In short: Atmosphere much better this year In full: This was my tenth successive Great Scottish Run and after feeling in recent years that it was slipping as an event this year was much better. The hill climb up St Vincent Street is a tough start though it does make for an easier run on to the Kingston Bridge. I wouldn't miss the bridge if it was left out of the course. The first water station was a bit chaotic, with water only available on one side of the road. I'm sure many people would have been please with the unofficial water station on the Southside, always one of the highlights of the race. There seemed to be more people out cheering the runners on this year which was great and lots of entertainment around the course as well. Date of review: September 5, 2010
In short: Breathless, aching yet strangely exhilarating! In full: This is all about going out and having a good time challenging yourself in a different way. It is certainly a challenge and completely different to any road race you can think of.
There is a great feeling of being in this together as you pull each other out of the mud or push them up the latest hill and a sense of excitement at the end as everyone swaps their stories of the adventure.
I found it harder than last year, was the couse longer? This despite the weather being so much better. It was so lovely to run in the sun.
Those runners that arrived by camper van had the right idea, a ready supply of water to get the mud off. Smart thinking! Date of review: September 14, 2009
In short: Fewer runners this year, it is still a top event though. In full: Two years on from my last rating this race still ranks highly. Friendly, well organised and good fun. What more could you want. Date of review: August 18, 2009
In short: Well organised, well supported, flat course and food at the end. In full: First time I've done Helensburgh and really enjoyed it. The start is a short distance from the school where the race is based and the first km or so is quite twisty and narrow in places until you get onto the wider streets. From there until almost 6K it is virtually straight before turning back into town, retracing some of the outward route back to 9K, going through the start line and finishing back at the school. There were plenty of marshalls out and a good number of spectators. The pleasant weather topped things off nicely. Date of review: May 25, 2009
In short: Despite the atrocious weather I still enjoyed myself. In full: The wind whipping in off the sea put pay to any chances I thought I had of running a good time. That said this is a great course for a well-organised race that has a good community feel about it. Thanks to the many marshalls and police who were out in the rain keeping us all safe and to the spectators dotted around the course who would have been much warmer and drier if they'd stayed inside. Here's wishing for better weather for next year's 25th edition. Date of review: May 8, 2009
In short: One of the best races around. In full: I've done all three years and plan to be back next year. the organisation here is super smooth, the race is obviously a real community event resulting in an infectious, warm and encouraging atmosphere and the extras like the oranges and grapes at the end, the tea and cake stall and the post-race massage add to the enjoyment.
The course is a challenge, especially on the way back, as you negotiate the various hills, though the view across the countryside compensate.
once again well done Balfron on a superb event and I hope you made lots of money for the schools. Date of review: April 29, 2009
In short: The blueprint for small, friendly, well organised races. In full: Every year Linda and the others at Belahouston put on this great little race. The course is now well established and realtively quick, the atmosphere is very friendly and then you get tea and cakes afterwards. one of the races i would hate to miss. Date of review: October 11, 2008
In short: There's not much wrong with this race, yet it needs a boost of some sort to make it a great race again. In full: As ever this was well organised with a good atmosphere and excellent support in places as others have already noted. The finish area is great because of the amount of space so plenty of room to flow through, the buzz at the start is always good. Putting the hill in St Vincent Street in so early in the course was just cruel, especialy for the wheelchair racers. I'm another one who doesn't understand why running over the Kingston Bridge should be so exciting, though at least the extra distance before the bridge allowed people to spread out more. I'll be back next year but would like to see this back as one of Sotland's races. Date of review: October 11, 2008
In short: A good time, no a great time, in the rain and mud! In full: The weather before and after was atrocious, I didn't really notice during the race, not that it realy mattered. The whole even was really well organised, the course superbly marked which was helpful given the amount of up and down and switching back on ourselves we seemed to be doing and a very wothwhile goodie bag at the end, the finish line did seem a bit anonymous though. I felt the course was much better than last year's Hellrunner and there was lots more mud which was great. If you've never ventured off-road in the past - you must! Date of review: October 6, 2008