In short: I tamed the Loch Ness Monster!!! In full: ... at least that's how I felt at the end. Truly magnificent. First marathon, amazing experience. I should add that my wife and daughter were marshalls in the Queens Park stadium and had a fantastic day as well, despite being soaked to the skin. My favourite story from my wife is about the 10K runner to whom she said: "You're doing really well, you're nearly there." The exhausted runner replied: "Well you f****ing well finish the race for me then." You can't pay money for lines like that! See you all for the 2007 marathon. Date of review: October 20, 2006
In short: The whole experience of doing this race is fun, fun, fun, from going over on the ferry to the beer afterwards. A really scenic route, friendly organisers, big local turnout and top PB potential (including one for me!). Date of review: August 14, 2006
In short: Top organisation, tough course in places, nice t-shirt! In full: I've now done this race two years in a row and like it a lot. Holyrood Park is a bit of an uphill slog but it made my result all the more pleasing - 46.40, nearly a minute off my 10K PB. I'll be back next year. Date of review: May 7, 2006
In short: Half-decent course, shocking organisation In full: I think "very poor" is a kind way to describe what was a bloody shambles.
To Annette Duncan, who posted a rating earlier and commented that someone said the course was longer than 13.1 miles.
I wore my GPS watch and it agreed almost exactly with the mile markers until mile eight. After that, my watch was telling me that I was covering a mile but the mile marker was some way beyond that point.
The upshot was that when I hit the turn at the end of Ocean Terminal, my watch told me I had covered 13.14 miles - but I still had the loop which went away from the terminal and back to run.
Anyone with a Garmin Forerunner 201 will know that the user can't alter or recalibrate the watch so I can only go by what the satellites were telling it. So going by my watch, the actual course would have been in the region of 13.3 or 4 miles.
Whatever, I enjoyed the run itself apart from the start and finish.
The course was nice, although a bit contrived to make up the distance, but I may need a bit of persuading to go back next year after the chaos at the finish line.
The goody bags? I really thought I'd been given a duff bag from which the "real" contents had been left out.
I've emailed the organisers and suggested they post a response to the criticism, if only to confirm that they'll take on board the points that have been raised by runners.