I have done the race 3 times and its one of my favourites - well organised, friendly, nice medal and t shirt - all for a decent price. Race ends at the village fete. Last 1/2 mile is indeed a fairly steep hill so leave something in reserve! Some of the tracks are a bit rutted so watch your feet - but that just makes it a bit different and more fun IMHO.
My first marathon tomorrow. i have done 6 halfs but this is the first big one for me. Just aiming to finish the same day I start - near 5 hours I will be delighted. If you see me in a bright orange McLaren top near the back give me a wave. Don't worry if I'm taking a 1 min walk break - I will still be having the time of my life.
I use a sports wash from Sainsburys on a 40 degree baby clothes wash cycle. i only wash the gym/run gear together. I find that normal tablets don't get the sweat out. My compression gear has been fine so far and kept its shape etc.
only take your ignition/spare key - leave the house keys etc somewhere in the car.
I have seen someone use a key safe with number padlock and lock it to the eye tow bar at the front or rear of the car too - all cars have a tow eye somewhere if you check. Surfers use that trick too since you obviously can't take a key out with you.
1) Well organised - from information on parking/travel etc on your website through to the actual race e.g clear where bag drop is etc.
2) Well marshalled with sensible water stop (eg after 3 or 4 miles not 1 mile that I had recently!)
3) A decent medal (I like them to keep as a memory although many do not - it's a personal thing).
its possible to do the above for a decent price. One of my favourite races is The Great Weston 5. A lovely 5 miler race which has around 300 runners with medal, decent T-Shirt, goody bag and organisation like clockwork all for £12. I personally don't mind paying a bit more for decent organisation - it makes the race so much more enjoyable.