Thanks DonkDonk, very informative and just what we're after, any other advice/tips you can offer on the practicalities of the day (which seem as challenging as the running itself?!) would be greatly appreciated......
Anyone have an idea of how the course compares in difficulty to Boston?
Can any previous participants shed any light on the baggage situation?
My original plan was for the Mrs to bring me some warm clothes after the race so I wouldnt have to check a bag, obviously that's changed now that she's running too. I understand the bag option entails about 30 mins extra walking, yet as we'll be around a hour apart in finishing times, and she'll start later, the walk would probably do me good.
Therefore, the NEW plan was that I WAS going to check a bag, take some stuff for her too, and she was just going for the poncho option.
However, after researching the two options, the general consensus seems to be that the bag-check is a very BAD option as A) you have to be at the start earlier to check it in, B) It's tiny and you can barely fit anything in it, and C) there's no guarantee (!) that it'll actually be there at the end....!
I'd just go with the poncho option for both of us but am weary that I'll be waiting around for her for some time at the Finish, and I'm keen to avoid a repeat of Boston last year with the monsoon, wind and low temperatures. Despite being back in the hotel within 10 mins of finishing, and getting a mylar blanket, I got a hefty viral infection which took me six months to shift!
Just worried the weather could be the same (it is NYC in November after all) and we end up out in the cold for hours after. Folk on the US Runners World site have suggested meeting back at the apartment (which is near Times Sq) but I'd like to be near the Finish for her and don't really want her wandering the streets alone, after 26miles!
The Mrs is in for New York now! She came to London at the weekend for my race and generally just got wound up that she wasn't doing it herself!
As it's our honeymoon we figured it was worth it to shell out for a place for her through Sport Tours International, we'll probably not get the chance to do it again for about 25 years! As we've already got our flights and hotel booked, she took the cheapest option of three nights accommodation (in a shared-room with a stranger?!) and race entry. We'll simply just not use the hotel they include, incase it's got a bathtub then I'll be straight in there for a bath afterwards
We ran the Frankfurt Marathon together in October so I've no worries about her doing the distance, however I'm planning on 'having a go' in NY so we'll be around 1.5hrs apart in terms of finishing times. Therefore the logistics and practicalities of how we'll meet up etc may be sometime of a challenge.....
Eileen - I do indeed remember you, was a pleasure to help you round London that year, had a look at the results afterwards and saw how you'd got on, great work! I'm 'racing' London this year but am going to ask to pace again next year, so may well see you again!
Jimbob - I gathered the same with regards to not being at the start too early. I may well see you at the GFA area, will you be wearing your famed Team GB vest?