hi all - haven't posted for a while but wanted to add my 2 cents worth on this one. I entered this race last year as my first 10K and although I was really excited at having taken part in it (it was, after all, my first 10K!) my words of warning would be as follows:
1. don't enter if you are trying to set a PB - there are just way too many people to guarantee you getting off to a proper start. Even having gotten to the start early and being right up at the front, it still took me 3 minutes to cross the start line. The course is quite cramped in some places and with so many runners you really will get elbowed to death during the first 2-3 miles of the course. 2. be aware that last year, the actual start was delayed by 20-30 minutes (I can't remember the actual time but it was longer than 15 minutes). 3. the organisation generally really was quite appalling - 1 litre water bottles at random points, missing water stations altogether (!), clueless wardens, mix ups with T-shirts and baggage checks - it was all a bit of a nightmare.
Having said that - if you go with limited expectations, you will probably have a great time! Seriously, I was really disappointed at how badly organised it was but was so excited as a newbie runner that even now, overall I still have very fond memories of taking part. I won't be entering this year but I'll be watching with interest to see how the organisers fare this year.
cougie - great stuff with the wobble board -i, too, have noticed a definite improvement whilst using it. I've also been using an activa disc (wobble disc), which has also helped alot (i've actually been using it to help with my posture more than anything else as it makes a GREAT seat cushion)!