In short: Typical commercial big city race - give me a club race anytime In full: Cold, wet day. Herd-like start in Meadowbank with very limited facilities. Pleasant flat course but less scenic than you might expect. Finish less chaotic than sometimes in the past, but extremely limited changing facilities, virtually nothing in the form of free carbohydrate normally found in a goody bag, and a long cold wait for the bus back to Meadowbank. But it's the local half we all do, so probably back next year. Date of review: May 29, 2010
In short: On your bike! In full: Absolutely freezing and soaked pre-race, frozen to the core so couldn't warm up properly and subsequently could hardly run, at no time did I feel confident or comfortable running. Which is a great shame because it would have been a exceptionally fast course and with great coast line scenery had the weather lifted! Obviously these are complaints that the organisers had no power over, and on a day with great weather this would be a top event. Stadium start at Meadowbank to the finish at Musselburgh race course, taking in a good section of the coastline with a turn around at Prestonpans, it is a really flat race and has great PB potential. Funny, I didn't get any mars bars either??? Date of review: April 28, 2010
In short: Fast, flat and wet In full: Good - well organised start with pens and clear instructions (though I found the announcer difficult to hear at times), Lucosade was welcome at half time (and was available later too which wasn't on the information sheet), well signposted including bollards and all the mile markers were clear. Less good - the finish line caught me by surprise - it wasn't clear where this was until I was on top of it so missed my chance at that last minute sprint! The goodie bag, apart from the tshirt, was disappointing - flax seeds?! Something more edible than a children's fruit bar would have been welcome! And the shuttle bus was DREADFUL! Had to wait in the cold and wet for over half an hour for this with no explanation or apology.
Overall - I'd do it again for the general organisation and flat course but there are areas for improvement. Date of review: April 20, 2010
In short: Well organised this year compared to last. Start - not much hanging about. Route very flat and scenic - even though the weather let us down! Huge praise for the marshals and spectators for their support and for cheering everyone on. In full: Great finish at Musselburgh Racecourse. Huge improvement to last year at finish re collection of medals, goody bags etc - but where were the mars bars people referred to?! I achieved a personal best despite the awful weather so am really pleased. Will definitely do again. Date of review: April 20, 2010
In short: No Chris Hoy, rainy, freezing, but I loved it! In full: This was my second half marathon & the weather was very similar to when I did my first in February - except that at least then it wasn't raining! However, despite the appalling conditions everyone seemed in good spirits and it was a lovely run to do. Shame we couldn't see more of the fabulous views but the atmosphere was good, the spectators and marshalls were enthusiastic (and it was probably far worse for them standing around than it was for us) and the course was flat. I like the fact that we turned around and retraced our steps for the last three miles, I was prepared for what lay ahead and enjoyed the distraction provided by looking at all the other runners going the other way. Would love to do this race again. Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Great run, much improved organisation from last year, decent goody bag. In full: Head wind for 10 miles and freezing rain for the full thing. Never been so cold in a race, however, despite this came away with a PB. Organisation was much improved on last year and the start went smoothly. Marshalls and spectators did well to stand out in the conditions and cheer people on. Lovely goody bag at the end with technical t-shirt contained in a proper kit bag. A random selection of the usual goodies accompanied this. I think it would have benefitted from the odd spot of entertainment at certain sections although it was so cold and miserable not sure anyone would have been keen to play and to be honest I wasn't really paying attention as I was so focused on finishing and getting warm and dry. Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Good race for a first timer -no evil hills! In full: Mars bars? What mars bars? I missed those!
First half marathon, shocking weather [although that didn't deter me as I've trained through all weathers in the run up to this race, thank god.]
Lovely jovial atmosphere, people where friendly and helpful. Was a bit of a tight squeeze going out the stadium at the beginning [although handy for making sure you didn't sprint off too fast!]prompt start although it was a bit confusing trying to find my starting pen!
Nice organisation at the end - kind people on hand to help my remove my chip -my hands where so cold I couldn't do anything! Was amazing to hear my name being called out as I crossed the finishing line.
Would recommend this to a first time half marathoner- it's a big enough race that you get the atmosphere, but not so big that you feel overwhelmed.
Didn't see Sir Chris, bit disapointing that! Only other disapointing thin was the goody bag was a bit crap - though I loved my t-shirt [and I'm embarrased to admit I slept in it last night!] Date of review: April 19, 2010