Relays.... Have the next person in the relay have your stuff etc so you should have runner no. 1 's bag - he ( number 1 ) has the job of going back to the start and retrieving runner number 5's stuff from the baggage tent as he has the most time - does that make sense?
Stence your first marathon will feel like a trial by fire with many highs and lows.The 20 mile run you've done will have pushed you into the marathon zone but don't be tempted to do this again, just taper off the mileage in remaining 2 weeks and keep a steady pace on race day- anticipate the course especially how you may feel running against your better instincts into a crosswind round the lake with minimal support and be prepared to dig in at that point - once you have got past that you will succeed
Marathons are unpredictable beasts Even the pro athletes get caught out or caught short My thoughts are to be flexible but determined in attitude - you still have to give the marathon everything you got left to give physically and mentally in the last 4 or 5 miles regardless of whats happened before. So long as you are running within yourself for the first 15 miles then you will achieve a good time. Refuel with lucozade etc quite early on in the race as I have found slowing down to refuel for 30 seconds does me good later on... Get to mile 20 then decide your target - on a good day ( perfect health weather refuelling race strategy) 315 may still be possible
Well done PG Plenty of water every 2-3 miles but not every mile Good attitude re If I'm not ready now etc Parking can be a pain if arriving even slightly later than schedule and have often parked off derby road and walked to start from there ...