In short: Good, flat, fast course - terrible organisation In full: Second Edinburgh Marathon, enjoyed this year more than last. I like the course, scenery etc, but minus points:
Mile markers too small / missing? Same as last year. Finish area v. disorganised, long way to get water. Handed 'Festival' T-shirt not marathon one Rubbish medal compared to last year Ridiculous ‘pinch point’ to exit baggage area V. expensive given facilities provided
Plus points? Preferred finish on tarmac rather than bouncy mat in race course Plenty of toilets at London Road start – if you looked... More water stations than last year, or was it just less hot?
In short: Very enjoyable day out! In full: Despite lack of pre race communication everything went very well on the day. Enjoyed the course, scenery was good, marshalls were excellant, local drivers were nuts, but apart from that overall I enjoyed it! Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great fun, great location, superb organisation! Rudolph will be back. In full: Well done to the organisers for making this race happen today. Having had to cancel in December because of ice (which was the right decision), they could easily have cancelled again today. BUT, they somehow came up with a revised route at the last minute, the sun came out, loads of runners in antlers turned up and Rudolph stampeded to victory (thanks to a very generous fellow runner....).
The marshals were spot on, there were festive tunes on the tannoy and plates loaded up with mince pies.
I’m looking forward to 11 December 2011 for the next run already!
In short: Definitely has PB potential and very friendly marshalls and supporters In full: Wet and windy today, otherwise PB must be on the cards. Nice easy route, lovley village for start/finish. Car parking distance from start was off-putting, but apart from that a very good first race. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Good course, fantastic marshalls, very well organised, nice T-shirt! In full: My first Horsforth 10k and loved it! Get the hills out of the way quickly and you know its downhill or flat for the run in. Marshalls were fab, never had so much smiling encouragement. Not hitches in the organisatio and a tech T at a bargain price. Definitly one to do again, and again.... Date of review: September 27, 2010
In short: My fourth Robin Hood and another mostly enjoyable experience! In full: Great organisation, very supportive crowds and marshalls, especially encouraging on the second half this year. Water stations, medals etc etc all excellant!
Not sure about all the route changes,first half seems hillier and there are stil alot of tight twists and turns, but still potentially quick.
Unfortunately I hit the wall at 23 miles this year. But thanks to support of the many paramedics on hand, and runners (thanks to Kevin, hope you finished well), I recovered enough to comfortably run to the finish and still avoid a PW (personal worst)! Date of review: September 13, 2010
In short: Did the 6 hr race on Sunday, very good organisation, great scenery, lovely race. In full: Really enjoyed this. Great location in the forest for the start/finish and camping area. Lots of space, no queues for loos or showers, very relaxed.
7 km course is a good length for a 6 hr race and this one is actually quite hilly - well, 3.5 k up hill, 3.5 k down hill! Weather was good, nice dry trails but it was pretty humid. Still, nice breeze on the tops and shade from the trees lower down. Pleasant route and some fine views.
Great to be able to park close to the race route for refuelling etc.
For a first event it was really well organised, lots of facilities and good atmosphere – lets hope more people sign up to this next year. Still, in a bigger field I might not have won the solo race!!
Also, hats off to the winning pairs team. 13 laps is awesome!!
In short: Fantastic! Perfect weather, perfect organisation and a new PB! In full: My second A Coventry Way and really enjoyed it. Great weather and underfoot conditions (last time it was mostly under water!). Very, very well organised, friendly and great marshalls. Very grateful for the extra water point after the canal section. And I improved my time by over an hour!
Looking forward to next year already! Date of review: April 19, 2010
In short: Another great race, well done to all the team at Epilepsy Action! In full: Great organisation, definite PB potential, traffic free, impressive start/finish area, friendly marshalls and even perfect weather. What more could you want? Date of review: March 22, 2010