only two small hills to mention, the 144 pace climb up fort hill between harbour and police station and a similar climb to finish line at the end, otherwise all coastal path (traffic free) and quite flat 99%
very well marshaled by Thanet Road Runners AC of course!
IF memory serves Gels appear directly after the Half Marathon point.. with jelly babies in full sugar laden swing by 15 miles served with big smiles and words of encouragement.. the Fort hill at about the 25 mile mark is a total of 140 paces as you pass the turner gallery....(from painful memory)....having re covered the ground recently yes the first half is more undulating then I remembered...sorry!
superb choice! this was my first marathon a couple of years ago at 50.... outstanding value for money, superb goody bag a usable technical shirt, a quality medal, support from marshals and drink stations is top drawer Thanet Road Runners are a friendly bunch you cant go wrong entering this marathon... the course is following the coastal paths so almost completly flat ( a small climb at north foreland when still fresh and 150 paces up fort hill past the Turner gallery when really really tired!) the second half following the concrete sea wall can be lonely but your mind will take you to some wonderfull places i'm sure! headphones are strictly barred instead of just advised against like other clubs but the club takes your safety seriously so i suggest you train without headphones, hope for cloud cover and no strong coastal winds and you will have a perfect day... im a good consistant 4.30 so tag on if this helps, have a great first Marathon.