By the end my Nike was 6.69 miles to the garmins 6.5.
im inclined to think it's the Nike+ that is out. Anyone else have similar?
Yes me. I run with a garmin 310tx and Nike plus (as I'm still taking my phone out so I can listen to music) and that distance ratio sounds similar to what I get. Go with the garmin for pacing. It's also more consistent with how far it thinks you've done when you do the same route more than once.
I'm in! Swansea is such a great location for a Half Marathon.
With it being a July event I think the 08:30 start is a Good Idea. I did the Toronto Half on holiday on a warm day and the 08:30 start was perfect. They set the full off at 07:45. By the time my other half did the 5k at 12 noon it was pretty baking.
Grinch - coloured maps afterwards make it so much more satisfying
Millsy - I have that as well but it's only useful for pacing on marked courses otherwise I don't know how far I've gone. On the plus side it's waterproof which is just as well seeing as I live in Wales!
Flob - Price has to be save up for one with enough battery life or not bother, unfortunately
Emmy - great I will have a look at those Garmin models, thank you. Battery life is not the problem with my phone (as long as the screen's off most of the time), I was pleasantly surprised how much was left after my marathon. The phone battery would get me through 50k (but not 100k) but if they ban headphones I'd lose the average pacing info as it doesn't appear on screen.
I've found a review of the Garmin 110 that says it last up to eight hours so I'm going to look into that further as well as there's a womens version and I have tiny wrists. I'm sure when I looked at that before it said 4-6 hours though, does anyone know if they have improved it or if the more recent 8 hour review overly optimistic?