For what its worth, I ran them both and enjoyed them both too. Bottom line for me is that however I look at it RW this year was badly organised, and very poor value for money.previous years have been well organised and poor value for money, but as I emailed fat feet (still no response) they are in danger of ruining a lovely little marathon by getting the basics wrong. Ldwa organise 26 mile challenge walks that you can do as a trail run for 7 quid! Nuff said. Fat feet ? Your turn to comment next...
Really looking forwards to this, my 20th this year! Cant help but think about the comparison with NYM. We will have an enjoyable canter round a beautiful bit of English countryside, NY would be marathoners will be deeply frustated and upset, as NYers pick themselves and their city back up. I know where Id rather be!!!
Top drawer day as my mum would say. Weather was fine, course was challenging but not ridiculous. Jonathan edwards was a class act, route was perfectly marked, marshalls were plentiful and pleasant. Dont change a thing for next year please !
Really looking forward to this, it cant be as rainy as this years Milton Keynes Marathon was, nor as hilly as Malvern Midsummer madness was a couple of weeks ago. and there will be an incentive to gallop round more briskly than usual to watch Murray despatch that Federer chappie in straight sets !
agree with the comments about the right trainers, carb loading and hydration 100%.
Start line sugar levels are a law unto themselves. Im best if i eat nothing for 2, preferrably 3 hours before a run, and put in my last pre-run bolus 2-3 hours before the start, so that the bolus is pretty much out of my system when i begin. Ive started with a sugar level of 17 before now, only to see it drop to 8 within 45 minutes and im sure its just adrenalin and nerves. All i can say is do nothing new and test frequently through the run till you feel stable.
Ive cut back on the gel recently as by the end of a marathon ive had so much of the stuff it sticks in your throat. Im more likely to go for a banana or a cereal bar early on just to give me some energy to work with.