In short: Organisationally challenged. Too few loos, too little water In full: There were too few urinals at the start discretely tucked away in a courtyard which meant bit people traffic jams getting in and queueing. There should have been more water stops espacially after mile 20. Showers near the end would have helped too.
I loved the Edinburgh (or Lothian really) crowd. Polite applause rather than that headache inducing shouting and screeching you get in London. Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: Great atmosphere and the heat made it harder than most expected In full: I ran a 4:30 marathon, I was looking for a 3:45 felt great untill mile 18 then it was a struggle. I managed to keep hydrated by hanging on to my water and sipping slowly between stations, so missing 1 water station after this was not a problem for me and I did hear the volunteers telling runners to take only 1 bottle at the later stations. I expect alot more people took on water more freequently than usual, I know I did - hence the difficulties in supply. I have read all of the statements relating to the marathon and have not come accross this offensive statement about so called fun runners - slower runners but not fun runners. The start was fabulous, pens work amazingly - unlike the delayed shambles of the half marathon. The stadium finish was invigorating and the baggage system was flawless. As for the soft surface - I'm sure there was a legitimate health and safety reason for this. Love the medel, T-Shirt and the raisins that taste like cherries!?. I felt that there were plenty of toilets throughout the course although it was very selfish of other runners to leave feaces on the seat of one portaloo! The crowd management outside the finishing pen was alot to be desired but what event is not like this. Overall I had a very good day, although I may have felt different if I had experienced more than one water station empty. I was moved by the support from the residents who were out hosing people down and giving out water and jelly babies. A special mention to the residents of the cottage house offering toilet facilities to the runners - how kind.
In short: Lack of water at two water stations left me in a mess, I was lucky to finish. Suppot from local residents was fantastic. Surely someone should have checked the water situation before the start of the race how hard can that be? Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: Hot, hot, hot and dry, dry, dry...... In full: So much that was good but also a fair bit that wasn't. The water situation was quite frankly a disgrace. Even if thefts did occur (which I am dubious about) this doesn't explain the lack of water at the first station. If it wasn't for the locals handing out water it could have been disasterous. The toilets were too few (but are they ever anything but?), getting away from Musselbrugh wasn't great and I heard tales of slower runners not being able to complete a full marathon as parts of the course were closed off. That said, I really liked the course, cameraderie and support and will be back next year - hopefully hydrated! Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink In full: My third "big city" marathon in a year and this was the most disorganised of the three compared to London and Dublin. I was on target for a PB of 3:40ish when cramp kicked in and ended up at 3:49. Did not experience and problems with water or gels but really felt for some of my friends who came in under 4:30 as they found dry water sations on route. By the way I think they would be very angry to be termed "fun runners" when both of them can dip under 40 minutes for 5 miles. Reading the reviews of the 2008 race I had concerns around elements of the organisation and sadly the reviews of this years event - the water problem aside - smack of deja vu. The cut off, the off road element at Gosford House, the matting at the finish, the chaos at the end, the bus problem, access to the course for families and friends trying to get out to Musselburgh,the fact that four fifths of the race is outside of the city itself are all issues that if the organisers don't rectify soon could see entry levels fall away dramatically. This event really needs to take a long had look at itself. Always end on a positive. Nice t-shirt and medal, great support from the public and volunteers, start worked very well, relay change overs didn't impact on marathon runners at all. Sort it out Edinburgh! I think next year is a massive make or break year for this event. Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: Great supporters, horrendous organisation In full: This was my first marathon and I am just glad I put in as much training as I did as it was jolly hard work in the heat and with the water situtation. Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: Brilliant locals, horrendous organisers! In full: Well, without treading on already well-trodden ground, what can you say about this race? It was my first marathon and I was anxious enough but to reach the first water station only to find it empty is massively demoralizing. The stretch through the dirt path I actually found quite nice as it was good to be running somewhere other than tarmac, but it was also really hot at this point and to find the next 2 water stations deserted was a killer! To see people so desperate for hydration that they were having to resort to going through used bottles on the floor in the hope of a trickle of fluid was a horrible sight. The continuous "pass-the-buck" comments are insulting to all people who took part and, were it not for these excuses I may have thought of giving Edinburgh another chance. The only thing that was positive was the absolutely brilliant local people handing out water and hosing down runners as they went past. My thanks go to them and NOT to the organisers. Date of review: June 3, 2009
In short: Good race - water ! excuses ! In full: Well my first marathon, water was a bit of an issue but to blame it on thieves ! my take the water station at 18 mile station was feed by a sprinter van - dont think they left water there overnight ? i may be wrong and it was hot. The station at 3 miles I think they just got the numbers wrong. It would be nice to have the full truth rather than hide behind the theft claim.
I did enjoy it. I would do it again Date of review: June 3, 2009