Sorry to gate-crash your thread. I cycled the exact NFM route on Sunday and thought you might like some info: 1) The course is definitely 'undulating' all the way around 2) The two toughest climbs were out of Brockenhurst (mile 18) and into Tiptoe (mile 22). The climb out of Brockenhurst is pretty exposed, so could be windy. After Tiptoe it is flat or down-hill for the last four miles 3) The forest section (mile 11) is very short - about a mile. Well made up gravel track underfoot. A bit undulating. 4) There is a great section after the forest track - from mile 12 to 17 - which is pretty much all downhill. It is also shaded, so will be nice and cool.
This will be my fifth marathon and I was hoping for a PB of around 3 hours, but I am now revising my estimates upwards by about 10 or 15 minutes. Should be a good atmos though, with 600+ doing the marathon.
Personally, I have cancelled my subscription to RW. I would rather by having sex than reading about it. Unfortunately, Mrs Slicker doesn't seem so keen lately. I think she has gone off me since I developed my long distance runner Iggy Pop physique. That's what 60 miles a week does for you.
I did the marathon last year and know the course quite well. There are two really hilly bits - near the start at Farley Mount and just after the halfway mark at Broughton (where everyone walks). I have run sections of the course in road shoes over the last few weeks and it seemed pretty firm under foot - but I will be wearing trail shoes on race day. If it rains, the most slippery bit will be coming down off Farley Mount.
Hi all. Sorry to gate-crash your thread. Really looking forward to Rotterdam. Like some of you, I have become obsessed with my health over the last two weeks and am convinced that I am fighting a cold. I have been popping vitamin pills like smarties and constantly monitoring my RHR. Probably just the usual paranoia though.
Ron Downhill - I'm also hoping for around 3.05. My marathon PB is 3.45, but I recently managed a half in 1.25, so am hoping for great things.