In short: Bottlenecks, obstacles and no mile markers - but great support! In full: I was lucky enough not to experience the queue for the finish. Those people must have been furious to see the seconds ticking by...
I was, however, caught up in the horrific bottlenecks at the start. I'm a 1.30 runner, but there was *no* way I could get to that sort of start area because of the overcrowding in the 'pen'. People aren't exagerating when they said it was three miles before they could get any sort of rythm. It was literally stop start stuff. Not to mention all of the street furniture in the lanes. I counted a couple of people who ran into chairs at local cafes!
Despite all this, I thought the volunteers that did show up were fantastic. There weren't enough of them (I'd imagine a few cried off), but those that did really did try hard.
As I said, I was lucky to finish before the queueing so didn't see the problems there - for the 'faster' people, it was a fairly straightforward procedure. Again, people are right taht Â£25 for a small medal and tin foil cape was a bit excessive - especially as I was involved in the free for all baggage collection. That really isn't acceptable!
The Brighton locals were as great as ever - I can't believe they came out on such a day.
I do wonder what time I *could* have achieved. Date of review: February 22, 2010