In short: A Race That Leaves A Smile On Your Face In full: This was my first ever marathon and now that I'm recovering I can say "I really enjoyed this race."
The scenery was lovely even in it's blanket of cloud and rain and well worth putting up with the conitions.
The course was undulating rather than hilly, nothing too dramatic. Though the long slow drag up hill from Manton was tough to cope with on empty legs.
The cadets were AMAZING considering the conditions and how long they were out there for. Well done to them.
The only real issue I had was with the timing mats. On passing the peninsular mat for the first time the cadet stopped me as it had not beeped. Only by squatting really low did it beep. The problem? I had my race number on my chest and not my belly! The cadet laughed his head off when I crossed it the second time - in a low running squat at speed... but I got my bleep. At the finish line I almost had to go down on all fours to beep... not easy after a freezing 26.2. I wonder if many have fallen foul of this issue?
Support and organisation. Yes... maybe it seems a bit overpriced due to it's lack of extras, but the basics were there.
I am now a marathoner and will be back in 2013. When can I sign up again?