Not sure what you mean by the extra off road bit Shades ,you must mean the bit at about 6 miles in where it's just down a landrover type track. That was one of my favourite bits but far too easy to go way too fast down there and forget you still have a long way to go. Should be in Llanberris around 5 today to collect my number.
Enjoy Chester Lilly, very nice City.
Good luck in Dublin Shades, been a long time since I've been to Dublin.
It's easy to get spooked by weird things in the woods at night, amazing how your tired legs find another gear though
Pickled Onion Monster munch...mmmmm, shop near me sells them and also the space raiders.
It's a good Marathon, I really enjoyed it last year. Think I'm #1491 , I see there's a tracking system this year , something like 5 miles / halfway / Finish.
If you've got a lightweight windproof then I'd certainly take it, it's not going to be that cold but looks to be quite windy and possible showers so could get chilled quite quickly unless your at the sub 3 end of things! . At the moment i'm thinking of a Tee (Chester Marathon one probably) over a baselayer and carry my windproof but may ditch the baselayer. Will take a little selection of clothes with me & decide on the day.
Last hill is a **** *** *** , think it's about the same as the first climb but most of it off road and arrives around 22 miles in. Last year there was a big crosswind and my legs were gone. A few false summits but then the view down to Llanberris is lovely, quite a steep downhill to finish which I'd like to fly down on fresh legs but had to walk a lot of it last year which was frustrating as I love downhills like that.
Oh the start line was a little further up the road than I thought it would be, so allow 20mins for that from the Mountain Railway.
Have a good drive up & over & hope the niggle is ok for you. Enjoy.