In short: Really fast scenic race In full: I really loved this race and knocked 8+ minutes off my PB! However, where the race let itself down is the mile walk to get a bus (not what you need after racing) and the poor publishing of the results. To date (3 days after the race), I still cannot get the full results - ie where I came out of the females, V40s etc - which is inexcusable. This needs sorting out for future years! However, that aside I would recommend to anyone wanting to bag a PB or run the distance for the first time! Date of review: May 28, 2013
In full: This was my first marathon race, which I enjoyed very much!! The only negative point to mention was the transport back to Ed, could not see any signs anywhere,I ended up walking up the other direction and took a public transport back for £1.50! silly ass. Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: A fast course though could be a bit boring for regular marathoners In full: A PB potential race with a net downhill for the first 5 then pretty much flat the rest of the way. 6 miles and you're out of Edinburgh though.
Crowd support is good but sparse in places.
Goody bag at the end very lacking, 2 shampoo's, a cooling gel and a cereal bar. Nicely designed technical T-shirt.
Start area well organised with 2 staggered starts so less chance of bottlenecks.
Finish area well outside Edinburgh so logistics getting back from the race are difficult and can be time consuming depending on your option.
2nd time doing EMF and I'll do it again next year chasing another PB but I'm a resident which makes it easier. Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: a quick race with no benifits In full: Just a few facts; no energy drinks on course with water every 5k. no foil blankets at a cold finish line. a 2 mile walk at the end to the official shuttle bus back to Edinburgh. A 'goody bag' not worth bothering for. (2 shampoo samples and a muesli bar..) Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: Good PB potential. In full: This was my first time doing Edinburgh marathon and I generally really enjoyed it. The start was organised with a good atmosphere and the 2 different starts meant it wasn't too congested at the beginning.
The support was very good in places, but also lots of areas where it was very quiet, so had to put my ipod on to keep me motivated.
The scenery was beautiful.
The things which I feel need improving on are: 1) the water bottles didnt have sports caps, which meant they were hard to drink from and sloshed everywhere. You had to chuck the bottle away after a few sips, whereas if it had a sports cap I would have held on to it and sipped as I went along. 2) The mile markers were inaccurate; sometimes up to half a mile compared to my garmin, which was quite demoralising.
I would recommend this marathon, but think I shall stick to big city marathons with more of an atmosphere. I had underestimated how encouraging crowd support can be!! Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: Fantastic PB potential, if a little boring In full: A very enjoyable race, impeccably organised. Much less crowded than London, nice and flat, great PB potential! Plentiful water stations, crowd support was excellent in places (particularly the finishing straight) but sparse in others. A really long out and back section from mile 14 onwards was a bit demoralising and boring. The finishing area was really well set up.
Downsides: the walk to the buses at the end was long, at least 20 minutes (difficult on tired legs), but once you got to the buses you were straight on one and being taken back to the city. The goodybag was pretty rubbish. The route, although pretty, is quite boring.
Overall, a very good race which I'd highly recommend. Date of review: May 28, 2013
In short: Good for a first marathon, but don't understand why the race finishes 7 miles from the start. The last thing I wanted to be doing after running was sitting in a bus for an hour and a half. They really need to sort out the route. Date of review: May 28, 2013