I've read that water stops can get very slippery due to water and fruit peel spillage? Any tips to avoid slipping over onto one's arse?
As others have said going on your pace the carnage should be slight. Further back you'll find more debris as more people have passed through, but even as a 4 hour runner I've found that staying in the centre of the road away from the food/water stations tends to be pretty clear of litter.
Thank you all, well it looks like the start is going to be absolutely manic. I guess for all the training I've done the hardest mile will be the first. Not setting off too quickly, but also not having a ridiculously slow first mile and being along way behind goal pace, which for me is between 8:30-8:40/mile.
Now I know this I can plan ahead and get my mental prep sorted and hopefully I will stay calm and achieve the time I want.
With Paris I wouldn't worry about the crowing at the start. The staggered start does mean you can wait longer to get going, but it also filters out the runners and in addition to that the road is extremely wide at the start.
If anything setting off too fast is a possibility, as it's a slight downhill first section. Not that I'd know anything about setting off too fast (set off too fast every single time)!
Formaggio - I'd say just use one pace band. One that measures 26.2 and gives the splits in miles/kms, which ever measurement you prefer. Don't use your watch for distance, just use it for the clock, so when you pass the first course marker you can then look at your watch and see if you are pacing it correctly.
Personally I'm not someone who checks the watch all the time. I only check every 5km. One thing to remember is that you're running through a beautiful city. Take the time to look up and try and enjoy and take-in the experience.
Meadower - Don't worry those of us from north of the wall often baffle people with our accents. Plus Emmy can do a very posh voice, way posher than a Morningside accent!