In short: Starting in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands and with a big city atmosphere at the finish, this race has it all. In full: I can't imagine any other race where you start in the middle of nowhere surrounded by the most stunning scenery imaginable and you finish in a city with hundreds of spectators cheering you on. Just for that, this could be the UK's best marathon. On top of that though you have nice touches like being texted your time as soon as you're over the line, a decent goody bag (which makes what might appear to be an expensive race seem more than reasonably priced) and plenty of things to keep the family entertained whilst you run. Some will describe this as a tough race and you do need to do some hill training. But overall, it's downhill and the big hill from miles 18-20 isn't really that bad (more of a long slog than particularly steep). With a tailwind for virtually the whole course (other than the last half mile which is in the opposite direction), I managed not only a PB but a negative split. Just take it relatively easy during the first 10 miles which are almost entirely downhill (though there are a couple of nasty short sharp climbs) and you'll be fine. A big thank you from me to the organisers (especially whoever it was at the London expo this year who persuaded me to enter). And if you're thinking about entering, just do it now. You won't regret it for a moment. Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: Always delivers In full: 3rd year and a surprising marathon PB! The course is beautiful but testing. None of the climbs are particularly steep but on tired legs they feel very wearing. The undulations (as well as the stunning scenery) do keep it interesting though! Brilliantly stocked fuel stations and thanks to the lovely first aid man who rescued me at the finish when severe cramp attacked my legs simultaneously. Date of review: October 2, 2012
In short: Fantastic scenery, great weather and brilliant organisation In full: The 2012 Baxters Loch Ness Marathon was a great event! The sun shone, lighting up the landscape showing us the picture postcard scenery. As ever, this event is extremely well organised and other marathons should look and learn from this one. The volunteers at the water stations, post race meal and baggage reclaim were so well organised. The marathon and Inverness are very friendly, so while not a fast course, it is still beginner friendly. Great to so many runners from other countries too! Had a fantastic time, met some great people and came away with a new PB. What else could you ask for? Already signed up for next year! Date of review: October 2, 2012
In full: 3rd time running it. Yes it's hard on legs but put in good training and can be very enjoyable experience.Very friendly staff and marshalls.Bigger crowds cheering on this year,never going to get massive crowds in a race that starts in middle of nowhere lol.Bus trip not too bad,just don't drink too much before you get on ! Overall great experience,makes you want to come back for more. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Nice but not sure if I would do it again... In full: This was the second marathon that I've done, Edinburgh being the first in May which was very flat but the weather was far too hot for running!
Weather was lovely for this in September, sunny but cool. Scenery was beautiful. However, I missed the support from the crowd and I found it very lonely and quiet.
I did a HUGE mistake by not training for this marathon at all, which was very stupid and I would never recommend anyone to run a marathon without training (believe me, I won't be trying it again in a hurry..).
I ran the first 13 miles, a combo of power walking/running up to 16miles and then I had to walk the remainder - saving my energy for the last kilometre. It hurt so bad and I didn't enjoy it because of this reason - although this was my own fault.
The hills are tough but not impossible, a lot of downhills and flat areas too.
Overall it was lovely but through my own mistakes it was difficult and sore and I missed the cheering crowd - I didn't get the same buzz as when I ran Edinburgh. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Very well organised and super fast course In full: I was worried that the faffing about to get buses to the start would be annoying but it wasn't - like everything about the day is was very efficiently organised and ran like clockwork.
Water stations were frequent - every 3 miles or so - which was great.
The first 10 miles are basically downhill (net 1,000 feet or so) which gives this real PB potential.
And the t-shirt is really nice. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: So well organised, the runners were treated like royalty. In full: Great organisation.Really lovely volunteers.Lots of water and gel stops. Great atmosphere. Simply fabulous. Date of review: October 1, 2012