seems like a good approach to the Manchester situation. I got the GFA in Manchester in 2014 by 2 minutes 38 seconds - nice to know that VLM would still have given me a GFA place in 2015 and 2016 if the course length had been found out back in 2014!
I think it was June last year when the window opened, so May marathon should be fine. Warning, VLM website says GFA times for 2017 are subject to change, but they should publish these at the same time as opening the ballot.
Seems like VLM are more generous with their sizes then a lot of other races. I usually go XL for the length more than anything else and its a reasonable fit - but I could probably fit 2 of me into my VLM shirt. That contrasts with the XL in Manchester last year which is positively skimpy.
Hi Hywel, I did the Ashby 20 4 weeks before Manchester marathon last year. I ended up doing the 20 miles at target MP and, while it sounds like this may not have been very advisable based on comments from the more experienced folk on here, I did find it was a massive confidence booster that I could do the full 26.2 at target MP. I did have to re-jig things the following week so the harder runs were later in the week, but I was back on form for a 20M LSR the following weekend - and I did hit my goal MP in Manchester!