I too have to lavish huge praise on the marshals and organisers. Extreme cold and frozen joints forced me to stop at 12 miles. The people there were so kind- from the marshal who let me deposit my sodden, muddy body inside his nice clean car to the lovely lady in the red landrover who'd come out to support her husband and found herself taxi-ing shivering runners back to Clanfield! I am in awe of all who finished. I've completed the Grizzly 4 times but the Plod got me! I'll be back again though - when I've warmed up!
I regret wearing my Garmin for the marathon and will wear a normal sports watch next time. The Garmin lost reception a number of times - so much so that when I finished I had no idea what time I had done. My Garmin said 3.27which I knew wasn't right as I had stopped being able to keep up with the 8 min mile pacer just before 25 miles. I eventually discovered my real time when I met up with my family at the Finish as a friend had texted it to my husband It was very disconcerting not to know my time as I approached the Finish as I was going for 3.30 and had no idea how close or far I was from my goal (especially as my brain had turned to mush by then).