In short: Over inflated numbers and it's not really Edinburgh is it ? In full: My second marathon and a hope for a personal best were dashed by the weather and the demoralising turning point. Whilst the people who turned out to support were fantastic there weren't many. Poor by comparison with Liverpool which is a proper city marathon.
It was like we were being rushed out of the city as quickly as possible.
Most of the running surface was excellent...but there were bits like th farm where you got gravel in your shoes.
Well documented too that the start time was far too late meaning the slower runners like myself were caught out in the hottest part of the day. And at the Turning point the water station was packing up. Out of supplies.
The run in to the finish was good. But had no idea where to go. No one came up to me. No one showed me where to go. Eventually found the medals and then the baggage trucks. The goody bag was a joke...bought an Angus Burger for nutrition which didn't agree with me. Then the long long march back to the bus up the hill in the heat. Was that really necessary ?
FInally, the numbers. I read 23 thousand. But it wasn't was it. That was probably runners for the whole weekend. I read 12 thousand. But it wasn't surely. Was that including the annoying relay runners who sent you flying ?
On the plus side Edinburgh is a great city and it would have been nice to see a bit more of it on route. Date of review: May 31, 2012