carry on my back for the rest of the day. Trust me, we would have rather waited an extra few minutes while your team dug our bags out of the trucks (actually, they were the only well run team on the day). Date of review: May 26, 2014
In short: Poor organisation, nowhere near enough toilets In full: Disappointing. No baggage truck sign, hopeless finish area, no food, drinks or shelter for spectators. Long trip back to city centre on bus. We ditched the shuttle bus ticket we had booked & paid for in advance and got on a normal bus which was considerably closer! Sadly would go back. Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: organizational issues: nice start, good course management, finish area ok (sign to baggage trucks missing), aweful hike (felt like 1.5 miles) to the shuttle busses back to Edinburgh Date of review: May 25, 2014
In short: Good PB potential but organisation could do with improvement In full: I have run quite a few half marathons for comparison.
Overall I felt the PB potential lived up to expectation and the course was great, apart from the long out and back section at the end which was mentally hard work.
The start was good with lots of space. Luckily I didn't need the toilet or I probably would have missed the start and finish of the race whilst still queueing- more toilets next year would be great.
The finish was the biggest disappointment, the volunteers organising bags were clearly doing their best but at one point the chap next to me pointed out that they seemed to be creating an art attack that neil buchannon would be proud off!
The long walk back to the buses and following long journey back to the city centre was expected so I can't complain but I can't help but think there must be a better way.
I did enjoy the actual run though and I would do it again though, having grumbled! Date of review: June 26, 2013
In short: Better organisation could make this a very good event In full: Some improvements - baggage excellent, finish area better - but some lapses - poor goody bag and T-shirt, no sports drinks, poor results service (STILL some errors on webpage). Fast start but the middle section drags, slow circuit round Gosford House, still no improvement to the post-race transport. Date of review: June 21, 2013
In short: Lovely place to run, no dull bits other than the long switchback. In full: This was my first Marathon and I enjoyed it even though it was a very warm day.Plenty of water was provided and energy gels were available and needed.Didn't enjoy the lack of regular distance signage over the last couple of miles and no countdown markers for last mile,I had no clue where the finish line was as you cannot see until you turn a corner and then its a 100 yards over uneven plastic matting.The long walk to the shuttle buses back was poor as well.But overall I would go again as Edinburgh is so nice. Date of review: June 18, 2013