In short: Scenic race by the river In full: As with all Purple Patch events very well organised and marshalled. It was a very hot day but the race along the tow paths was very scenic. The first few miles are a bit slow going with a combination of bunched up runners and all the gates but having 2 waves certainly helps and the course soon thins out. The only problems I could see were large queues for the baggage area and toilets at the start. Apart from improvements in this area the rest can be left alone. Great race and will definately be returning next year to do the course in reverse. Date of review: July 25, 2011
In short: Best Value Half so far In full: Really steep hill at the start but after that pretty easy going. Great atmosphere at the start/finish even with the poor weather. Most generous goody bag I've had for a UK race and best value ever. Would definately recommend. Date of review: July 18, 2011
In short: Very Very Hot In full: This was my 1st marathon but very pleased I chose Edinburgh. The day was really hot with one of the water stations running out of water but the terrific atmosphere pulled you through. Great finish at Musselburgh racecourse. Date of review: June 6, 2011
In short: Disappointing In full: This was my first Fat Feet event and must say I was left really disappointed.
It started well enough with the free car parking but then the queue for the toilets. Why only 4 portaloos and a lack of toilet paper? I know the lack of portaloos was raised as a problem with last years race but it appears this was not addressed.
The race itself through Bourne Wood was very pleasant and generally well marshalled although there was at least one marshall free point where I could see no yellow sign and could easily have gone straight on instead of a sharp left.
For me though the thing that was really gutting was on finishing and finding no t-shirt and a poor medal in the goody bag. I did ask and was told by one of the girls that she thought they weren't bothering with t-shirts, only medals this year. It was advertised with a t-shirt and you had to give your size on entering so will raise this with the organisers.
The medal made no mention of the race or the year, just that you'd completed a Fat Feet run (the lanyard did mention the race but not the year). So as I'm supposed to be down for Grimsthorpe in August does that mean I'll be getting the same medal? Maybe it works out cheaper for Fat Feet to give the same medal for all their events but it just smacks of penny pinching to me. I'd certainly be annoyed getting that if I ever run Rutland marathon
Slow to get the results as now 2 days after the event and no details on the Fat Feet website. Date of review: May 31, 2011
In short: Worth getting up early for In full: I ran the half and thoroughly enjoyed it. Very scenic with one big hill at mile 8 but other than that pretty flat. Plenty of water stops and sponges. Only a couple of things to improve on. With the amount of runners I would like to see pens used at the start as it was quite frustrating trying to get past slow runners at the front of the queue. Also would like to see different medals for the half and full marathons as then I might come back for the full. Date of review: May 9, 2011
In short: Lovely run along the river In full: Nice small event so not too crowded. Very friendly and encouraging marshalls and good public support when you needed it most. Not too many narrow passing places so quicker than expected although a bit annoyed at myself for not finishing a bit faster so as to break 1:41 :-( Nice medal and t-shirt and would certainly consider running it again.
Only negative points for me was the parking and shortage of toilets. There were about 8 or 10 portaloos but really could do with double that especially as the blokes toilets in the main building were out of order as they were being refurbished. Parking was provided in a farmers field just off the A404 roundabout but this caused severe traffic congestion on the roundabout itself. The path from the carpark to the start is very narrow with runners/spectators getting in the way of cars trying to park up so there is definately room for improvement there. Also saw one 4x4 trying to enter the car park when people were trying to leave after the race, perhaps the car park road could be closed to incoming traffic once the race has started. Date of review: March 21, 2011
In short: Quicker than you think In full: Day started off really chilly but the free parking at the train station was handy as it meant only a short walk to the start. A very friendly marshall welcomed you at the entrance which is always encouraging. As far as the race was concerned there were a couple of nasty hills which I'd been forewarned about but in general the course was not as hilly as I expected. Particulary enjoyed the park section. Organisers should perhaps look at the traffic issue as I was concerned on more than 1 occasion about the safety of fellow runners during the race. Fantastic downhill finish although I think the last 2 miles being all downhill was a slight exaggeration. The only thing I was very disappointed with was the medal as there was no date or mention of the event on it so organisers sort this out for next year please ;-) Date of review: March 7, 2011
In short: Lovely morning run but nasty hill In full: Venue was easy to find and plenty of free parking available.
Organisation seemed very good although the start was a bit weird as the runners were moved back at the last minute so not sure if this was a mistake or last minute change of route.
It was nice to run on a Saturday and the first 6 miles along canal paths was pretty flat and quick. Some of it was a little slow going at first as it was almost single file at some points but relatively small field size helped.
A nasty hill at mile 6 which I was trying to pace myself for seemed to take a few runners by suprise and I didn't have too many people overtake me after that point. The lovely woodland section afterwards was a little tricky with leaves hiding the occasional tree root but it was different to the usual road race and enjoyed the challenge.
My only concern was my garmin showed under 13 miles at the end so not sure if the issues at the start perhaps reduced the overall race length.
Medal was nice and would certainly recommend giving this a go next year. Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Lovely run in the country In full: Ok I'll get my excuses in straight away and say that I hadn't run for about 10 days prior due to coming down with some bug. I didn't want to cancel so decided to use it just as a training run as I have a half marathon in 3 weeks time.
I can't say too much about the pre-race organisation as I was running late and only got to the start about 60 seconds before it was due to kick off ;-)
The run itself was very pleasant though and the weather was nice and sunny. I did struggle with the hill at 4.5 miles but I think was just down to rustyness more than anything. There didn't seem to be a great deal of support on the course but as this was my first road race I don't know if this is the norm. The stewards though were all very cheerful and there were plenty of water stops.
I was a bit suprised that some runners were using earphones. One lady in front of me almost got hit by a campervan as she couldn't hear it so didn't seem like a good idea to me.
The last couple of miles was a struggle with the head wind and although I was using it as a training run I was disappointed that I couldn't be a bit more competitive when a few people overtook me.
Very impressed with the medal especially as the race was only a tenner to enter. I didn't hang around afterwards for the festivities but the bbq looked great and the ice cream van seemed very popular ;-)
All in all a great event and I'll hopefully be back next year to beat my time! Date of review: September 13, 2010