In short: Too many hairpins in the first half. In full: The organisation is brilliant, although many queuing for the stadium loos for number twos had to give in and risk it. Other than that the nicest start to any race I have experienced. The first half of the race involves 7 double backs. All are done by crossing the central reservation. Great for spectators but hellish for the brain and turning. It is also around Centre mk and is very bland. The second half is on redways. spectator levels diminish significantly. The slopes and underpasses seem to take more effort than they should But I was struggling on my first marathon. Its a quick route. But I don't think its in the top 4 uk fast marathons. The stadium finish is brilliant, and the water stops are also well paced a plentiful.
All in all a hit for organisation, terrible for scenery. Pretty good for PB and value. I PB'd in 3:22 but it was first marathon. The weather in May can be warm. Today was 18c and after 6 miles not a cloud in the sky.... Got a lovely sunburn
Good bag was terrible. Water, Gatorade, Mars bar and a beetroot bar. BEETOOT! I have never thought.... mmmm I fancy a beetroot bar post run. That was it. No nice bag, towel or magazine.
For me a first Half marathon would be Wokingham. As for a marathon... No idea. Date of review: May 4, 2015