In short: Wonderful run over the Forth Road bridge In full: Decided what better than a long weekend in Edinburgh and a try at the Scottish Kilomathon. Never raced further than a half marathon so something new. Well organised event, definitely not flat with a few interesting climbs as everyone has said, even a couple of the locals found it challenging, but it was a good race, very friendly and enjoyable. Goody bag was great and everything seemed to run smoothly. Shame they have moved it to earlier in the year, I liked the October date and would of done it again, will have to see what in clashes with in April next year. Date of review: October 7, 2010
In short: Described on the medal as 'The Perfect Race Distance' Difficult to disagree In full: I really enjoyed this race. It's described as flat but that's certainly not the case. There's a killer hill on the way out of South Queensferry and from then back to the finish it's undulating.
The organisation was spot on as far as I could see and I loved the fact that the Forth One DJ was calling people home as they finished. A great way to finish a great race! Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: A lovely run across the Forth Road Bridge but some nasty hills!! In full: Really nice to be part of Scotland's first kilomathon. The route was nice but there were quite a few inclines; definitely wasn't a flat course! Poor running surface at start/end round the airport perimeter but nice medal and goody bag. Sorry to hear about the death of a fellow runner- condolences to the family. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Not as flat as described In full: Well organised race. Plenty of water,energy and gel stations. Wouldn't have described this race as flat though, undulating would be better with a couple of short & sharp climbs (especially the one just under the Forth Rail Bridge). Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: A generally well-organised, welcoming race. The distance is a gimmick, but it makes the race individual, and worth trying for that reason. Lovely view from the Forth Bridge. Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: challenging run lovely bridge In full: very good race,though less well attended than the Kilomathon derby,but still a good course (certainly not flat as described. I enjoyed the bridge and starting and finishing at the same point. Only slight negative points were the awful hill around mile 11ish and as I would have liked a medal different from the first Kilomathon. Looking forward to Wales and London.
very sad to hear of the death of a fellow runner condolences to family and friends Date of review: October 4, 2010
In short: Fantastic views from The Bridge! In full: I ran the Derby Kilomathon in March and that was a good course but suffered from a cruel headwind from start to finish.
The Scottish version was much better on several counts:
1. Starting and finishing at the same point made it much more family friendly 2. The chance to run over the Forth Bridge was an amazing experience although this was the only part of the race when it rained 3. The small field made it easy to run unhindered and meant the start was uncomplicated
The only minor moans would be the decision to give out energy drinks in plastic cups (it ended up all over my face and vest rather than in my mouth) and the rough track just after / before the start / end.
All in all a nice race, well organised with spectacular views from the bridge. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Not a bad start but some problems to be ironed out In full: Parking was a shambles until the police arrived, when the queue actually started to move. I hear the buses weren't much better. The start was quite well organised although I think they need to do something about the road surface round the showground as it was very difficult to run on. The route was quite interesting especially going over the bridge twice although that was pretty exposed with the wind. Hawes brae was nasty, must have thought about stopping to walk about 20 times but glad I made it to the top. Thanks to the girl who ran with me for the last k for keeping me going when I was flagging. I think it's a race worth trying again although I may order a taxi for Hawes brae.
Sad to hear about the guy who collapsed in kirkliston dying. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Well organised, new distance, thoroughly enjoyed it. In full: Organisation was pretty silky. The route was slightly dull, but good support through the villages alleviated this. This is the longets distance I have ever run and is great training for the Edinburgh Marathon in May. Capped off with a good medal, great long sleeved t-shirt and probably one of the best goody bags i've ever had. Date of review: March 31, 2010