In short: Excellent organisation, friendly marshalls and police In full: I really enjoyed this race. Apart from a bit of congestion at the start it was really well organised. Everyone was so friendly and relaxed especially the marshalls and the police. A big thank you to the people of Whittington who came out in force to cheer us on, it was a great boost. Mile markers were spot on and could easily be seen and although it was an undulating course there was nothing too nasty. The route was lovely and scenic and mostly traffic free with lots of water stations. Although the glass award was nice, I would have liked a medal but no worries it was a great race. Finally congratulations to the fireman who ran in a huge furry red elephant costume - that must have been tough! Date of review: May 7, 2012
In short: Excellent Race! Well done to the first Rock n Rollers in the UK In full: I've done a Rock n Roll race before in the USA so I was hoping for great things and I wasn't disappointed. The route was beautiful in places especially going round Arthurs Seat and along by the sea. It was a bit hilly in places but it made it all the more interesting and you got to see Edinburgh. The bands, dancers and DJs along the route were excellent and really motivating. The organisation was also very good and there was plenty of water, energy drinks and gels along the route. I took a bottle at most of the stations so I didn't experience the cup problem highlighted in some of the reviews. Also I was able to see all the mile markers along the whole route. I loved the fact that it started and finished at Holyrood Park. It prevented all the hassle of trying to get transport back into Edinburgh that I've experienced at "the other" Edinburgh race. The medal, tshirt and goodies at the end were excellent. I'll be back next year. Date of review: April 21, 2012
In short: Not a bad first go but room for improvement In full: There were good bits and bad bits to this race. First of all the marshalls were lovely and friendly. They had a really tough job trying to marshall and control traffic, so well done to them. There was also plenty of water and gels available at regular intervals along the route. Many enthusiastic supporters offered pieces of orange and sweeties on route. Good cameraderie amongst runners. On the bad side there were no mile markers! Thank goodness for Garmin or I would have been stuffed (my hubby who had no Garmin was stuffed!). Also a few more direction markers would have been helpful. It was very confusing through Hessle and the industrial estate. There were pacers but since they weren't announced and hadn't been given any flags or anyway to distinguish them very few people knew they were even there. The start was a bit of a surprise - no music or announcements of any kind just the gun going off. Only 2 portaloos and my hubby reported that of the 5 cubicles in the city hall one was under construction, 2 had no lights, most ran out of toilet paper and none of them flushed properly. At the finish we got a great medal and technical top but nothing else except a cup of water. Potential to be a good race if improvements are made. Date of review: April 9, 2012
In short: Great race made even better by the Runner's World pacing team! In full: It started off a bit stressful when we arrived. The parking in the field next to the hotel was chaotic. There was a surprise £2 fee and no-one to guide you to a space so there were cars going all over the place. It was also a shame that we were not allowed to go into the hotel as there were only 15 toilets for around 1,300 runners plus supporters. Moaning over though. The race itself was really good. The marshalls were excellent and really encouraging. The water stops and mile markers were very clear and it was a lovely, relatively flat course. My husband was full of praise for the 8 minute Runner's World pacer. He's been trying to get under 1hr 45 mins and today he managed it with flying colours and got a PB due to the pacer and his encouragement, so a huge thank you to the pacer! This is a well organised and friendly race. Date of review: February 26, 2012
In short: We made the dog dance! In full: We loved this race so much last year that we travelled over from Leeds to do it again. We were not disappointed. The T-shirt (amazing design!), medal and goody bag were excellent. Organisation was fantastic from parking on the school field, handing out t-shirts, start/finish and right along the route. The marshalls were all lovely and friendly and the course was well marked out with kilometre markers and plenty of arrows. This is a lovely, friendly, fun race to do and excellent value for money. Date of review: February 16, 2012
In short: Well organised and very friendly race In full: Car parking was a bit of an issue when we arrived as they couldn't use the school field due to the wet weather but other than that everything else was great. Although there were a lot of club runners everyone was really friendly and in high spirits at the start of the year. Good use was made of the village hall and there were plently of refreshments on offer. The race was pretty flat, along winding country roads and the marshalls were excellent. I was in last place throughout the race but I was extremely well looked after with a marshall on a bike with me the whole way round and plenty of encouragement from the marshalls. I was even presented with a box of chocolates at the end, which wont exactly help me run faster but certainly made me feel good and made my day! There was a medal, kitkat and bottle of water at the finish. It was a small field but a lovely well organised and friendly race. A great start to the new year. Date of review: January 3, 2012
In short: Amazing scenery In full: This was my first time at Conwy and I wasn't disappointed. Starting and ending at the castle was lovely. Normally I dislike hills but the scenery around the Great Orme was breathtaking and took my mind off the fact that I was climbing upwards for 2-3 miles. The run back down the other side felt fantastic. It was the sandy pathway that really got me and felt like hard work. The organisation was very good and the chocolate biscuits at the end were very welcome. I really enjoyed this race! Date of review: November 21, 2011
In short: small, friendly, informal race but very well organised In full: A small but very friendly and well organised race. The course is extremely flat and has an excellent potential for a PB. Race registration/information etc was in the local Leisure Centre which also provided parking, changing rooms, showers and toilets. They also accepted race registration on the day. It was a bit bracing running along the sea front and Mother Nature also waited for the exact second the organiser shouted “Go” to throw down some torrential rain. It hit us with some force horizontally straight off the sea but thankfully didn’t last long. Despite the weather I really enjoyed this race as we wound in an almost figure 8 pattern along the sea front. There wasn’t any chip timing just a time but it didn’t matter as the field was so small. There wasn’t a goody bag as such but there was a very welcome medal, bottled water, cup of coca cola, banana and a very nice Eccles cake at the finish. All the things you need rather than a bag full of leaflets! Definitely a race I’d recommend and consider doing again. Date of review: September 8, 2011
In short: Lovely but challenging In full: Wonderful race but very challenging with 'that' hill (and a few others) and the heat. I did the race in 2009 and I'd forgotten just how challenging this race was. The organisation was great and the locals fantastic as ever. The hosepipe showers were amazing in the heat. On the return over Humber Bridge it was heart breaking to see so many runners needing medical attention so close to the finish. St John's Ambulance crew certainly had their work cut out for them and were doing an excellent job. Date of review: June 27, 2011
In short: Lovely Race, great support from the public In full: This was a lovely race around Edinburgh. Just a couple of niggles …The water had run out at mile 3 but luckily, as it was such a hot day, a local gym and the public stepped in and gave out cups of water. Also I agree with the other reviews in that the distance seemed a bit off. My Garmin GPS was spot on for the first half of the race but then during the second half my watch was bleeping out miles achieved with the mile marker nowhere in sight. The race ended at 13.41 miles for me.
There are still lots of positives for this race though. The marshals were lovely and friendly and encouraging. The public support brilliant with water and various jelly sweets being handed out. The goody bag was great with mars bar, crisps, water, energy drink, apple, technical T shirt and a new magazine preview.
I would also like to applaud the new "Gold Runner" initiative. We were treated to a pre-race pasta party to meet fellow Gold Runners on Saturday night. On the day of the race there was a friendly acknowledgement with other Gold Runners and after the race a second medal plus post race nibbles. This was extremely well organised and everyone, regardless of running ability, was made to feel welcome. Everyone was really friendly.