In short: Scenic, friendly, well-organised with a killer hill In full: I was enjoying the atmosphere as soon as I arrived. The organisers were friendly and chatty, the guy on the microphone put everyone in good spirits. This spirit was also reflected in the marshalls around the course - clapping and cheering. It really made all the difference.
The scenery was beautiful. With the heat the first two hills (although not as hard as I'd feared) were tiring. I put that down to the sun rather than the course. That last (10 mile) hill hurt. I gave up trying to run when I saw people walking faster than those running. I really could've done with a drink just before that hill but not sure the route/traffic would allow for that.
Wonderful entry into the final 400m on the race track - never had a name shout out before :) I prefer a medal, orange squah and banana to a goodie bag any day.
I'm glad I this wasn't my first half marathon. But as my first non-flat race I loved it. I'm sure I'll be back.