In short: Cheers, giggles, claps & exhortations and ... was that music ? In full: The smooth organization is the first thing, but I was expecting this considering the size of the event. Although the goody bag wasn't exceptional it wasn't terrible either; I definitely do have a problem with the colour of the T-shirt though - a more cheerful blue would have been better. What was more challenging were those damn inclines and the blustery conditions. But in my view this is far preferable to unnaturally warm weather. Heaven on earth ! Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: hilly but enjoyed it In full: i only decided to run this with a friend from work whose partner dropped out due to family commitments and it was there first ever event and my fist time on this route. there is not much difference between this and the auld toon(dunfermline)which i am running on wednesday and i must admit i am not keen on hilly races but it would be boring if every race was flat.the t-shirt was fine and the medal but there could have been more in the goody bag but its hard to please so many people Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: great run despite the severe winds, disappointing goody bag In full: The 3rd time of doing this race. As usual the organisation was excellent - the pre-race literature stated only one water station at 5K mark for those of you complaining! The brutal headwind up Queens Drive made the hill a lot more challenging than usual but the entertainment at the top of this and the Mound gave something to run for. Always enjoy this race although the goody bag this year was very disappointing compared to other years considering the price. Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: good but tough, well organised race as expected from the great run crew. will be back next year! In full: quite a challenging course and fairly congested at the start but a great race nonetheless. the wind didn't help and i swear the hill at queen's drive gets steeper every year! Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: 530ft of uphill with strong gales, but at least the rain held off In full: The start was great and I even saw myself on TV over breakfast this morning. The waves at the start worked nicely, although I was standing next to someone checking his 55min race split times on his wristband next to me eventhough it was the sub-40min part of the green wave. Although the green wave was meant to be for 46-60min runners, the organisers had a sub-40 and a 40-45 min zone in it (well done to them), and this worked well for me: I had a nice clear road throughout and just spent the run overtaking (for which there was plenty of space where I was).
The downhill-only first couple of miles made for a worryingly fast start, as did the descent past waverly and down the Royal Mile. Holyrood Park was a complete nightmare, with that endless gradient always visible in front and gales that made forward progress tricky. Not a course for a PB, althoug I wasn't too far off: a top 300 finish, although way behind the pros who just seem to sprint the whole thing including the hilly bits. Bad bits: silly time of the warm-up (too early to be of any use, but good for the atmosphere), outrageous overpricing of the event, poor goody-bag and the hills (I think everyone has mentioned these). Overall, a good day out, with a great atmosphere. Date of review: May 7, 2007
In short: Hills..Hills and Wind!! In full: My first 10K, my first "big race" and had a great time - apart from the hills and the wind! I will definately be back next year - got my time to beat! Date of review: May 7, 2007