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)...?
I did this race last year as my first ever marathon and really enjoyed it. Stayed at Hotel BelAhr am Potsdamer Platz in a one-bed apartment. About a 10-15 minute walk to the start, lots of restaurants around and quite easy to get to the Expo to pick up my number as well (try to go on the Friday though), so couldn't ask for more really.
Well done to everyone who took part. First ever marathon for me so I am struggling with the legs a bit today. Absolutely loved it, even though I missed out on sub-4 by 3 mins due to a tightening groin in the second half.
Thought the organisation was good before and after (bit of a jam between getting the medal and baggage due to people getting apples, bananas, water etc. but not a big deal). Weather was ideal. Support was good on the whole, but there were large stretches where people just seemed to be staring at you run past. Thanks to all the Danish supporters who mistook my British Heart Foundation for a Denmark shirt though!!
Would I do it again? I think there are others that I would like to do first. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.
Sticky 88 - I'm staying at the Apartmenthotel Fri and Sat night. Looks reasonable to me and only a short walk to the start (and back from the finish with aching legs!!!). Gels, socks and shoes in the hand luggage for me - anything else can be replaced easily.