In short: Less than smooth route In full: This was my first marathon, and I guess a gentle introduction. However, even with no experience there were some things I did not enjoy:
A higgledy piggledy course route - not the lovely open roads I was anticipating but tight corners, 180 switchbacks and a very random loop at about mile 18 seemingly tacked on to make the mileage up.
What supporters there were, were great. But the friends I came with said getting to a view point was nigh on impossible. Miles 15-20 seemed in the middle of nowhere and if you went there to spectate there was no way you'd make it back to the finish line in time. Partly due to traffic.
The start being in two waves was annoying as myself and one friend were in the first wave, but our other two friends were in the second wave at the other starting point, our spectator friends didn't know where best to stand.
Queues for toilets at the start a bit ridiculous
Goody bag, well, not good.
Energy stations a long time coming and not many.
Good things: Medal and t-shirt
Plenty of water on offer
Fairly flat route
Only took 3 minutes to cross the start line Date of review: June 17, 2013
In short: My very first half-marathon, was a fantastic experience and am definitely encouraged to do another In full: Was a bit apprehensive at the beginning as I had no idea about general protocol at these things; however organisation was good and it was obvious where I needed to go and when so there was no stressing on my part. Lovely scenic route, shame about the fog, but it was wonderful and peaceful. There were some hills, no one could deny that! But, the whole warm and fuzzy feeling I got from being in the race kind of levitated me up them. Lovely to see supporters at some points round the route, they really put a smile on my face. Good signage and water stations, marshalls were brilliant. Finish line well organised, no faffing about and then plenty of room to circulate afterwards without getting in anyones way. I had a thoroughly good day and a 260 finish position was more than i hoped for. Date of review: October 9, 2012