In short: Ran it, Lived it, LOVED IT! In full: My first marathon so I don't have much as a point of reference but in some ways that could have made it even harder for the race to live up to the hype!
For a newbie the race pack sent out about a month in advance was phenomenal, answering just about every question I had thought of (and lots I hadn't).
There's already been plenty said about the race and the crowds that I there really is little I can add (but I will never forget the goosebumps on hearing the drums come through the ground in the tunnel).
The T-shirt and medal are superb and representative of the degree of care, thought and attention that has been turned to every detail in this event.
Some may complain it's expensive and maybe it is but for an event that effectively closes much of a city centre, provides THAT exit from the tunnel AND gives you mementos that you will treasure for longer than the drive home I'd say it offers cracking value. Date of review: October 16, 2012
In short: Can you remember your first? In full: This was my first race in almost 20 years (since I left school)but I knew the area pretty well and support my local club even though I'm not a member, yet!
On arrival everything was easy to find and apart from the scrum in front of the tea & cake tent, pretty straightforward.
I enjoyed the course, the marshals were great and the water stations well placed and whilst I knew I was guaranteed a PB I'm still surprised(and delighted) with the time I posted.
Without anything to compare it to I'm sure there is room for improvement but I've been bitten by the bug and am looking forward to next years race! Date of review: October 4, 2012