I did Palma as my first marathon in 2010 and again in 2012. It's quite a big marathon, the first half is nice and scenic, around the marina and through the old town. The second half can be a bit of a lonely out-and-back up the coast to Arenal...
In 2012 there were lots of problems with buses to the start from Arenal where I was staying, there weren't enough buses, taxis were non-existent and they shut the roads while we were still waiting. Eventually we got there with minutes to spare so it was a mad dash to check bags and get to the start line - but not a great start.
Otherwise, yep - it's a nice enough road race. Pretty flat, the first half is great fun and well supported on wide roads initially to allow the pack to spread out. It can be warm, but also windy on final 10km back into Palma.
Lots and lots of Germans do it, (Palma has big Germanic connections) - beer at the finish - but alas, it's non-alcoholic Erdinger! Quite a few brits too - and Palma is a nice enough place to spend a day-or-two after, assuming you don't want to go Jeremy Kyle baiting in Magaluf
I've always parked / camped in the solo area and used my car as an aid station. It's noisy at night - as it's chip timed there's a *beep* every time a runner goes through the timing mats. Then there's all the relay runners shouting for their handover, "Dave, Dave, Dave..."
If you're solo and planning to run all night then it doesn't matter - however, if you've got kids with you then you may be well advised to find a quieter spot. The course winds its way through the campsite for the final 2km which might be quieter.
You should be able to return them if they're unworn... From the SD website - it's for mail order but the same should apply for retail sales
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The goods do not need to be in their original packaging however in a sellable condition, and at your own cost and risk.
You have a legal obligation to take reasonable care of the goods while they are in your possession. If you fail to comply with this obligation, we may have a right of action against you for compensation. This applies to all goods that are returned.
But - I'd agree, for the mileage you're doing and how much they cost - just try them, I have all sorts of trail shoes from £25 to £125
On average you can digest 300 cals/hour - if you try to build up a deficit and then catch-up food will just sit in your stomach, until you probably see it again all over your shoes
my advice is to eat little and often, right from the start - aim for 300 cals/hour of easily digestible food. I like to mix up sweet and savoury so I don't get sick of any single item - pork pies, crisps, biscuits, coke, nuts, flapjack, rice pudding, pizza slices and sandwiches all work well for me.
at my first 24 hour event I got it horribly wrong by eating too much, I made it to 8 hours before I had to retire to sleep it off.