In short: Nice race, but who slows down at the 500m to go mark? In full: Being from the North East, i've wanted to do the GNR for a while. I'm not a fan of huge crowds so i was a little concerned about how i was going to feel running with 56,000 other runners. I accurately stated my expected finish time and found that i was high enough up the field that i wasn't impeded by slower runners...until the end of the race. I speed up as i go on and i found the last mile or so i was continually dodging around people who were slowing down. The last 500 metres in particular were ridiculous. Who doesn't want to go for a sprint finish?
The race was hillier than i'd thought, but manageable. My only issue was the steep downhill to the seafront. I knew this was coming and took it easy - only for another runner to slam into the back of me because he took it too fast. Not impressed.
The main issue i had with the race was the event management in the car park area at the end. It took over 2 hours before our car even moved an inch, never mind getting away from the area. There was no effective marshalling or event management post-race. Get it sorted GNR - it's not like its the first time you've done this!! Date of review: September 25, 2013
In short: Nice race, shame about the heat! In full: Well, this was my second Edinburgh marathon (i did it last year too) and organisation-wise things seemed to be a bit better. The end of the race was much better than last year - definitely a big plus. However, i did have a couple of complaints...
1. No sports drink stations was really annoying. I don't use High 5 gels so stayed clear of them. My parents brought me powerade as no sports drinks were offered. 2. The water stations in Gosford house ran out of water. I had to pick up someone else's discarded bottle. Not good on a hot day.
The heat yesterday was insane. There was little shade on the route and with virtually no breeze, it was torture. Why wasn't it a week earlier like it was last year? It would have been a bit cooler - in fact, the only way i'd consider doing it again is if it was earlier in the year. I never want to experience running in those conditions again.
Here's another suggestion. The Half marathon started at 8 and the marathon at 10. If you started the marathon at 8 - fewer runners would be caught in the sun for as long. The haar was out at 8 and it would have helped. Why not do the shorter race earlier or on the Saturday? Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Good race, some nice hills and a PB for me! In full: I enjoyed this race.
1. There was a few too many countdowns at the start, but that's liveable. 2. The pacers were wrong and there were no mile markers for the first 5 miles (which meant i was pushing myself too hard thinking that i was behind target when i wasn't) 3. By the later stages water was handed out in cups rather than bottles - when will organisers learn that this is useless? You can't run and drink from a cup at the same time!
What i enjoyed:
1. The race route was nice, a good mix of hills and flat - very enjoyable 2. The organisation was good - i liked that you picked up your race tee the day before so no confusion at the end. 3. The commentator at the end was brilliant.
Overall i enjoyed it, i'd do it again. I didn't think the stages with live music were needed around the course though! Date of review: April 18, 2012
In short: Nice route, shame about the organisation In full: This was my first marathon and having done half marathons before (including the Edinburgh Half Marathon) i thought i knew what to expect.
Living in Edinburgh, i'd trained on the race route and knew the course inside out. Its a lovely route with nice scenery. If it wasn't for the 35mph headwinds against us in the last 5 miles i think i'd have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Apart from the organisation. Edinburgh let us down on the day. The mile markers were small and located high on lampposts - so much so that i didn't even spot one until maile 7 (i'm presuming they were there before that) - but you know, that's not too much of a tragedy. My biggest disappointment was the finish area. My spectators were not allowed anywhere near to the race finish line - so i crossed the line alone. For your first marathon, this is very demoralising. Then i had a 15/20 minute walk to the reunion area. The pack/medal/t-shirt stands were ramshackle to say the least and spread out down an entire street. I took over 5 hours to finish (damn wind) and by the time i got to the t-shirt stand, they only had small or extra-large left. Its not difficult to order the correct number of tshirts and ensure everyone takes the right size - it was written on your running number!! I luckily was in the right place at the right time as they found the last box of mediums and fought for mine amongst the crowds. Once you'd walked the length of this street, we were all squashed single file through a barrier and left to find the reunion area. We runners had no idea what was going on or where to go! My mum climbed a wall to meet me at this point as it was so inaccessible for spectators. We then had to find my dad and boyfriend in the reunion area. Mobile signal was a complete wash out. By the time we were all reunited, it was half an hour after i'd finished. Not good. This race definitely lacked the grand finish - if ony they'd left the end in Musselburgh Stadium. I know that had its problems too, but i was a spectator last year and thoroughly enjoyed it!
I'll be doing it again next year to improve my time, but to be honest i'm only doing the Edinburgh one because i live here. I wouldn't necessarily make the trip otherwise! Date of review: June 1, 2011