In short: Cheap and cheerful and a good mix of terrain In full: A nice and friendly race treated as a training run so plenty of time to chat with other runners. Special mention to Cathie from Dundee wearing a Sweatshop tshirt who joined the boys from Knowsley Harriers at 3 miles and dug in for a PB. Date of review: July 20, 2014
In short: Scenic Race with a Friendly Atmosphere In full: I enjoyed running this (2013) but it was not what I was expecting. Its mainly on trails and has non of the big crowds you might expect from a city marathon. The stewards were all lovely and I give special thanks to one who gave me her water bottle at the start as I had forgotten mine. Overall it was very well organised but really did need more loos- I spent 30minutes waiting to go and then had a minute to get to the start line (not the best way to begin.). Buses took all the half marathon runners back to the beginning to collect cars etc. Not sure I would have liked to have run the full marathon think it would have been a bit lonely.
Decent medal though not really anything to do with Dundee. Bit of an empty goody bag! Date of review: July 23, 2013
In short: Much tougher course than I expected! In full: Lovely scenery, but a fair amount of track running which I don't remember seeing in blurb. The first mile and half was very congested going through woods - very slow runners had started towards front which made this more problematic. Lovely, very well-organised race. Gorgeous finish along the water front! Date of review: July 30, 2012
In short: Lovely race- not really Dundee, but very nice In full: Loved this race and on a beautiful day yesterday- hit a 1:53 PB and very happy.
Pros- Scenery lovely- not really a city race, more trails, footpaths, coastal section at end. Despite some steep uphills, lots of good long downhills and potential to be a fast race for a lot of people, though running against the wind at the end was tough! Well organised over all. Clear start and finish. Good mile markers and I was happy with the drink stations provided though bigger cups of water could have been nice! Although fairly quiet, some good sections of public support- cheered me up.
Cons- Route could have been better thought out- there were 1000 runners doing the half, so the first 2 miles of narrow forest trails were less than ideal- very hard to pick your way through slower runners and groups taking up the width of the path. End- a bit unclear about what path to take, was directed through some very narrow bollards, not great when you're trying to finish quickly and the course is still busy with runners. Felt sorry for the Full Marathon runners having to run through the Half Marathon finish with all the happy Halfers delighted to be done...psychologically tough! On that note, strange to have the full and half marathon starting at the same time, same place. Obviously made the field a bit mixed and tougher for the full runners to run alongside everyone who they knew would be finishing halfway round their route!
Beautiful weather helped and all in all a very enjoyable day. Date of review: July 30, 2012
In short: Tough course and even harder in the wind In full: Really nice but tough course starting off running on footpaths through the woods. Amble down towards the waterfront and then a very flat section for 10 miles before the tough climb back to the finish again mostly on footpaths. This year the wind down the waterfront was somewhat challenging making the second half of the run very tough overall. Also a bit lonely on the second half with so few runners. There also could have been a water point around the half way mark especially with that wind as having a gap from 11.5 to 16 miles was just a bit much. Date of review: July 30, 2012
In short: 2012 marathon In full: a great first 13 miles with plenty runners about but it was a lonely last 13 after the half marathoners finished. i found that whilst running the second half i was never really sure where i was going as alot of the painted arrows on the ground seemed to vanish until the last 2-3 miles. that said i always love running next to the sea so loved miles 11 to 22; if only it wasnt so windy along the front my legs might have held out a bit longer. dont think i'll be back next year only cause of the 6 hour round trip in the car is just to far. Date of review: July 29, 2012
In short: Harder than I thought ! In full: Great run , mostly along cycle pathways with very little road running. Police were excellent in stopping traffic for us to cross main roads. I did struggle up the hill up to the 11 mile mark , even though I have run that a hundred times before , as I live at the top ! Wish I had trained more as my time was far from my best. Maybe next year Date of review: August 16, 2011
In short: A good half. In full: A very well organised half marathon, from the parking of cars to the buses laid on to take us back to the start. A bit narrow at the start and due to the rain the night before rather muddy, but not mush we can do about that, however the weather was very kind to us on the day. A good route through Dundee apart from the steel poles on the path we had to look out for, a bit narrow. The only down side to this event was no timing chips as the results had some mixed results, would have thought an event this size would have been using timing chips. However a good event and plenty of room at the finish, and the buses to the start were very good. Date of review: July 24, 2011
In short: My first Half Marathon loved it. In full: This was a great race at a bargain price, the up hill at the start wasnt as bad as i thought it would be because of the woodland scenery. Then mostly downhill after that till 9 -11 miles it was up and down. Nice medal and finishing by the sea on my regular running route was great. Date of review: July 23, 2011