Posted: 16/09/2014 at 20:56
Otherwise, the course is on closed roads for the 1st 3.5 miles, then on a well compacted gravel path for a short distance before hitting tarmac again by 4 miles. There is a pinch point at 3.1miles between immovable bollards. Apart from a section of well compacted path from Mile 13 to 14.5 (and 22 to 23.5 on the 2nd loop), the race is on road or pavement. And you finish with nearly a lap of the track.
Apart from running around a track for 26.2miles, i doubt there are many flatter marathons. There is a slight sting at 24.1miles where you go through an underpass and so have to climb the slope on the way out!