Did a last long 22 miler over the weekend (next marathon Thames Meander in August) so a good replication for that - fairly flat and very hot - hard going. Kept thinking at least it will be cold/wet/windy in N. Wales in October! My Nathan camelback type thing is fantastic - a revelation to me to be wearing that rather than waist belt - just so comfortable and no faffing about refilling bottles of water so have been wearing it on a nice recovery run today - 3 miles up - 3 miles down just to keep the hilly practice going. I feel like a girl flaunting an expensive new handbag! Seriously - will make such a difference to my long runs. Brer rabbit well done for your run and hope day two was cooler.
I did it last year too and doing it again - my favourite marathon and I'm not sure why but the combination of it being off road and very informal and so near Christmas I guess. There seemed less pressure to run a good time as it was so unpredictable - Little M.iss Happy has described it well but it was quite manageable and at least it was dead flat. I like the out and back course - there was plenty of room at the turnaround but it was a bit hit and miss at sections where it was single file so not exactly busy but could be held up on those parts. Think a 1000 or more did it? Had parking really close to start/finish and you could shower in the leisure centre after so it was all really convenient.
Katherine Preston -race was fab - running up and down tors on Dartmoor on a sunny summer's evening - how much better does it get! Nathan vest was excellent, very comfortable and didn't make me hot although didn't run until late evening. Took a while to get used to sucking the water tube but worked well just having sips instead of gulps and going to experiment next time with loading the pockets up with spare jacket etc. Doing a 22 miler on Saturday so that will be the real test.
If it is any help I had to send back several pairs of Adidas Kanadia 5 Trail shoes as they were too narrow. I ordered a few sizes to try but even the 'large' size was far too narrow for me and I consider I have ordinary width feet. Reviews on various websites also say they are narrow so may be worth a try? Otherwise they seemed fine.
Katherine Preston - have just invested in a Nathan race vest with 2 L bladder, female design, very light and it was recommended to be bounce free so looking forward to trying that out at the weekend. I don't like carrying water on a belt either and in fact never carry water during races but am finding it impossible to carry enough for a long run on a belt and prefer to sip as I go so hoping this is the solution. Hilly race on Saturday so will do long run on Sunday over Dartmoor, thunderstorms permitting!