That would make sense, would explain my really quick first mile even though I was taking it slow. It would also explain why the first water station seemed really early.
I can only assume that as there a fewer number of enteries they planned on starting with loop but had a large number of on the day entries and decided to do it at the end as parts of that loop where quite thin.
Best part of the finnishers bag was the Mars bar, would have been nice to get something with sailsbury half written on it. Especially the fact it was my first half marathon and would have been nice to have something to remember it by.