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
In short: Great distance race but scenery a bit dull In full: I thought the race was ideal for marathon training. I would like to run more Kilmathons in more scenic places as 16 miles is a great distance and the KM signage is good practice for marathon pacing.
On the down side this was not the most scenic of runs. It was well marshalled and organised from a runners point of view. From a traffic and road point of view I would have been well hacked off if I lived in Alveston as the roads appeared to be completely gridlocked as I ran the last couple of miles and there was probably at least 50 minutes worth of runners still to come past.
Toilets at the start a bit of a joke with the organisers trying to persuade those still in the queue that getting into pens was more important than going to the loo. It made them look a bit amateurish to be suggesting this and then there were runners using the sides of houses/gardens instead but at least it left the portaloo queues free for the girls. Room for improvement but overall a good race. Date of review: March 27, 2010
In short: transport was chaos and exspensive but a good race In full: THIS RACE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A MASSIVE EVENT .THE ORGANISERS CLEARLY HAVE SOME FINE TUNING TO DO .THE TOILETS WERE CHAOS ,JUST NOT ENOUGH AND THEY WERE LEFT UNCHECKED SO NO LOO PAPER IN SOME!THE TRANSPORT WAS CHAOS ,AND A 20 MINUTE WALK TO THE BUS AT THE FINISH WAS NOT REALLY WELCOME.SOME CATERING AT THE START WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE.IN COMPARISON THE CATERING AND BEER TENT AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE FINISH WAS EXCELLENT.THE STARTING PENS DID NOT WORK AT ALL.THE RACE ITSELF WAS WELL MARSHALLED AND THE SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC WAS FANTASTIC,AS LONG AS THEY CAN SORT THE TRANSPORT AND KEEP THE COST DOWN I WOULD ENTER AGAIN Date of review: March 22, 2010