In short: Could do better In full: All I can say is that the organisers must never have participated in a run as they would have understood the need for toilets at the start of a race!!! Weather was just right with a nice breeze along riverside (good job as there was no water!) Disappointed with the lack of a goodie bag at end, but enjoyed the run and did a PB despite the extra length. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Well marshalled, plenty of water stations, some killer climbs near end! In full: This was the 1st time that I'd ran this race, and had been a bit concerned at comments on the forums from previous years on the distance. Sadly, no toilets at start as apparently Castle St toilets closed a while back- thankfully McDonalds were helpful!! Watewr stations plentiful but bit sparce on Riverside Drive with nothing from beginning of drive to Discovery- I could have used some water on that part of the route as I slowed drammatically there- went from 6:34 min miles to a 8:19 then a 10!!
I would run this again, and keep prepared fro Riverside, Broughtty Ferry road and the walkway. Malawian choir on Discovery was uplifting! Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Great day out. In full: As this was my first big run I can't really compare it to other half marathons, but I have to say I enjoyed the experience. Good points i found were the runners were friendly, stewarding was good, regular water stations and crowds were uplifting, bad points were no toilets open at the start of the course and the hill near the end on the B'Ferry road, there has to be some other route to the finish. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: My first organised run, it worked well for me - now on to Loch Ness in October!!! In full: I have entered my first Marathon this year (Loch Ness) and entered the Dundee Half Marathon mainly for the experience and for training purposes. Shame more Dundonians couldn't get out their beds to cheer us on - this being my first race, I can't overstate how much this kind of encouragement helps. The organisers should be ashamed at the lack of proper toilet facilities at the start - apart from that everything was fine. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Lots of potential to be a good half In full: Much like others, major gripe would be the complete lack of toilets provided. I agree that the choir was fantastic and uplifting, the water stations just brilliant (smaller sports bottles may have been better as people often threw most away after a few gulps) and the marshalling spot on. Cheerful supporters also added to the good atmosphere. Water and Mars Bars available at the end but no bananas. Sadly the bus transporting runners back from B Ferry was nowhere to be found and runners had to wait outside for about 45 min until it came.
In summary, a number of glitches (the excess distance being a big one) but loads of potential for this race once it becomes registered. Date of review: June 26, 2006
In short: Good race In full: Getting much better. Choir good at the start very good and Jack Mcconnell, the first minister, kept his speech short which is always a good thing!! Plenty of water,marshalls and mile markers.This is a good race with only downfall being the sparce goody bag....well absent goody bag in fact. Date of review: June 25, 2006
In short: Its getting better. Tough course not helped by the wind but in comparison to last year there was a big improvement. Malawi choir at start and on discovery was nice touch for race doing its bit for charity. In full: The organisers are getting there. Still think course was a bit long but not as bad as last year possibly due to wider coned areas allowing you to follow tighter lines. Shame we cant keep running all the way through the docks past the old caledon though as the climb up to B. Ferry Rd is tough and just adds to a long course. It was hard going into wind all along the river it doesn't blow that way all that often. Lack of toilets at start was my major gripe this year. Using the Overgate/Castle St/Caird hall would have been useful. Shame event clashes with East Kilbride and is so soon after edinburgh marathon and stonehaven half which must limit numbers especially with the more serious club runners. A change of date and getting a permit for the race could make it more attractive for years to come. Getting some press coverage wouldn't hurt either. There wasn't a mention of the race in Saturday's Courier. Fears of another organisational shambles shouldn't be a deterrant again after a pretty decent effort this year. Date of review: June 25, 2006