In short: This event surpassed my expectations. Brilliant. In full: What a magnificent event. From the superb organisation to the awe inspiring setting. Everyone should try this at least once.
To say everything ran like clockwork would be an understatement. The convoy of buses with the motorcycle escorts ensuring we all got through the town together set the standard.
During the race, the drinks stations were well placed, the marshalls were supportive, and the support in the villages and even at farms was much appreciated.
The course itself is deceiving. I would swear now it was a tough course, but when I think back properly the first half isn't too tough and it's only really once you get to the dreaded "HILL" after Dores that the course beings to take it's toll.
In the end I finished with a PB, and I'll be back again next year to try for another.
Lastly the post race efforts of the organisers should be applauded. Hot soup, baked potato and a well earned seat sheltered from the rain. You really couldn't ask for more.
Easily my best marathon experience. Date of review: October 3, 2006
In short: Once again, a faultless race. In full: I'm biased, being local, but this race is just brilliant. I like running in the rain, although I could cope with a little less than we had this year. I hope all the marshalls got medals too. Date of review: October 3, 2006
In short: The heavy rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm for this race, shame that the locals of Inverness couldn't match the support provided by the villagers enroute. Well done the volunteers! Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: My favourite race- without a doubt In full: Fantastic race! "Heat mist" spoiled the scenery a bit this year but weather didn't spoil the race. I was speaking to two girls who said they'd come up from England to do Inverness because it was in the top 3 Runner's World races- it deserves to be! Superbly organised (I particularly loved the cans of Guinness above the drinks stations signs!)- though one minor complaint- they gave out energy bars at the drinks stations last year but not this time... But this is still easily my favourite race of the year. Date of review: October 2, 2006
In short: Great course, great organisation, great event In full: Who wants a flat, fast, warm, dry race anyway! From the pre-start bus convoy to the post race hooley this was the best. No GNR-style grumbles about escaping from car parks or the like. Perfect size, a huge thank you to the support team - and what about those crazy cyclists, riding bikes on a day like that! Date of review: October 2, 2006