The real danger for new marathoners is that they often make such incredible progress at the start and it's easy to get carried away and do too much or run through a niggle.
For those that don't get injured they will probably smash their targets!. I think Steve Loves Bacon would have gone well under 4 hours if not close to 3:30. He was young, talented and really capable. Love to see what he can do if he can get it right over the next year or so!
For us old guys, we have to be very careful and running fast has additional risks!
Brilliant campaign Kirsty! Shame there can only be one winner! I was beaten last year by a returner, RRR. I was delighted for her although a bit gutted myself but within a few days the forums had got me through it and I had a great winters training.
Nearly everyone who lost out at this stage last year achieved their goals so stick around and reap the rewards!