In short: REVIEW IS FOR THE RELAY! In full: I did the first leg of the relay, and feel I got the best bit. Lovely scenery and lots of downhill!
I did VLM this year so Edinburgh had some big shoes to fill! The only area I feel could have been improved was more water stations esp as the race is getting a reputation of being a scorcher. I think there was 10 in total, 2 of which were on my leg. I suprised to find that there wasn't any water at the end of each leg nor at the finishing area (or none that I could find)
The reunion area was quite good until it got busy. It was in a park across the road from the finishing area. It was a huge park and I feel the reunion area could have been spaced out better. Getting into the park also became very hard with just a very narrow gate the queues quickly formed.
All in all it was a good race thanks to the Scottish charm. The supporter crowds were a lot smaller then London but they certainly gave it their all. Great t-shirt & great medal (The full marathon medal was even more impressive). I would definitely consider doing the relay again but probably not the full distance. Date of review: May 24, 2010
In short: Beautiful setting In full: The start & the end of the race was fine but could have done with a few more marshalls on the course. I turned up with 30 mins to go and managed to get parked fine. Ladies be warned, the queue for the toilets can get a bit long so go early! Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Lovely country lanes but undulating may be a bit of an understatement! In full: Great local race feel. Organisation was fine. Very rarely flat, you're either going up a hill or back down. A few tough hills but they're only short. Date of review: May 10, 2010
In short: Pretty flat, well organised. In full: When I first entered I thought at almost Â£30 it was a bit steep but on the day I realised that it actually worked out to be quite good valve for money. Probably one of the best organised and professional races I have done. Most of it was run on closed roads with a mainly flat course, a few inclines but nothing to worry about! Lots of support from the crowds most of the way round made this race a pleasure. Lots of volunteers helped out to make esp the post race part smooth, removing chips, handing stuff out etc. And a well stocked goodie bag! Tip - book parking. We got into the carpark which used a shuttle bus and managed to get pretty much straight onto a bus. Date of review: March 22, 2010
In short: Too windy and very dull! In full: The thought of running around a Grand Prix was exciting but in reality it was extremely dull. You go round the corner and it's more track or if you're lucky a pile of tyres. The course is pretty flat but it's so exposed when the wind picks up it's horrible, felt like you're running up a very steep hill! On the plus side the organisation is very good and at Â£15 it's good value for money. Date of review: March 15, 2010
In short: A few tough hills but great location to make up for it. In full: Gorgeous route set around Berkhamsted & surrounding areas. Long hill between mile 2-3 and another nasty hill around the half way mark, much steeper but much shorter. For all the uphills you are rewarded with a downhill & the biggest bonus is the last mile is all downhill! Well organised and fair marshalling. Date of review: March 8, 2010