I've never done the original course as I did it for the first time last year, but I really thought that the section around Arthur's Seat was far too narrow and too congested and I think that bit accounted for my slower time. That said, my friend who was further back said he had no problems with congestion, so maybe I was just unlucky...
The course was a bit dull with two out and back sections, so I was hoping that it would be different this year, and I'm not that happy about July either, but despite all that, we're both still planning on doing it again. That was my first Bupa run and I thought that the start/finish area was really good and the goody bag was much better than those of the Women's 10k and Great Scottish Run.
I'm doing Edinburgh as my first marathon and I've also signed up for the R'n'R as a training run. In the last couple of weeks I've started to get very nervous and have lost faith in myself. I had a really horrible run on Sunday, when I mapped it, it was just over 14 miles but my nike+ said 16, which isn't helping me :S
Anyway, I did the half last year and it's about 20 mins to walk from the finish line to the park and ride where the bus to Edinburgh leaves from, not ideal when you're tired. There were local buses a bit closer to the end, but you couldn't use your pre-booked tickets on those. The area round the finish seemed to be just as well organized as any other that I've seen, so I'm hoping for the same again this year
Mine seems to be off on longer runs these days. The last 2 long runs I've done have been 3k and 2.5k out according to the map (nike+ being more generous) although it seems to be ok when I do 10k on known routes I'm wondering if my stride length is the problem when I get tired, or if it's just gubbed after a year of use and I should shell out for a gps device since I don't own a smartphone
I've been finding that if I take some Powerade or similar out with me on longer runs, I feel a lot better than when I just take water. I did 3 HMs last year and found them all to be a struggle after about 10k. Now I'm training for a marathon (my longest distance so far has been 17 miles) and I've found that a little bit of energy drink really helps, might be worth a shot for you too???
I scored 10. I didn't learn any of that at school, but I did have to do an English grammar course during my first year at uni and a lot of that quiz was covered during the course, I've just forgotten a lot since 1996 lol. I'm happy to say I did better in the university exam than in this quiz