After my comment 5 above, now I know - excruciatingly hard! I have never come so close to quitting a race. The mental torture of having to turn around at the bottom of the hill and do it all over again is just cruel but having runners from the Munro Half join you really gives you a boost from there on. The sheer exhaustion from climbing steps followed by ludicrous climbs followed by quad bashing descents means I will really cherish the sense of achievement of completing this marathon. The marshals are all legends and Dr Rob has created an epic event but once is definitely enough for me!
Unlucky JBFAR. I know what it's like when the body won't listen. Take heart from how you've progressed during training and how you have stayed so comitted during the programme despite so many injuries and setbacks has been inspirational.
Richard - I have to say I was a bit sceptical at your pacing plan but that 2nd half is amazing. Well done.
2.56:30 for me. Slight twinge in calf at 10miles which freaked me but apart from that everything went well. Only 6 secs between 2 halves. Loved the atmosphere but can't even think about another just yet!