Robbie there are pace groups: "There will be pacemakers in every starting block. They will be carrying balloons and wearing yellow shirts with the words PACE 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15 or 4:30" - from the Berlin website.
Well done Stephen - sounds like you had a great run. And doing that sort of time on that sort of course must be a real confidence booster. I`ve signed up for 2 halves: Newark on 14/8 and Maidenhead on 4/9. Both are flat and fast and nice races (Newark used to be - this is the new resurrected Newark).
Nicole - I`m amazed you could run at m.p. yesterday - it was warm, muggy and very hard to run in. Utterly enervating. I did a 6 mi recovery run and that just about finished me off.
Don`t know about you but I find m.p. runs an absolute killer. It`s one thing to run at that pace in a race - quite another doing it on your own in training. I`ve now cut them from my schedule (could never run at goal pace) and do a couple of 1/2Ms instead. Why not try what you suggest - dropping your mp pace by 10 secs/mi ? Is it possible to run earlier in they day when it`s cooler ? I really wouldn`t read too much into yesterday - NOT a good day for running.
Hard to gauge how much slower it is than a flat 1/2. I would have thought a 1`40 runner would be looking at 1`43-1`45 but it`s very hard to guess. Also, if the sun comes out that will slow you down further.
Having said all that, it`s a nice race, The course is fairly scenic, the marshals are good and there`s a generally a very good atmosphere.