In short: Great location... but a bit hilly! In full: I had no idea Edinburgh was so hilly! But last 3 km pretty much all downhill, and I got a PB so very happy with the day - and while the weather was a bit rubbish, it was great for running! Date of review: October 12, 2011
In short: Well organised race shame about the weather In full: It had rained overnight and before the race but that didn't stop people taking part. The starting/baggage area was very muddy though with the weather nothing could be done. The organisation was smooth and as a newbie of large races I felt completely at ease. The location was great and gave me the opportunity to see parts of the city i hadn't visited. The bagpipes at 1k markers was a bit of fun and added to the atmosphere. The amount of people caused a few hold ups on corners and was just short of PB but personally I was there for the event and not breaking records. The goody bag of medal, tshirt and energy bars was well thought out (liked the teabags!). Will look to compete in another Bupa race next year. Date of review: October 12, 2011
In short: Well planned route through Edinburgh. A few hills but downhill at the end. Good organisation. In full: With the caveat that this was my first 10k, I thought this was a very good race and a good day. The organisation seemed fine to me. Certainly I had no problems and, as a first-timer, knew what I was supposed to be doing when. There was an organised warm up at the start which people joined in and enjoyed. There were a few hills but you have to expect that in Edinburgh. Thinking about it, the route was well planned as it could have been a lot steeper, and there was a big downhill on the way back. It would have been nice to see more spectators, but the rain had been torrential up to the start, which probably put people off. I knew a few people that ran the race and a few who spectated and they all enjoyed it. I plan on going back next year. Date of review: October 5, 2011
In short: Good course, a few challenging hills, but that just increases your sense of achievement crossing the line In full: A few hills and bends but that breaks it up a bit. Great views and support from start to finish. The Bupa runs are more expensive than the average, but you do get the atmosphere and also increased number of emails with results, info, photos etc. One thing they could improve on, they bring someone in to warm up the crowd for the start of the race, the mrs never saw him again and she was in later wave than me. If you're running in waves he needs to warm up people in waves surely?? Date of review: October 5, 2011
In short: Fantastic event,very enjoyable In full: Great scenery through the heart of the city, fabulous course with a great start/ finish area. Slick organisation; baggage, toilets, goody bags and reunion area excellent. Great for beginners or seasoned athletes.
In short: Challenging but enjoyable In full: Excellent organisation. Plenty of loos, great baggage store, staggered start pens, music en route, very hilly course,well organised finish, goody bag, medal and t shirt. Date of review: October 3, 2011