Posted: 18/04/2015 at 12:42
The buses can be handy to keep in view but they're actually not *that* handy.
Hitting an aid station in a big crowd sucks. And over many hours runners have good and bad patches, pit stops etc and the bus will not wait while you're taking a dump or speed up if you feel fab. They will have their own strategy which may not be yours (eg they may walk/run both uphills and down when you prefer mainly walking the ups and running the downs to make the most of them).
And the bus drivers are human so it's not at all unknown for there to be "breakdowns"!
It's good to see them, sometimes good to spend a bit of time in one, but ultimately it's best to run your own race. You're never alone unless you're *really* FAST!