In short: Fantastic views from The Bridge! In full: I ran the Derby Kilomathon in March and that was a good course but suffered from a cruel headwind from start to finish.
The Scottish version was much better on several counts:
1. Starting and finishing at the same point made it much more family friendly 2. The chance to run over the Forth Bridge was an amazing experience although this was the only part of the race when it rained 3. The small field made it easy to run unhindered and meant the start was uncomplicated
The only minor moans would be the decision to give out energy drinks in plastic cups (it ended up all over my face and vest rather than in my mouth) and the rough track just after / before the start / end.
All in all a nice race, well organised with spectacular views from the bridge. Date of review: October 3, 2010
In short: Very well organised despite dodgy "energy" drinks In full: My 6th consecutive GNR and my fastest and most enjoyable ever. I have run The London Marathon twice and other major races and this has to be the best organised I have ever experienced.
My only spat with this year's event was the revolting Powerade Zero given out as an "energy" drink on the course. It is zero calorie, aspartame laced rubbish that made me feel sick. Given the amount of partially drunk, discarded bottles at the roadside, I wasn't the only runner to feel this way! Date of review: September 29, 2010
In short: Course too exposed to run in late May and organisation is getting worse In full: This was my 4th Marathon and 2nd in Edinburgh. My first EM was in 2008 and with a much smaller field, the "quaint" organisation could be forgiven. However the race is now by its own claims "the UK's 2nd biggest marathon" and unfortunately the organisation is getting worse.
The start was a confusing mess. There were people wandering around asking other runners where their respective start was (London or Regent Road), no marshals to ask and the signage was non-existant. On the course the water stations are too far apart and another minor bugbear NO VASELINE!
The congestion and sheer distance runners were expected to get through after enduring 26.2 miles of the worst heat I have experienced in a rate was ridiculous. I wonder if the organisation at the end was designed by someone who has run a marathon?
The most fundamental question is whether it is safe and proper to run a marathon on such an exposed course so late in May? Edinburgh has positioned itself as a race for "London rejects" but I think its timing is not good. This is the 2nd year when heat has been a major issue and the organisers need to look at whether it is ethical to operate the race at this time of year.
Sorry guys but this was my last Edinburgh Marathon. Date of review: May 24, 2010