I ran the 56 on Saturday. I thought it was a tremendous event, lovely course, scenic and easy to navigate, the few bridge transitions were marked with temporary spray markings. We were very lucky with the weather. It is certainly very low key but the manned checkpoints were friendly, informative and supportive and the unmanned water stops worked fine. There weren't a huge amount of runners, the event deserves to grow whilst keeping its informal appeal. It's nice to do a big city race with all the razzmatazz once in a while but on the whole I prefer the informal nature of these sort of events. The course is a mixture of hard towpath and grassy/track sections, there was a bit of mud here and there after the heavy rain in the week but it was never unrunnable. You can do a decent time on this course. It was great to run with someone else for the last 20 miles or so, we kept each other going - thanks Alex. You have to be a bit self sufficient and independent to do an event like this but that's part of the appeal of ultra running to me. Big thanks to the organisers, marshalls and volunteers.
I was another Londoner who ran Hamburg, I thought it was a very well organised race. Although it was quite a busy course the timing pens seemed to work out efficiently at the start.. Great crowd support.
I also ran out of energy round about 20 miles but then I always do - isn't that just the way it is with the marathon! I suppose that was when it was starting to get hot. Even though I seemed to slow alarmingly, when I look at the videos I can see quite a lot of the same people around me at 21km, 30km and 40km.
So a bit slower than I was hoping for, but managed a PB by a couple of minutes so that will do me.
Stockholm is a good marathon and a great city, enjoy!
For your personal result, the chip time is surely the relevant one. For the race positions, I can see why the gun time is better because the finish for the top few athletes is as they cross the line. It would be shame if a close finish was changed later because of a chip timing discrepancy, there may have been race tactics at play between the leaders. You would expect the elite runners to start together at the front anyway.
If you are in the middle of the pack surely your personal time is more important than a few places up or down the list, and you know from the chip time who is actually faster or slower.
FWIW I started near the back and my finish time was way slower than my chip time, but I'm delighted with a PB and I'm taking the chip time for that!