In short: Fantastic scenery, great weather and brilliant organisation In full: The 2012 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon was a great event! The sun shone, lighting up the landscape showing us the picture postcard scenery. As ever, this event is extremely well organised and other marathons should look and learn from this one. The volunteers at the water stations, post race meal and baggage reclaim were so well organised. The marathon and Inverness are very friendly, so while not a fast course, it is still beginner friendly. Great to so many runners from other countries too! Had a fantastic time, met some great people and came away with a new PB. What else could you ask for? Already signed up for next year! Date of review: October 2, 2012
In full: 3rd time running it. Yes it's hard on legs but put in good training and can be very enjoyable experience.Very friendly staff and marshalls.Bigger crowds cheering on this year,never going to get massive crowds in a race that starts in middle of nowhere lol.Bus trip not too bad,just don't drink too much before you get on ! Overall great experience,makes you want to come back for more. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Nice but not sure if I would do it again... In full: This was the second marathon that I've done, Edinburgh being the first in May which was very flat but the weather was far too hot for running!
Weather was lovely for this in September, sunny but cool. Scenery was beautiful. However, I missed the support from the crowd and I found it very lonely and quiet.
I did a HUGE mistake by not training for this marathon at all, which was very stupid and I would never recommend anyone to run a marathon without training (believe me, I won't be trying it again in a hurry..).
I ran the first 13 miles, a combo of power walking/running up to 16miles and then I had to walk the remainder - saving my energy for the last kilometre. It hurt so bad and I didn't enjoy it because of this reason - although this was my own fault.
The hills are tough but not impossible, a lot of downhills and flat areas too.
Overall it was lovely but through my own mistakes it was difficult and sore and I missed the cheering crowd - I didn't get the same buzz as when I ran Edinburgh. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Very well organised and super fast course In full: I was worried that the faffing about to get buses to the start would be annoying but it wasn't - like everything about the day is was very efficiently organised and ran like clockwork.
Water stations were frequent - every 3 miles or so - which was great.
The first 10 miles are basically downhill (net 1,000 feet or so) which gives this real PB potential.
And the t-shirt is really nice. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: So well organised, the runners were treated like royalty. In full: Great organisation.Really lovely volunteers.Lots of water and gel stops. Great atmosphere. Simply fabulous. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Great but harder than I expected! In full: Having had a bit of time to think about it all the the comments about the lovely scenery are true, well worth the trip. My one and only complaint was the bus transfer to the start line which was both a long slow journey and late, my top tip is this, get on the last bus at the pick up point at bught park, you might think this strange but the road to the start is narrow and as a result the convoy of coaches park in single file along this narrow stretch of road with the first coach to depart ending up as far as possible from the start line and the few toilets while the last to depart is practically on the start line! also because the road is narrow when everyone bails out of the coaches it is incredibly crowded and difficult to get to the loos in any sort of time before the race starts, that really is my only complaint. As far as the run itself goes I checked out the elevation chart before booking this and thought to myself fantastic, it's all downhill, I am now painfully aware that the best part of 12 miles downhill knackered my knees to the extend that I thought i would not be able to finish, add to that a couple of really hard hills and I was good for nothing, having said all that I now find that when I think of the Marathons I have done this has taken a close second place for me behind the VLM as a memorable race, would I do it again! maybe if my knees were better. Date of review: November 26, 2011