In short: Good have been better - a lot In full: What to say?? What was good? Preliminary info. The medal (nearly fell over with the weight). Camaraderie - moans were shared in the later stages). Course had PB potential and it was possible to run from the start - no half mile shuffle necessary - however 24C and blazing sun put paid to that by 10k - from then on it was survival. Bus organisation good enough for such a large number of runners.
gripes - No water from miles 13-20 for tail enders - fortunately I was ahead of them and so managed with only 5 waterless miles and a visit to a loo to fill up at the tap (which also didn't help my time. The weather had been forecast for days, there is not excuse for running out of water particularly at such a critical and isolated part of the course. Concern about medical cover - again from miles 13-20 away from the villages, especially on a hot day. Folk I've spoken to were more than concerned about what they saw but I'll leave it to them to post. Organisation at the end - why such a narrow approach to the last 200 meters?? wanted to run but way blocked by only a few who were walking. Big queues for goody bags medals etc and then to add insult to injury - having survived the whole lot - the tee shirt was a relay one!! (I would have gladly swapped the T shirt for a place in the relay at 8 miles - thinking '18 more miles in this heat??!!" - OK I'm not a hot weather runner and it certainly showed and of course the organisers cannot be held responsible for the Sun).
Felt like a small run organisation on a big scale and the organisation needed for such an event is not just a simple multiple of the number running - it requires a different approach.
may do it again but at present just want the memory to fade Date of review: June 1, 2009