In short: A magnificent and atmospheric weekend In full: Brilliant and sometimes quirky support - always raised a smile. Coming into Inverness, the encouragement was so uplifting. And Dores was something else. Top marshalls and organisation. It's getting to be a bigger field every year? Date of review: October 19, 2011
In short: superb race, very well organised In full: this was the first time I ran the race and would definitely do it again. The start was well organised an d as I got there early there was no problem with the loos. The weather was perfect for running, 15 degrees cloudy and rainy. The first 5/6 miles were downhill and the run along the side of the loch was great. There was a monster of a hill at 18 miles but once that was out the way it was all over. Date of review: October 13, 2011
In short: Beautiful race with unexpected PB potential. Runners never crowded right from the start. Excellent commemmorative technical shirt in the goodie bag. In full: 2nd year I have run this marathon. The weather was greyer than last year & not such good views of the Loch but the scenery was still great. I have run a PB both years, this time slashing 12 minutes off my time and in the face of advancing age (60+). You might think looking at the course profile that PBs were unlikely but my experience tells me the opposite. Firstly the first 5 miles is almost all downhill apart from a couple of modest bumps. Secondly there is plenty of room to run right from the start. Finally its pretty cool there in early October so I started at a brisk pace which seemed to have bedded in well by mile 5. Great, vocal support scattered along the route & outstanding at the end. You're likely to get a name check too. Everyone should do this run, I'll do it again. Its a great excuse for a week/weekend in the Highlands. Date of review: October 12, 2011
In short: Lovely race In full: A long bus journey to get there but the atmosphere at the start with the pipes and drums squirling in the mist was really motivating. It's a tough course but I think it can be quite fast if you can cope with downhill running and hold back sufficiently over the first half. The hill at Dores is really not too bad if you put in some hill training. Most of the course is quiet and very scenic but with good support at the hill and then coming into Inverness up to the finish. Great organisation, there is an inevitalbe lack of Portaloos at the start though. Nice soup! Managed a PB so I was well chuffed. Thanks to all marshalls, other volunteers and the organisers. Date of review: October 10, 2011
In short: This is perhaps my favorite marathon. The scenery, even in the rain, is brilliant. The marshalls, residents and other runners are friendly and supportive. It's not the flattest course but it's one that you'll remember for the right reasons. Date of review: October 9, 2011
In short: A fantastic event In full: The organisation of this event just could not be better. From the registration process, bus transfer to the start and the finishing line procedure were all handled calmly without any hitches.
Completion of this course gave great satisfaction, especially as I did a PB. The scenery, once the rain and mist had cleared was superb and as one of the slower runners, to finish in the sun was perfect. Date of review: October 8, 2011
In short: Great event for all standards. In full: I've run this event twice now and in 2011 set a huge PB. The course is very fast over the first couple of miles and quick up to 8 to 9 miles. The secret with the first half is to take it easy. I may well have run a negative split in 2011, simply because I controlled myself in the first half. The previous year I ran hard from the start and died after 16 miles. It has the potential for a quick time but you have to run it the right way. Great course, and the atmosphere in the last few miles is teriffic and the scenary well that is wonderful. Date of review: October 8, 2011