Posted: 28/10/2014 at 15:31
When I signed up to this race, I struggled to find some of the information I wanted in order to prepare, so in anticipation of others being in the same situation next year, I thought I would set up this thread.
In 2014 they used Hi-5 gels. They were plentiful at each aid station from 9kms onwards.
There was water AND liquid Hi-5 at the aid stations also.
Although only 400 or so are running the marathon, there's another 3,500 running the half.
I arrived at 7:45 and there was plenty of street parking all around the area. On a Sunday it was free too. I walked up to the start line from about 8 mins walk away and past lots of empty spots. 30 minutes later whilst heading back to the car there were none, though no doubt a little further out it was fine.
I was parked in the street of the official event car park. Looked pretty easy to get into, though by 8:30 the queues were quite long.
Not enough. Do yourself a favour and get there early like I did. You can park nearby, use the toilet with a minimum of delay and relax. By 45 mins before the start the queues for the toilet were over 100 metres long - no joke.
Contacting the Organisers
Very responsive on Twitter.
Unresponsive to emails via their website "contact" page
My garmin trace is here:
Downhill on the way out of the city. Not the prettiest of locations but from 10kms onwards you are out in nice countryside and pretty villages, looping back through a country park.
Once the half mara splits away at the 9(ish) km mark it becomes a quiet, lonely affair. You go from being surrounded on all sides by hundreds of people to being only able to see 6-12 people strung out ahead of you. Sometimes you can't see anyone else.
Those final few kms are uphill and to me they felt mountainous. Grit your teeth and remind yourself you are nearly there.
As you enter into town there are a few vicious switchbacks coming out of an underpass or going around a corner. Would be fine if you weren't practically dead on your feet, but if you are, it's a challenge.
Overall it's pretty flat. Undulating I would say. Experienced runners are probably capable of a PB at this event
My XT310 under mapped the course by 300m. Not a large error really, but worth being aware of.
Not much. It's quiet and lonely.
A friend of mine was considering riding alongside me, it's a good job he didn't as there really isn't the space on many of the roads. It's often single path or a coned off bit of the road for the runners. In the early part, before the half mara peeled off there were too many people for this to be feasible.
Nope. They mean it too! Don't bother.
plentiful and enthusiastic. There aren't many spectators to cheer you on so you really welcome this. Be sure and thank them for giving up their Sunday. The ones I thanked seemed grateful for that.