Hotel staff were all very friendly and allowed us to take extra food the day before to keep for our early breakfast and also gave us milk to put in our room fridge.
Karen then asked for more food that evening as she thought the maid had taken it away only to realise Iain had put it all in the fridge for her!
There wasn’t really much there apart from some running gear stalls and race pack collection, but it was busy.
There were lots of stands promoting other major marathon and distance events but we resisted signing up for any!
It was then quite bizzare as we got nearer St Mark Square to see the pavements cordoned off and waiters having to duck under and nip across carrying tray loads of food and drinks to customers.Race day arrived, up at am and after opening a few of my birthday cards and presents that I had taken out with me we got our race kit on and met Karen in the breakfast room for 6am.After breakfast we made our way to the Water Taxi stand.It was a bit of a close call and my Birthday Marathon almost became a Birthday 10k!We got on a bus, squished in, standing room only, chatting away and a runner wished me happy birthday (I had a birthday badge on my hydration pack).