In short: beautiful scenery In full: I found this to be a great race. Edinburgh was absolutely beautiful and certain views on the course in the sunshine(esp that of Arthur's seat) left me positively beaming. But that said i did do most of my training runs around Hackney in London so the difference was really stark! Thought I would feel awful in the heat, but it was ok. Water stations were frequent enough and the families who had set up sprinklers near the end were real stars! The only thing that got me was the gentle downhill gradient in the first few miles which I hadn't expected and caused my hips to really stiffen. Only my second marathon so don't have much to compare to but the organisation seemed very good to me. didn't have the probs with relay runners some described - but I was in the 4hour pen. I owuld suggest including safety pins in packs as I had forgotten mine and the shops near the expo had sold out of them. Beat my last time by an unexpected 25 mins so do think the course has good PB potential. Volunteers were really positive - thanks to the guy who urged me to keep going when i was obviously looking uncomfortable. The hot weather stopped me needing my usual loo break, but I did notice some runners having to dash into undergrowth so perhaps more portaloos would be good. Appreciated the bit when the course double backed on itself as I was able to see the elite kenyan runners at race past. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Despite very hot day plenty of drink stations available and a great atmosphere In full: This is the 1st time in Edinburgh Marathon but despite being hottest day of year i loved every minute of run. The scenery was fantastic as were the volunteers and crowds. I also ran my PB by 8 minutes Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Heat extravaganza. In full: It was so hot and there was good support, the folk with the hosepipes in the last three miles were a godsend. There were hardly any loos on the course. The gripe about the different flavoured drinks wasn't a problem to me, I HATED the orange lucozade in London (too strong), so the fact that you could choose was great! The Expo was a right pain in the backside, having to drive an hour to pick up number to drive an hour home. Recorded post is a couple of pounds... All in all, the course was good and the crowds were very supportive. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Crowds excellent this year kept me going knocked off 6 mins a PB In full: Heat did not help, lack of toilets at start (park came in handy). Plenty of drinks available on route, but only one bottle of water allowed at the end could have done with more. Looking forward to next year. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: hot and hilly at the end In full: It's not London, but then not many places really are. As a capital city marathon I thought the organisers did ok..there was enough water and energy drinks along the way..the seafront part was draining though as you had to continually weave and dodge seaside daytrippers!..and I agree the last three miles through the hilly housing area was torture..nice finish and although I won't be rushing back next year, I might do it again one day..but by heck it was hard work in that heat! Phew! Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Mmmmm In full: I suppose I was unfortunate, I had to pull out about half way round, was not really enjoying the experience, this time round, why? who knows. Was really disappointed to have to stop, so the chances are that I will be back to give it another go (hopefully it will not be so hot!) Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Good route, great support, loved the hosepipes! In full: I live in Edinburgh so I'm glad that everyone got to see the city at its best. The stretch from Cramond to Newhaven and the start and finish were especially good, but Seafield Road was torture. (Those people sitting in their cars opposite Carpet Right and waving their cigarettes under my nose at 19 miles nearly tipped me over the edge!)
I didn't think the course was that hilly, although I agree that the last three miles is a terrible place to have one of the biggest climbs of the day.
One gripe - the pushy relay runners who barged past in the first couple of miles. Why couldn't the relay start an hour after the main run?
Great support, especially in Leith and Portobello. An enormous thank you to the marshals - and those people in Portobello with the hosepipes ... legends! Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Very hot, but scenery made up for that In full: My 1st marathon and well pleased to make it under the 4hrs. Have to agree with others that the last 3-4 miles were definitely hilly. More organisation @Portobello required to keep people off the course and also generally to keep relay folk to the back. Needs support to grow and some course adaptation. Loads and loads of potential, may run again Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: This was my first marathon, had an excellent time which I am really pleased with considering my training runs only ever reached 15 miles. Edinburgh is a great place and everyone is very friendly. In full: The organisation was extremely good, the marshalls and volunteers all done a great job, they each can give themselves a pat on the back. There was alot of support from the crowd. Overall Great and well done to everyone. Date of review: June 13, 2006