Epic day and so many highlights it would be a stupidly long post to list them all, but rounding that corner and seeing Notre Dame for the first time was awesome and the woman holding the sign saying "It's not as painful as childbirth" made me chuckle, as did seeing the Stool flag.
As I had a virus for the last two weeks I only actually decided to go over on Thursday, so while sub-4 was on it hit me at 26km and had to back off with some chest aches. Still 4hr 15 and a medal is good enough.
Thanks to everyone on this board for all 360+ pages of stories and advice over the past 12 months, and well done on everyone getting round no matter what time you did it in.
Richard, I agree that 2 hours is too much. Last year we turned up about an hour before (used the train in from Chelmsford) and had time to use the facilities, find a spot for the family in the stadium, line-up and still hang around before the warm-up started.
Well I've read enough good stuff over the past 500 pages to jump in and put my name down for Paris 2015. Did Berlin last year as my first ever marathon so really looking forward to this one. Day after my birthday though, so could be fun...
On a slightly related note, can VLM introduce a box you tick when you apply to say "don't send me the rejection magazine, just e-mail me and save yourself some pennies (and donate them to charity instead)...?