In short: I defy anyone to find a better marathon! In full: What a wonderful race! The whole thing was wonderful, from the scenery, the hills (yes the hills!), the supporters handing out drinks and the locals cheering us on. I could not have asked for anything better for my first marathon - I loved every single minute of it and can't wait to do it again! Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: A very scenic marathon with an excellent atmosphere In full: An excellent event, very well organised. Plenty of marshals. Plenty of spectators cheering us up. The weather was splendid. A mild sunny day with the temperature around 16C. There were plenty of water stations and lucozade. And, the finish at Queen's Park track was wonderful. Definitely, it's an event that has entered my calendar from now on. Till next year Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: A fantastic race, day and brilliant marathon. My 2nd mara and I loved it even with the hills!!! t In full: I had read the reviews from last year, heard from other runners how great this race was even with the dreaded hills!! But it surpassed all my expectations, the weather was the icing on the cake this year after last years torrential rain. I LOVED IT, even though my legs were like jelly in the last few miles!! The atmosphere was great, it felt like you were running with old friends to keep you going, talking to all different people along the way. The scenery was out of this world, I'm scottish and it still takes my breath away. The hills were hard but I just walked up them as fast as I could. One day I may manage to 'run' up them but not just yet!! But in saying that my 'fast' walking was still keeping up with some runners so a bit of walking aint all bad folks.. A great finish, amazing goody bag, great T Shirt, all in all I'll be back next year for sure. Well done to Baxters, all the marshalls and Inverness for a memorable experience and a PB....... Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: was my first race, with quite a mix of up and down hills to keep things interesting but more down hills than up. very well organised, scenic race. it is possibe for a first timer although I think it attracts a amount of speedy cluby type runners. In full: so pleased I did this race. I highly recommend it. Date of review: October 8, 2007
In short: first marathon think I'm hooked In full: excellent race, the organisation and friendly atmosphere made sure that nothing, not even that waterfall from the heavens could dampen the enthusiasm of most people participating. Definately will be back next year. Date of review: November 5, 2006
In short: I tamed the Loch Ness Monster!!! In full: ... at least that's how I felt at the end. Truly magnificent. First marathon, amazing experience. I should add that my wife and daughter were marshalls in the Queens Park stadium and had a fantastic day as well, despite being soaked to the skin. My favourite story from my wife is about the 10K runner to whom she said: "You're doing really well, you're nearly there." The exhausted runner replied: "Well you f****ing well finish the race for me then." You can't pay money for lines like that! See you all for the 2007 marathon. Date of review: October 20, 2006
In short: Rough run - steep ups and downs for the first 10miles, then calmer and from 17 up the hill until about 20. And it ain't downhill from there even though many claim so!! In full: I've got to admit that despite my negative picture of the race, I took away 14mins from my first marathon -so it wasn't all bad!
But. The start with inadequate number of portaloos (I barely made it in time!), the chap with the microphone never referring to the pace flags (I passed people all the way til 14miles), the hills in the starting ten miles (I had problems with my knees, sth I don't experience often), the last miles in Inverness where there was not much guidance to the finish, and the miserable pools that the torrential rain formed (this can be unrealistic to suggest, but isn't there any way to make sure runners don't need to run Through cold deep pools of water..?).
Ok, there were positive aspects too. The weather was not too hot (I was so cold during the last 5miles!). The scenery was gorgeous (I can tell only because I've seen it on a clear day -now there wasn't much else than fog to be seen). And the few people cheering us runners on the way made it feel special (due to rain -there definitely wasn't too many).
My view is not fair in terms of the rain, what can you do about it? But anyway, the course wasn't too good either.
In short: Wet, hilly, challenging, heroic marshalls! In full: My first ever marathon, and how wise I was to pick this one. Beautiful wild scenery, extreme weather, wonderful (if sparse in places) support, heroic marshalls. Could have done with more portaloos at the start and/or more coaches with toilets on them. Otherwise what a wonderfully organised race this is. Can't wait for next year. Date of review: October 15, 2006