Runner from NZ (about: 2003)|
P. S. from Hamilton - NZ (2/28/03)
My fourth full marathon, my second abroad. Liked the course and cool weather conditions as I am from NZ. Due to the type of course, it was only possible for the spectators to line a portion of it. Room for improvement on organization for the following reasons:
(1)Drink stations for first 11k a shambles. Too many runners(Half and full). Should've had drink bottles instead of cups. Hard working volanteers struggled to keep up. Separated from half marathon runners at 11k. At 15k mark onwards, pressure on drink stations eased but struggled to find bananas or chocolate bars. Relied on handouts from spectators. Had to wait til I got to the 39/40k mark before hundreds of bananas appeared out of nowhere, but by then I had run out of puff.Finally crossed the line at 4:37 to a well deserved massage and like Singapore's marathon, a freebie at that. Liked the idea of each runner recieving an aliminium foil 'blanket' to keep warm. It's just as well because my baggage number got so wet during the run that it eventually fell off and therefore could not identify my bag, so had to wait(and I was'nt the only one either) half an hour until there were only 6 left.On reflection, I should have written my name on the tag. Overall an average marathon, the course and weather conditions suit me, well done the volinteers and if finance and work allows-as one famous US General once said 'I Will Return'.