In short: Thank you for all the organisation supply or provisions and support In full: The good people who provided much needed support in the heat should be applauded! Jelly babies, hose pipes, sponges, buckets of water... Really nice people shouting out whole hearted motivation - thank you to you all. I loved every minute of this marathon, my first and will definitely be back. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Could do better....but was better than 2009 In full: Huge medal. Great crowd support. Beautiful scenery.
Far better organisation re water supplies and loos than last year. They let themselves down regarding the exit and the buses - but the walk helped so I can't complain too much. Overall - still a very good run. If it could be a little earlier in the morning (say 9am?) it might be cooler for everyone.... Date of review: May 31, 2010
In full: Very disappointed that the marathon was put back 1 hour to accommodate the 1/2. This meant an extra 2 hours in the heat for the longer event. I put this down to pure greed, if you want to do the half at least give the full marathon priority - it would have been better to start at 8:00 in the cool. As a result, this was my worst marathon. All the water stations and drinks help and the support was good but too late. This was my 4th Edinburgh marathon but won't do it again.
In short: IImproving but could do better. In full: Drink stations far better. Marshalling great. Start was top drawer. Finish area still needs work, too many people trying to get out through a small gate. I didn`t mind the long walk to the baggage but others did.
I think the race should lose the relay runners.Do them on another day please. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Continuing to grow in size In full: A cracking event with start numbers as they are now split starts are required, simply sub-3:50 or above. A 2nd consecutive 'hot' year ruined many a PB attempt (mine included) and sheer numbers at the end made returning into the City a logistical nightmare. I will return, yes, I will. Date of review: May 31, 2010
In short: Flat/downhill marathon with PB potential. In full: This was my first sub-3 marathon and I had a great time. I didn't find the heat as bad as some others, the overcast first 40 minutes were crucial. The longer you were out there the worse it would have been. The water stations were regular and the small plastic bottles were excellent.
The course is pleasant enough, I found the run along the sea road scenic and flat. Most of the race is not supporter-heavy but I didn't find that a problem. The start was well organised and it made sense splitting it into two sections.
I didn't have any problems with the reunion area, although the walk to the buses back was just a bit long - we might as well have walked back to Edinburgh! Was also amazed given the heat to discover no-one selling ice-cream amid the burger vans etc - surely an opportunity missed?
In short: Very hot but well supplied with regular water stops and friendly locals In full: The hot sunshine from the off made it hard work all the way around but the course was excellently supplied with very regular water stations so that dehydration was never a problem. The course is extremely flat after the descent to Leith Links and I'm not sure that being able to see runners miles and miles in front further along the coast line from time to time was helpful in keeping spirits high. The locals were a god-send with their hose pipes and I certainly ran some extra mileage on the final few miles zig-zagging to try and get another dose of water spray. I was very impressed with the toilets and was amazed to find short queues at the start and a barely any queues once into the race and still with toilet paper at mile 18! The organisation of the buses home was excellent - I arrived at the bus pick-up with partner, push chair and 2 under-5s in tow and we got straight onto a bus and were off, avoiding the congestion in Musselborough itself and got back home really fast. I think it is a shame that the race heads straight out of Edinburgh never to return - given how beautiful the city is, I would have liked to have run along some of the highlights eg Princes Street, the Meadows, the New Town etc so that I knew I was running the Edinburgh Marathon. Overall though, it was a great race and as my first marathon, has given me great memories that I will treasure always. Date of review: May 30, 2010
In short: A great race only spoilt by the baggage pick up area In full: My second Edinburgh very hot so no PB but dont let the moaners put you off the route is great. For those that say it should finish back in the city would you really want to run up that hill at the end of 26 miles I dont think so!Also the finish on the race course is great for spectators. My only major critisism is the baggage pick up trying to squeeze thousands of runners and supporters through a small gate is really not on. Many thanks to the locals with hoses, lots of encouragement and sweets. Date of review: May 30, 2010