In short: New Route was far better than last Year, definitely hope it's on next year as I'll be back ! A PB was on for me at 24 miles but unfortunately the heat got the better of me and I just missed out. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: execellant day out suberb course In full: really enjoyed my day would recomend this to any one, very friendly and helpful marshalls, loved the bit along the coast. brilliant Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Advertised as flat route, PB potential. Far from it, 3 mile up hill finish! In full: Heat played a major factor in not acheiving my target time. The number of competitors was not overwelming, giving you space to run. Race plan went fine until 18 miles, major difficulties thereafter. Mile markers not consistant, marshalls calling out incorrect distance to the end, difficulty in taking on different flavoured energy drinks. Tried these and paid for it near the end. Love to go back, but for a holiday only. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: My first marathon so a wonderful personal experience. Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters. Organisers, some basic errors. In full: Areas for improvement as witnessed by a back-of-the-pack runner: * Many more toilets at start needed(see Nottingham or Reading halfs) * Start organisation - relay runners obstructed start for 4:30+ marathoners * Water stations - needed earlier than mile 4 in hot weather (learning from GNR ?) * Lucozade - first station ran out ! This was a dangerous error. * Weaving through people at beachfront at 20-22 miles was not fun * Pricing not competitive, T-shirt should be wicking at that price point * Typos in magazine, web site limited, merchandize limited * An Englishman I met wearing a George Cross shirt was upset by abuse.....just remember the economic realities of today.
Overall a way to go to reach the professional organizational standards seen at the major half marathons, but this event is worthy of investment if better management is put in place.
Thank you Edinburgh and Scotland. I enjoyed my visit...please take my comments as a desire for your Marathon to continue and to improve :-) Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: I'm melting! In full: My first marathon and the first time I've run in heat like that! I was doing well for my hoped-for time in the first ten miles but it was down hill from there (or rather up hill!). I didn't cope too well with the heat and drank so much that I got a killer stitch and cramp.
I agree about the odd flavours of energy drinks-small but significant if you have a sensitive tummy.
The crowds were excellent (but it hurt in places where there was no support). The people of Edinburgh are lovely and the city is stunning. Writing my name on my top was a good idea: I felt famous!
Well attended by forumites and I even got to meet a few...what great support they have given in the past few months. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: A bit too hot In full: A severe lack of toilets at the start resulted a 35 minute queue. Very friendly marshalls. Found some of the mile markers seemed in the wrong places. Not enough lucozade at the first station. Fantastic support from the crowd. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Great day - despite heat did a PB, beautiful scenery along coast to Crammond, thanks to marshalls for plenty of drink stations and support from the locals. Needs better map of course beforehand. In full: Picked this one convinced it wouldn't be hot in Scotland in June! Great marathon - has potential to be big one if organisation. Relay race entries probably help keep the event going at the moment, but if it becomes a major marathon then both can't happen at the same time as it would be too crowded. Loved the stretch along the coast with the slight sea breeze. Bit boring through the industrial estate at Leith but was offset by a beautiful finish. Better map of the course is needed with mile markers/public transport (like the FLM) to help spectators who don't know the area to know where to stand - my partner missed me several times! Agree a few bands would help keep the spirits up. Despite few minor grumbles thanks for the good organisation. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Very hard race due to temperature, but plenty of fluids available. Very cramped at start in the "cattle pens" otherwise not a bad route ,my last marathon was 19 years ago and the distance is still as hard. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Organisation wasn;t great, no replies to any queries sent in. In full: Very little first aid cover on the course, people were collasping on the side of the road due to the heat and weren't getting the attention they needed. The drinks situation wasn't great, and wasn't what was advertised, Water was supposed to have a sports cap, which was essential in thea heat so that you could carry the bottle with you, but no cap so people were taking a sip and then throwing away the bottle. Lucozade was supposed to be orange, but at times there was every flavour but, and I hadn't trained with the other flacours so was unwilling to try something new. The road surface is very bad and was full of holes and there were many open drains with no warning of them appearing, Marhsalls were ok, but they weren't giving out the correct information, one marshall after the 25 mile marker was telling everyone there was still three miles to go, this can be very sole disteroying if you didn't see the markers. Lastly I made the course nearer 27.5 miles, I felt it wss very long. I won't be doing this one again. Date of review: June 13, 2006