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
In short: I saw the monster, honest ! In full: Hearing tales of the long bus ride, I was fearing the worst, but it all ran absolutely superbly. Especially as our bus had a loo on it ! A top Lemur Tip from me. Get on a comfy coach with a lav. As the first bit is downhill, I found it hard not to clatter off at top pace and regretted it towards the end . It ended up being the hardest marathon I've ever don, but if I'd slowed myeself down at the start, it probably wouldn't have been too bad. Amazing organisation. Superb marshalls. Brilliant spectators. And getting a text with your time as soon as you cross the line...We have arrived in the 2q1st century, ladies and gentlemen ! One thing. I stayed to watch the prize giving and no way was the lady who won the over 50's, over 50 :-) It's a long way to go, but I'd really recommend this race to anyone. Inverness is a lovely city as well. Date of review: October 18, 2012
In short: Monster! In full: I'd sum it up with this: the real problem with most large road marathons is the finish; they mollycoddle you and ply you with drinks before and during the race, but at the end there are so many people that they really must get you away from the finish as fast as they can, unless you've actually collapsed. Trouble is this is really the only time where you really need a bit of care.
The Loch Ness Marathon, on the other hand, is just the right size to be able to lay on a big tent with hot soup, hot food, chairs, tables and drinks where you can warm up and savour the moment with other runners. Brilliant.
The whole thing feels like it's been organised by someone who actually knows just what it's like running a marathon, and that's quite unusual. Will most certainly be back.