In short: great route, good organization, weather was very bad but still a great race In full: Very bad weather which no one can be blamed for. I normally don't run the same race twice but I'll be back to do this one next year Date of review: June 1, 2013
In short: Great race spoilt by poor organisation In full: As has already been said by other reviewers the weather was awful, but that's no excuse for the poor organisation. It was advertised as having a band every mile, but there was only half that. The goodies were great but needed a bag, and having to queue in the wind and rain to get your bag back and t-shirt was poor. On the plus side the course was great, the support was amazing for such bad weather, as were all of the marshalls and volunteers. I'll probably give it a miss next year though. Date of review: April 25, 2013
In short: Lovely course - organisation could do with some improvement In full: I think this race deserves a good overall score as I loved the course - hills, flats, cobbles, city sites, parks, promenade, it had it all! Excellent support from the people of Edinburgh. And despite the awful weather I still got a PB :-)
First the positives for the organisers - the medal is amazing, one of the best I've had. Plenty of drink stations with an energy drink at one of them. Amazing marshalls - thanks for standing out in the gales for us :-)
But also lots of things to be improved. Yes they can't control the weather but it's Scotland for goodness sake, they should have had a better back up plan. The start was a bit of a mess - not clear how to get into pens at all (let alone the right one) so there were people who'd probably estimated a 3hr time starting in the first pen with the club runners and it took me about 15 mins to walk through all the people to get back to where I was supposed to start (pen 6 which I think was about halfway back). The finish was a mess as well - nice array of goodies to collect but why didn't they pre-bag them for us? I didn't have enough hands/feeling in my fingers to carry everything and unfortunately they must have run out of space blankets as I went through the finish as none to be seen (I did later grab one from someone walking through the park with a box - not offering them to anyone shivering in the bag line without one though!) Bag collection was a nightmare - 1hr 25mins freezing in a massive queue, chaos when we got to the front (volunteers shouting for race numbers, people who hadn't filled in their details on their number causing issues, other people standing waiting for bags, volunteers returning with bags and having no idea who to give them to) and then they couldn't find my bag!! It seems marshall had misread details on my race number and was searching for name of my emergency contact rather than mine - why oh why didn't they do it by race number rather than surname? By the time I had collected my bag I had totally lost feeling in my fingers and toes and couldn't be bothered to queue again for a t-shirt (although kudos for the organisers for their facebook updates promising to send the t-shirts to those who missed out). I'm disappointed in these aspects of the race as it wasn't cheap to enter and unfortunately it did spoil my overall impression of the race. That said, I did also really enjoy the course and I hope the organisers can improve some of these aspects next year as they are easily rectified. I would definitely give it another chance if I was more local (and hopefully there's better weather conditions next year!) Date of review: April 21, 2013
In short: Organisation let this year's down In full: I have no objection to bad weather, in fact, training in the lakes I live for it!. But to finish a wet-race in gales and have have to actively hunt for the space-blankets that existed while queuing, 30mins for a t-shirt, then the same again for your kit, all while portaloos blow oever with people in them is a bit of a health and safety joke. Also finishers were cutting off a 4-mile section of track and being allowed over the finish timing mat!!! Other than that I enjoy the course and in theory it's a well themed event. Since the US organisers (who ran it last year) franchised it over to Edinburgh though something's gone seriously wrong! Date of review: April 18, 2013
In short: Scenery made up for terrible weather and bad organisation at the end In full: Really didn't enjoy the start as there was a delay and everyone was soaking and freezing which dulled the atmosphere a lot. I was very glad to start running! I felt held back at the start due to lots of slow runners in front so next time would definitely move up a few corrals and be less cautious when giving an estimated finishing time! Once running though the changing scenery helped to keep the spirits up along the route: beach, hills and beautiful buildings all in one run - great!the cobbles were very hard to run on but the hills were manageable and there were plenty of down hills in the second half to help you recover! I was disappointed with the music around the course, although one or two bands were enthusiastic, I expected more stands and music along the way. The goodies at the end were piled into my hands - a bag would have been a better idea. The medal is fantastic though- the best I've seen. The t-shirts were oddly shaped, wide and short but good quality. Overall would do it again for the scenery but definitely wouldn't use the bag drop service. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Great Half Marathon - scenic route and well organised. In full: Despite the weather (the wind was exceptional - even for Edinburgh) this was a wll organised race which shows off the city and it's scenery. Much better than the EMF half which barely shows any of the city. Organisation was good but hampered by gale force winds which meant the baggage returns weren't as slick as they could have been. Big plus from last year was sending out of race numbers rather than needing to collect them the day before. Overall a great race with some welcome downhills in last 3 miles - hard going this year due to wind but well worth a go. Date of review: April 16, 2013
In short: Good race but total shambles at the finish In full: I went to Edinburgh for a long w/end to take part in this half marathon.
The course was okay but the weather was very unkind with v. strong wind and rain.
The finish was a disaster... you were given little packets of stuff, which you had to try and hold on to with cold hands. The baggage was a disaster with massive queues and I was shaking madly! It took quite a while for them to bring out space blankets and there was no shelter at all.
A bit better leadership and responsivness after the finish would have been useful! Date of review: April 16, 2013