In short: Not easy, not at all, but well organised, friendly fellow runners and really beautiful so worth the pain! In full: This was my first ever marathon and I decided to take part on a whim- I run regularly but really only up to 10 miles. Was it a sensible thing to do? No. Do I regret it? Not one bit, despite having to walk the last 6 miles.
The first 13 miles flew- the scenery was incredible, there were plenty of water stations with jelly babies and some very friendly fellow runners who were happy to pass the time of day.
My only slight issue is that as course got harder and you got more tired, so the water stations began to dwindle- I was gasping by the time I got to the checkpoint in the forest and the one at mile 25 would have been welcome far sooner.
In all, it was a fantastic day and I would definitely do it again- with proper training though next time! Oh, and big thanks to Darren who towed me up a hill and provided much encouragement while at the same time looking after his injured companion- such a gent. Date of review: August 10, 2010