In short: beautiful scenery, great atmosphere. Not enough toilets at start and water stations were dreadful. In full: If I had been in good shape I would have really enjoyed this race. The route is fantastic, the scenery beautiful, great support en route, efficient bus service to start. Prize giving was excellent and on-time. A few gripes however - not nearly enough toilets at start for size of field. I had to queue at the water stations to get water - if I had been racing for a time this would have been even more annoying. The showers at the finish were locked!!! I had to make do with baby wipes. And what happened to chip timing? - I presume the results on display at the prize giving were only gun times? Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: still my favourite race ever In full: I love this race. Did the first one in 2006, missed last year as had just had my wee girl but back this year. Course harder now that it's not just straight down the ski road and the head wind this year was a killer. It was great value for money too. Date of review: October 20, 2008
In short: Fantastic - although very Windy!! In full: Heard lot about this race and booked a holiday in Aviemore around this - not disappointed possibly the best and most enjoyable Half Marathon ever taken part in! Date of review: October 19, 2008
In short: Great course ! In full: Fantastic route through Glenmore forest / loch morlich. Organisation generally good but the bus transfer needs to be fixed. Bus drivers didn't seem to know where they were going also busses seemed to be late in leaving Aviemore. That said great event. Date of review: October 24, 2007
In short: I loved it. In full: One or two organisational problems - but I still enjoyed it. Fantastic scenery, the marshalls were very cheery and the course was great. Didn't like the last half mile though - too rocky and narrow with no chance to speed up in the last mile.
I'll be back next year. Date of review: October 23, 2007
In short: A superb location for a race - mostly a trail race, with a few road miles at the end. In full: Another sunny day at Aviemore which was almost too hot at times. The route is superb, but the undulations, paths and tracks would make a serious PB unlikely compared to a flatter, road HM.
Ok, there was a problem with the buses at the start, but this can be easily solved next year: more buses plus have them leaving a bit earlier would solve this. The chip timing was mis-leading since the end of the race ONLY was chipped, which meant that some runners lost a couple of minutes just getting up to the start line; again this could be solved with a proper timing chip (e.g. Sportsystems disposable chips as used at the Stirling 10k the previous month). I actually managed to use one of the two showers after the race, but these facilities were woefully inadequate - what a shame that the race organisers were unable to get use of the adjacent facilities in the Macdonald hotel swimming pool.
From a personal point of view, I ran on tired legs and went off too fast. Mile 6 was a killer [and was it closer to 1.1 miles based on my mile split?] The second half of the race was mere survival for me and I was three minutes down on the time I'd hoped for. Still, I've put it in my diary for next year - 19th of October 2008! Date of review: October 23, 2007
In short: Stunning, speedy run in beautiful area - will be back again. In full: I did this run last year too and again I loved it and I knocked 7 mins off last years time, Yay! Undulating track start for about 7 miles, then steady, speedy downhill on tarmac - remember to save some energy for the wee killer hill at the end! It's not a big hill but it feels like it on tired legs. I carry a wrap around water bottle with me on runs but my boyfriend is once of the speedy ones and he found the water station with cups not a lot of use - maybe try bottles next year? The busses could have been organised better but that didn't spoil it for me (probably because we were lucky as the sun was shining again - would have been a different story if we'd been waiting in the rain). Thanks to all those cheering all the way round, especially the kids handing out sweeties!, the marshalls, water station folk and finish line folk! thanks :) Date of review: October 17, 2007