In short: It's downhill really In full: Third time, and gets better and better. Even the hill out of Dores seemed shorter this year, although seeing the second half still comes as a shock. Can't do next year, but looking forward to 2013. Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Challenging In full: Like other posts while you could see the effort the organisers put in, they let themselves down with the bus ride. If they are planned to leave at 7.45, then leave then, not waiting for stragglers. Was on a bus from 7.15 till near 9.30. Simply too long and slow a ride with bladders bursting. Start was a little rushed, but it beat standing in the cloud and rain! Hilly course - challenging, scenery great and loads of water stations - organisation shone through from here on. Support through the small villages and Inverness was great. Thanks go to the locals. Because of the hilly challenges not sure a good course for beginners. Organisation at the finish slick and professional. Good run in to the finish line. Shame about the muddy park and would have appreciated a foil blanket (or something) to sit (collapse) upon and recover before leaving. Let's be clear though, these are icing on the cake for an otherwise great race. Thanks to the organisers.
In short: Great race; some great scenery and atmosphere amongst runners! In full: This was my second consecutive Loch Ness Marathon. This whole event has a very special, different feel you don't quite get from other events. It starts in the middle of nowhere, and most of the course is much the same so there's a special atmosphere as throughout. Scenery is good but you cannot see as much of the loch as you would hope! Quite a challenging course, very downhill overall but many undulations and punishing climbs to go with it. Final 3 pancake flat miles in Inverness were a relief! Organisation was disappointing after last year. The buses left for the start line quite late, then took a VERY long time to get there (1 hour 30 mins approx) so we were 15 mins from the race start upon arrival. This was followed by stewards and the commentator rushing us to get our bags dropped and get to the start line in time for the race. We had JUST got there. Give us a chance guys! Not impressed. Also, once again the park at the end was absolutely caked in mud, meaning runners and spectators alike were tip toeing around the place. Use mats or something instead. Overall a very different and special event and I would definitely recommend giving it a try. Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Fantastic event. Well organized and amazing scenery as well. Point to point run finishing in center of Inverness.Other events in Scotland should take note of how well this event is run. Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: A Memorable Marathon Experience In full: This distant sounds of highland bagpipes in the misty hills above Loch Ness....Does it get any better than that. Great undulating course, did anyone else notice the hills at miles 19 & 21 or was that just me? Warm support from many locals coming out of their houses along the way. Great organisation and Marshalling, good facilities Showers/Baggage handling at Bught Stadium. A wonderful Event Village with Massage. Plenty of things to buy/see/eat. Thank You Loch Ness! Date of review: October 3, 2011
In short: Fantastic race.... In full: Great race... Was highly enjoyable, but the last 6 miles were really tough. The scenery, the conditions, the atmosphere... Wow. I would do this again. Only moan is that the buses take longer than I expected to get to the start and the women were ready to burst by the time we stopped.... Blokes got to relieve themselves when the bus stopped enroute! Date of review: October 2, 2011