In short: Some hills but not too challenging. In full: Lovely part of the world. Strong winds, and a potholed field from mile 11 to 12 made the second half tough, though the first half was mainly downhill wind behind, and my splits reflect it! Will be special for me as I broke 1.30 for the first time, though there are easier courses.
Loads of marshals, and the few spectators there were (largely rural course), were very pleasant. Had to share the roads with some cars on many sections, though again the marshals kept this safe. If you can possibly do the route and lose that potholed track, Malvern, it would be an excellent race. Date of review: June 28, 2013
In short: Hot. Flat. Not in Edinburgh. A ridiculous walk to the buses after. In full: Good start set-up, twin starts. But why start the half at 8, and the marathon at 10, esp. when heat and exhaustion is far more likely in the much longer race?!? Presume it's to do with money. Course wasn't unattractive, support good in the towns, non-existent for large parts though.
Finish area was fine, but such a pain when you're hobbling to walk over a mile to the extortionate buses to get back to the city you thought you were running in!
I was chuffed to run a big PB, but the race is run for money, not for runners unfortunately. Call it the Lothian coast marathon - would be more honest. Date of review: May 27, 2012
In short: PB potential. In full: Flat with just up and down the underpasses and canal bridges. Weather was kind enough - cloudy & drizzle towards the ends, as it chucked it down later. I PB'ed, suspect many others did too. The course is fairly dull in many areas, but in the second half, quite a few spectators cheer you on.
I only rate it special cos I got such a good time. Well organised, but super expensive, charity or no.
In short: PB potential, lovely setting In full: Flat course, uneven fields for half of it, but great atmosphere (part fun run, so might annoyt overly serious runners) - km markers, big clocl, lots of water, medals.
And big fat PB potential - smashed mine.
Lots going on afterwards too. Lovely day. Date of review: June 5, 2011
In short: Good organisation, goody bag, never a pb with that hill and time of year In full: The hill killed me, which I had anticipated, but I then thought I'd catch up the time downhill. However took me until Mile 4 to feel human, by which time the pb was long gone really. Nice course, apart from uneven pavements and parked cars arrgghh!! Last mile and a half tough again, seemed to take forever. Great goody bag, nice people :) Date of review: July 17, 2007