In short: Good first marathon for me, great support from the spectators, and what was that about no water?! In full: Well this was my first marathon, entered after I got a guaranteed entry from failing to make the London Marathon ballots.
After all the reports of hot weather/not enough water I was worried that it could all go horribly wrong, but on race day it all went well (apart from cramps around mile 17 that I got over after a few miles...).
Great spectators cheering everyone on, it's hard to just walk by them, so good motivation to keep going. And the hosepipes on the last few miles were much appreciated - glad there wasn't a hosepipe ban :)
Marshalls and fluid supplies were good, I think there was more than originally planned.
Yeah the course is hilly/undulating but that's just a characteristic of Edinburgh (and also Glasgow if I remember right from past travels...). Just glad my training runs included hills :)
On the negative side, the warehouse areas were boring, it was good to get to the beach. There needs to be more toilets around, luckily for us guys there were many trees/bushes around.
Well, after all the press reports that this may be the last, I hope it's not. I'll be back again for the 2007 Edinburgh Marathon! Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Great experience for my first marathon In full: As a first time marathoner I don't have any other marathons to compare it too, but I thought the course was a good one -yes, there were some hills but not more than I get running at home and I loved the part of the route by the sea, and great to finish in the park. There was plenty of water and lucozade, the marshalls were friendly and the people supporting did just that really well. The only thing I would gripe about was the low number of toilets, which meant a lot of people still queuing just before the start and getting mixed up with the relay runners. I was pleased to finish within my target, now I know I can actually make it round that far maybe I'll come back again to try and improve ! In summary I enjoyed this very much and hope the race continues. Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: Well marshalled on the day. Some organisational tweaks needed. Too hot!!! In full: A mixed course - start and finish superb, a bit dull in the middle. Mile markers seemed to be poorly measured (according to my Garmin). Hillier than you would suspect from viewing the 'course profile' on the website. Well marshalled and no complainte about the water/sports drink stations.
The relay race doesn't mix well with the marathon - every few miles you get barged out of the way by geezers on a mission.
Goodie bag was a joke (what was with the plastic soldier with parachute???). Nice medal, though.
Still, special for me as my first marathon. Fantastic finish by Arthur's seat. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: super marathon In full: Enjoyed this very much. It was hot but there were plenty of water and lucozade stations so no excuse for dehydrating. I can't believe reports in the Scotsman that 2500 people didn't turn up for the race because of the heat - shocking. It a pity there was no timing mat at the halfway point. One or two mile markers (mile 11?) seemed out of place but apart from that it appeared well-organised to me. Fantastic finish (apart from the climb from Portobello beach!) in Holyrood Park. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Lovely city, great race and good atmosphere. Has potential to grow into big city marathon. Organisers seemed to respond well to hot weather - shame they couldn't flatten the last three miles! Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Route much better than last year In full: last year Edinburgh was my first marathon this one was my 2nd there was much improvement really enjoyed the start in princess street, the spectators were great and so were the marshalls Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: What was that about it being flatter??!! In full: The revised route turned out to be more undulating than previously, in my humble opinion. Though the flat cycle lanes were completely removed, they were replaced in part my a long undulating climb somewhere between miles 9 - 11. The start of the race was hillier too. Although I just beat last year's effort by 1min 45 secs approx, to say the route was flatter seemed ridiculous. The event needs a major sponsor to bolster its profile and make it far more attractive. Rubbish goodie bag, too, sadly. Mind you, the heat didn't help, and I understand one of the Kenyans had to drop out because of heat exhaustion. How strange is that? Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: This was my second marathon, and would definately run in Edinburgh again. In full: Thought it was a nice number to be running, not too congested. Found it hilly at times, especially around mile 24. Overall I thought it was well organised and they did have plenty of drinks. Appreciated the box of fruit the fellow had with bananas etc, at one point later on. Was slightly confused as to what mile I was at, as others have mentioned but didn't know if it was me or the markers!Enjoyed the atmosphere at the finish too. Would definately do this again. Date of review: June 12, 2006
In short: Better than 20 Capstan full strength (nearly) In full: My fist marathon after 25 years of smoking et al. Did a personal best of just over six hours but I did it.I swear blind I won't do it again but perhaps I might. Great support, other runners/walkers/marshalls/crowd were fantastic and always encouraging. Too Too hot but the advice from here and marshalls on the day was very helpful Date of review: June 12, 2006