In short: Excellent first marathon challenge for me In full: This was my first ever marathon so it is difficult for me to compare against other marathons, though I have also run about half a dozen or so half marathons to compare it with.
The weather was fantastic (sunny, no wind but cold) and a real bonus for November time. What I was most impressed with was the all round organisation to the marshalling. I don't think I have ever run a race where the marshalls were smiling and cheering you on so much, even by the time the last lap came round.
Having such a large hall to congregate before and after really helped. There were plenty of helpers, great changing facilities and some great masseurs which I certainly needed at the end!
I personally thought the course was quite hilly and it felt as though there was much more uphill sections than downhill, though thankfully no massive hills to speak of. It was an interesting combination of scenery from main roads to parks to housing estates which I actually enjoyed as it broke the laps up.
Anyway, I had a great time and managed to run a 2:55 time so very well pleased! Date of review: November 23, 2012