In short: Fast, flat and wet In full: Good - well organised start with pens and clear instructions (though I found the announcer difficult to hear at times), Lucosade was welcome at half time (and was available later too which wasn't on the information sheet), well signposted including bollards and all the mile markers were clear. Less good - the finish line caught me by surprise - it wasn't clear where this was until I was on top of it so missed my chance at that last minute sprint! The goodie bag, apart from the tshirt, was disappointing - flax seeds?! Something more edible than a children's fruit bar would have been welcome! And the shuttle bus was DREADFUL! Had to wait in the cold and wet for over half an hour for this with no explanation or apology.
Overall - I'd do it again for the general organisation and flat course but there are areas for improvement. Date of review: April 20, 2010
In short: Well organised this year compared to last. Start - not much hanging about. Route very flat and scenic - even though the weather let us down! Huge praise for the marshals and spectators for their support and for cheering everyone on. In full: Great finish at Musselburgh Racecourse. Huge improvement to last year at finish re collection of medals, goody bags etc - but where were the mars bars people referred to?! I achieved a personal best despite the awful weather so am really pleased. Will definitely do again. Date of review: April 20, 2010
In short: No Chris Hoy, rainy, freezing, but I loved it! In full: This was my second half marathon & the weather was very similar to when I did my first in February - except that at least then it wasn't raining! However, despite the appalling conditions everyone seemed in good spirits and it was a lovely run to do. Shame we couldn't see more of the fabulous views but the atmosphere was good, the spectators and marshalls were enthusiastic (and it was probably far worse for them standing around than it was for us) and the course was flat. I like the fact that we turned around and retraced our steps for the last three miles, I was prepared for what lay ahead and enjoyed the distraction provided by looking at all the other runners going the other way. Would love to do this race again. Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Great run, much improved organisation from last year, decent goody bag. In full: Head wind for 10 miles and freezing rain for the full thing. Never been so cold in a race, however, despite this came away with a PB. Organisation was much improved on last year and the start went smoothly. Marshalls and spectators did well to stand out in the conditions and cheer people on. Lovely goody bag at the end with technical t-shirt contained in a proper kit bag. A random selection of the usual goodies accompanied this. I think it would have benefitted from the odd spot of entertainment at certain sections although it was so cold and miserable not sure anyone would have been keen to play and to be honest I wasn't really paying attention as I was so focused on finishing and getting warm and dry. Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Good race for a first timer -no evil hills! In full: Mars bars? What mars bars? I missed those!
First half marathon, shocking weather [although that didn't deter me as I've trained through all weathers in the run up to this race, thank god.]
Lovely jovial atmosphere, people where friendly and helpful. Was a bit of a tight squeeze going out the stadium at the beginning [although handy for making sure you didn't sprint off too fast!]prompt start although it was a bit confusing trying to find my starting pen!
Nice organisation at the end - kind people on hand to help my remove my chip -my hands where so cold I couldn't do anything! Was amazing to hear my name being called out as I crossed the finishing line.
Would recommend this to a first time half marathoner- it's a big enough race that you get the atmosphere, but not so big that you feel overwhelmed.
Didn't see Sir Chris, bit disapointing that! Only other disapointing thin was the goody bag was a bit crap - though I loved my t-shirt [and I'm embarrased to admit I slept in it last night!] Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Well organised, good support and plenty of water; from bottles as well as the sky.l In full: The race pens at the start were a good idea which allowed us to set off with others with the same predicted time. The race started on time, which is always a bonus when the weather is poor, and there were no major dramas in the stadium. The course started of well with us running along the water front but the last 6 miles were uninspired and saw us running out and back before a bit of a lack luster crowd at the finish but it was pretty cold and miserable in the rain. A generally flat, fast course which offers a good chance of a PB or a good introductory race for the first timer. A good race that could be so much more with a bit of sunshine, but that's not really the organisers' fault I guess! Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: I hate rain! In full: starting pens were a good inclusion over last year but there was no signage to tell you which was which but again we were usherd outside and kept milling about in the cold for too long - in my opinion - especially given the weather. good support en-route well done folks! not convinced the turnaround was better than last year though. Lack of marshalls officials after dechipping - I was wandering aimlessly lookign for baggage trucks and changing facilities and spoke to manu others in the same boat. Bizzarely I can remember seeing them as I came in over the line but couldn't find them after dechipping. Overall weather was poor but once I was wet through I wasn't going to get any wetter! I'd like to see for next year: - keep the pens, good idea but needs better signage to find your pen. - baggage trucks closer to the finish - had it been a nice day then it would have been fine but it wasn;t a nice day - or at least more obvious signs or marshalls to help us souls out.
good race, plenty of water and lucozade, must keep my eyes peeled for the Mars bars next year.
my highlight - running past the fella on the esplande dressed in a dry suit carrying a canoe. I know it was wet but really.... :)
In full: My first half marathon. Flat and definite PB potential. Horrible weather but well organised and a nice location. My family tell it was announced at the finish that no Chris hoy as he got married on the Saturday and was on honeymoon - assume he is on honeymoon in the uk as all flights grounded! Date of review: April 19, 2010