In short: Fun, challenging, tough, unforgetable, friendly, satisfyingly muddy! In full: My first ever Marathon. I used this race as a prep for Athens in November. I thought it would be a great way to try out kit, get some hill training in, and test pace. Well forget all that :-) I knew from the moment I woke up saw the rain and heard the wind, that this was going to be no normal marathon. My road shoes were inappropriate for the multiterrain conditions and this went against me from the start. 2 hrs in and my feet and legs were encased in a mud/clay blanket that I was thankful of as it cushioned my wet. blistered feet from any more damage :-)
I loved the wet muddy conditions, and the steepness of the hills. Certainly gave you something to focus on, and around every corner was another challlenge. Plus a friendly marshall encouraging you on and dishing out jelly babies and drinks.
A bit disappointed with my time as I expected at least an hour and half less than what I ran it in, but was pleased to have completed to the end. Plus in my category I did quite well. I also learned heaps and will most certainly be coming back to do it again!
Shame there were no medals left, but I was given a great goodie bag to make up for it, and the medal is going to follow in the post.
Bloody great fun :-) Date of review: October 6, 2008