In short: Great location, perfect for all the family In full: Hot, hot, hot! More up and down than I envisaged from other reviews, but the downs didn't seem to equal the ups even though they would've given the start/finish location.
Good organisation, I think that the organisers could have reacted to the hot conditions and added another water stop as half a plastic cup of water really wasn't sufficient, even with adequate hydration before hand. Thanks RW for the freebies. Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Some big hills, very hot, makes for a good challenge In full: Opted to do this for some more hill training, the first hill at about 0.5 miles was fairly steep and lasted for about half a mile, it was undulating and took you over stiles, through cow fields and some lovely footpaths.
I found the heat to be a killer, along with the descents. I have aches 3 days later when normally I don't ache at all. Would do it again though, makes a nice day out Date of review: July 5, 2011
In short: Not as bad as I thought it would be! In full: I thought 'what have I let myself in for ?!' when I saw that first hill at about 0.5 miles, but after a couple of undulations after that it was plain sailing. Definite PB potention, I felt, as there were some very quick downhill sections that made up for the uphills. Very good value, even at £13 on the day entry it felt like a bargain. T-shirt seems good too.
Thanks to all the marshalls and to Bourton Roadrunners for setting up the event.
One suggestion for next year, perhaps another sign directing to the start, as about 50 of us walked past it from the football ground as the 'To the Start' sign was on the main road. Date of review: June 18, 2011
In short: Waste of time - absolute shambles. In full: Absolute disgrace, will not be attending any GSI Events in the future. Disappointing pre-race organisation with the lack of shuttle buses from the organised parking at the Racecourse, which ended up with a £30 round trip in a taxi to get to the start and from the finish back to the hotel. The race was ok, the runners and locals were friendly, it definitely has PB potential (which I achieved), however the route was poor as it wasn't really in Edinburgh and the switchback was a stupid idea. For the slower runners I imagine that added to their woes,its not exactly inspiring. As for the post race debacle - absolute joke. I don't need to add anymore to what has already been said. I would hope that next year the attendance of this race is very poor to make the money grabbing GSI Events team revise it, as I imagine that they were rubbing their dirty mits together with all the cash that they took in from the parking, extortinate post race shuttle buses (the local bus cost £1.30 and got us back to the City Centre far quicker!!) and the initial cost of the event.
In short: Lots of mud, few rivers and a couple of huge hills In full: Hard, hard work.
A little bit of rain and it turned into a very difficult race. Even with trail shoes you had very little in the way of grip. The hills were very steep, impossible to run up and the river crossings were suprisingly refreshing after lots and lots of mud and slipping and sliding whilst trying to put one foot in front of the other.
I pity the runners in the middle of the pack to the rear, it must have been horrendous for them. I think this has to be nearly as hard as the Snowdon Marathon! Would I do it again? In a heartbeat, very challenging but very rewarding. Date of review: February 27, 2011