Agreed; despite the rain holding off, the course was very slippery. The new hill on the Pershore Road felt surprisingly hard and the monster hill with a head wind just wasn't good at all.
Was 11 minutes faster compared to last year with 1:34:45. My sub-90 attempt never really materialised - I was still physically and mentally tired after the Cardiff Half. Looking at various friends, their times were all a few minutes off their all time PBs.
Bournemouth - that entrance to the Bullring car park is actually part of the route. No idea how late (it's in the first mile) they'll leave that part of the route open to traffic but I'd avoid it like the plague. Perhaps park somewhere in Digbeth and walk in?
Saw them putting up loads of the signs around the place earlier this afternoon. Really fired up for this!
Best of luck for tomorrow, everyone. Have a great run and I'm looking forward to seeing plenty of PBs posted up!
Vicky - the water will definitely be in bottles, but whether they are screwtop or sports top, I'm afraid we'll only find out on the day. Last year, I'm almost 100% certain they were sports top bottles.
Personally, I would carry your own bottle from the start as a guarantee.