Got chatting to an Italian lady in the toilet queue - as you do, she said of the 16,000 runners only 2,000 were female, it sounds daft but it felt male dominated, The drinks stations were certainly interesting, learnt after lots of getting shoved at the first few, go to one further down and just wait for a clearing.
The spectators certainly took their life in the hands crossing the road as like someone said at mile 20 you are not stopping. God bless VLM for stopping the spectators.....
Was good to see you Marathon Molly you lifted my spirits, then a bit further down the road saw my other half and was lifted again. Glad you did your goal of under 4:15, I slipped a bit and was 4:20 but no complaints as with that course, all these cobbles and the lack of crowd support consider it not bad.
So glad others got longer distance mine showed 26.7.
My reward after all my efforts we walked to the top of St Peters on the Monday - ouch, if anyone else was wondering why took so long to get down on the Monday it may have been me as was not going down these 302 steps all that quickly - much to the amusment of my other half. He took to making hurting noises everytime I went downstairs for the rest of our stay in Rome.
Legs still sore now, well earnt rest for me and then train for Berlin - look out for me in Berlin Molly - I'll be in the same top but there will be more of us as going out with friends. And good luck for Manchester fingers crossed you do well there.