My dad watched me running last year and was able to see me four times by walking just a few kilometers. He watched at kilometer 1, 23, 37 and at the finish. If you look at the course map you can see that these distance markings are very close. Make sure your better half is on the "inside" of the route if you understand how I mean. However, it was obviously no problem to cross the route as people with shopping bags, dogs and baby trolleys did this frequently during the race.
Last saturday I did the 6 hours ultra I mentioned earlier in the thread. Managed to make 53490 meters, or 53,5 km. The race was run on an indoor running track that measured 200 meters so I did 276 (!) laps during the 6 hours.Took the week after off and was in London this weekend and as soon as I have recovered from all the ale and lager I´m going to start the final training for Vienna.
Phill: Which marathon are you doing on the 28 of February?
Philip2: I have not run Vienna but from what I heard it is flat, but maybe not as flat as for example Berlin or Amsterdam. If you look at the course profile you will se that there is an incline from about 10 km to 20 km, but it seems to be about 50 meters spread out over 10 km which I dont think is that bad. I´m more worried about the small incline during the last 2 km as this part of the race usually is very hard.
I did it in 2012, when it was 4 degrees, stormwinds and heavy rain... Other years it has been 30 degrees and sunshine so it depends. Most years I will say the weather is "average" for this time of the year. Weather in Sweden is about the same as in the UK.
I have also been out as a spectator many times during the marathon and with the race taking place on a saturday afternoon in late may/early june crowds are usually good.
The course is on the tougher side for being a city marathon and you have to cross a large bridge twice so probably no PB in this race. The organization is, as you may expect in northern Europe, very good.