In short: Plus points - fabulous atmosphere and crowd support. Minus points - not enough loos, and marshals refusing entry to race zones! In full: My first GNR and I'd probably do it again, as nothing else beats the continual crowd support. A hot day definitely affected people's times, and sad to see so many people suffering from the heat at the end.
BUT I do think it's steep and the goody bags are pretty rubbish. A cotton tee?? and a few money off coupons and sachets of cream?? A technical tee wouldn't have gone amiss.
ALSO there just weren't enough loos. I queued up from 9.45 till 10.20 at the loos near Zone E then left the queue with a bursting bladder, concerned about not being able to get into "E". Then found I had to join another queue to get into E, stood there for 10 mins then the marshalls closed the barrier at half past, saying late arrivals should get in further back. We were fuming - we weren't late as we'd been standing there for 10 minutes!!! Anyway I managed to get over the lower barrier in zone F. So what with a bursting bladder and the bother with the marshall it didn't make for a very good race start and took the edge off a bit.
Oh and why can't walkers keep to the left like they're supposed to??
However I'll never forget runnuing through those tunnels near Manors shouting "oggy oggy oggy!!!"