In short: A decent run...but really spoiled by the difficulties at the finish. Nightmare to find my family and a long walk from the finish. My charity wasn't treated especially well either I hear (Guide Dogs) In full: This was my first marathon and I enjoyed the experience of the distance. But, it is not spectator friendly and the organisation at the finish was ridiculous. I got my medal and correct t-shirt (wrong size though) with no problem, unlike some people. Long walk to the reunion area, and then to the buses (busses according to the sign!!). I will say that although the queue for the shuttle buses was enormous, it went down really quickly. Nobody checked tickets though.
I heard that my charity had a bit of a problem in the reunion area and were made to move location because they had dogs (Guide Dogs) and they weren't supposed to be in the park!! Sounds a bit over zealous to me. Also, a steward wasn't very helpful to my supporters when they tried to access the finish area. Just told them they couldn't go in, with no offer of help for where to go. Quite bad when you consider 2 of my 3 supporters are visibly pregnant!! I find it difficult to complain about people who volunteer and give up their time to enable these events, but that seems out of order to me.
Overall, the race was decent, organisation wasn't what I expected and was disappointing. I don't know if I would travel that far again for this particular race (from South Wales). Date of review: May 28, 2011