In short: enjoy the views, because the hills are waiting !! In full: 2nd time here, and I seem to bring sunshine ! the delay and then non-delayed start time was a new experience for me, what was that all about ? the route has some views to die for and some hills that could break you spirit. seriously, the last few miles are very hard and slightly hazardous in places. was pleased to finish and would not hesitate to recommend this race-not the greatest crowd support in terms of numbers but the locals are very friendly and encouraging. the stew was a great idea to refuel the runners and showers on site which is great. not the best medal in the world and I would have preferred a t-shirt like last year to the shopping bag but overall for the entry fee very good indeed. massive thanks to everyone involved. see you next year, god willing.
In short: sorry but the bad points outnumbered the good. In full: PLEASE take the following as constructive criticisms; firstly to get to the first drinks stop to be told sorry we have no cups is poor, bordering on unforgivable. we passed the ten mile marker and had one cup which was less than half full-and it was a very hot day. the route was fairly well marshalled but was light on further drinks stops. to the finish then and I was disappointed to receive the same medal as those who did the 10k the day before !! some may say this is sad, it may well be but its the truth. then I went to get my t-shirt and asked for a medium to be told we are trying to keep them for the ladies. as a result I had an extra large which will be given away since I am 5 foot 6 and around 10 1/2 stone. after a shower I then found out there was no water left for the marathon runners. may I suggest you put a bottle in the goody bag to stop people taking more than one each. very sorry but travelled up and stopped in hotel etc and the cost involved etc and I got home feeling rather let down. if this event continues simple improvements need to be made otherwise I wont return.
In short: changes were for the better In full: firstly, the debacle of last years start has now been rectified and also a medal that says marathon and not event are welcome changes, clearly the committee listened so well done. the following constructive points for this year would be that there was great difficulty in spotting all the mile markers so pacing was very difficult-this needs improvement. my running colleague ran with a blind runner and finished in under 5 hours but all the goody bags had gone which is not good, they paid their money so were entitled to a goody bag. finally, the marshalls were very good and supportive but there were none present at around 14 miles when having to cross the road with traffic coming both ways. this was potentially very dangerous. to close, the race has improved from recent years and the chip timing was great. come on wolvo lets do even better next year, but thanks to everyone who helped. good work, a good day out at my local marathon. UP THE WOLVES !! Date of review: September 7, 2009
In short: where are the goody bags mate ? In full: a lovely scenic run and very well organised by super friendly marshalls which was great. however, particularly on such a hot day handing out half full small cups at the water stations could have better. also, as one lad asked me at the end where are the goody bags mate-answer you dont get anything. a bottle of water/pop and a chocolate bar is not too much to ask is it when you need to refuel ? Date of review: August 24, 2009
In short: another great event in the isle of man In full: once again a pleasure to visit the island and complete the isle of man marathon. excellent organisation from the moment the laid on coaches take you to ramsey to the time you get back to douglas. super facilities at the start/finish and a buffet from heaven to replenish all the runners. third time here and will be back for sure, cant speak highly enough of the evevt and would recommend it to anyone. hope the event continues to grow because it really deserves to. well done everyone involved, good work. Date of review: August 11, 2009
In short: thanks to everyone involved, cracking day. In full: live locally and this race is great. did it last year and roped a few running friends together and we all enjoyed it. the bag transfer is good and a nice warm shower so close to the finish line was great. we took up the 2 for 1 offers in the pitcher & piano (would have been rude not too) and had a great day out. thanks very much to all involved, deffo be back next year especially now the medal and goody bag have improved. the system giving your finish time was a nice touch, good work. happy, happy days. Date of review: July 5, 2009
In short: great weekend away In full: travelled down from the midlands for the weekend so with petrol and two nights digs etc a bit costly but well worth it. marshalls galore and also plenty water all the way round, sponges would have been appreciated to be honest. the medal was nice and the t-shirt top drawer, excellent. have done over 100 marathons/half marathons and this ranks well in the top. great race, see you again next year. Date of review: June 22, 2009
In short: a day to remember, but for the wrong reasons. In full: this was my 50th marathon and my 5th edinburgh marathon. having seen how the route has changed so much and how the number of entrants has increased it appears to me the race has not improved by this. to run out of water is extremely poor and also dangerous in such conditions, and again as in 2008 getting from the finish line through the crowds and back to the city via the buses really is very difficult. the route might be fast for the vast minority of elite runners but is this really the major factor for the masses, probably not. if the race continues to finish so far out the city I think my days visiting edinburgh are over which saddens me really. improvements/changes needed with immediate effect and if necessary limit the number of entrants because clearly the organisers cannot cope. not good. Date of review: June 2, 2009
In short: nightmare at the end !!! In full: the route was tougher than I expected and was not as flat as I thought it would be. the drinks stations were well stocked and marshalls/volunteers were very supportive. the latter stages of the race were rather busier with traffic coming too close for my liking at times. also, not keen on having to run round dismounted cyclists pushing their bikes up the hills when I am feeling tired and exhausted. sadly, will remember this day for the chaos in leaving the venue. It took us over ninety minutes to exit the field and this was an awful and frustrating experience. Also, to run out of medals is not good at all. To close, massive respect and congratulations to the 10 in 10 runners. Truly awesome achievement, I take my hat off to you all. Date of review: May 18, 2009
In short: tough day at the office !! In full: the organisation from the start , during and at the finish was extremely good and smooth. it is as mentioned a hilly course in places and thankfully it did cloud over otherwise it would have been too hot. personally, I found the course very repetitive and not as scenic as others describe it. the plastic cups were not ideal, I would prefer bottles on such a warm day. have done quite a few marathons now and I would not rate this in my top 5. congratulations and thanks to ALL the volunteers and marshalls, job well done.