In short: Lots of downhill, and overall negative gradient so how can you fail ? In full: Basically 3 climbs, mile 2 - 5, Mile 13-16 and miles 21.5 to 24. Shuffle your way up these and the rest is plain sailing. Blow your bollox on those climbs though and you are in for a world of pain.
Can be quick but you need balls of steel and you need to be prepared to suffer from half way if you want a 'good' time.
For those prepared to run it sensibly it is a really jolly friendly and well supported outing. Got to be the best marathon in the UK.
In short: Will be there next year but lack of signs / arrows and incorrect instructions from a marshal messed it up for a few of us. In full: I really enjoyed the race despite the following blunder. Marshals were really nice but they need to point where to go rather than clap. As once of the front runners I repeatedly had to shout at marshals "which way". It was bound to go wrong and it sure did later on in the race.
Things got worse when one marshal on a bike told 3 of us "straight up and turn at the end". There was a junction half way up where we should have turned right but we went straight up and turned at the end. Correct turning was not signed and there was no marshal there, arrow on road.
Only ran 12 miles in the end. Cost me a possible 3rd or 4th place cost the leading lady (who was in the lead by minutes) her win.
Still, I did really enjoy despite this and I am sure next year everything will be fine.
In short: A three year old could have done a better job of organising it. In full: :-(
And to think Welsh Athletics were involved here too somehow. Strewth !
I bailed at 3 miles (injury issues) but even by the time I had jogged back to the start there were still people only a couple of hundred meters in to the race : shows how many were running it.
So, knock entries back to, say, 8000. Start it in waves, do away with the turn just before the finish (everyone slated this last year) and cut the price of entry. I know it is for charity but in all honesty, in an age of austerity, £27 is far too much especially for something that gets it all so basically wrong.
In short: Mostly on Sand, which is Hard, Accidentally Short Course In full: :-)
We ran up the beach for a few k then on to the footpath on the front. Some random cyclist on his way home from work, who happened to be wearing a yellow jacket, had stopped to pick his nose. No-one was more surprised than him when everyone mistook him for the turnaround point and headed home 1k short of the half way water station !