PP - meant to add, I got asked to do something similar a few years back, but it wasn't Salbutamol I was going to be testing. They wanted me to sign a disclaimer and promise not to race for 2years if I took their "stuff". I politely declined and ran a mile. Just beware of any t&c's.
Much awesomeness Dan and SL - totally loving the reports and the fact that half the thread are trail/mountain/ultra runners.
Well done Joolska on all fronts.
bains - I should add that it's a tough course, and that the changing facilities are old PoW corrugated iron huts. A quite surreal feeling getting changed in the spot that some pretty shady Nazis (not Nigel Farage, but possibly his granddaddy - bit of fred politics there!!) lived and died.
Pug - the Status Quo of running. Always one more comeback Welcome back mate. Racing yourself fit as always?
LMH - I do like to judge a race by the quality/variety/quantity of cake/sandwich/homebaking on offer afterwards. Nothing has come close to Strathearn Marathon where the organising club enlist the support of the local WI - 'tis a treat indeed to be served at a table almost by waitress service by aged posh grannies wearing twinsets and pearls, and proper doilies with the cakes. If The Ritz did post-race refreshments.......
Dan - as I said, unfortunate, but the bright side is that you're still alive. Could have been worse.
Alan - it was a new course, and very tough/hilly/twisty/hot 'n' humid. TBH, I was pleased to beat GS from BRR, the course suited me more than for him I think. Worth the £9 entry cos they lay on a rather splendiferous spread afterwards . Excellent mileage and reps btw - you must have used up some brownie points to get that sort of mileage in though!