Posted: 10/09/2008 at 21:10
First things first!! MicknPhil, you're blooming legends. Total respect is due.
Now for the bad points.
Did anybody hear anything to signify that the race had started? I just noticed everybody else moving forwards and followed.
There were goody bags? I certainly didn't see any.
Timing chips will be an improvement if they want to mix it with the other 'City Marathons'. I was also amazed at the lack of trade stands. With all that space inside the park surely they're missing a trick here.
There seemed to be photographers everywhere which was great, but I've no idea who they were (Bryan, Mick, Express and Star. I'm sure there were more) . Somebody took a pre race pic of me with my dog and my nephew who was doing the kids race. No idea who it was or where I'm likely to find it though
The Good points
The race itself (once past the start confusion) was great for me. I know it doesn't exactly use Wolverhamptons most scenic areas but the people I saw out supporting were great and the marshalls always seemed full of enthusiasm. Even the ASBO boys out on their BMX's on the 2nd lap just wanted to High5 everybody, which I was more than happy to do as I was going well.
Now I need to apologise to anybody I passed in the last 5 miles of the race (orange tee-shirt, grey cap and bottle belt). It didn't click until after I'd finished that people may not have appreciated me running past then and saying Hi when they were struggling through mile 24. I've been there enough times myself so I should have known to keep my gob shut. Sorry if I annoyed anyone.
To explain that last point I have to admit that I was chuffed to bits with my run and had the total opposite experience to pug. My splits for each consecutive 6 mile stretch (up to 24miles when I simply hammered it) were 44:39, 43:25, 42:11 & 40:23 and I was flying at the end. I even eased off as we hit the park for the finish so that I could run in with my nephew and keep out of the way of the 2nd placed woman.
Not a pb, the first half was much to slow for that but my best Marathon 'performance' ever. Official time was 1:08 but my Garmin showed 1:05 so I guess it took 3mins to reach the start line. I'm not going to lose any sleep over the time though.
Lets see some timing chips, trade stands and goodie bags next year please and there's a chance that it could become a decent race.