In short: Same as everybody else re. water, but did anybody else's Gar In full: Same as everybody else nothing from mile 17-22 apart from the fantastic support of the locals, then lucozade offered at 22nd mile with promise of water round the corner, it was nearly half a mile away = by which point I was ready to give up. Only one gel drink though, thank god cos if we'd had another at mile 18 goodness knows what the consequences would have been cos had no water to hydrate with - what a farce!!!!!!! No toilets along the route, meaning even us women need to squat at the side of the road, no water, no showers and worst goody bag I've ever had - what an expensive waste. Just waiting now to see what time I actually did finish in, cos as mentioned above my Garmin showed 26.41 miles, I pressed start at the first sensor mat under the start line and only followed the route apart from a slite detour to the side of the road into a bush at mile 2-ish, so definitely not 200 yards difference!!!!!!!!!!!!! Date of review: June 1, 2009
In short: fantastic marathon course.........only 3 weeks till 2009 race can't wait In full: contrary to many reports for me the start was great,the finish superb but most of all the 26 miles inbetween represented a fair if not fast course.Are you a marathon runner or a day-tripper??? Date of review: May 11, 2009
In short: Forgot the whiners - Fantastic Race In full: First ever race so was always going to be memorable but the atmosphere and racecourse finish were absolutely outstanding. Wind (and then heat!) probably factored into my not making my sub 4hr target but will be back next year to make ammends!
The gravel path was horrible so indeed would be nice if that was removed but other than that, had no problems with the provided transport back into Edi, no probs with finding family at end and as for being the 'East Lothian' Marathon, well fine - the local people sure made it even more special coming out and supporting en mass passing through each village. Despite hanging around for hours, the facilities etc at the racecourse also made it more enjoyable for all my 'groupies'...
Well done Edinburgh Marathon 2008, see you in 09 !!!! Date of review: August 23, 2008
In short: A poor affair compared to previous years. In full: Surely this should be re-named the East Lothian Marathon. The race started in town, passed virtually no landmarks (unless one considers the Scottish Parliament building a landmark) as it headed swiftly to the coast for a long dull drag of 22 miles up and down the seaside. The route seemed designed to save policing costs not provide a stimulating running backdrop. The finish in Musselburgh was a farce, insufficient facilities for runners and competitors alike. Save some pennies and go run Rome instead, see how a big city marathon should be! I doubt I'll run 'Edi' again Date of review: July 22, 2008
In short: A good first marathon In full: Overall, a good first marathon with a fairly straightforward course (not hilly like you might expect with Edinburgh). However the gravel driveways at Mile 18 were very hard going on the legs. Also not enough drink stations after Mile 16. Definately not enough porta potties along the route; I would have liked to have used one during the race but I wasn't desperate enough to bother lining up behind 20 other runners to wait that length of time! Good set up at the end and love the medals. Date of review: July 7, 2008