In short: Good race but needs a little work In full: After interloq took over this event there were high hopes however even though the race was better than previous ones there are a few problems. The issue with the start it was delayed and no there was sound (hooter etc..) to signal that start and there was lack of communication. People cutting corners or not going through the cones - other words people not actually following the route marshalls did nothing about it. The t-shirts had no relevance to the race only the Q-buster online entry thing. Also there was actually no one directing cars in Camperdown before the start and when I went back to the car I noticed a couple of cars had been dumped and blocked exit paths of other cars. Some mile markers were out of place, mile 11 was well out of place. Few people said there was a lack of water stations. There were also good points such as nice finish & nice medal. Course was ok but the climb in last 3/4 miles was hard going. Crowds were good but not that brillant weather played a part in that.
In short: Challenging race, dead flat for 2/3 then uphill for last 4 miles In full: First time for the organisers in Dundee so there were some teething troubles which I'm sure will be ironed out for next time - eg no chip timing mat. The start at Broughty Ferry was lovely and flat. there were enough marshals throughout and enough water. The only real gripe was the route. After 8 miles or so, you left the river and started to climb to Camperdown Park. You climbed 100m in the last 4 miles. (By comparison, the climb at the hill at 11 miles in Alloa is only 25m). Even when you made it into the park it didn't flatten off till the last 600m or so. It seemed very supportive of beginners/slower runners with the commentator and finish team staying in place till the last runners finished. There were lots of unattached runners in the race. The people at the Glass Pavillion in Broughty Ferry were very welcoming to all the runners collecting their numbers at 7.30am on a Sunday morning. They didn't mind all the loo roll being used and were even open for coffees etc! great practical support from a local business. Date of review: July 5, 2007
In short: Could do better In full: All I can say is that the organisers must never have participated in a run as they would have understood the need for toilets at the start of a race!!! Weather was just right with a nice breeze along riverside (good job as there was no water!) Disappointed with the lack of a goodie bag at end, but enjoyed the run and did a PB despite the extra length. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Well marshalled, plenty of water stations, some killer climbs near end! In full: This was the 1st time that I'd ran this race, and had been a bit concerned at comments on the forums from previous years on the distance. Sadly, no toilets at start as apparently Castle St toilets closed a while back- thankfully McDonalds were helpful!! Watewr stations plentiful but bit sparce on Riverside Drive with nothing from beginning of drive to Discovery- I could have used some water on that part of the route as I slowed drammatically there- went from 6:34 min miles to a 8:19 then a 10!!
I would run this again, and keep prepared fro Riverside, Broughtty Ferry road and the walkway. Malawian choir on Discovery was uplifting! Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Great day out. In full: As this was my first big run I can't really compare it to other half marathons, but I have to say I enjoyed the experience. Good points i found were the runners were friendly, stewarding was good, regular water stations and crowds were uplifting, bad points were no toilets open at the start of the course and the hill near the end on the B'Ferry road, there has to be some other route to the finish. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: My first organised run, it worked well for me - now on to Loch Ness in October!!! In full: I have entered my first Marathon this year (Loch Ness) and entered the Dundee Half Marathon mainly for the experience and for training purposes. Shame more Dundonians couldn't get out their beds to cheer us on - this being my first race, I can't overstate how much this kind of encouragement helps. The organisers should be ashamed at the lack of proper toilet facilities at the start - apart from that everything was fine. Date of review: June 26, 2006