In short: A great experience. In full: Interesting and varied route ranging from City Centre to Country Park land. Support was outstanding with people lining the route at every stage of the way and local residents providing all the encouragement and refreshments you could want!! Date of review: May 23, 2009
In short: Excellent - thanks Glasgow In full: Good run, brilliant support. Not convinced about the revised first section but the city, parks and people are well worth it. Don't be put off by the size - very welcoming - recommended Date of review: November 20, 2008
In short: There's not much wrong with this race, yet it needs a boost of some sort to make it a great race again. In full: As ever this was well organised with a good atmosphere and excellent support in places as others have already noted. The finish area is great because of the amount of space so plenty of room to flow through, the buzz at the start is always good. Putting the hill in St Vincent Street in so early in the course was just cruel, especialy for the wheelchair racers. I'm another one who doesn't understand why running over the Kingston Bridge should be so exciting, though at least the extra distance before the bridge allowed people to spread out more. I'll be back next year but would like to see this back as one of Sotland's races. Date of review: October 11, 2008
In short: Loads of organisers/stewards etc not to many locals In full: God blees the wonderfull people of Darnley Road. Gave me just the boost i needed to get to the finish Date of review: September 17, 2008
In short: In Kendo blows to the head are a legitimate response. Guess. In full: I'd agree that the route was kind of dull, but we all got to gaze back at the Highland cattle as they gawped back at us as we passed their early morning siesta in Pollok Park. The Kingston Bridge wasn't all that bad either, especially after the hill at the start; plus as someone who doesn't drive it was pleasing to see the pained expressions of motorists as we held them up at various stages. Use public transport, walk or cycle ! The crowd support was meagre and slightly passive, but I could have done without that shank (a Rangers' idiot by the nature of his comment) who doesn't seem to realize that you can't actually say anything you like. :) Or would he just try to hide the fact that he's a type of Griffen ? Everything else flowed smoothly, from the sufficient provision of water, bouncing Ragas, orange slices and portaloos, to the feel-good red buckets (for recycling our black champion chips) past the finish in Glasgow Green. The only off-putting thing was the free provision of cartons of milk prior to the official start, a service I wouldn't willingly make use of on any occasion. Although the dark purple goody/gym bag wasn't particularly generous, neither was it stingy. It held flyers, leaflets (inc. one advertising no ballot for next year's Edinburgh Marathon), Granola coupons and water. Bananas were provided separately and I helped myself to nine/ten large yellow ones, four of which were thrust into my arms by a merry steward. Everyone else was the same. A great weekend, now back home in the south and nibbling on the strawberry jam I bought at Queen's Park Farmers' market, and after that memorable trip to Celtic Park visitors' centre. Date of review: September 10, 2008
In short: This race is heading in the wrong direction... In full: Ive ran this particular race for the past three years and my gut feeling is that this year the organisers seem to have taken their eye off the ball. Its a real shame as Glasgow is, in parts, very pretty and the mundane, uninspiring route nowhere near reflects that, with the exception of running through Pollok Park. The route changes meant hills in unexpected places, ie the very start, which was tough.
Otrher niggles, I collected my race pack rather than getting it posted out, there was no T shirts left and I was told I had to collect it from their booth on the morning of the race...who wants to wear or carry a spare T shirt round 13 miles? The goody bag was very poor given the high entry cost. I loved the atmosphere and support in places but overall it was disappointing compared to other races. Get yer finger out Glasgow. Date of review: September 10, 2008
In short: Curate's egg, good in parts In full: So many places to run through and we don't. What's up with kelvin hall, art galleries, botanical gardens etc versus Kingston Even the people's palace misses out. T-shirt is appalling and just a mobile billboard or cloth for the car wash. Medal lacks imagination. It is, however, very, very well organised but not well publicised. I come back home 300 miles for this and see no evidence of it until the day. Will they bring back the marathon? Support in areas fantastic. Organisation start and finish superb, bananas, blankets, water, meeting area, but why not undo the medals and put them on people. Some runners are over the moon at completing this race and it is their olympic feat...please recognise that. Keep up the good work and please accept these comments as opportunities, not direct criticism. Date of review: September 9, 2008