just back from London myself, and it really was a great race - pretty much perfect conditions and managed a 10 min PB from Berlin myself, so couldnt have gone much better - the atmosphere really was amazing, and getting water in bottles during a marathon is new to me and was appreciated! my only issue was when wanting to lift the pace a bit 2nd half, there were so many people around you it was basically impossible! enjoyed it so much nonetheless, and cant be displeased with a PB! Going to be back in the ballot for next year for sure, but i think as a PB course, Berlin would have the edge over London, but anyone wanting to do a marathon cant go wrong with either of them!
Coming from doing Belfast each year (including in less than 3 weeks time ) the likes of London and Berlin are a real eye opener into how a marathon should be organised and how you can find a good favourable route even in a busy city!
also well done nattybow for getting it done, took a lot of determination to run after that week you mention!
thanks leslie/martin/louise, I must have been thereabouts of Louise at the end, i did put as much of a sprint on as i could at the end so possibly! enjoyed that race, resting up now this week for London, not much more I can do for fitness now, only fret about pace/finishing time plan!
Queens 5k tonight brilliant as usual, rain stayed off in the main and wasnt too bad condition wise! delighted with a 5k PB in 21.16 beats last years 23.01 by quite a bit! I didnt get to the bit after either, but the t shirt is good, much better than the cotton ones they used to do! Always a race highlight for me, great numbers at it too!