Our club have entered a few teams in the Thunder Run over the last couple of years, which is the same sort of 24hr relay format. I don't think any of them have approached it competitively and it sounds like a nice sociable weekend if you like that sort of thing.
Good luck to the weekends racers.
For anyone who's ever complained about congestion at the start of a race have a look at this: It looks worse than the Two Castles!!
My two marathon experiences have been completely different. For Brighton I struggled with the training, blew up at 18 miles, was disappointed with the result, took weeks to recover and generally didn't enjoy it much at all. I think I knew I would do another, because I wanted to 'get it right', but I certainly wasn't enthusiastic about it and it took two years before I did.
Manchester training went well, I developed a few niggles but managed them well and generally enjoyed it. I may be viewing it through rose coloured spectacles, but I remember particularly enjoying the long marathon paced runs or at least didn't find them particularly hard work. On the day, the race went according to plan; ok so it was hard towards the end but not unpleasant; I broadly achieved what I hoped to achieve; and was keen to start training again shortly after. Overall I found the experience very satisfying and I'm looking forward to next year.
I've stopped worrying about what I do or don't eat before running. At the weekend I will normally have porridge for breakfast with the kids then go for a run maybe an hour later when McF gets up. In the evening I'll eat dinner and put the kids to bed then go for a run. I'm more cautious before races and session, but 3hrs is a long time for me to go without eating whether I'm running or not.
Pre brighton I took my own breakfast. Pre manchester I just stuffed my face at the hotel buffet.