In short: My First Marathon: Hardest I've done, Hardest I'm ever likely to do! In full: The location is fantastic. The hills are diabolical. This was the first year it was run so attendance was very small. Only 59 marathoners started. It wasn't too bad for the first 13 miles whilst sharing the course with the half marathoners, (not sure how many there were) but once we'd separated I was pretty much alone for the rest of the course. This adds its own mental challenges.
The few spectators there were offered good encouragement for which i was extremely grateful.
I do hope this event takes off, it'd be lovely to see more spectators along the route and a few more competitors to try and catch/stay in front of.
Nearly a week later and I've changed my mind from "never again" to "maybe". Date of review: September 9, 2011