In short: Dores Hill worries ? just 61 metres incline over 3 miles.....! In full: A fabulous race, unforgettable scenery, warm welcoming organisors, and pretty good food before ( pasta party) and afterwards food voucher is a welcome treat !
The whole city of inverness embraces the race, the atmosphere is brilliant without being intimidating.
The drinks stations are positioned just right on the route. The only heart stopping moments are the journey to the start....make sure you `go` before you get on the coach to the start...its a full HOUR before you disembark. The organisors did a great job, however the masses of runners formed 2 queues to the toilets, and one of them was a hot drinks station, so be careful not to join the wrong one ! - A simple laminated map of the start area could be on the bus to hand around...that way everyone could see where they needed to head to ( most people just jumped into the heather/trees when they saw the queue anyway !
And now THAT hill...its not steep, its just long and a shock to the legs after effectively a 17 mile largely down hill run ( A few hills within that 17 miles...but hey..its Scotland !!!) I have learned as a trail runner that runners dont like hills..especially marathon runners but dont let this hill put you off...actually there is another little gradient increase at 23 miles which hurts a lot more ! I measured Dores from mile 17-20 and its only 61 metres incline over the 3 miles...get it done and then enjoy the Baxters soup. `Happy Trails` Date of review: October 3, 2013
In short: A great race, brilliant scenery, great organisation, tough hills!! In full: This was my first marathon. Do not underestimate the course, although the profile looks downhill, there are rolling hills throughout the course. Dores Hill at 18 miles is tough. The hill itself isn't particularly steep but its a long hill and after 18 miles it really took its toll on me. The atmosphere throughout the run was amazing with good banter between runners and great support from the pockets of people along the way. Bigger crowds as you come into Inverness with fabulous support at the finish. A great medal, t-shirt, goody bag and food. Although I've never felt so much pain whilst running before (cramp at Dores Hill) it has not put me off entering next year where I plan to tame the monster that is Dores Hill. This race should be on everyone's to do list!! Date of review: October 2, 2013
In short: A gorgeous but tough course that requires hill training regardless of the apparent downhill profile .... In full: The course is challenging from start to finish, extremely undulating with some steep down hills and lots of up hills along the way. I did PB by almost 3 mins on the day but I had not hill trained, I really wish I had run some hills in my programme and I could have easily achieved the sub 3.30 I was chasing! Gorgeous views, brilliant organisation and my entry is already in for next year! Well done the organisers for getting it all so right! :) Date of review: October 2, 2013
In short: My favourite! In full: Went back to do this for the 5th time and have already signed up for next year :) Brilliant organisation! Lovely scenery! Friendly Marshall's! The whole thing from start to finish is superb :) Date of review: October 2, 2013
In short: Great course, excellent organisation would definitely do it again! In full: The course is mainly flat with a very high potential of a PB. The organisers have got it spot on. The weather was amazing today and it was great seeing so many spectators and supporters along the route. Will definitely be back next year! Date of review: September 29, 2013
In short: Stunning scenery, great organisation and a friendly feel In full: A well organised race run with the expertise of big city major marathons with out the crowds and hassle. A friendly feel ideal for beginners with the highlight being the stunning surroundings on a fast undulating course. Plenty of fuel stations, great medal, t shirt and after race food. The highlight was seeing some truly inspirational people pushing their body and mind to the limit, well done Loch Ness for a cracking event. Date of review: September 29, 2013
In short: Awesome scenery, amazing organisation! In full: This is a race everyone should do once! You catch a bus with 4000 other runners to get dropped off at the top of a hill above the Loch. Then you have stunning scenery and then once the endless hill finises at mile 20 you are downhill all the way to Inverness to be cheered and encouraged home by the very friendly locals. Date of review: September 29, 2013
In short: Pure Majic ! In full: Well done to the organiser`s,marshals,first aid people etc.You have a marathon to be proud off,Stunning scenery,the sun was shining...bagpipes at the start and soup&curry at the end.First class to all involved,not forgetting a great city that is easy to walk around and highland hospitality at every turn. Date of review: October 20, 2012
In short: Loved it! In full: We organised a 'Running friends' weekend away in Inverness to do this marathon. Flew in to Inverness, B&B for the weekend in the city, didnt need a car at all. Marathon organization was excellent from registration, pasta party, coaches and the race itself. Numbers were small (@2500) so overcrowding wasn't ever an issue. Course was tough but not hard as nails. Scenery fabulous as you get dropped off in the middle of nowhere and run back to the city. Lacking crowd support until you get to the city but other runners were friendly. If you're thinking about doing this then I have one tip - pick a coach with an on board toilet as there aren't enough toilets for girls at the race start! You should do this marathon at least once in your life! Date of review: October 20, 2012