In short: pain, suffering and the best race in the world! In full: Life is not complete without doing Toughguy. Never has so much hardship and struggle been so much fun. Date of review: February 1, 2006
In short: Just how you'd imagine a locally run race should be! In full: Great event with a nice if slightly sporty field of mainly club runners. OK route following the banks of the loch with some great scenery. Shame about the start and end through a bit of housin estate. A couple of long very gradual inclines but nothing that will tax the legs too much. Great local support at the plentyful water stations and seamless organisation of your own drinks table (makes you feel like an elite).
Best of all was the great forumite turnout, over 10% of the field! Date of review: April 26, 2005
In short: Don't believe the profile - there's only 5 miles of flat and that's at the end! In full: The profile says the first two miles is downhill. Well lets just say the whole course is a leg sappin undulation. The first 1/2 is indeed maily downhill but some downhills are pretty tough and you can feel this when the uphills come along between 17 and 19 miles. After that its pretty flat. The start is breath taking (but it was sunny) and just made you want to run. Drinks stations were enthusiastically manned and there was sporadic support all the way around with welcome cheers in local villages. I really struggled at the end, probably due to an overly keen start and lack of prep (especially downhills). Can't really fault this event, enough competitors to give it a real buzz of a big event but not too many to become overcrowded. As for a first time event, then yes but don't expect to be surrounded by lots of support or fellow runners. I was on my own for a great deal of time. It's a tough course maily along a tree lined road. Not as many views as you'd have thought but when they come they really lift the spirts. This ws my second marathon after Edinburgh 2003. I found it much tougher but the course was far, far better. I'm sure it'll be a while before I find a race that tops this! Date of review: October 6, 2004