Amazing – the sound of thousands of footsteps charging towards you at the start of the race; the anticipation of the fourth phase walking up to the start line; the spectacle of thousands of families running the mini-marathon.
Less happy, the sounds 2 hours in of runners approaching 12 miles and running up to Midland station – ‘I have nothing left to give’.
Or 4 hours in, of those on the full marathon climbing up Hollowstone with eight miles and 2 hours walking still to go – ‘I thought Nottingham was flat’.
A joy nevertheless to look out for friends in the race.
Good for them that the mist flowing in from the Trent provided good running conditions at the beginning, although the sun and the heat did get to be too much later on.
Congratulations to Alex, Rebecca, Ravi, John and Peter.
And thanks to the volunteers, including those from The Meadows.