Mull Half Marathon

The time lapse

The elevation

The map


The goody bag:
  • Medal
  • Banana
  • Water
  • Mars



Overall :


Landscape : 8/10 Route by the sea
Non Repeating Route : 7/10  Around two miles are repeated
Difficulty : 3/10 Quite easy route.
Easy to visit : 10/10 Very easy to visit and you can just visit for the run and take the ferry back.
Easy to participate : 10/10 Have not found any limit in numbers
Facilities/Organization : 10/10 Nothing negative I could think of.
Good for personal best: 8/10 Mile 1 is uphill and I think mile 10. 
Will do it again  : Yes.

Islay Half Marathon



The time lapse. 
I had an issue with the camera



Islay Elevation

Islay Map



The goody bag:
  • Mars Bar
  • T-shirt

Overall :


Landscape : 8/10 Really nice landscape beautiful island very nice route
Non Repeating Route : 10/10  Only a few meters are repeated 
Difficulty : 5/10 The end is uphill.
Easy to visit : 8/10 Easy to visit, 2 hour ferry
Easy to participate : 10/10 Have not found any limit in numbers. The registration is by post
Facilities/Organization : 10/10 I have run this twice, absolutely nothing bad to say 
Good for personal best: 6/10 There are bits that are uphill, not really the best for a pb 
Will do it again  :  YES.
Other notes  :  In the video it seems that the cars are very close. This is not the case. All drivers were very careful, supporting and stopped for the runners. It is the time lapse that makes it look like this. 

Dundee Half Dram




The route time lapse



The elevation


The map






The goody bag:

  • Medal
  • Bar
  • Water
  • Oats



Overall :


Landscape : 6/10 Cycle paths, nice parks, nice place to finish
Non Repeating Route : 10/10  You start from the park, and finish by the sea side
Difficulty : 4/10 Easier than it seems.
Easy to visit : 10/10 Very easy to visit from anywhere in Scotland
Easy to participate : 10/10 Have not found any limit in numbers
Facilities/Organization : 10/10 Nothing negative I could think of.
Good for personal best: 7/10 There are bits that are uphill, but it should be a race that you could aim for a PB. 
Will do it again  :  probably yes.

Harris Half Marathon





The Timelapse Video

The Elevation


The Route


The goody bag:


  • Medal
  • Mars bar
  • Soups and sandwiches
  • Water/Juice/Coffee/Tea
  • Ceilidh after the race



Overall :


Landscape : 10/10 Hills, Sea, Lakes in all combinations
Non Repeating Route : 10/10  Bus takes you to the start. No part of the route repeated
Difficulty : 9/10 So far the hilliest of my runs.
Easy to visit : 8/10 ferries to Tarbert , Stornoway and Leverburgh
Easy to participate : 8/10 Have not found any limit in numbers
Facilities/Organization : 10/10 Nothing negative I could think of.
Good for personal best: 3/10 Not really. 
Will do it again  : yes.

Barrathon 2018


The time lapse video


The elevation


The route





The goody bag:
  • Medal
  • Candy
  • Fruit
  • Water
  • AMAZING buffet

Overall :

Landscape : 10/10 Barra is from the most beautiful islands I have seen. The route goes around the island. The only places you need to visit apart from the half marathon to visit the full island is Vatersay and the airport
Non Repeating Route : 10/10  Only a few meters are being run twice.
Difficulty : 8/10 Virtually no flat parts. Either uphill or downhill. Mile 11 is one to remember. Difficult not to be tempted to walk it
Easy to visit : 5/10 Ferry once a day from Oban. Ferry from Eriskay. There is the airport as well.
Easy to participate : 2/10 200 places and you have to be very fast to register.
Facilities/Organization : 10/10  Really I can not thing of anything negative.
Good for personal best: 4/10 No because of mile 11. The rest is easier than it looks but that part will slow you down a lot.
Will do it again  : yes.

Skye Half Marathon



The time lapse

The elevation

The route


The goody bag:

  • Medal
  • Banana
  • Local Beer
  • T-Shirt

Overall :

Landscape : 8/10 Nice Landscape. (Note: The island has by far a lot more impressive landscapes that can not be compared to the landscapes of the route. They are though in places where they can not be connected in a half marathon route and if such a route was designed it would be a lot more difficult to organize a successful event)
Non Repeating Route : 10/10 Only 20 meters are the same.
Difficulty : 7/10 There is quite a bit of elevation. Not a lot of flat places to catch your breath.
Easy to visit : 8/10 No need for a ferry but might be difficult to find a place to stay as it is a popular destination
Easy to participate : 8/10 There is a limit or condition restricting numbers ( I think 1000).
Facilities/Organization : 10/10 
Good for personal best: 4/10 No. This race is good to enjoy the landscape
Will do it again  : yes.

Benbecula Half Marathon






The time lapse


Elevation


Route





The goody bag:
  • Medal 
  • Banana
  • Mars Bar
Post Race Lunch:
  • (soup / sandwiches / cakes)

Notes:

  • Open road, no headphones




Overall :

  • Landscape : 8/10 Brilliant Landscape.
  • Non Repeating Route : 10/10 A circle of almost half of the island.
  • Difficulty : 7/10 Deceivingly non flat.
  • Easy to visit : 5/10 There has to be a ferry and quite a few miles driving. It is worth it though
  • Easy to participate : 9/10 Not seen a limit or condition restricting numbers.
  • Facilities/Organization 10/10  More than enough for the number of runners
  • Good for personal best: 4/10 No. This race is good to enjoy the landscape
  • Will do it again  : yes.

