Worth looking at flights to Hamburg or elsewhere in Germany and getting a train from there? Easy jet have wised up, when I went in 2010 I got return flights from Bristol for under £50. Ahead of 2011 they had realized that they didn't need to offer the cheap seats to fill the flight on maraton weekend.
Philamena: Apparently so. Mens marathon WR at the moment is the 2:03:23 Wilson Kipsang did in Berlin last year. I hadn't realised until a couple of days ago that Geoffrey Mutai ran 2:03:02 in Boston, but that doesn't count as WR due to downhill nature of the course.
Hi Lee, if it were me I'd start steady and wait for things to thin out a bit, then gradually up the pace. You'll know from last year how congested things are at the start! I suppose you could get there early and try to get to the front of the pen. I've attempted to follow a 3:15 pacer twice before, once in Chester and once in Manchester, neither of which were anything like as busy as London. In Chester I tried to stay with him from the start, in Manchester I kept him within view and gradually caught up in my own time. Chester I crashed and burned, Manchester I got the 3:15!
I didn't find it too bad. I struggle with hills in the last few miles so was happy with the Greenway being flat when I needed flat. Having said that, I don't think I've ever found miles 22-25 very savoury!
Hi Seren, I did this one last year and loved it. There is one notable hill that you do twice (I say 'notable' - its not that bad but it depends on what you are used to), the second time at about 18 miles, after that there is a nice stretch of downhill - with a fab view - to recover on and then it is pancake flat with the last 5 miles or so on a hard dirt track where the railway line used to be. Scenic route, loads of water stations, well marshalled. It's one I'd do again if there weren't so many others out there to have a look at.