No problem at all guys, really appreciate the thanks though but was really a pleasure. I know from personal experience how much of a boost you can get from a bit of encouragement, especially 20 miles in when you're struggling. SB, to answer your question, the running club I'm part of has manned a station for the 3 years it's been back, but i'm pretty sure you can volunteer for others. Oh and thanks for the best wishes for VLM, one thing yesterday did was to make me think even more about it, as if I wasn't anyway!!
Good to read about people's experiences of the race, although obviously not those who had a tough time. Was my first time marshalling one of the drinks stations, we were at the 22.5 mile mark so hope we did you a good service. I know what you mean with the iconiq water. There was certainly a knack to them. I actually think they are a really good idea, in terms of litter, less of a trip hazard etc. However unless it's obvious, they can be tricky to get water from, which is kind of a key element
I started to give each one a squeeze which seemed to then make them better for the runners but could see lots struggling and it was a shame. It's tough enough at 22 miles without trying to work out how to get water. Have to say the vast majority of the runners were fantastic in terms of response, attitude etc. I've been on the other side, and will be again in London in less than a week. It's great to get the support, but also I fully understand sometimes you're so out of it you are just zoned out so was just good for me to experience things from that side and hopefully give encouragement.
Anyway hope the vast majority left with a good impression and enjoyed their days, sounds like some cracking PB's were had so well done all.
Regarding the programme I found it interesting, made some valid points, but also left more questions than answers. In terms of sports drinks I very rarely drink any for runs of less than 90 mins, however would always want one over that.
Trainers I aim to spend around £60 ish, am keen to stick to what works, however like others have said, i've suffered in the past with injuries as a result of incorrect footwear and am always wary of trying anything else.
Finally would have like to see something on gels, I certainly found them a god-send on the marathon earlier this year.
Finally back on internet on laptop as back from hols now, spent the resting in not so sunny Berwick, would have loved one of those overcast days last Sunday!! One of the things I meant to comment on was someone posted about how crowded it was for them and they couldn't keep a decent pace as a result. Wondered what others experienced, as for me it was one of the best i've had in that respect, considering the number of runners.
Started on Orange wave and even at that start you had plenty of room, apart from a couple of very short spells it never got crowded and I was able to runs as fast as I wanted, or more often as sloe in the 2nd half. Still buzzing nearly a whole week after the race despite not getting even near my 4 hour target.