Amazing experience! I managed to trim two minutes off my Loch Ness time last September, which I’m well chuffed about. Ran the first half in the general vicinity of the very excellent Rob Spedding and his 10 m/m team before speeding up a bit (or trying to) for the second half. It was brilliant being able to run with a pacer, though the sheer volume of bodies made it hard to stay in step with the group and I was generally either in front or trailing, just through lack of space.
In fact – and this is probably not a popular view – I doubt I’ll try for FLM again unless I can lop a significant amount off my PB and move up the field. Just too many people for me – I found trying to maintain a pace through all the the ducking and weaving frustrating and a bit claustrophobic, especially after the halfway mark when so many people were walking and just stopping dead without warning.
But I’m really delighted to have done it, a happy bunny with a new PB, and the crowd support was just immense.
Big thanks to everyone who lined the streets, to the race organisers and volunteers and to Rob and all the other RW pacers.
PS I’ve also raised more than £1000 for the National Union of Journalists’ Members in Need fund. If any of the RW team is a member and fancies throwing in a few pennies, the justgiving.com page can be found here…