In short: Could be great if transport links improved, they need to use the Racecourse for the finish. In full: A lot of the more negative comments are pretty fair.
The race and route itself is excellent and fast. No where near as dull as I expected. Its not a city centre marathon like London but the loop out along the coast is fast an open and the crowds along the route were incredible and this is a big benefit of a looped course. I like the 2012 medal and the t-shirt is a tech fabric so good to wear to the gym (almost as good as Survival of the Fittest Ts).
Couldn't believe the numbers doing the relay, seemed like 1 in 5 or so, (do the half marathon or the 10 k the day before??) but they didn't annoy me that much.
However, getting into Edinburgh on a Sunday morning is tricky as there were no extra trains put on. So the start has to be at 10:00 which if its hot then you are in for a long day. Great atmosphere at the start but the first few kms were on thin roads so slow. Good organisation with bags and I thought plenty toilets though agree there was room for more.
Finish area was superbly done. BUT you do have to walk miles to get to the buses and you have to PAY FOR YOUR TICKETS even though my driver couldn't care less about them. That said the bus departure are is a large park and ride.
Basically, the organisers need to pony up and use Musselburgh Racecourse for the finish and have the buses leave from here. Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Considering it was in Oxford - Superb! In full: Generally very good organisation considering it was a new event.
Good base at the stadium though baggage drop should have been quicker considering it was advertised and not free (have a 'valuable' drop for car keys only).
Some people say the route could have been more scenic, but considering the general traffic issues in Oxford I don't really see how, particularly if they scale up the numbers in future years. Date of review: September 26, 2011