In short: Nice but not sure if I would do it again... In full: This was the second marathon that I've done, Edinburgh being the first in May which was very flat but the weather was far too hot for running!
Weather was lovely for this in September, sunny but cool. Scenery was beautiful. However, I missed the support from the crowd and I found it very lonely and quiet.
I did a HUGE mistake by not training for this marathon at all, which was very stupid and I would never recommend anyone to run a marathon without training (believe me, I won't be trying it again in a hurry..).
I ran the first 13 miles, a combo of power walking/running up to 16miles and then I had to walk the remainder - saving my energy for the last kilometre. It hurt so bad and I didn't enjoy it because of this reason - although this was my own fault.
The hills are tough but not impossible, a lot of downhills and flat areas too.
Overall it was lovely but through my own mistakes it was difficult and sore and I missed the cheering crowd - I didn't get the same buzz as when I ran Edinburgh. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Very well organised and super fast course In full: I was worried that the faffing about to get buses to the start would be annoying but it wasn't - like everything about the day is was very efficiently organised and ran like clockwork.
Water stations were frequent - every 3 miles or so - which was great.
The first 10 miles are basically downhill (net 1,000 feet or so) which gives this real PB potential.
And the t-shirt is really nice. Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: So well organised, the runners were treated like royalty. In full: Great organisation.Really lovely volunteers.Lots of water and gel stops. Great atmosphere. Simply fabulous. Date of review: October 1, 2012