Posted: 22/07/2014 at 15:42
I did Palma as my first marathon in 2010 and again in 2012. It's quite a big marathon, the first half is nice and scenic, around the marina and through the old town. The second half can be a bit of a lonely out-and-back up the coast to Arenal...
In 2012 there were lots of problems with buses to the start from Arenal where I was staying, there weren't enough buses, taxis were non-existent and they shut the roads while we were still waiting. Eventually we got there with minutes to spare so it was a mad dash to check bags and get to the start line - but not a great start.
Otherwise, yep - it's a nice enough road race. Pretty flat, the first half is great fun and well supported on wide roads initially to allow the pack to spread out. It can be warm, but also windy on final 10km back into Palma.
Lots and lots of Germans do it, (Palma has big Germanic connections) - beer at the finish - but alas, it's non-alcoholic Erdinger! Quite a few brits too - and Palma is a nice enough place to spend a day-or-two after, assuming you don't want to go Jeremy Kyle baiting in Magaluf