Posted: 10/10/2014 at 22:41
It's not that bad, my issue with it is that it has been run for quite a few years now - 4 of which I have done - and they just never seem to quite get it right. The organisers this year were total numpties - I can only assume they are not runners or have never ever even met a runner (they kept all the results secret until everyone went nuts and then they apologised and released them!!)
The start is fine (apart from the lack of signage to the smaller start this year) but the finish is an issue as it's quite a bit away from the city centre in an area where you can't really park so you have to wait for a shuttle bus to take you back to the city centre. So, how this goes will be totally determined by your finishing time. The route is good - and I keep going back because of this.
I would not do it again (probably) - I really like races that I can get to and from easily - other city marathons seem to make it seem so easy and so you come away barely noticing what must be epic organisation. Dublin for example - awesome race - Highly recommended - easy to get a hotel 10 mins walk from the start and the finish - great support, loads of portaloos, just a great day out. Loch Ness - again start and finish (well you get bussed to the start line in the middle of nowhere which is quite nice) - is the middle of Inverness so easy to get to your hotel or whatever. Fab wee tented village thing at the finish line - just a gorgeous gorgeous race. Have't done Manchester so sorry I can't compare it to Edinburgh.
I guess I just get pissed off that Edinburgh just never seem to get it quite right - and the number of times they have put the event on , they should be ironing out these issues by now. I really love the route and it annoys me no end that they just seem to get something wrong every time I do the bloody race.