aDrain - thanks very much for the links. Have already checked out both of those sites, trust me! This September is too soon for the Sydney Marathon (getting married in September), but I'll probably give it a bash next year.
Well, well, well, what a day. I'll get my grumbles out of the way first:
Delayed start was most annoying, but you can allow the organsisers a slight glitch as it was the inaugural event. If it was a car on the course, I guess it was beyond their control, but reports suggest it was more likely problems with the park and ride. Also, I found the section along the promenade (23-25 was it?) really poorly organised too - there were no crash barriers/cones/anything denoting an actual race was going on, meaning that people were getting in the way/out strolling with their dogs right across the course. Finally, the time descrepancies on the iPhone app/website were another slight annoyance, but again, I guess you can allow them that.
On the positive side though, where do you start?! Amazing support, easily rivalling anything I've experienced in London or NYC. I showboated a bit, cupping the hand to the ear and whopping them up a bit and the reacted amazingly. I'm never gonna walk out at Wembley or play at Brixton, so it was my only opportunity for some adulation! Thought the course was pretty interesting too, didn't mind the switchbacks as much as I thought I would. Hills weren't too bad, although the one right by the start was an interesting idea! Another thing which seemed weird was the "Welcome to Hell" Saucony banner at about 20 miles. Not exactly encouraging! Overall, great stuff, medal and t-shirt were great.
Performance wise, I was pretty happy to come home in 74th in 3:03. I ran a negative split of 1:31.40/1:31.30, so nice measured running. Sub 3 was always gonna be a bit beyond me at this stage and I was a bit afraid of picking up the pace in case of burnout. Managed to pick up a bit of heatstroke too and spent most of yesterday afternoon shivering and...ahem...on the toilet.
So, all in all, a fantastic day. Well done to the organisers and well done to each and everyone of you on here for an array of fantastic performances. I've really enjoyed the camaraderie on here, we all finished the race together yesterday. There's too many people to mention individually, but I would like to say a special thanks to Tracy B (great to see you on the course yesterday! saw you briefly in the hotel too but had an attack of the shy as you were with people and I didn't want to be introduced as an internet geek, lol) , Tracey G, Julia T, Veester and Toby for some real encouragement and support.
Still crazy busy with the impending emigration et al, but couldn't resist a quick check on here. Hope everyone is recharging the batteries sufficiently and had a good Easter.
Toby - your post made me crack up. I've been under sustained attack since the middle of last week! It's like they knew I was at my lightest for years and chose to set about destroying all my hard work!
Got my race pack last week, I'm RED 428. Still looking to go sub 3:10, possibly even close to 3 if the PF shuts up for a couple of hours and the wind is behind me