In short: Organisation let this year's down In full: I have no objection to bad weather, in fact, training in the lakes I live for it!. But to finish a wet-race in gales and have have to actively hunt for the space-blankets that existed while queuing, 30mins for a t-shirt, then the same again for your kit, all while portaloos blow oever with people in them is a bit of a health and safety joke. Also finishers were cutting off a 4-mile section of track and being allowed over the finish timing mat!!! Other than that I enjoy the course and in theory it's a well themed event. Since the US organisers (who ran it last year) franchised it over to Edinburgh though something's gone seriously wrong! Date of review: April 18, 2013
In short: Great friendly race in lovely setting In full: Had an awesome time on the Isle and the race was great, friendly, supportive and well organised. Pity no official photographer for the full marathon, would have been nice. A relatively small field of runners but I enjoyed the isolation on the back roads. Also a 2-lap race so need good psychological strength but i managed a PB, relatively easy course bar half a mile of ascent. Date of review: July 25, 2012
In short: Another great race in the lakes In full: 2nd year I've done this and once again enjoyed it thoroughly. A challenging course by its nature of undulations and the water-dash was about knee-deep this year. Being led out by bagpipes is always good and a the family atmosphere was great. Went on my own but soon got chatting, very friendly. Only criticism would be awarding prizes initially to the wrong people and cringe-worthingly asking for them back. Given the effort that goes into organising this, essentially by a charity (NT) it's well worth the money. Date of review: June 10, 2012
In short: Great day, good route, good atmosphere. In full: I opted for the race-pack to be posted out at an additional cost of £5 so no need to attend the expo day before.
Come race day it was a good atmosphere, helped by fantastic weather and decent spectator turnout. Bands added a little bit of an edge and support and made it a bit different to standard road-race. Route was a good tour of Edinburgh City and coast, the long gradual hills were expected given Edinburgh is a hilly place, but nothing which was too horrible. I almost managed a PB anyway. Well placed water/energy stations.
Organisation was good but one must put up with the most Americanisation of a start/finish you could imagine (you have to go just to hear the female mc). They brought their own US crew who were helpful and even did the whole national anthem singing thing providing an 'interesting' version of flower of scotland before we could set off.
Awesome medal and sports-tee, always a bonus too.
Not sure who provided the pace-runners but they did a good job.
Only major criticism would be the mile-markers were small, black and rather discreet so missed a few which led to my own personal confusion at times. Date of review: April 15, 2012
In short: Lovely community race. In full: Really enjoyed this race, don't run many 10ks but am glad I found out about this one. Friendly atmosphere and well organised, acts as a fundraiser for the local school. Mainly club runners but a few non-affs to bring up the numbers (including myself). Good simple course looping round the back roads of Lorton valley, those who know the area will know just how beautiful this run is. Weather made it perfect. Date of review: March 28, 2012
In short: A terrific trail In full: I always perform better when I'm led out by the sound of bagpipes. I also perform better when striding across beautifull scenery with a very friendly field of runners. Really well organised as well. Water dash was a bit early, 4km of wet feet weighed me down, but it was my choice to go for it! Definitely come back next year. One word for newcomers though: undualting! Date of review: June 13, 2011
In short: Fantastic day In full: I knew that London was going to be a great atmosphere but not quite on the scale it actually was. 26.2 miles of cheering crowds made my day. South side, every 200m there was a different band or carnival style congregation. I didnt even notce the first 10 miles go by because of this. Once over tower bridge it was just packed with so many supporters it kept me going for the rest of the race.
The organisation of this race was fantastic, and it was great that London Transport allowed free travel for runners in the morning.
I only had a few negatives from the weekend/race. In the last 5 miles there were a lot of runners who would just stop/walk in the middle of the track, and lateral weaving in and out wasnt feeling too good on my hips by that point. Also my hotel room the night before was incredibly hot and im sure that extra midnight dehydration wont have helped. Was also dissapoint cutty sark boarded up but thats no-ones fault! And i found in a couple of places the track bottlenecked a bit too much, allowing for spectators. at one point (cant remember where) we almost had to jog on the spot for a second.
Expo was good. made sure i got there as the doors opened on Sat morning and glad i did.
Was only intending to do London once, but i may be persuaded back after this weekend. Date of review: April 27, 2009
In short: Fantastic Event In full: For the most part this is a fantastic undulating forest track making for a good race. In several parts you are tested to battle through bogs, over logs and navigate through fallen trees + the fact if the weather is like it is this year, 40mph winds and rain! But these conditions just added to a great day. Everyone is friendly and there is a great atmosphere at the hotel in the afternoon and evening. I came to this on my own and made some great friends! The organisation is superb and there is something for all the family to do, fun run, walk, race, or just enjoy the stunning views. Date of review: October 26, 2008
In short: Good race but room for organisation improvement In full: Race: fantastic race, my first marathon and had no major problems with the undulation. I prefer races with less out-and-back routes, a considerable amount of mileage was done on the same road back and forth. I can see why some might complain about the gravel section around mile 18, i personally got a stone in my running shoe which didnt help. fantastic atmosphere though with extremely supportive crowds and marshals. Great stadium finish, though the wobbley boards a little un-nerving on the foot. The secenery was beautiful out at gosforth. No complaints about the weather, except a tiny bit sunburnt on the shoulders, but thats my own fault.
Organisation: Expo was a let down. small, cramped and not worth having to travel across from glasgow the day before (then catch bus from edinburgh to expo). I'd have like chip and number to be posted. I didnt personally have a problem with the starting pens, but the tannoy was an unpleasant distarction as in pen5 all you could hear was a resonating muffle. The water stations were fine in my opinion, except the signing was ambiguous at times, i think shortly after mile 18 a sign said 'water station ahead' and it didnt show up till mile 19. The post-race sections were small and cramped and should have been exclusive to runners. I have no particular complaints about the shuttle bus, the queues were very long but constantly moving. only took just over 20mins for me. Date of review: May 26, 2008