In short: Great organisation, friendly, best goody bag and worth the long haul to get there! In full: First time I have done this event. Spurred by rave reviews (get in early if you want to do it!). Book accomodation early if you are going for the weekend. We stayed 20 miles north of Campeltown as it was the nearest we could get but worked fine. Race day was very blustery but being able to park 2 minutes walk from picking your chip up and a jovial mass warm up in the wind was fun. Really was tough in strong wind on the out bit of the out and back route but the run along the golf course links/dunes and then the mile stretch along the beach looking at the rolling surft was fab! And we were blown home. Fabulous goodie bag with tech t-shirt, pottery medal and plastic style coffee cup was ace - I've forgotten how much it cost to enter it was worth it alone! Free showers at the nearby sports centre 2 mins walk from the finish and sandwich/massive danish pastry and cuppa tea at the finish marquee also fab. Its a long way to get there but worth the effort! Date of review: May 30, 2011
In short: Amusing run around the race track - nice easy start where you can hang out indoors with a Mercedes! In full: This is the 2nd time I have run this race - my friends live nearby. I like the fact you can hang out at Mercedes world and keep dry and warm until 5 minutes before race time! Not alot of people. Lots of twists and turns but its friendly. Rather different medal this year - a car! Date of review: March 29, 2010
In short: Gloriously scenic out and back to the lighthouse - local village hall tea and cakes after a bonus! In full: Entered this on the day - register at the village hall - having driven up from Edinburgh. Locals abound on the out and back fast single track road to the very scenic lighthouse on the point. Firth sea air was not blowing hard and glorious sunshine made this a beautiful run. And when you finished got a medal and a creme egg! Then the local village hall offered tea and home baking plus sandwiches. For £5! Friendly race..... Date of review: April 13, 2009
In short: Unusual venue makes this quite a good race. Family friendly start and finish! In full: Just ran this earlier today. Liked that I could keep inside the Mercedes World building until 5 mins before the start of the race (it was cold!). Lots of friends and family space to keep you company which not alot of races have sometimes. Beginner friendly and you get to run on a race track which is pretty cool. Good goodie bag of drinks etc. Half way bottles of water better than average cups sometimes given. Would do again.... Date of review: March 29, 2009
In short: Great views, cheap and easy to get to In full: 1st time running this. Got their with 30 mins to spare. Read my Sunday Times, locked the car with 5 mins to spare, quick stretch and 50m walk to the start! Loved that! Local club provide sandwiches/cakes at the finish which is a lovely touch. Date of review: August 11, 2008
In short: Fantastic trail route - challenging but scenery and downhill worth it! In full: First running of this trail race starting at the Forestry commission mountain bike haven of Mabie Forest. Small field. Friendly. I loved the route - steep uphills but I finished in 1hr 1 min when my usual time on the flat is 54 mins! A medal and goody bag for minimal entry fee that would shame other races. Brilliant - will be back next year. Date of review: June 15, 2008
In short: Fairly busy and hilly but great to run the capital city! In full: First time I have run this and as a native of the city it was great to do. Organisation at the start was great - a bag drop off which suited me given I could walk to the start and just take off my kit. Fairly undulating with a few hills that killed my time a bit but cheery spectators and cracking Elvis to keep you going at the last 200 metres. Loved the Nike power mile to help you up the Arthur's Seat hill at 5km. Date of review: May 4, 2008
In short: Unique course - killer hill - get to see The Queen's country back yard! In full: Did this several years ago and seems alot busier in 2008. Parking not fun but popularity and location are always going to make that tough. Gorgeous views and when else would you get to run around the queen's back garden eh? Some pretty speedy types but a good race... Date of review: April 27, 2008
In short: Borders Scenery - small and beautiful race! In full: Great weather this year - I dressed too warm. A few wee slopes but downhills too. Cute route through borders countryside and friendly farmers/locals/marshalls at several spots clapping you on.
Only one suggestion - I need some lucozade in a half to keep my sugar level up please!!?? Date of review: October 28, 2007
In short: Slightly downhill all the way - great city to run in... In full: Didn't like the buses leaving 40 mins after I finished but since it was pouring with rain they could have started earlier! Luckily a friend ran us back to the start pick up.
Apart from that - great organisation. Great t-shirt. Am going back next year Date of review: October 3, 2006