In short: Less than smooth route In full: This was my first marathon, and I guess a gentle introduction. However, even with no experience there were some things I did not enjoy:
A higgledy piggledy course route - not the lovely open roads I was anticipating but tight corners, 180 switchbacks and a very random loop at about mile 18 seemingly tacked on to make the mileage up.
What supporters there were, were great. But the friends I came with said getting to a view point was nigh on impossible. Miles 15-20 seemed in the middle of nowhere and if you went there to spectate there was no way you'd make it back to the finish line in time. Partly due to traffic.
The start being in two waves was annoying as myself and one friend were in the first wave, but our other two friends were in the second wave at the other starting point, our spectator friends didn't know where best to stand.
Queues for toilets at the start a bit ridiculous
Goody bag, well, not good.
Energy stations a long time coming and not many.
Good things: Medal and t-shirt
Plenty of water on offer
Fairly flat route
Only took 3 minutes to cross the start line Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: ok race but poor organisation need to look at how Chester do it! In full: This was a mixed race with some good aspects but was badly let down by key organisational elements.
The start suffered from an ability to hear the PA and a lack of toilets. The course was good apart from the loop section the surface was appalling. it certainly wasn't as fast and flat as the organisers suggested. there were plenty of well manned water stations but there was a complete lack of energy drinks not a great idea.
My biggest complaint however was the organisation at the finish. the finish area was chaotic not well organsaised and a nightmare from a spectators perspective. the goody bag was terrible although the T-shirt was excellent!
The transport back to the start was terrible a 1.6 mile walk half of it up hill is a crazy idea at the end of a marathon whoevers idea that was has clearly never ran a a marthon! the fact it took 90 mins to get back to the centre didnt help neither did the bus dropping off near dynamic earth was't great
The organsiation would need to get significantly better before I'd consider running it. The organisers should take a trip to Chester in October to see what good organisation looks like Date of review: June 11, 2013
In short: great marathon and good pb potential In full: I really enjoyed the 2013 marathon, everything was very well organised, the support was good in the areas where supporters could be, the only downside was the long walk for the bus trip home but on the whole very well organised. Date of review: June 4, 2013
In short: Edinburgh part of the marathon great. Musselburgh part of the marathon ok. In full: This was my first marathon and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The locals were welcoming before, during and after the event.
The marathon itself was mainly in Musselburgh rather than Edinburgh, so I was disappointed not to see more of the city whilst running.
Quite a few people have commented on the finish and the long walk to get buses through the slow traffic. We were warned about this beforehand so I won't complain, however this does need to be looked at for future events. Date of review: June 2, 2013
In short: Nice scenic run with fridndly supporters In full: Lack of toilets at beginning meant queuing over half an hour!!!! Lots of water stations although a drink other than water would have been good over the 26 miles
In short: reasonable race but with a mentally boring out and back section In full: the race overall was very enjoyable, but the out and back section could have done with a bit more atmosphere to take your mind off the interminable slog,the first half of the route was fine very enjoyable, and i have already entered the half for next year but would not do the full again, goody bag was a bit poor and toilets were dire at the end also a long walk back to the transport Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: Fantastic coastal scenery but lack of support at the critical stages In full: This was my first marathon but I have run in a few big halfs to compare to on the organisation front.
Good points: Loved the coastal scenery. Good support in a few spots and great at the end. Start area well organised, efficient bag drop. Lots of water stations and good marshals.
Bad points: Long walk to the buses and then a long bus ride in bad traffic. Not fun. Not enough toilets on the course. Sports drinks at a couple of stations would have been nice. No clear directions to anything at the finish area. Mile markers well out. The course is relatively flat compared to other races but it's far from the flat course the organisers claim it to be. The undulations make a big difference if you've trained on the flat expecting a flat course. Poor photos. There is no picture of me crossing the finish line, yet they managed to get me on a DVD which I can pay for instead. Who on earth wants a DVD?! The design of the course means miles 15-22 are pretty remote and with the road closure no supporters can get to that part of the course. Had I known how minimal the support would have been I would have taken my iPod. I had a bad run and really needed some support at that point.
For me it's that last point that really made a difference. If you advertise yourself as a big city marathon (it is called the Edinburgh marathon after all, not East Lothian) then people expect some support. The supporters in other areas were fantastic, especially everyone so put their sprinklers out on what was an unusually hot day for Scotland! But people simply can't get to some of the toughest miles mentally.