Gul I can't remember whether there are markers but they shouldn't really be needed. It's 8 laps of about 5k which divide approximately into quarters as you hit a 180 degree turn at the end of the various sections of runway. The potentially confusing thing is the last lap which is an abridged version of the normal lap.
For lap counting, there are elastic bands available at registration - put 8 on one wrist then transfer one to the other wrist at the end of each lap. Although a GPS watch would make this unnecessary.
Drinks station is shortly after the start of each lap so effectively available every 5k (but not on final short lap)
I did 8.49 on the down run. To get a BR "all" you have to do is a 1hr 10k x 9. Expecting the up run to be harder though. Basically it's 87km of tarmac with not much flat ground, and it hurts. Bring it on.
I finished the mara. Injury occurred in the a*se end of nowhere with 10m to go so not much option really. Back to the gym from hell next week so might just swim/sauna for a few weeks and pretend it's training.
Cracking mileage totals - esp. anything over 2k is good going for people with job, family, responsibilities etc.
1754m for me, pretty poor year, never got anywhere near enough quantity, quality or recovery time. 2 ultras, 7 maras, the last of them today on the Flitch Way in Essex. V cold and muddy, also treacherous in places, I came a cropper on a sheet of ice so will start 2015 with a bloodied & swollen knee. Ouch!
PMJ's photo shows what a shambles the Hawaiian costume was, it was knocked together in half an hour and was falling to pieces almost from the start of VLM. However it was a nice fancy dress PB of 3.11 in mara no.50. I tried to explain to MrsP's mother that being one of the country's fastest cross dressers is something to be proud of, but she wasn't convinced.
Have a great new year everyone, may your running dreams be fulfilled and thanks for all the banter on here.
End of todays race. Who put the finish line at the top of a steep muddy hill?