Posted: 21/07/2014 at 22:22
Well done Orange8! Hope you're not aching too much. However,as someone who did it as a non stop this year and last I have a few observations:-
The good - Marshals especially at the later stages- really smiley and helpful The choice iof food - although I missed the Marmite from last year and the nice cakey things which were a few crumbs by the time I plodded up. Good markings en route. Hot showers and hot food at the end.
The not so good - lack of anywhere to have a bit of a break. Very limited shelter and seating. Given the predicted weather conditions there was potential for a lot of very cold wet people out there. Also, as I have mentioned before, the problems of getting to and from the finish - I had to wait in that barn at the end for a couple of hours for the transfer to Swindon.
The worrying - no checkpoints as such. No attempt to take number when going through pit stops. If someone had missed their way and got seriously injured or worse - there was no real way of telling until alerted by an unclaimed item of baggage at the finish - or an eventual frantic message next of kind/friend.