In short: you've got to try this - it's mental In full: well we didn't cross the bay due i guess to extreme weather that made the river kent too deep. this is a cracking event with a really unique feel. after being diverted the last 5 miles was into a strong wind i'd put down to about 40mph. a good sandblasting ensued and a first for me, slip-streaming! I struggled away by myself in the wind only to find myself caught by a group who were clearly acting as windbreaks for each other. The "peleton" went past me and I tagged on. At it's peak it had nearly 40 runners all running in a tight formation to try and beat the wind. Bizarre and in a strange way, very uplifting. In some ways the re-routing of the race was a success but there was, for my money, a lack of marshalls in the bay mean't that there was no one to tell us what was happening. There was a very confusing end to the race. However, I don't want to be ungrateful and would urge the orgnaisers to continue. Even with the confusion it was a very memorable day out. I'll definitely be back in 2009. Date of review: August 13, 2008
In short: fantasatic route and probably the best orgainsed race i've ever been to - well done In full: a very good race with great views once the first few miles are done exceptional organisation - thanks guys very good entertainment afterwards - you can bring your kids to this one even a nice t-shirt Date of review: June 22, 2008
In short: Right tough but a true must do event In full: Another fantastic half yorkshireman. Thanks to the organisers who solved last years queue for numbers - the race is now spot on. Very tough start and finish but one of my all time favourite runs. Will be back next year and this time I'm gonna break 2 hours (missed by a fraction this year - the hill at the end just seemed to go on forever). Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: Thanks for a very special race day In full: Wow - what a day. Thanks to all the marshalls and organisers - this was a perfect day. Despite a whole heap of pain this was probably my most enjoyable ever. Everything worked great in terms of organisation and even the weather was perfect. I'm sure running with 30,000 others in a "big" marathon is a real kick but this was very special. Highly recommended - the only problem I have is that given this year's event was so good and I got a new PB to boot - it can only be downhill from here! Date of review: October 9, 2007
In short: great marshalls (thanks!) and nice sights but more toilets, less entry fee and why did we need to go all the way to ocean terminal to register? but thanks to all the support the last 60 mins were horrible in the heat but matched my time from 2005 Date of review: June 13, 2006
In short: over priced and over hyped. my first marathon and i really enjoyed the run but can't help thinking that the event could have been so much better. no slight on the volunteeers who were cheerful and committed. In full: Enjoyed my first marathon but felt a bit let down by the event organisers.
I counted 11 toilets at the start and barely saw one on the way round. Felt really sorry for people caught short (esp. ladies).
The whole event was overhyped in my view. The expo was small and of negligible interest. I thought the starting line up was going to be around 10,000 - perhaps just as well that it wasn't as getting to the right time-band at the start was somewhat difficult/impossible.
Edinburgh is a beautiful city but from mile 3 ish onward we seemed to be running down through streets and pathways, hemmed in a bit with no view or interesting features. The waterfront however was nice once we had got to it. I would just like to have seen a bit more of the bweautiful city.
A big thanks to the people who set up the water sprinklers outside their houses at around mile 24. Much appreciated. Water stops well manned byut a little too infrequent for me. Only saw one vaseline stop but thakfully it came at the right time!
Nice medal and t-shirt but £39..... come one, you can rent a lot of portaloos with that type of entry fee.
Having had that rant, a big thanks to all the volunteers who manned the event. You did great, I just think that the organisers need to beef things up for next year. Date of review: July 8, 2005