In short: Glorious scenery! In full: My first marathon - a tough one in places, but very rewarding. The weather was perfect, too, and the goody bag and freebies were excellent. Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: Brilliant race In full: I came back to do this again with the intention of beating last year's time but due to illness and injury this wasn't on but I had a brilliant time. It was hard but I got round which is the main thing and I will be back next year!
The organisers manage to pull this off like clockwork - well done to them! Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: My first marathon,and I loved it. Glad I picked this one. In full: A fantastic weekend in all. Weather just right. Well organized from start to finish. Great support from the locals. Plenty of well manned water stops, well done to everyone involved in this race, be very proud of yourselves. I can't think of anything negative to say at all. I must admit I ignored the warm up, it seemed more important to stay in the loo queue. Hope to be back next year. Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: Beautiful Scenery, Perfect running conditions, Crowd where present fantastic ,almost faultless organization In full: My 2nd marathon and a complete contrast to London. Being driven in groups to the start line is a great idea, especially with that scenery to greet you at the start. Being such a rural race the atmosphere was a bit flat but the crowd, where present were brilliant especially in Doress and Inverness.
Course generally down hill but some steepish climbs mostly within the first 3rd but also in Doress between 18 and 20 miles, so fairly quick
My only slight annoyance was the organization at the start with people being dropped off before the start line and having the luggage van and most of the toilets after the start line. It was a bit chaotic during the last half an hour before the start with people trying to dash between the drop off point, toilets and the luggage van with people gathering behind the start line in the middle. Apart from that a fantastic race and one I hope to do again
In short: Fantastic and friendly In full: Course was a bit hillier than the literature suggested, but fellow runners warned me the day before so I was at least a bit better prepared mentally! Gorgeous scenery, brilliant running conditions, and some really nice touches from the race organisers as well as very efficient handling of 'the basics'. I'd definitely be back. Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: A special race In full: I have done several big city marathons such as London , Paris and New York but in my opinion Loch Ness tops them all...
It's not an easy course but the scenery from start to finish is spectaular and the atmosphere friendly. The organisers should be congratulated for staging such a special event. From the time I signed-up to post race the organisation was faultless. Thanks to all involved in making this a memorable day.
In short: Thanks for a very special race day In full: Wow - what a day. Thanks to all the marshalls and organisers - this was a perfect day. Despite a whole heap of pain this was probably my most enjoyable ever. Everything worked great in terms of organisation and even the weather was perfect. I'm sure running with 30,000 others in a "big" marathon is a real kick but this was very special. Highly recommended - the only problem I have is that given this year's event was so good and I got a new PB to boot - it can only be downhill from here! Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: TOUGH BUT WORTH IT In full: Have to say this is a very special race, organisation and atmosphere was superb. Was more hilly than I expected, but the scenic route more than made up for that. If you haven't run this yet, a must do. Will be back to look for nessy again soon. Date of review: October 9, 2007