In short: Well woth a go. In full: I set out for a sub 1:30 and thought I had paced myself perfectly as my Garmin Forerunner was almost perfect to the mile markers until the turn. Gutted would be the best description of how I felt when the watch sounded for a 1:30 finish and I still had some way to go. This is not that unusual for a GPS watch as you cant guarantee you are running the shortest route and there was no line to follow on the day but to be half a kilometre away at this point was soul destroying. The first rule of organising a race must be to get the distance right. Regardless a 1.31 (revised time) was still a PB for me.
The water stations could have been better too because even though I was lucky enough to get water at all but one off the stations the bottles were wide necked and too large which undoubtedly meant a lot of waste and difficulty to drink whilst running. The station I missed the bottle at was because the volunteers never managed to make the pass.
The starting pens were a great idea but I’m not sure people were entirely honest with their ability as I started in the 1.30-1.45 pen and ran past all but 180 runners who finished before me. Strange when there were a lot of people starting in front of me in the 1.30 pen. A bit of honesty from fellow runners would have helped others get through the field quicker.
The finish was good and the race course set up was great.
A big thank you to all the marshals and water station volunteers for their efforts and encouragement on the day because ignoring these basic problems above I would say this is a great race and I would recommend it to anyone. See you next year for that PB.