In short: A nice friendly race in a great part of the country In full: Ran this for the first time this year after the Dundee race was cancelled. Really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. Plenty of drinks station around the course - never seen so many in the second half of a race before. Date of review: November 9, 2009
In short: Great run through country lanes, villages and towns. In full: Small marathon with around 158 runners (although half and 10km later in the morning which attract more people). Good mix of club runners and generall runners although most people do finish sub 4:30. Starts in the city before going along country lanes, through old fishing villages, past Silver Sands holiday park and Lossiemouth airbase, before running through Lossiemouth itself - very popular with golfers. Around the harbour area and back onto the country lanes before returning to Elgin itself. Plenty of long stretches of flat / undulating road with a few inclines thrown in although these aren't too bad. Water stations every couple of miles with water in bottles and they don't run out! T-Shirt given out in the town hall before the race when you pick up your race number. Medal, banana and orange juice carton at the finish + tea etc in the town hall I think. Commentator generally announces your name and number and where you're from. Excellent organisation from all involved - plenty of marshalls showing you the way and water stations well manned. Only downside was no date on the t-shirt although the medal does says 2009. Well worth doing especially if you want an uncluttered run so that you can run at your own pace. Date of review: September 15, 2009
In short: A splendid race with great Scottish hospitalily In full: Perfect weather on a PB course. Start and finish in Elgin book-ending a flat scenic course.
Enjoyed this marathon immensely and it has the imprint on how to stage a top event. The organisers prioritise the runners laying on an imaginative and varied route ranging from urban, coastal and rural. Plently of marshals at all the junctions, and they did a great job supporting the runners and managing the traffic. Water stations were regular and stocked with the handy sized bottles. Loved the mile markers counting down rather than up although the first few felt a bit daunting!
Crowd support on the course was a little sparce, but their were some thar popped up regularly enroute to give that vocal cheer that makes a difference to tired runners.
Running commentary from the race MC as we came down the home-straight, and a medal, t-shirt and plentiful free refreshments for all finishers.
One thing that I wanted to add that distinguishes this event from most is the generosity of the organisers. A number of us from the 100 Marathon Club came to celebrate a friend's 100th marathon at Moray, and for her to be awarded £100 worth of gift vouchers by the organisers was both symbolic and touching. The people behind this event came across as the most genuine that you would like to meet, and I would love to return for another stab at this next year. Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Beautiful scenery, excellent organisation and low entry cost. In full: Ran this as my second ever marathon yesterday (Sun 13th September 2009). An excellent course and with an amazing number of thoroughly supportive marshals. Water stations at 3 mile intervals approx as well. The only thing that could improve this would be a technical t-shirt (and availability of XL sizes) rather than the cotton T-shirt provided but I appreciate that this would likely add to the cost. Date of review: September 14, 2009