Minni & MsE - Great stuff on the Thunder Run and cracking podium photo.
Minni - I've not really got much to add to the eating and drinking advice, but learning through trial and error is about right. Many years ago, I kept my going on long alpine mountaineering/climbing missions (often 20 hours+) with cheese and jam sandwiches, cut into quarters. I'd put a few in each of my pockets (jacket, rucsac, salopettes) to munch when there was chance. Not sure how well they'd work at the Thunder Run though!
Marrows - Have you ever tried 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400, 200 (with 200 jog recovery) and running each rep at a faster pace than the last?
VT - Nice mileage and planning cycle
Gerard - I am sorry to hear of your situation. Putting it out on the forum is a brave thing to do. Running is your constant so I hope that you continue to find solace in it
Squash (used to play that with my wife - she always won!), long distance cycling (suits you sir) and wrestling (why are wrestling & judo coming up for all us apparent runners - we need to start a new thread)
Lorenzo - Glad your ankle is on the mend.
00-51 - check with the BBC as to whether you're suited to orienteering or not - you never know - nice continental running though.
Biking for me this morning; nice and early before the heat of the day.