I paced the sub 5 hour (4h 58m) group from the red start and can only agree with the difficulties throughout the day with congestion and keeping the level pace stated on our flags.
The other 'issue' is that unless you keep to the Blue Racing Line the course measures longer and this has to be factored in to your pacing plan. My GPS showed a finishing distance of just under 26.5 miles - so an additional 1/4 mile to factor in.
Some tremendous achievements from the runners who stayed on the sub 5 bus including one lady (Donna) who 'bagged' a £350 hand bag from her husband for a sub 5 finish.
Finally I have to agree with Bedders in terms of Pacers being human. At the end of the day a lot can happen over 26.2 miles so whilst we will always aim to deliver our time; injuries / illnesses can put paid to that. Hopefully, those runners that ran with the RW Pacing Team had a positive experience and felt that it helped them achieve their goals.
I for one had a great time on Sunday and hope to be back in 2015 to share London Marathon experiences with next years sub 5 runners.
RR - you will not need to carry anything other than any preferred gels / energy blocks. 48 'TABLES' providing more drink; food etc. than you could possibly ever want. Plus given the frequency of them - you are never that far away from the next one. You will struggle to experience anything like it in any race anywher in the world!!
Lovely training run at the Istanbul Marathon yesterday. Really well organised. Nice T shrt; Great Medal; Good Quality duffle / kit bag and a facility to print your Certificate at the Finish. All for under £25 entry fee!!
Some of the down hills made me realise what Comrades 2014 has in store also. Me thinks some practice is required going down long hills!!
Still got to book my flights but can't believe how expensive BA are at the moment. Will hang on for a while until I make my decision.
Thanks - yes we passed each other on many occasions in 2013 throughout the trek up the PM. I won't get to Durban until the Friday this time so will either catch up with you at the Park Run on the Saturday no doubt. Keep up the training and good luck with your big one in Brighton on April 6!!