On the facebook site, people measuring the course with the Nike plus ap are saying that the course measured accurate. I tend to think, like Shielsy mentions above, that Garmin's are not great with runs that have lots of turns and that have parts under cover or shade. Mine seemed to lose the signal a bit during the first park section.
I think it's likely that the person wwho measured the course is the same person who was the announcer. He runs for a club near to me and is very experienced at it so i'd trust him to get it right.
Hope everyone is feeling better today too sorry to hear you've not been well Shielsy.
Don't be kicking yourself about the run Lily. Sounds a heroic performance to me, especially with your health problems in the build up.
Psychologically, Sunderland was as hard as any marathon i've ever done. Lots of twists & turns, repeated sections, hills, wind and yet we all finished!! The experience and fitness will mean you'll ace it at York!!
Wonderful post race stories from everyone on the thread. This is what marathon running is all about and keeps me coming back despite the pain! Finishing a marathon is something truly special and heroic whatever time you did. Well done everyone!!!
The course was definitely harder than last year with more hills and that wind was a killer. I had a better run that I could have hoped for, managing to get just under 4 hours. My garmin had it slightly short too but all those twists and turns and park sections might have confused it a bit.
Onwards to the next challenge then. Supposed to be doing Windermere Marathon in three weeks but i'll see how I recover first. I feel really drained today but I guess that's to be expected.
VLM ballot had closed by the time I remembered top enter so will mull over an alternative one. Thinking about doing Rome again. By far the most scenic marathon I've ever done. Take care all xx