In short: I was very glad I knew the area, or I would have got lost, started late and got hyperthermia! In full: This was my first mararthon, but even I could say this was very badly managed.
There was absolutely no signage and the runners village area was very confusing. I would have really struggled to find the start line if i hadnt of known the area. I didnt see one marshall until the start line!
The start line was really confusing too. We had to join the start group in front of us because our time group had no marshall and no one knew what they were doing.
The weather was really really bad! I seem to remember horizontal hail at the 13 mile marker! The organisers couldn't help this but I was running through calf high puddles at one point (!) - this should have been sorted. A bit of hay at least should have been put down.
We didn't drop our bags off, but I can't imagine how the hunderds of people felt that had to wait over an hour for thier dry clothes. I was shivering uncontrolably and I was into dry stuff after 5 minutes of finishing. For £40, I think this terrible.
That all said, I had a laugh. The supporters were amazing, the bands were good (although I'm sure the pre race info said there would be more than there were). They made my day at mile 25 and I couldn't have done it without them. My boyfriend raced in a 118 costume and we got so much support, it was great.
I had a ball, but I think this was because of the supporters, not the race organisers. Date of review: April 30, 2012