The intention was originally to do the Half but after City 2 Surf I looked to enter and they only had C start available which would have meant having to run through a lot of people. So I decided to do the full and use it as a training run for Melbourne in October which is much flatter.
I had a B start which effectively meant 3:45 hrs and slower which suited me as I was intending to run at 4:40/k pace for the race and walk through the drink stations.
Race went fine doing my 4:40/k splits and drinking and chatting to anyone I knew on the course. The 3:30 pacers Action and SuperSam I passed in the middle of the harbour bridge so just kept them at bay for the rest of the race.
The half was done in 1:39:11 and 402nd place on the net time. From then on it was just a matter of maintaining my pace which felt quite easy which meant passing a stack of people to the finish even with being 3 mins slower in the 2nd half in 1:42:20. Finished in 291st spot.
Gun time at the finish was 3:22:23. Was the most fun I have had in a Marathon as I was just doing the training run. I'm sure some of the runners around me were getting pissed off when I would walk through a drink station and then catch back up again.
Onwards to Melbourne which should be a bit quicker. Might need to be as I enetered Rotterdam and told them to put me in the sub 3 hr start of which there is 3 of them but they want recent 2011 onwards proof that I should be there.
Rotterdam is a bit funny considering this year only 500 people ran sub 3 hrs out of 7000 runners. Lonely at the top!