In short: Fast course and fantastic local support In full: This was my first marathon and the course certainly lived up to its fast reputation. I was 10 minutes quicker than I was aiming for which was great. I know Edinburgh pretty well so I was aware I wouldn't be running through the city centre but the centre is pretty hilly so not too disappointed on that score! The route was scenic in the nice weather and I thought the out and back was good because your supporters could see you run past twice with the last time towards the end when its really good to see them.
The start was easy to get to by public transport and although I understand the other comments about the late start time it would have been much more difficult to get there from out of town if it had been earlier.
The support on the way was absolutely fantastic, I particularly appreciated being hosed down by people from their gardens as it heated up! I really enjoyed the whole thing along the way. The course helpers were great too.
My only gripe was the finish area.I didn't use the baggage drop or buses but found the signage a bit lacking and had to walk for ages to find my family.They had planned to park in the car park after it reopened at 2pm and purchased a car park pass to do so but when they got there it was only open for people coming out. That needs to be a lot clearer on the website.
The finishers T-shirt is really good but the rest of the goody bag was poor in comparison to other races I've run despite the fact that the entry fee was relatively high.
Overall though these were tiny gripes and I had a fantastic day. Would definitely run again.