Best organised: Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1: had mile markers but backed it up with a route description in case some mischief maker took down the markers....which did happen!
Best cakes: toss up between "Bath Beat" and "Where Ravens Dare"
Best scenery: Really difficult to decide. It has been a tour of countrysides, mind blowing panorama, small towns and quirky villages.
Most difficult: "Steppingley Steps" was slow due to miles of mud sucking, boot clinging terrain; "Where Ravens Dare" had lots of steep climbs up and down in South Wales, pretty much one hill/mountain after another!
Hottest route: Standard Charted Singapore Marathon (SCSM) - the heat and humidity in Singapore can be stiffling. If you're over 6 hrs, would recommend you carry a water bottle so that you have enough water between drink stations in the final miles; although drink stations are normally 2-3kms apart, the hot sun will cause you to beg for more frequent water points! If you are over 4 hrs, there is potentially a bottle neck of 1/2 marathoners, 10 km participants that will cause congestion at 36 kms until the end. It is the only negative for this event and something organisers still need to get right for future events. For a world class marathon, SCSM has the most generous cut off time with a tendency to keep the timing stand up until the very last participant has hobbled/crawled through. For the last 2 years, I have seen the last participant come in between 9-10 hrs.
Most auspicious time: SCSM with 8:08
So having successfully completed 10 marathon events this year, it now seems that I should add the zero on and go for 100 by at least 2020........to tyre dragging and beyond! Woo hoo.