In short: Great first marathon! In full: This was the first marathon I've ran and I really enjoyed it. The heat was horrendous and I found myself pouring more water over my back and head than in my actual mouth!
The beach is beautiful to run down and the scenery was beautiful, however, as the race goes on from around 16-20 miles its a plain road with no scenery which is quite boring.
The support was amazing for this marathon with locals handing out water and spraying us with hose pipes which really helped, people were cheering and clapping along the way which made you feel amazing, I had a buzz for days after finishing!
I really enjoyed this marathon and plan on doing it again next year! Date of review: October 1, 2012
In short: Nice but not sure if I would do it again... In full: This was the second marathon that I've done, Edinburgh being the first in May which was very flat but the weather was far too hot for running!
Weather was lovely for this in September, sunny but cool. Scenery was beautiful. However, I missed the support from the crowd and I found it very lonely and quiet.
I did a HUGE mistake by not training for this marathon at all, which was very stupid and I would never recommend anyone to run a marathon without training (believe me, I won't be trying it again in a hurry..).
I ran the first 13 miles, a combo of power walking/running up to 16miles and then I had to walk the remainder - saving my energy for the last kilometre. It hurt so bad and I didn't enjoy it because of this reason - although this was my own fault.
The hills are tough but not impossible, a lot of downhills and flat areas too.
Overall it was lovely but through my own mistakes it was difficult and sore and I missed the cheering crowd - I didn't get the same buzz as when I ran Edinburgh. Date of review: October 1, 2012