In short: a rip off but they had amazing marshals In full: I was expecting a much bigger race than this so was surprised numbers where down so much this year obviously down to the price increase and the route course change that instead of going from Derby to Nottingham now just went round the outskirts of Derby. I found the lanes just went on for ever.
The main reason I paid the over the top race fee was for the medal and t shirt the runners got last year, and while the medal was good this year it was no where near as cool as last year and the t shirt this year was covered in sponsors, so that will be another cotton tee, worn in bed for a couple of days then binned instead of being worn and advertising the race.
What with the pay to park, and pay to get to the start on top of £40 race fees I most definitely wouldn't recommend or go back. Sorry to be harsh but the marshals were amazing thru out the course. Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: problems at start but it got better... In full: The run was very expensive, the tickets for parking was mad as were the bus tickets which weren't looked at. Costs aside, the instruction to be at the buses at 7:30 sharp didnt go down well as they were 20 plus minutes late. There was also poor signage to the toilets of which there weren't really enough. No loud speaker to explain when the start was happening was not great but the marshalls on the course and derby public were ace. The course itself was challenging and the horrid 'energy' drink (thimble) mad it harder. medal and t-shirt were ok but the goody bag was poor, again considering the price....overall it was good. Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: fantastic marshalls and crowd support but penny pinching giving us a cup of sports drinks!! In full: the marshalls and crowd support were amazing and thank you for that - you made this race special. the organisation was great. but for almost £50 by the time you'd paid to park the car it was unacceptable that we were offered a mouthful of a sports drink in a plastic cup- that was shocking - more water stations and proper bottles of drinks next year guys - for the price your charging.how can we drink and run out of a cup :-(. Date of review: March 20, 2011
In short: Not worth the £45 entrance fee!! In full: I'm an average runner who managed to get a place in the VLM last year so I took this on as a build-up to London. All I can say is that it was a decent race, well organised, not too difficult, decent scenery. But 45 quid to go again...not a chance... Date of review: January 26, 2011
In full: I thought the organisation was good, used the shuttle bus from the city centre, which avoided hassle and got a bus straight back at the end. The route was good, well signed and marshalled. It is nice to do a different distance but it was a fairly expensive race and whilst I would do the race again I probably wouldn't go out of my way to fit it into my running plans. Date of review: October 15, 2010
In short: Good Race In full: Enjoyed this race. After coming off the Forth Bridge the hills just kept on coming Great views from the bridge even with the mist. Course was tough but the event was worth the trip. Would I do it again yes Date of review: October 7, 2010
In short: Lovely but challenging route! In full: As others have said somethings need improved -signs directing you in and out (other than to car park) of main area, pulse/colour coded start needs to be better controlled, lights on in the toilet block would be nice too. It was a nice run, could've done without Hawes Brae though! Date of review: October 7, 2010
In short: Good distance, nice views over the Forth, definitely more up than down...even though it was a circular course! In full: Really enjoyed this, although hadn't expected all of those hills. Poor signage from the airport bus route and at Ingliston itself, but the starting pens worked well, and the drinks/gel stations were well-manned and plentiful. A good time of year for a race--a shame that it is moving to April next year as there are plenty of other races going on in Edinburgh at that time of year. Date of review: October 7, 2010