Challenging marathon for a first-timer (about: 2002)|
Rob Thistleton from London, England (4/29/02)
As it was my first marathon, I was understandably nervous, but the first half of the race went very smoothly. Since the half marathon is run with the full, there were plenty of people to pace with and the miles flew by. It was only on the second loop of the course that I started to notice the lack of spectators on certain parts of the course. The wind and rain started to pick up, draining the reserves and just when you needed the crowd to cheer you on (especially up some of the hills), there was no-one about! Thankfully, the last couple hundred yards features a downhill section that is just perfect after 26 miles. I ended up doing 3.29 which I was very pleased with, given the undulating course and challenging conditions. I would really recommend this one if you fancy pushing yourself.