Much better than when I last ran this from the O2. The start and finish area is a much better location for any friends and family patiently waiting for their loved ones to finish. Really enjoyed this (except last killer hill). I manage to get through Woolwich Barracks before the problems that caused problems for many others. I think with some tweaking the race will continue to improve.
Agree that the guy at 9 miles was outstanding, not just cheering but motivating you to get that last bit of juice out of very weary legs.
Good points and bad point to this race. Considering the awful weather, the marshalls, spectators and bands on route deserve a great deal of thanks for encouraging us to complete this race. The course was very attractive, and would have been really nice in good weather, but most of us were just digging deep and not really noticing too much around us . However the stadium finish was uplifting for exhausted runners.
The course was flat, but all the bridges and slopes were saved for the end, or was that just the way it felt for me? Start was a bit flat, not sure if Liz Yelling actually set us off. Can't say I actually got warmed up on the run at all, and was freezing at the finish. Space blankets are a must at these events and I saw lots of people collapsed shivering on the cold wet ground. I didn't find anywhere dry and warm to change, and so striped of in the stadium to get changed (sorry folks but getting back into dry warm clothes was a must!).
After this I am not sure I ever want to run another marathon again, but in time I am sure that the memory will fade and I might be tempted again. I am sure most of the gripes were a result of the appalling weather conditions on this inaugural event.