Hellen - would just like to say that after doing this 2 years ago in preperation for Loch Ness Marathon, the marathon was actually far far easier than this run and I for one would never attempt it again. Some of the hills were up fields with dried out hoof prints and almost impossible (for me) to keep running and I do a fair few hills in training.
Just wanted to add my sympathies as I know how sad and flat you will be feeling having been through it myself. I hope you'll take some comfort in knowing that it was definately the caring and sensible decision to let her go as she would have been feeling pretty rotten with her failing kidneys.
Thanks Shenders, just enjoyed looking at all the photos and glad you couldn't find mine as it is truly appalling..... but I think I'll order it anyway, first marathon and all that. It's in the 571 to 600 group and as I came in at 472 I was just beginning to think the photographer had missed me out altogether.
Not long back from the airport, could spot all the marathoners a mile off by their funny shuffling walk. First marathon and delighted with 4 hours and 04 minutes, chip position 472. Thought the conditions were perfect for it and if I do another marathon it will be this one again. Was Bryan wearing a red jacket as there was an encouraging cyclist wearing a red jacket who passed a few times? Well done everyone else.