In short: Man, that was tough!. Easily the toughest 10K i've ran. Whoever devised that course must have a sadistic streak!. The wind at the toughest parts of the course really made this a challenge today. Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: Great race, shame about the hills. (And the goody bag!) In full: Enjoyed the experience, but not the hills. I didn't realise there were so many in such a short space. Good atmosphere and good support all the way round. I agree with the comments about the disappointing goody bag, espaecially given the cost. Will be back next year though. ;-) Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: Windy, definitely windy In full: Being in the last wave, the warmup was pretty useless for me as finished too far in advance of our start. The wind did make it tough in places, though it brought a welcoming cooling effect at times. Despite this, did do it quicker than my last 10k, though admitedly this was only my 2nd! Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: Hard work but worth it In full: Race appeared to be smoothly organised but not entirely convinced about having the 25 minute gap between the warm up and the start of the race. The hills make the race tough, and the long drag through Holyrood Park is a killer - but that adds to the fun of it.
In short: Could have been so much more... In full: Edinburgh is a beautiful city and deserving of a great race, sadly I don't think this "Great" Edinburgh Run is it! High winds made parts of the event a real pain (obviously can't blame organisers for that). However the lack of Km markers (I only saw 1, 8 & 9km) made the race harder than it needed to be (difficult to gauge your progress) and the woeful water supply was frankly dangerous on such a hot morning (1 at the halfway mark), no wonder so many folks had opted for their own supply, if I ever do this race again I'll do the same! There seemed to be a real lack of support for those in the final (pink) starting group, which made parts of the course somewhat lonely. Also there was a real feeling of much of the course being cleared away from around the pink phasers what with the lack of the aforementioned Km markers, very few race marshalls, cars being allowed in and out of the course and pedestrians ambling about unawares!
Nice medal and decenet t-shirt too, though for such an expensive race there was little else in the goody bag other than a biscuit! A shame all in all...
In short: Very enjoyable first time run In full: Edinburgh was built on hills which gives the beginner runner a good excuse to walk and recover a bit. The only two that cause any trouble are the Mound (short, sharp, steep) and Queens Drive (long, gentle and never ending!)
My only issue with the organisation was the fact that the warm-up finished about 40 minutes before I started (pink wave) and so was of little benefit.
My only issue with the event was the number of people who started in front of me who either had unrealistic assumptions about their time or were standing in the wrong place. Overtaking is fun, but distracting. Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: Hard work but worth it In full: This was my second year of running this race. Same course as last year but tougher with the high wind. Wave start was an improvement but goody bag was step backwards. Organisation again was very good. I did improve my PB but its not really a PB course, too many tough hills stop that. Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: Tough race.... evil wind In full: Forgot how tough this course is and the wind didnt help! Also the lack of water stations didnt help on a day when most of the race was run in bright sunshine only one station just wasnt enough!
Apart from that it was well organised and Auld Reekie is a lovely place to run through.... if only they had made it flatter! Date of review: May 6, 2007
In short: Fun not Fast In full: Wave system meant that I didn't have any problems with congestion (I was in the second, B wave). Wind made getting a PB unlikely. Great turnout, challenging but well worth it. Date of review: May 6, 2007