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Mull Half Marathon

The time lapse
The elevation
The map

The goody bag:
MedalBananaWaterMars


Overall :


Landscape : 8/10Route by the sea
Non Repeating Route: 7/10Around two miles are repeated
Difficulty : 8/10Quite easy route.
Easy to visit : 10/10Very easy to visit and you can just visit for the run and take the ferry back.
Easy to participate: 10/10Have not found any limit in numbers
Facilities/Organization : 10/10Nothing negative I could think of.
Good for personal best: 8/10Mile 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 BarT-shirt
Overall :


Landscape : 8/10Really nice landscape beautiful island very nice route
Non Repeating Route: 10/10Only a few meters are repeated 
Difficulty : 5/10The end is uphill.
Easy to visit : 8/10Easy to visit, 2 hour ferry
Easy to participate: 10/10Have not found any limit in numbers. The registration is by post
Facilities/Organization : 10/10I have run this twice, absolutely nothing bad to say 
Good for personal best: 6/10There 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:

MedalBarWaterOats


Overall :


Landscape : 6/10Cycle paths, nice parks, nice place to finish
Non Repeating Route: 10/10You start from the park, and finish by the sea side
Difficulty : 4/10Easier than it seems.
Easy to visit : 10/10Very easy to visit from anywhere in Scotland
Easy to participate: 10/10Have not found any limit in numbers
Facilities/Organization : 10/10Nothing negative I could think of.
Good for personal best: 7/10There 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:


MedalMars barSoups and sandwichesWater/Juice/Coffee/TeaCeilidh after the race


Overall :


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

Barrathon 2018

The time lapse video

The elevation

The route




The goody bag:
MedalCandyFruitWaterAMAZING 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 : 10/10Only 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:

MedalBananaLocal BeerT-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 : 10/10Only 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 BananaMars Bar Post Race Lunch: (soup / sandwiches / cakes)
Notes:

Open road, no headphones



Overall :
Landscape : 8/10Brilliant 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 thoughEasy to participate : 9/10Not seen a limit or condition restricting numbers.Facilities/Organization 10/10More than enough for the number of runnersGood for personal best: 4/10 No. This race is good to enjoy the landscapeWill do it again  : yes.

EMF Half Marathon

Route Time Lapse
Elevation
Route Map


The goody bag:

Medal with keychainBlue T-ShirtWater bottleWater tablet



Overall :
Landscape : 5/10Inside 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 challengeEasy to participate 10/10You can register up to a month before the raceFacilities/Organization 10/10Very 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 PBWill 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:

BananaBeer

Overall :
Landscape : 9/10Nice village and running on the beach when the sea level has fallenNon Repeating Route : 5/10 Loop around the rock. It will not really spoil the raceDifficulty : 3/10 Flat. Little uphill. Could have too much water and windEasy to visit 10/10 Very close to EdinburghEasy to participate : 8/10Numbers are limited and gone almost instantlyFacilities/Organization 10/10Small race no need for anything specialGood for personal best: 3/10 Not really ideal when running on sand and waterWill 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-shirtnice medal (the full marathon I think is better, but they deserve it I guess)



Route Time Lapse


Route elevation
Route map


Overall :
Landscape : 6/10Inside the city it is nice. A little better before and during the loopNon Repeating Route : 5/10 Almost half of it is the sameDifficulty : 2/10 Flat.Easy to visit 10/10 In events like this with lots of runners might have problems parkingEasy to participate 10/10Facilities/Organization 10/10Good for personal best: 8/10Will 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 : 5/10Through parks in the city. Nice but not special.Non Repeating Route : 9/10 Difficulty : 3/10Easy to visit 10/10Easy to participate 10/10Facilities/Organization 10/10Good for personal best: 6/10Will 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 : 5/10Stared great but average most of it.Non Repeating Route : 10/10 Difficulty : 4/10Easy to visit : 10/10Easy to participate : 8/10Limited number of runners (500)Facilities/Organization : 10/10Good for personal best: 6/10Will 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.