I have had this in my radar for a while so was super excited when it finally came round albeit a tad worried about stepping up the distance
Registration is from 6am in the morning of the race and then everyone is on there way at 7am after a countdown from the race director, all very civilised and easy to navigate for such a early time in the morning (well for me).
The race sets off and takes you on a 16 mile stunning coastal cliff path ... there is a few steps too ... checkpoint2 after the 16 miles is a quick change to road shoes for the next 20 miles, which is a continuation of the coastal route without the cliffs.
Checkpoint3 at mile 26 ish is like a mini banquet, ice lollies, hot sausage rolls the size of my head and some ice cold face towels for a clean up before setting off on the last 10 miles.
The finish is back at St Peters Perot where I started so many hours earlier, and being presented wth medal and t-short with the addition of a pin badge for my first ultra which is such a lovely gesture particularly after medalgate fiasco after Vienna marathon.
Without a doubt the best race I have ever done and gutted I can’t do it next year but will be back in 2020.
I only gave 3 for support based on the spectator support if that is what folk are looking for because wel there ain’t much room for that on the cliffs, but the support from the marshalls was amazing and they really couldn’t have done anything more for us.
Also lots of public toilets on route that are a delight for cleanliness and not a single queue.
Posted on 25.05.18
Posted on 25.05.18
Where to start, it was a disaster from the get go, t-shirts had to be prerodered and you couldn't buy any at the expo, the starting pens had no rhyme or reason i to it, took over 40 minutes to get started, water staions every 5k ish, they said there would be orages en route, ther was none, some water stations had ran out, a blisstering hot day, there as no natural water at the end of the race and i was physically sick for about the last 7 miles, unless you can ran a sb 4:30 marathon I would not recommend this race, oh and they had no medals, so I paid 95 euro's and have nothing to show for it, its such a shame as Vienna is a great city and its a good course but the organisation is appalling, and they refuse to even respond to my requests about my medal ...
Posted on 25.04.18
As it's is the first year this race has been done it was always going to have a few teething problems.
Arrived in Blair Drummond safari park with plenty of time for the race, first issue was the complete lack of toilets so much that I missed my start due to this and ended up one of the last runners over the start line.
The course itself meanders through the Scottish countryside and even though it was a bit damp (rained a fair bit) you could still appreciate the beauty (I may be a little biased as I live in Scotland).
Support as you go through the villages is amazing and getting and running along the open roads when there is no support was just as much fun, it's only when you get to Stirling city centre that is gets trickier .... Somebody in their infinite wisdom decided 3 laps of Stirling city centre including running through tiny underpasses, and the most savage part .... Having to run past the finish line twice before you can finally go left and through the finish arch .... Yup savage.
Good medal and t-shirt but then a brutal scramble if trying to climb over walls to get near the luggage buses.... And all that said yes I would do it again, and they have changed the route next year so now savage underpass.
Posted on 19.10.17
I live in Edinburgh so know the route, can be a challenging 10 miler as a few hills and certainly not the easiest, the course is all round the city centre taking on all the views, usually held the week before London marathon so a nice final run for anyone that is running London, Have ran it twice and will no doubt do so again next year as much as it's difficult I appear to have a score to settle with it now. Would definitely recommend this one, and I think Great run are getting better at medals just there goodie bags are rubbish.
Posted on 19.10.17
I ran this in 2016 as part of a final challenge and my first attempt at running 2 in a week. Stockholm expo is not really anything there apart from ASIC's as they sponsor it.
The race itself is run on a Saturday and starts at 2 in the afternoon, the course follows almost 2 laps of the city centre, and although am not a fan of laps I really enjoyed this race, lots of fuel stations every 3 km, including amongst other pickled gherkins at mile 14. As it is mostly around Stockholm it is pretty well supported and as i wasn't bothered about time so just enjoyed it ....although its a bit mre undulating than I would have thought, possibly why I should check the map route a bit closer when signing up for races. Would definitely recommend this one
Posted on 11.10.17
I think as the marathon is relatively new they are not set up for it and geared for the half and 10k. There are no pens at the start and both the full anf half runners start together. Great for the first 12 miles all along the coast then those running the marathon split off, and are taken thought parks and little paths and a bit of suburbia, the low numbers mean you are running by youreslf a fair bit and there is not much support. Once it comes back into Reykyvik at mile 19/20 and back along the coast then it is much better. Alos no ogodie bag and all you get is your t shirt and medal and it is expensive. Wortht he experiece but possibly wouldn't rush back
Posted on 11.10.17