Everyone's covered how great the race was so i won't go there but I will add this about the litter thing, to maybe help in future races. I'm quite a newbie - one half marathon, one 10k and this my first marathon (thought it was going to be my last too, but now I'm not so sure...). I'm one of the runners who dropped water bottles around 100 m after a station and once at a mile marker - but only because I thought that was 'the done thing' and that's what 'proper' runners did! (In fact, I'm sure we were told to do that at the central lancs half in January?) I never felt the need to drop my gel wraps but only because i had pockets and it seemed no hardship to carry them but again I thought that's just how these things were done, even though I'd never dream of doing it normally! So maybe making it crystal clear at the beginning what should be done with bottles etc might help reduce the problem? Just a thought! Otherwise, fab all round except the wind.