In short: fantastic PW potential if the weather kicks in 30 mins before the start In full: I had a horrid race setting a PW by 30 (yes count them) minutes. Knees busted, nothing in the tank by mile 10. There are some days when you have to say to yourself 'not today, its not worth it'. I ran/walked from mile 4 (at the side of the road I should add). Horrid at mile 10 to 12, too many ill people and amubulances, was horrified (but unsurprised) to hear about deaths when I got home.
General points to make: 1. Good mass participation event, expect all the usual stuff; walkers at 0.5 mile, dodging and weaving, problems at drinks stations etc etc. Don't worry aout them and enjoy it for what it is. 2. Well organised but could do better. Water before 4.5 miles might have been a good idea on such a hot day (BBC - 18C my a*se). Baggage buses less than a mile from the end would have been nice too. 3. Good atmosphere but not a patch on London. Long quiet patches along long straight dual-carriageways test the soul. Very good atmosphere amongst the runners though. Met some very nice people who helped me loads. 4. Cracking t-shirt and lots of food in goody bag - hurrah, I set a calorie intake record in the 10 minutes after finishing. Date of review: September 21, 2005