I have a sorry in my inbox too but will go with one of the 2 UK travel companies.
Does anyone know if the Berlin route is very congested? Really want to get my 4hour or sub 4hour marathon there next year.
It's a big race with 35K+ runners so yes, it is pretty congested. Depends a lot on where you are in the field I guess. I plodded the race this year and never had any trouble with crowds, but I was right at the back. If you can be near the front of the mass start, then you have a good chance of a PB I reckon.
Before committing to a charity place (unless you really want to, of course), remember that there's at least one more ballot (perhaps 2, I can't remember) to allocate places that are awarded to people in the first round who then decide not to take them up. I reckon there will be quite a few of those as people tend to sign up with enthusiasm but then get cold feet when asked to stump up the cash -- or perhaps they just decide on another race. It's fairly soon as I think the first round 'winners' only get a few days to confirm the place.
Why not get some professional help? People can offer sympathy here, as many of us have had similar issues but my calf problems are probably not the same as yours! Why not go and see a sports therapist and try to get a proper diagnosis and proper treatment?
Have you considered it might be something simple like wrong, or worn-out, shoes..?
First time in Berlin. Great experience; great event.
Yes, the medals ran out. I had an email saying they had ordered enough but that a "logistical error" had occurred. Make of that what you will. Not the end of the world. At least I'll end up with 2 medals .
I thought the course and crowd support were generally excellent.