I was another of the waders - have to say that it really made it for me running through the sea at 23m+ in a marathon - that's coastal for you!
Agree with others who enjoyed the course - plenty of interest with changing scenery and the way back had the benefit of you knowing what was coming up course wise but a different view.
Only negative was that the numbers were too much, even at 1100+ rather than 1600+ due, for that start and course. It was much more pleasant in its first year with few runners relatively and so much more suited to the facilities and narrow course.
I too missed the start - queued to come out of Pyramids, only to see start already emptied and so spent the first two miles ducking in and out of runners to try and keep to my desired pace.
Poor run for me time wise, which was disappointing, but wasn't one I was ever going to target for a time and so didn't dampen my enjoyment of the day. Pleased to see that so many others really enjoyed it overall.
I know what you mean but this is potentially an easier first half, harder second; so if you're looking at getting 3.30 and that's a good time for you, I'd give you little chance of achieving that if you turnaround bang 1.45
But I won't debate anyone's plans as am only there to try and enjoy myself on Sunday and have no particular targets in my mind beyond mulled wine and mince pies
I'm with DF there. I reckon that it'll be a case of running out the first half properly at your best pace and then seeing what can be done on the way back with wind and any other issues - such as refuelling with all the Christmas treats on offer!
I've not given the clothing much thought either, but did when getting a couple of presents on way home last night pick up a 'nice' bobble hat as my minor nod towards this being a festive season run and the strong winds and chill factor due. From experience of similar at Deal at start of month, shorts were fine but hat and gloves were good to have when running into the wind.
Went out for a nice 3 hours this morning first thing and also am feeling aches - joints mainly so could be cold snap of last couple of days also, or at least think it may be for me. I'm sure that you'll all be ok by next week
Still much milder today, froze walking to work yesterday but was top zipped down and gloves off jogging a couple of hours earlier in the morning today! I wonder which we'll get in a week's time
Just seen the note from the organiser that aid stations will be well stocked for those discussing gels and carbs above in this thread - sounded more like an ultra. Also now seen that they'll even have mulled wine! Almost hope it will be cold so as to enjoy that (and add 15mins or so to my run time!)