In short: There are better ways to run Edinburgh In full: Interesting scenery in the first half, just the right amount of runners on the road and great crowd support (thanks to the folks Musselburgh).
However, I feel very let down by the barmy organization.
Why not publish our results online?
Less offensive but still disappointing was the decision to have the shuttle bus service starting so far from the finish? Also, in the interests of creating a flat-ish course, they managed to pick a rather dull route for a marathon that takes its name from one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Can't wait to go back to Edinburgh but I'll be picking my own routes next time.
In short: Super scenery, organization and prizes. In full: A scenic and varied route, making use of the athletics track, the park, wood and farmland. Beginners welcome though it'd help to have some experience of cross country as ground uneven in places. Loved the prizes: all useful stuff! Thanks, see you next year. Date of review: May 6, 2013
In short: unmissable In full: Perhaps not for the inexperienced runner, but I'm always struck by how friendly this race is, from the lovely, encouraging marshalls to the camaraderie en route. As for 'value for money', I'd do it just for the scenery and cake! Date of review: June 15, 2009
In short: Do it! In full: The organisation was flawless, getting gun-time and position by text immediately afterwards was a nice surprise and how did they do that thing with the weather?!!
My entire 48hour visit to Inverness was wonderful and though it's not exactly on everyone's doorstep, I'd recommend this race to anyone looking for an alternative to the more crowded city marathons. Date of review: October 6, 2008
In short: Will be back for more In full: This is a well organised race with very encouraging marshalls and plenty of water stations (love the paper cups). The hills may not make it ideal for achieving a PB but I somehow always manage to make friends and would therefore recommend it as a great first race. Date of review: July 20, 2008