In short: brilliant distance, shame we were hidden away down some cycle path In full: really enjoyed the challenge of a 13.1km run. nice distance, not too far, not too short.
good race organisation, well marshalled, clear sign posting, excellent smooth finish.
would have loved some music at the start. the microphone guy was trying really hard but it was a bit flat without accompaniment.
the route was a secluded path along through edinburgh that took in no tourist sights, a shame for such a pretty city and had very little opportunities/locations for what few supporters there were. and the extra bit round the outside of the stadium for the 13.1km bit was rubbish. necessary, i appreciate, but rubbish all the same.
special mention to the co-op men handing out chocolate bars for free just before we arrived at murrayfield. whoop whoop! much appreciated fellas.
In short: Nice event In full: Enjoyed running along exposed windy country roads. Friendly atmosphere, lots of smiles all round. Supportive marshals. Godd value for money. Not an easy run for the hobbyist jogger but not so hard you feel defeated. (except maybe as you approach mile 11) Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: oooops! took a wrong turning In full: so the course wasn't THAT clearly marked. ho ho ho. but it was a nice event. it felt all very new and it was a nice feeling being at the inaugural event. the atmosphere was festive, fun and friendly. had a really nice time. and was so proud to see the wee one in her Golden Tinsel Mile number and her certificate and medal are being framed to record her first event.
big thumbs up. may not have been the best organised, or the most slick but you'd be hard pushed to be made to feel more welcome. Date of review: December 6, 2009
In short: a good event to add to the jed running festival In full: with nearly 1,000 people at the start (both races) i would second what was said about organisation/penning runners according to predicted times. the start was the bit that wasn't as slick as the rest with very slow people mixed in with the faster crew, although it only took about 500m (the first hill!) to sort out the wheat from the chaff, as it were.
i had forgotten how hilly and windy the course is. and to that effect i have marked it down for beginner friendliness. the race and town are marvellously supportive but the course isn't easy.
i will definitely do it again. but can it be sunny next time please? Date of review: October 25, 2009
In short: great course, great city In full: liked it a lot. it was the first 10km that i actually enjoyed running. it has given me a renewed love for the distance. roll on next year. Date of review: September 24, 2009
In short: Hairy Haggis Event First Timer! In full: I did the first leg. it was hot enough then at 9am - we had no water problems at our pace (9 ish min miles) but maybe we were lucky.
was horrified to hear our 3rd leg runners experience. they said they loved their part of the course but to hear that they had no water when running at midday was awful. and then there were no buses to bring them back to the racecourse fisnish. so they had to get public transport. shambolic. leaving musselburgh looked like a real challenge as well with bus queues everywhere and no one too sure about tickets.
the atmosphere at the finish was BRILLIANT. the crowd were all the more supportive knowing that the conditions out there were tough. We all temporarily fell in love with the runner coming in at something like 3hrs who stopped to help a co-runner who collapsed about 100m from the finish line where others had run past. And we loved the man who carried his somewhat bemused little daughter over the line. The cheers and whoops were heartfelt and i stood cheering in the sunshine for so long i got myself a touch of sunstroke. whoops!
has left me with a sense of wanting to do a full marathon as the end was so magical and it is such a flat course, but i don't think i would risk it until i heard that they had sorted out their organisation. Date of review: June 1, 2009
In short: did they know how many people were turning up? In full: meadowbank felt like nobody was too sure what was going on or where anyone really needed to be, but by hook or by crook it started and we all crossed the line (eventually!)
the course is pretty much flat which would probably make it a good half to start on. there were glimpses of lovely scenery - going along the water once leaving edinburgh was great. i wouldn't say prestonpans was an area of outstanding natural beauty and you did have to look at it going up and back. there was some support on the way round but it isn't a course that lends itself to spectating.
the course was well watered with well stocked stations every 3 miles and plenty sports drinks too.
the end was a shambles. the last thing i needed after a fairly fast race was to stand dead still in a huddle of people for 5 minutes waiting to be given a banana. that really needs to be sorted. i ache more than i planned to this evening.
overall, a good course, a good day but sould do better with the organising.
In short: an accurate use of the word undulating - hurrah! In full: having never been to this part of the world before and been worried by the very hilly approach on the a68 this race was pleasantly undulating.
there was a bit of traffic dodging to be done around corbridge which felt a wee bit hairy at times but the course was lovely with some nice long flat stretches and some lovely downhills.
there was a very welcome surprise of extra water at mile 7 (all the miles were very clearly marked) which was greatly appreciated.
i thoroughly enjoyed this race and would be keen to take part again another year. the jelly at the end had run out by the time we had crossed the finish line, but the ginger cake i had instead went down a treat. Date of review: September 9, 2007