In short: Incredible, but sooo packed... In full: First marathon for me and absolutely loved it. Came in under my target so pleased with that. Atmosphere was unreal - the noise from the crowd, sweets on offer and the high fives were amazing. I don't know how they managed to organise such a big event so well. My only gripes echo what other people have said. Felt as though there were too many runners for the width of the course at times. I knew the first five miles or so would be rammed, but I spent 26.5 miles according to my Garmin dodging people. I started in my allocated pen 7 but within the first mile was passing people who were walking. I know those new to organised events will not have experience or perhaps etiquette of more seasoned runners but the start pens are there for a reason. I think more marshals there is a must for the future - there was no one checking entry to my pen - don't know about further up.
Absolutely brilliant though. Will be better still when my big toenail finally pops off and stops hurting! Date of review: April 26, 2010