EMF Half Marathon





Route Time Lapse

Elevation

Route Map



The goody bag:

  • Medal with keychain
  • Blue T-Shirt
  • Water bottle
  • Water tablet




Overall :

  • Landscape : 5/10 Inside the city in the first half. Does not pass from all the best parts of the city. Portobello promenade is nice and can be really great when there is sunshine.
  • Non Repeating Route : 5/10 The route goes past the finish line for a couple of miles and then back. It is annoying knowing that you go further away from the finish line.
  • Difficulty 1/10 Flat/Downhill.
  • Easy to visit 10/10 Probably catching the bus home might be a challenge
  • Easy to participate 10/10 You can register up to a month before the race
  • Facilities/Organization 10/10  Very well prepared for the number of runners (many water stations and energy gels in a couple of places)
  • Good for personal best: 9/10 This is one for the best I have run for a PB
  • Will do it again  : yes.

Black Rock 5


5 Miles around the rock when the sea level is low. Unique race.

Race Time Lapse



Elevation


Route Map



The goody bag:

  • Banana
  • Beer


Overall :

  • Landscape : 9/10 Nice village and running on the beach when the sea level has fallen
  • Non Repeating Route : 5/10 Loop around the rock. It will not really spoil the race
  • Difficulty : 3/10 Flat. Little uphill. Could have too much water and wind
  • Easy to visit 10/10 Very close to Edinburgh
  • Easy to participate : 8/10 Numbers are limited and gone almost instantly
  • Facilities/Organization 10/10  Small race no need for anything special
  • Good for personal best: 3/10 Not really ideal when running on sand and water
  • Will do it again  : Yes

Stirling Half Marathon


First time running in Stirling. Both start and finish are inside the city (which is nice) and the landscape is quite beautiful. I think I found the best settings for the gopro videos.

Weather was nice. It was raining at the end but if I were a bit faster my friends would not wait in the rain a lot.

The goody bag:

  • nice light blue t-shirt
  • nice medal (the full marathon I think is better, but they deserve it I guess)




Route Time Lapse



Route elevation

Route map



Overall :

  • Landscape : 6/10 Inside the city it is nice. A little better before and during the loop
  • Non Repeating Route : 5/10 Almost half of it is the same
  • Difficulty : 2/10 Flat.
  • Easy to visit 10/10 In events like this with lots of runners might have problems parking
  • Easy to participate 10/10 
  • Facilities/Organization 10/10  
  • Good for personal best: 8/10
  • Will do it again  : yes.

Loch Leven

Tried Loch Leven for running with a friend. Very popular destination for walking, running and cycling. The route is quite flat and the landscape very nice



Going round the lake is almost a half marathon which is ideal for training.


the route map

Very close to Edinburgh and it will be one of my favorites for training.

Kilomathon

Although not a half marathon, it is a very popular race in Edinburgh. 13.1 Kilometers starting from Ocean Terminal to Murrayfield stadium. Most of the route is through cycle paths. Slightly uphill all the way. The two annoying bits are between 2nd and 3rd km where you have to go through all the paths of a park and the last bit at Murrayfield where you have an extra kilometer around the stadium.

the video of the route. A km is not recorded and I dont know why.



the elevation of the route

The route

Overall :

  • Landscape : 5/10 Through parks in the city. Nice but not special.
  • Non Repeating Route : 9/10 
  • Difficulty : 3/10 
  • Easy to visit 10/10 
  • Easy to participate 10/10 
  • Facilities/Organization 10/10  
  • Good for personal best: 6/10
  • Will do it again  : yes.


Bulloch - Clydebank Half Marathon

The most challenging part of this, was going to Clydebank early in the morning the day that clocks went forward. The weather was fine. Stupid mistake with my go pro, I had the video in high definition and I got a SD Error. I just have a few minutes of footage which is actually the best part of the route.

Not sure it the Union Canal reaches all the way to Bulloch but he route started in a similar landscape for  5 or so KM. That raised expectations for the rest of the route, which in most of the way it was in cycle-paths but not as impressive as the start.

The route was quite flat, good for achieving a fast time. No medal given at the end. Instant official result at the finish line!

The route 


The elevation


Overall :

  • Landscape : 5/10 Stared great but average most of it.
  • Non Repeating Route : 10/10 
  • Difficulty : 4/10 
  • Easy to visit : 10/10 
  • Easy to participate : 8/10 Limited number of runners (500)
  • Facilities/Organization : 10/10  
  • Good for personal best: 6/10
  • Will do it again  : Probably yes.



Glentress Trail Race

This was my first trail race and it was a lot harder than I expected. We were lucky as a couple of weeks before there was heavy snow, and the week after severe weather alerts for the whole country.

Stornoway Half Marathon

The time lapse The elevation The map The goody bag: Medal Metal Water Bottle Banana Water (I left immediately a...