In short: Well organised scenic race In full: Great place to spend a weekend. Very friendly club feel. Cycling witches with jelly babies were great! For a plodder like me didn't feel intimidated by faster club runners who were all very suportive. Some great craic! As a small field can be a bit spread out in the last few miles so it really is 'the loneliness of the long distance runner' rather than the mutual support of shared suffering! Date of review: May 29, 2012
In short: Big improvement on 2011 In full: Challenging race with the weather this year. Great on course local support with water guns and hoses much appreciated. Much better finish with loads of space to collapse in a heap. Buses were great when you got to them but too far a walk - I felt I was doing an ultramarathon! Baggage lorries were efficient. Could do with another water station up by the farm and bring back the lucozade.
Like others the relay particularly the final leg joining was annoying and dispiriting when you're 20 miles in, sunburnt and knackered. It's a marathon - the only people who deserve to be on the course at this point are those who have run the distance - that's what makes a marathon different and a distance to aspire to! I realise it's not the runners fault but if a relay is needed why not run it as a separate event - after all this is the Edinburgh marathon festival and it advertises as a 2 day festival of running. Run the marathon as a stand alone event please - I then know the people I'm lining up with and running with are prepared to endure the same as me!! Date of review: May 28, 2012
In short: Challenging undulating hills great atmosphere and organisation In full: My second marathon and so much better atmosphere and organisation than Edinburgh in May. They could learn a lot from Loch Ness. Great camaraderie and friendly marshalls. Big thanks to the marshall who gave out chocolate fudge at 21 miles. Good finish superb medal. Hydrating before bus journey gives some urinary challenges! Expect very sore legs after from the undulations. This event is a great advert for Scotland. Date of review: October 4, 2011