It is a beautiful course, and a fantastic event. Its good reputation among marathon runners is well deserved. The course took in the pretty parts of the city, and seven miles of it passed through Wales. The marshals were on the ball at every stage, and they even had pretty girls to run up the last steep hill with you, for motivational purposes!
You are definitely right about the difference between 8000 feet and 10000 feet Geem. On the flight home, they announced that we could turn our mobile phones on, because we had reached an altitude of 10000 feet. I looked down at the clouds below, and started to see where the problem lay.