In short: Thought after last it would be better........no way In full: Interesting course and cadets were fantastic. No toilets at start or during run. Mile markers only every 3 miles. Facilities at finish very sparce infact none. Goody bag a waste of time, no medal only a certificate, an undersized vest, 2 auful gels and 1 energy bar. I gave them a second chance and they made it worse. Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Better than 2011 In full: My second Edinburgh marathon, better than 2011 but still can do better. The weather did not help but than is not the fault of EMF, but an earlier start should be in place next year. The relay runners are a pain, one nearly knocked me over to get to a water station. The water stations and marshalls were good and the crowds were also good. The finish was much better, but still needs improvement, signage needs improvement, goody bags were disappointing. Shame that we did not see much of the city, a great shame as Edinburgh is a nice city to look round. Done it twice now but no more. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: What a farce In full: I am basing this review on the previous 14 marathons, I have completed. The shambles started at the Expo. I got there 12.30 on the Friday to find that many of the stands were not set up or had no staff available. I arrived on race day at the race village to find the male changing tent full with everyone keeping out of the rain, even non runners, I was therefore left with changing under a tree. When depositing my bag at the baggage tent at about 8.15 my bag was thrown onto a pile of other bags without any attempt to sort them into any order. There were no anouncements to keep runners informed (hence many runners arriving at the start late, some due to a 'warm up' taking place far too late in the proceedings).At the start the signage was very poor, a complete lack of marshalls. Members of the public/non runners were mixed in with the runners, even after the start gun went. The first half of the course was fine, however the second half was not, in fact dangerous in parts. Half way down the lane with the mud, I slipped and fell into the fence, luckly I was not injured (not simply due to the weather conditions, this narrow lane situation was easy to predict problems). The good thing about the course were the marshalls and staff at the water stations, they were all fantastic. Due to the weather the crowds were not as large as they might have been but those who were there were also fantastic. During the latter part of the race I saw many runners struggling with the very adverse weather to the extent that their health was at risk. The farce at the baggage tent was completely beyond belief. It took over one hour for me to get my bag back, I found it outside the tent covered in mud. We were keep outside the tent by the police with no explanations given. Many runners were showing signs of hypothermia. We were all standing there very cold, in wet running kit with some runners shacking uncontrolably. NO action was taken by the organisers to try and help the runners,hot drinks may have helped,served to those runners in the freezing cold. At the end of the Loch Ness marathon (usually October) every runner is given a cup of hot soup served in a massive WARM marquee with ample seats for all runners to rest. With some forethought, research and common sense a lot of these problems could have been avoided, forseen prior to the event (bad ather was predicted). The organisers may have got a lot of money for charity, but a little bit more money spent on the runners would ensure that this marathon would grow to be a success in coming years, raising far more money for charity, however due to this farce many runners will now not return. Remember no runners means no marathon, and no money for charity. Date of review: April 30, 2012
In short: nice to tick this one off my list In full: A tough course and a back injury after 15 miles did not help. Marshals and water station cadets were excellent. Would rather have distance markers every mile instead of every 3 miles. Hills not as high as Loch Ness marathon but more of them. Terrain very mixed and tough in places. Glad to have done it but will not return.
In short: Easily Beats Edinburgh As Best In Scotland In full: My 3rd Loch Ness marathon and enjoyed everyone so far. Marshalls and water station staff were fantastic again. Finish area was good and much better t-shirt than previous ones. The only down point was the bus journey again, 2nd year in 3 we were late at start, this needs to be looked at. Overall still my favorite marathon, even better than London or Paris. Date of review: October 5, 2011
In short: Great city let down by its marathon In full: Let down from the start, no marshalls at start, mile markers very small missed half of them, most of the run not even in edinburgh so why call it the edinburgh marathon. Water stations were good. Route very uninteresting especially as we doubled back on ourselves. After the race was auful, I was given a t shirt for the half marathon, members of the public ie non runners were helping themselves to t shirts, goodie bags, pieces of fruit, drinks,I had to help myself to my goodie bag out of a box. I queued for 30 mins for the shuttle bus and then found most people had not prepaid, as we had been told we had to, but were still allowed to travel on the busses, no tickets were checked. This is my 12th marathon in all, my first edinburgh and it will be my last edinburgh, roll on loch ness in october, my 3rd in a row. Date of review: May 24, 2011
In short: same as last year , very enjoyable In full: A good day, rain for the first half of run then fine. Same as last year good run well worth the time to travel to Inverness. Would advice everyone to do this marathon at least once. Date of review: October 5, 2010
In short: Hot weather spoiled the day In full: My 4th London, however found the heat too much on the day. shame some of the water stations ran out of water. The marshalls in the start pens went away 20 mins before start so everyone had a free for all near back of start. Overall the crowds were great and the day was enjoyable. Date of review: May 3, 2009